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May 29, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Disney is opening its new Cars Land attraction at California Adventure on June 15. Reporter Hugo Martin explains in the video that Disney is hoping the 12-acre Southwestern-themed expansion will make California Adventure more of a destination than just a stopover on the way to next-door Disneyland. Cars Land is the center of Disney's a $1.1-billion investment in California Adventure. The video features photographs that give an early look at the attraction.  Read the full story here.
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May 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The clean, crisp modern lines of "Tron" have been replaced by the chaotic, rose-colored acid trip of "Alice in Wonderland," but outside of an extensive cosmetic makeover, little has changed now that Disney California Adventure has rethemed its nightly dance party from ElecTRONica   to the Mad T Party. PHOTOS: Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure The shiny new look seems tailor-made for the short attention spans of the wall-to-wall under-25 crowd of mostly high school and college kids who have made the alcohol-infused and music-centric outdoor rave a wildly popular success at the Anaheim theme park.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland has been closed for a six-month renovation and is scheduled to reopen June 15. The overhaul is the first top-to-bottom construction project of the 147-foot-tall peak since it was built in 1959. Through the use of time-lapse photography, Disney released a video Wednesday that shows workers wrapping the snow-dusted summit in scaffolding and then removing the scaffolding again in only 47 seconds. Disney officials said they plan no significant changes to the ride itself.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
It took Mother Nature hundreds of millions of years to build and shape the sandstone mesa in America's southwest region. It took Disney's rock-work art director Zsolt Hormay about two years to build a smaller version as part of the $1-billion expansion at Disney's California Adventure. The 125-foot-tall mountain range will be the most visible landmark in the 12-acre expansion, dubbed Cars Land, scheduled to open in June. Much of the expansion is being built on a former parking lot. Disney officials announced Thursday that a team of artists is wrapping up construction of the peaks, hoodoos and canyons, painted in bands of red, white and pink.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new nighttime spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a revamped evening parade starting in April. The Disney Dreams show will feature castle projections, water screens, dancing fountains, pyrotechnic displays and laser effects that combine elements from the Magic, Memories, and You show at Florida's Magic Kingdom and World of Color at Disney California Adventure. PHOTOS: Disney Dreams water show at Disneyland Paris The new Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular at the French theme park will employ 30-foot-tall water screens in the moats in front of the castle that will serve as giant canvases for Disney animated scenes set to an original musical score.
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December 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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 2011: 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.
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