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June 18, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The opening of the new 12-acre expansion at Disney California Adventure Park fueled big crowds and long lines at the Anaheim park this weekend. Disney officials declined to disclose attendance numbers for the park, except to say that lines were long and the crowds were manageable for the opening of the newest attraction, Cars Land, on Friday. But Al Lutz , the founder of Miceage .com , an online blog about Disney, reported Monday that California Adventure drew a record 43,000 guests on Friday and a record 45,000 visitors on Sunday.
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December 21, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
An intense, 16-month construction project designed to transform the Disney California Adventure entryway from a nondescript strip mall into a circa-1920s Los Angeles streetscape will begin in earnest Jan. 4. As part of an ongoing, $1.1 billion makeover, the sweeping and extensive reimagineering will wall off 4 acres of the main entrance between the C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A letters, Sunshine Plaza, Grizzly Peak and Hollywood Studios Backlot....
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November 15, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Two things consistently stand out for me about Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. First, the stepped-into-Oz themed land is so wonderfully immersive I always have to remind myself Anaheim is just behind the enveloping Cadillac Range. Second, the chock-a-block neon gulch exuberance of Cars Land flies in the face of every standard the famously fastidious Walt Disney set for his theme park empire. > Photos: Cars Land Christmas at Disney California Adventure The arrival of the first Cars Land Christmas combines both that whimsy and mayhem into a delightfully delirious twist on the traditional holiday festivities.
NEWS
March 20, 2011
Times reader Steven Tramz took this photograph of the Silly Symphony Swings ride at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. To read about what's in store for the amusement park, check out this post from Times Travel blogger Brady MacDonald . Visit our Disney California Adventure page for complete coverage. Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show , continuing Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Panel topics include tips for better travel photos and family vacation photos made easy.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
As the lights dimmed and the music swelled around Paradise Bay Lagoon, Kelly Speers and his wife, Amanda, quieted their two daughters and turned their attention to a darkened pool. Never mind that the family from Alberta, Canada, had already seen World of Color, the newest attraction at Disney's California Adventure Park, the previous night. They were so impressed by the towering fountains, erupting flames and animated characters that burst from the lagoon that they came back for a second night.
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June 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The cute, new $100-million Little Mermaid dark ride is just what Disney California Adventure needed: a D-Ticket attraction geared toward moms with young children. Photos : Concept art of the Little Mermaid dark ride While neither groundbreaking nor awe-inspiring, Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is the type of audio-animatronic ride sorely lacking at the built-on-the-cheap Anaheim theme park, which is undergoing a $1.1 billion renovation.
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November 2, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If the employees at the Disney Archives have a time capsule, they'll want to file the Disney Dance Crew under "The Way We Were" circa 2010. Decades from now, the archivists will want to pull out the video of Mixmaster Mickey Mouse hip-hop dancing to mash-ups of urban street sounds and familiar Disney songs as yet another example of Disney's never-ending desire to stay current with pop culture. Years from now, we'll laugh, cringe and marvel at Disney's valiant but vain efforts to remain contemporary with bad fashion, bad puns and bad ideas.
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June 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The idea for a Little Mermaid dark ride has been in the so-called blue-sky stages of creative brainstorming at Walt Disney Imagineering since the movie premiered in 1989 -- from rough artist sketches to scale-model mock-ups to fully realized concepts. After 22 years in the making, Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure will officially open Friday at Disney California Adventure . "The attraction has been worked on quite a bit since the film came out," said Lisa Girolami, Imagineering's senior show producer for the new ride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Ride operators at Disney's California Adventure told Anaheim authorities that the California Screamin' roller coaster was functioning normally before the July 29 collision that hospitalized 17 people with minor injuries. The statements were contained in police and fire reports released Tuesday. The ride remains closed as state investigators try to determine what caused one train to rear-end another that was stopped.
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