January 25, 2012 |
Universal Orlando will debut the "Cinematic Spectacular" nighttime water show this spring as part of a new entertainment lineup at the Florida theme park that includes an upgrade to one ride, a re-theme of another attraction and the addition of a nightly parade. PHOTOS: New attractions coming to Universal Orlando this spring and summer "Cinematic Spectacular" will celebrate a century of Universal Studios movie memories with a nighttime water show that features film clips projected on 30-foot-by-30-foot waterfall screens and colorful fountains that rocket 100 feet into the air along with laser lights and pyrotechnic displays on the Orlando theme park's central lagoon.
December 23, 2010 |
Shortly after Christmas, the same question arises every year: What are we going to do on New Year's Eve ? Here’s what some California amusement and theme parks have planned for the last night of 2010: Disneyland in Anaheim will stay open until 2 a.m. with live bands, DJs and midnight fireworks. Across the way, Disney California Adventure will remain open until 1 a.m. with the ElecTRONica dance party and a midnight showing of "World of Color," the nighttime water spectacular.
February 5, 2013 |
Walt Disney Co. reported a 6% drop in first-quarter earnings, compared with a year ago, in part because of charges associated with its high-profile dispute with the creator of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and a decline in operating income at the film studio. The Burbank entertainment giant reported net income of $1.4 billion, or 77 cents a share, for the quarter ending Dec. 29, down from $1.5 billion over the same period in 2011. Revenue for the first quarter rose 5% to $11.3 billion.
January 10, 2012 |
Efteling plans to unveil a $24-million nighttime spectacular this year that features water fountains, flame-throwers, synchronized spotlights and symphonic music set to fairy tale stories drawn from the Dutch theme park's signature attractions. Aquanura, which will be the third largest water show in the world, is scheduled to open on May 31 as part of the Netherlands theme park's 60th anniversary celebration. PHOTOS: Aquanura water show at the Netherlands' Efteling theme park The water show will be built by Los Angeles-based Water Entertainment Technologies (WET)
June 13, 2012 |
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree combines an old-fashioned whip ride with a spinning teacup platform to deliver a truckload of thrills much wilder than you might expect from its mild appearance. The C-Ticket family ride is one of three new attractions opening June 15 in the 12-acre Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. PHOTOS: Buena Vista Street | Cars Land | Radiator Springs Racers | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Luigi's Flying Tires | Cars Land origins The setup for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree looks kiddie-ride trite.
October 16, 2008 |
Disney's California Adventure is poised for a $1-billion makeover that's designed to give the troubled theme park the main thing it lacks -- an emotional connection to keep people coming back. The sweeping overhaul will transport visitors to the California of the 1920s, when Walt Disney first arrived in Hollywood. In the same way that Disneyland's Main Street evokes Disney's hometown of Marceline, Mo., a refocused California Adventure will follow the young animator's journey to Los Angeles.
April 22, 2011 |
There's a lot more than pixie dust swirling through the air at the Disneyland resort as construction crews, excavators and towering cranes work on several new theme-park rides set to debut this summer and beyond. The tandem Anaheim theme parks haven't seen this much construction since Disney California Adventure opened in 2001 next door to Disneyland. Photos: Top 10 most anticipated Southern California theme park rides for 2011 The headliner for 2011 is the $100-million Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure , opening at Disney California Adventure on June 3. The elaborate dark ride will take visitors on a family-friendly musical underwater journey based on "The Little Mermaid" animated movie.
April 19, 2012 |
Cedar Point plans to turn the Ohio theme park's Million Dollar Midway into the $6-million Luminosity nighttime spectacular complete with lights, lasers and fireworks tied to a stage performance with DJs, dancers and drummers. PHOTOS: Luminosity nighttime spectacular at Cedar Point Debuting on June 8, the 40-minute Luminosity: Ignite the Night stage show will be followed by a pyrotechnics finale that leads into a DJ street party designed to turn the midway into an enormous dance floor.
June 13, 2012 |
I always wished I could have ridden the Flying Saucers at Disneyland. Opened in 1961, the space-age bumper cars hovered like pucks on an enormous air hockey rink, a strange combination of retro and futuristic, like a scene from a Jules Verne novel. I imagined the spaceship-like saucers zipping about on a cushion of air, bouncing into each other as they wobbled across a silvery alien surface, just like Luke Skywalker's landspeeder or Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean. The short-lived Tomorrowland ride closed in 1966, a year before I was born, and got filed away in the Yesterland of my dreams.
June 3, 2013 |
Psst, hey buddy, spare $100 so I can go to Disneyland? That's right, the price to visit the Magic (Moneymaking) Kingdom has gone up again. For those over 10, it's now $92 for a day pass to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. And don't worry, Disney didn't forget the little tykes: It's now $86 for children 3 to 9. (Honestly, I think that's about what the doctor charged my parents to deliver me back in the day!) Oh, and parking is up a buck, to $16. And yes, the annual passes went up too. But look on the bright side: You don't have to give a DNA sample, unlike the folks the Supreme Court threw under the bus Monday in a ruling that has paranoid types and conspiracy theorists abuzz.