January 2, 2000 |
Who will make big news in the business world this year? Who will emerge from relative obscurity to become a major player? To start the new year, Times business reporters selected people from their beats who they believe will be among those to watch in 2000--in Southern California, across the country and around the world. Some are well known, having made big news in previous years. Others are not exactly household names but nevertheless are likely to make a major impact in their fields.
January 15, 1999 |
Walt Disney Co. on Thursday promoted retailing specialist Cynthia Harriss to run Disneyland, a move that comes at a critical time as the world-famous theme park grapples with the death of a park guest and a billion-dollar expansion. The 46-year-old Harriss is taking the reins of Orange County's most visible business from Paul Pressler, who presided over record-breaking attendance but who was criticized for emphasizing merchandise sales over the development of new rides and the park's upkeep.
December 8, 1999 |
Disneyland boss Cynthia Harriss, a popular figure to many employees and park fans during her 11 months at the helm, was promoted Tuesday to president of the world-famous tourist attraction. Harriss, whose duties remain the same, took over the park's operation with the title of executive vice president last January.
April 28, 2001 |
Disneyland's misfiring Rocket Rods, a ride that was the brash new star of Tomorrowland when that aging fun zone got a $100-million face lift three years ago, was closed permanently Friday. The ride's demise was expected. Despite efforts by designers and mechanics, the Rocket Rods had suffered increasingly serious breakdowns. Announcing a lengthy rehabilitation in September, Disney posted a sign saying the ride would reopen come spring. But the sign was removed recently.
August 23, 2001
* Randall Baumberger has been named senior vice president for Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. He reports to Cynthia Harriss, president of the Disneyland Resort. Baumberger is responsible for the resort's three hotels as well as the 300,000-square-foot entertainment, dining and retail district between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. He had been senior vice president at Disney Regional Entertainment in Burbank, where he oversaw ESPN Zone.
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September 6, 2003 |
One man died and 10 other riders were hurt Friday when train cars filled with passengers broke loose from a locomotive in a dark tunnel on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction. The accident occurred about 11:20 a.m. after the lead car, decorated to resemble a small red engine, and the open-top passenger cars sped through the faux desert landscape and uphill into a tunnel, where the cars separated and the locomotive derailed.