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October 6, 2011 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
The opening day of Disney's California Adventure has begun. Characters from the "Newsies" film and musical danced on stage Friday as company Chief Executive Bob Iger lauded the changes to the park. “We believe the transformation over the last five years, culminating in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, created a totally new experience and deserves a grand opening,” Iger said. The Disney California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, opened in 2001 and has had underwhelming returns, even by the admission of company executives.
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May 8, 2012 | Kate Mather
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2002 | From Reuters
Just a month after saying it had no plans for new summer deals, Walt Disney Co.'s California Adventure theme park said Tuesday that it will offer a promotion throughout the summer months. Under its new promotion, the year-old theme park is offering adult admissions at the children's price of $35 through Sept. 3 for Southern California residents. Children ages 3 to 9 accompanied by a paying adult get in free.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Laura Hautala
The opening day of Disney's California Adventure has begun. Characters from the "Newsies" film and musical danced on stage Friday as company Chief Executive Bob Iger lauded the changes to the park. “We believe the transformation over the last five years, culminating in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, created a totally new experience and deserves a grand opening,” Iger said. The Disney California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, opened in 2001 and has had underwhelming returns, even by the admission of company executives.
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March 20, 2001 | Associated Press
Hundreds of people invited to the Walt Disney Co.'s California Adventure theme-park theater for a movie premiere were turned away because too many showed up for the screening. Disney officials said they were simply overwhelmed by response to the premiere of the movie "Spy Kids" in the Anaheim park's 1,400-seat Hyperion Theater. The movie opens nationwide March 30.
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January 14, 2001 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most innovative attraction at Walt Disney Co.'s new California Adventure may be the simulated hang-glider ride over the natural and man-made wonders of the Golden State. Soarin' Over California is estimated to handle 1,250 riders an hour--but on busy days that means as many as half of the park's visitors won't be able to get on. It's just one example of what is looming as a major issue for the new park: overcrowding. California Adventure park, set to open Feb.
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August 24, 2002 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen months after its grand opening, Walt Disney Co.'s California Adventure is struggling more than its counterparts, still trying to find an audience at a time when the nation's theme parks are grappling with how to attract patrons in a weak economy.
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October 18, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Andrew Blankstein and Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writers
Since California Adventure made its debut six years ago, billed as Disneyland's hipper, edgier younger sibling, the entertainment colossus founded by Walt Disney has wandered far from the Orange County city where he launched his first park in 1955.
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May 8, 2012 | Kate Mather
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.
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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.
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October 6, 2011 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2010 | By Jason Garcia
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.
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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
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November 12, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2003 | Ann Conway, Times Staff Writer
Resplendently adorned camels, dancing snake charmers, jugglers -- they all took the spotlight at the party after the premiere of "Disney's Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular" at Disney's California Adventure. Held under a chiffon-swagged tent, it was a magic carpet ride of a celebration for guests ranging from opera superstar Placido Domingo -- a pal of the musical's director, Francesca Zambello -- to "Hot Chick" movie headliner Rob Schneider.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2007 | Richard Verrier and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
California Adventure is getting a $1.1-billion makeover -- with Walt Disney Co. planning to spend more than it did to build the theme park just six years ago. The struggling park, which sits in Disneyland's shadow, was a disappointment from the start, failing to draw the crowds the company had anticipated. The idea behind the overhaul recently approved by the board of directors is to give it new attractions and a sharper identity -- and make it more like Disneyland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Disney unveiled plans today for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, provided updates on its $1-billion expansion of Disney's California Adventure and said it would modernize the popular Star Tours ride at its domestic parks. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo chose the D23 Expo in Anaheim, the first-ever gathering of Disney devotees, to announce the ambitious new project in Orlando, Fla., that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writers
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.
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