CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2012 |
It won't be signed Willy Wonka, but there's a new golden ticket going around. For the first time in a decade, Disneyland has opened membership to its exclusive Club 33, the secretive, members-only restaurant hidden in New Orleans Square. Members will also be able to relax in a new private pad at Disney's California Adventure: 1901, named for the year Walt Disney was born. Disney officials announced that a limited number of memberships would be offered in honor of Club 33's 45th anniversary and the completion of a major, five-year expansion project at California Adventure.
February 16, 2012 |
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.
October 6, 2011 |
When Walt Disney Co. looked to revamp its troubled retail stores in 2008, Chief Executive Robert A. Iger sought advice from the company's largest shareholder, a foremost expert on the consumer experience. Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs had lured theme-park-size crowds to his company's stores with daring architecture, no-pressure sales staffs and displays that enticed customers to come in and play with the tech world's sexiest toys. Though Disney sold its chain four years earlier, its name was still on the stores.
November 23, 2010 |
A few weeks ago, Disney introduced a new costumed character at its theme parks in California and Florida. He did not arrive alone. Duffy the Disney Bear debuted at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim and Epcot Center in Orlando with an army of merchandise. Park souvenir shops began stocking three sizes of stuffed-plush bears and accompanying Duffy costumes, key chains, magnets and more. Additional souvenirs are on the way: Disney says it will have nearly three dozen Duffy items for sale in its parks within the next year.
November 14, 2010
Disneyland Resort ticket prices Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure One day, one park: $68, ages 3 to 9; $76, ages 10 and up One-day Park Hopper: $91/$101 Two-day Park Hopper: $146/$161 Three-day Park Hopper: $165/$186 Park Hopper tickets allow visits to both parks each day. Other ticket options, hotel packages and annual passes are available. ? Brady MacDonald
November 12, 2010 |
Walt Disney Co., burdened by a $60-million write-off for its cable networks and an accounting wrinkle involving ESPN, reported a 7% drop in earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, driving its stock down after the news leaked out half an hour before the close of trading. The media and entertainment conglomerate posted a profit of $835 million, or 43 cents a share, for the three months ended Oct. 2. For last year's fourth quarter, Disney earned $895 million, or 47 cents. Revenue fell slightly to about $9.7 billion from nearly $9.9 billion.