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February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two miles from Disneyland, a stretch of strip malls in Anaheim has transformed into an enclave catering to California's Arab American community. It lacks the immense sprawl of nearby Little Saigon or the decades-long history of Chinatown in Los Angeles, but the place now known as Little Arabia is a destination for Arab Americans from around the state and, lately, a go-to place for foodies in search of Middle Eastern dishes. Yet Little Arabia is largely unknown to the millions of tourists who flood into Anaheim every year - and it remains below the radar even to longtime residents in the city's west side.
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BUSINESS
May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Only at Disneyland would they tear down an old and dilapidated gold mining town in order to build a new and identical gold mining town and make it look old and dilapidated again. "The goal was to bring it back to exactly the way it was," said David Smith of Disneyland's facilities and maintenance department, which oversaw the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster rehabilitation project. The "wildest ride in the wilderness" is expected to reopen to the general public on March 17 after a 14-month rehabilitation, the most extensive overhaul since the ride opened in 1979.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2005 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
The family of a man who was killed in 2003 when a wheel assembly fell off a locomotive on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and caused it to crash settled a lawsuit Friday against the Walt Disney Co. for an undisclosed sum. While the settlement's terms are confidential, Marcelo Torres' parents said they were giving $500,000 of it to Brooks College in Long Beach to provide scholarships to aspiring animators. Their 22-year-old son was a graphic artist.
NEWS
March 9, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
The cause of a sickness that affected 30 people on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride over the weekend has not been determined, a spokeswoman for the park said Sunday afternoon. But two of the six persons who were treated Saturday night at a hospital for coughing, tight chests, burning eyes, skin blotches and nausea said a doctor told them that "a gas, something like Mace" apparently caused their symptoms.
NEWS
March 11, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Only at Disneyland would they tear down an old and dilapidated gold mining town in order to build a new and identical gold mining town and make it look old and dilapidated again. "The goal was to bring it back to exactly the way it was," said David Smith of Disneyland's facilities and maintenance department, which oversaw the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster rehabilitation project. The "wildest ride in the wilderness" is expected to reopen to the general public on March 17 after a 14-month rehabilitation, the most extensive overhaul since the ride opened in 1979.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Disneyland fans who don't want to pay for an all-day ticket might want to consider Twilight Tickets from LaDiscountTickets.com. Enter at 4 p.m. or later, and tickets cost $69 for Disneyland or California Adventure and $99 for a park hopper to visit both parks. The deal: Twilight Tickets apply to all ages and must be ordered at least a day in advance. Tickets are good from 4 p.m. until closing (which varies depending on when you go). Here's how it works: Buy a ticket through LaDiscountTickets.com and the company will send you an e-ticket good for admission.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Workers at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park took photos of visitors entering the parks Tuesday as part of a new effort to crack down on abuse of multi-day tickets. The process of photographing guests--including children--delayed visitors getting into the park by about 45 minutes, according to park-goers. "They delayed literally thousands of people in line to do this process," said Bob Shoberg, a San Jose resident who visited Disneyland with his wife, daughters, in-laws and grandchildren.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight. RELATED: 7 tips for tackling Disneyland in a day As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day: > Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday)
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
SeaWorld closed Friday amid the strong storms that have hit Southern California. "Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority," tweeted Clyde the sea lion. Extreme weather conditions (heavy rain & strong winds): We're closed today (2/28). Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority. - Clyde Sea Lion (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) February 28, 2014 But if you still feel like heading to a theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood was open Friday and handing out free hot chocolate and coffee for those willing to brave the rain -- and the traffic -- for the Transformers and Shrek 4-D rides.
OPINION
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Ballinger
Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles performed for American audiences for the first time on " The Ed Sullivan Show . " They sent all their loving. The U.S. sent all its screaming teenage girls. And journalists sent all their jokes about long hair, invasions, insects and teenage hysteria. Take for instance the Associated Press report The Times carried (headline: "Squeal, Sigh, Yell: Girls Go Bug-Eyed as Beatles Perform") about the "Ed Sullivan" performance: "The Beatles -- four British lads who sing when they are not busy running away from barbers -- made their American television debut Sunday night -- and some things may never be the same.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2013 | By Susan King
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)
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The new Star Tours attraction that will soon debut at Disneyland adds several layers of 3-D realism to the 1980s-era simulator ride, making the experience less like watching a movie and more like being in the middle of the action. I took a few preview rides Friday at Disneyland on the updated attraction, which offers 54 possible storylines, and I found myself wanting to jump back in line after each galactic journey. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney'sHollywood Studios Dubbed Star Tours: The Adventures Continue , the " Star Wars " -inspired ride officially debuts June 3 at Disneyland in California and opened Friday at Disney'sHollywood Studios in Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1987
If you doubt the interest in Euro-Disneyland, consider the following: As we checked into a campsite in eastern France a couple of years ago, a little girl wanted to know where we were from. I mentioned (through an interpreter) U.S.A., California, Los Angeles, and Hollywood with little signs of recognition. But when I mentioned Disneyland, her face lit up and she said, "If you could be in Disneyland today, why are you in France?" JAMES T. HUMBERD Rancho Mirage
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
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.
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