January 16, 2014 |
In 1964, Jong Sook Kim visited Disneyland. It was no ordinary trip for the 14-year-old. Doctors once thought she would never see again, but after she traveled from her native South Korea to San Francisco for surgery, her sight was restored -- and she got a personal invitation from Walt Disney to visit the happiest place on earth. A moment from that day, of Kim with "Alice in Wonderland" characters the Mad Hatter, Alice and the White Rabbit, that was taken for the Los Angeles Times' article about her, is captured in one of our vintage Disneyland photos above.
December 18, 2013 |
John Lee Hancock's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," about Walt Disney's efforts to persuade testy British author P.L. Travers to make her "Mary Poppins" novels into a screen musical, is one of an increasingly rare breed: a studio picture shot in Los Angeles. Speaking at the Envelope Screening Series , Hancock and Tom Hanks, who plays Disney in the film, discussed the advantages of shooting locally, including on the Disney lot and at Disneyland. "It was a real treat to shoot here," said Hancock, who lives in L.A. "I think it carries over to the crew: The crews are fantastic here.
December 10, 2013 |
When it comes to theme parks, the Walt Disney Co. could have a new No. 2 - Shanghai Disney Resort. Speaking at the UBS 41st annual Global Media and Communications Conference on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said that Disney's forthcoming park and resort in Shanghai could become “the second largest Disney destination in the world” behind the Walt Disney World Resort in the Orlando, Fla., area. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club According to the Themed Entertainment Assn., which ranks theme parks worldwide by attendance, 17.5 million people visited Disney's Magic Kingdom property in Orlando last year - good for the highest attendance of any amusement park in the world.
December 9, 2013 |
Though it's been nearly half a century since she played the winsome Jane Banks in the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins," Karen Dotrice still refers to Walt Disney as Uncle Walt. "He went out of his way to be solicitous," Dotrice, 58, said at her Brentwood home. "He brought my mother and my sisters over from England for the duration of the shoot and put us up in a beautiful house somewhere in the canyons that had an indoor heated swimming pool, which was a kick in the pants. " But it wasn't until she saw "Saving Mr. Banks," which opens Friday, that she understood why Disney was so kind to her. The film revolves around the efforts of Disney (Tom Hanks)
November 5, 2013 |
During a recent visit to Paris I made my first pilgrimage to a Disney theme park outside the United States. For years I have been reading about the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom-style park at Disneyland Paris, the dysfunctional violation of all things Disney that is Walt Disney Studios next door and the promise of what the future holds for both parks. TOP 10: Disneyland Paris | Walt Disney Studios So let's step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at what's right, wrong and next at the two theme parks serving as Disney's European outpost in France.
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November 4, 2013 |
A former Disneyland worker who planted two dry ice bombs outside Toontown at the amusement park last spring pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to 36 days in jail. Christian Isaiah Barnes, 23, of Long Beach was accused of planting two water bottles filled with dry ice, one in a trash can and the other in vending cart, at Disneyland. Both bottles exploded, but there were no reported injuries. Barnes was initially held on $1 million bail. In an unrelated case, a ground services employee at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested in October in connection with three dry ice bomb incidents at non-public areas of the airport.