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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.
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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.
April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It's a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie. reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script. Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two "National Treasure" films staring Nicolas Cage, and "The Kid" starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
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 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 and the company will send you an e-ticket good for admission.
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.
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.
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
The family of a tourist killed in a Christmas Eve, 1998, accident at Disneyland settled its claim against the park Wednesday, capping a case that focused the nation's attention on amusement park safety issues and spurred the state's first law regulating the industry. Terms of the settlement were sealed. An outside expert previously estimated the damages could top $20 million. Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez declined comment.
November 21, 2010
Disneyland versus Disney World I was really annoyed by Christopher Reynolds' article on Disneyland ["Anaheim Made Easy," Nov. 14] until I read the article about Disney World by Mary McNamara ["An Overload in Orlando," Nov. 14]. If Reynolds is going to spend several hundred dollars on admission, it would behoove him to do a little research. If he had spent just 10 minutes on any of the blogs or Disney sites, he would have known about such things as Fastpass and meal reservations.
March 28, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Anaheim firefighters were dispatched to Disneyland on Friday after six people reportedly complained of an odor and being sick. The Anaheim Fire Department tweeted around 1:30 p.m. that firefighters were at the scene, but said it was not being treated as a hazardous materials spill. "Complaint of an odor. We're investigating. More to follow," the tweet said. It was not known if the incident was ride- or food-related, Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told KTLA-TV. Disneyland had not provided information to police, Schmidt added.
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.
March 11, 2014 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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