June 15, 2012 |
The opening day of Disney's California Adventure has begun. Characters from the "Newsies" film and musical danced on stage Friday as company Chief Executive Bob Iger lauded the changes to the park. “We believe the transformation over the last five years, culminating in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, created a totally new experience and deserves a grand opening,” Iger said. The Disney California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, opened in 2001 and has had underwhelming returns, even by the admission of company executives.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HOME & GARDEN
September 13, 2007
Great article on the Disney gardens ["Happiest Landscapes on Earth," Sept. 6], but you missed one of the better ones, in my opinion. If you had entered California Adventure and wandered over to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, a.k.a. the "Tower of Terror," you would have seen a rather interesting, drought- tolerant garden. The hotel grounds are supposed to be run down, as the building is supposedly abandoned, derelict and even haunted. But the Tower landscaping is downright lush.