April 27, 2010 |
Despite tough economic times, attendance numbers for most Disney theme parks around the world increased in 2009, with crowd numbers jumping 8% for Disneyland in Anaheim, according to a new report. The news was not so bright for other Southern California theme parks. The report, published by the Burbank-based Themed Entertainment Assn., shows that overall theme park attendance in North America dropped about 1.3%, a reflection of the ongoing weak economy. "Under the circumstances, in 2009 the major parks did remarkably well," said Steve Thorburn, president of the nonprofit association.
February 6, 2002 |
Gone are the quirky street performers and sheet-covered mimes who used to surround visitors as they strolled through Disney's California Adventure. A fast-paced, pelvis-thrusting dance show has been axed. So has the much-hyped nightly parade that had leotard-clad women shimmying up poles.
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January 7, 2012 |
The fireworks at Disneyland had ended. It was past closing time and the crowds were pouring out the gates, but we lingered. Layla Alshawi, the 63-year-old mother of our friends, didn't want to leave. She hugged a light pole, joking that we would have to drag her out. We'd spent three days at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim with my friend, Saif Alnasseri, his wife, mother and 5-year-old daughter. Like my husband, whose name is also Saif, he was an Iraqi translator I met in 2007 during my rotations in the Los Angeles Times' Baghdad bureau.
June 15, 2012 |
It didn't take long for the families to swarm Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, one of the three main rides at Disney's California Adventure's Cars Land, which opened to the public Friday morning. Tractors zipped around in circles, not unlike the Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland next door, swinging the passenger-bearing trailers behind them. In the background, Mater, the rusty tractor character from the "Cars" films voiced by comic Larry the Cable guy, sang a rotation of square-dance ditties to banjo and fiddle accompaniment. Visitor reactions to the ride, and to Cars Land overall, were generally positive from a first-day crowd of admitted Disney fans.
September 20, 2000 |
As Walt Disney Co. puts final touches on its second Anaheim park, a few issues are unresolved. What, for example, will become of the site listed on company attractions sheets as "Work Places East"? Amusement park devotees will recall that Disney Chairman Michael Eisner enjoyed factory tours so much as a child that he ordered up some workplace exhibits for his new California Adventure. The exhibits would be cost-effective as well as entertaining, since sponsors would underwrite their cost.
June 5, 2003
I have to say "bravo" to Geoff Boucher's hilarious "How 'Bout It, Mr. Eisner?," (May 22). Pointed, insightful and funny. Boucher is getting a lot of attention on the Disney fan sites, where many have been complaining bitterly for some time about California Adventure and other recent Disney projects and strategies. I just hope Disney's ABC television network doesn't get a look at his modest proposals, though. The folks there have come up with enough scary ideas of their own! Mary Waring Chula Vista Mary Waring is the founder and webmaster of MouseSavers.
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October 18, 2007 |
You think you've got a tough job? My first day back in the office after two weeks off, and what do they do? They send me to an amusement park for a few hours. Well, not exactly an amusement park -- Disney's California Adventure. Ha, here come the jokes already. Except that California Adventure isn't very amusing. Least of all, apparently, to the Disney management team. The Times reported Wednesday that the company will put $1.
October 20, 2008
Re "Disney looks to 1920s to give new life to park," Oct. 16 Yoo hoo, Hollywood, are you listening? The Disney organization is about to spend another $1-billion-plus on California Adventure to forge "an emotional connection to keep people coming back." It is going to feature a towering structure that recalls Hollywood's golden era. Do you get it, council members? Do you get it, Madame Tussauds? Do you get it, Chamber of Commerce? Look at what Disney is spending its money on. It's not generic, unappealing, contemporary architecture and attractions.
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March 7, 2001
At last! Some hopeful news regarding the fate of a Los Angeles architectural treasure--the Van de Kamp's bakery building in Glassell Park ("Bakery Could Become New Home for College Classes," March 5). The preservation of the facade and its incorporation into an educational facility is a wonderful solution, as it instills a sense of history and culture to a facility where young minds are being nurtured. Developers spend millions of dollars creating "historical" look-alikes to lure people in (e.g.