January 11, 2012 |
A nightly dance party created as a last-minute diversion to entertain idle hordes waiting for a wildly popular attraction at Disney California Adventure has turned into an ever-evolving mainstay that might just become an accidental institution. PHOTOS: Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure The new Mad T Party scheduled to debut this summer at the Anaheim theme park replaces ElecTRONica, which replaced Glow Fest, which was designed to give visitors something to do back in the summer of 2010 while waiting hours upon hours to watch the instant hit "World of Color" water show.
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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.
October 20, 2011 |
Radiator Springs will celebrate California's car culture with a nostalgic trip down Route 66 when the fictional film town built for and by cars debuts at Disney California Adventure in 2012. > Photos: "Cars" town of Radiator Springs at Disney California Adventure Cars Land, the 12-acre themed spot currently under construction at California Adventure , will feature three new rides set amid a faithful re-creation of the isolated red rock desert town populated by Lightning McQueen and other animated vehicles in the Pixar movie "Cars.
October 17, 2011 |
What's better than an E Ticket ride? How about an F Ticket? Radiator Springs Racers aims to redefine our expectations of an E Ticket attraction by combining a classic dark ride with a thrilling head-to-head drag race. Currently under construction at Disney California Adventure , the $200-million ride debuting in summer 2012 will take passengers on a four-minute journey through stalactite caverns, around hairpin turns and along high-speed straightaways. Each side-by-side race ends with a randomly selected winner.
August 20, 2011 |
The shops and restaurants along Disney California Adventure's re-themed entrance promenade will pay homage to the Los Angeles that Walt Disney encountered upon his 1923 arrival. When the main esplanade reopens in 2012, Buena Vista Street will reflect the Spanish Revival, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco architecture of the 1920s and '30s-era Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Pasadena and Wilshire Boulevard areas of the city. > Photos: Concept art of Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure The names of the Buena Vista Street shops will draw inspiration from Walt Disney's personal history and the animated characters created by his movie studio.
July 11, 2011 |
I need another vacation. I began the last one with a colonoscopy. It was either that or talk to Steve Soboroff about his time with the Dodgers. The rest of the vacation was spent with the three grandchildren, who make more noise these days than a Dodger Stadium crowd. It's hard to describe the steady din. The twins still kind of grunt, especially when they are eating. You know, like Tom Lasorda . The 7-Eleven Kid , meanwhile, turned 6 on Monday and someone thought it would be a good idea if G.P. took the kid to California Adventure a few days before that.
June 28, 2011 |
The Goofy's Sky School makeover of an off-the-shelf roller coaster at Disney California Adventure amounts to little more than a Band-Aid meant to hide an unseemly scar that earned the Anaheim theme park its on-the-cheap reputation. I took a spin on the "refreshed" Wild Mouse-style coaster over the weekend and found little has changed from the previous Mulholland Madness version of the ride. The minor cosmetic surgery performed on the coaster amounts to nothing more than a fresh coat of sky-blue paint, a few Goofy billboards and a propeller slapped on the front of the cars.
June 14, 2011 |
Visits to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim just got more expensive, with admission prices increasing as much as 8.7%. One-day passes for the Disney theme parks in Anaheim increased 5.3% as of Sunday to $80 from $76, a Disney spokeswoman said. A three-day pass to visit Disneyland and California Adventure jumped 8.7% to $224 from $206. Annual passes for Southern California residents, among the most popular ticket options, increased 8.1% to $199 from $184.