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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.
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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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February 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new nighttime spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a revamped evening parade starting in April. The Disney Dreams show will feature castle projections, water screens, dancing fountains, pyrotechnic displays and laser effects that combine elements from the Magic, Memories, and You show at Florida's Magic Kingdom and World of Color at Disney California Adventure. PHOTOS: Disney Dreams water show at Disneyland Paris The new Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular at the French theme park will employ 30-foot-tall water screens in the moats in front of the castle that will serve as giant canvases for Disney animated scenes set to an original musical score.
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.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
In perhaps the worst-kept secret in theme park history, the Disneyland Paris resort has finally admitted that the long-rumored Ratatouille trackless dark ride will open in 2014. Photos: Ratatouille dark ride at Disneyland Paris Conspicuously under construction for more than a year and rumored since 2009 or earlier, the new attraction will be based on the Oscar-winning Disney/Pixar film that tells the tale of a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. With an estimated budget of  $150 million, the new attraction at the Walt Disney Studios theme park in France is expected to feature trackless ride vehicles with 3-D projections and special effects.
TRAVEL
August 11, 1996
Travelers headed from England to Disneyland Paris no longer need to change trains in Paris. The cross-channel Eurostar service, which connects London with several cities on the Continent, has added a new direct rail link that carries passengers from London's Waterloo Station to the theme park 20 miles east of Paris. The new Eurostar connection is a three-hour, nonstop ride via the Chunnel. Round-trip fares begin at $132, with first-class fares also available.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
Euro Disney said Wednesday that it hopes for a breakthrough in talks aimed at ending a weeklong strike at its theme park outside Paris, but workers were in no mood to drop their demands for higher pay. The walkout at Disneyland Paris began with parade performers and technicians; restaurant workers later joined in. Euro Disney said the daily parade continued as scheduled and that the vast majority of its 13,000 employees were on the job.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The eternal problem with Tomorrowland is that the commonplace reality of today inevitably catches up to and ultimately surpasses the ultramodern imagined future of yesterday. Disneyland's forward-looking land of tomorrow has seen many evolutions since opening day in 1955. Through the years, there have been major expansions in 1959 (Monorail), 1977 (Space Mountain) and 1986 (Star Tours) as well as complete makeovers in 1967 (New Tomorrowland) and 1998 (New New Tomorrowland). The current iteration has a retro-futuristic science fiction fantasy theme that was designed to be a bit more timeless but nonetheless is showing its age. Photos: Top 10 Tomorrowland rides of the past With the release of "Iron Man 3" and plans for "Star Wars" and "Tron" sequels in the works, I thought it would be a good time to do a bit of "blue sky" dreaming about what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for the New New New Tomorrowland.
NEWS
June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
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.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The eternal problem with Tomorrowland is that the commonplace reality of today inevitably catches up to and ultimately surpasses the ultramodern imagined future of yesterday. Disneyland's forward-looking land of tomorrow has seen many evolutions since opening day in 1955. Through the years, there have been major expansions in 1959 (Monorail), 1977 (Space Mountain) and 1986 (Star Tours) as well as complete makeovers in 1967 (New Tomorrowland) and 1998 (New New Tomorrowland). The current iteration has a retro-futuristic science fiction fantasy theme that was designed to be a bit more timeless but nonetheless is showing its age. Photos: Top 10 Tomorrowland rides of the past With the release of "Iron Man 3" and plans for "Star Wars" and "Tron" sequels in the works, I thought it would be a good time to do a bit of "blue sky" dreaming about what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for the New New New Tomorrowland.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
In perhaps the worst-kept secret in theme park history, the Disneyland Paris resort has finally admitted that the long-rumored Ratatouille trackless dark ride will open in 2014. Photos: Ratatouille dark ride at Disneyland Paris Conspicuously under construction for more than a year and rumored since 2009 or earlier, the new attraction will be based on the Oscar-winning Disney/Pixar film that tells the tale of a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. With an estimated budget of  $150 million, the new attraction at the Walt Disney Studios theme park in France is expected to feature trackless ride vehicles with 3-D projections and special effects.
NEWS
June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
NEWS
February 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland Paris will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new nighttime spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a revamped evening parade starting in April. The Disney Dreams show will feature castle projections, water screens, dancing fountains, pyrotechnic displays and laser effects that combine elements from the Magic, Memories, and You show at Florida's Magic Kingdom and World of Color at Disney California Adventure. PHOTOS: Disney Dreams water show at Disneyland Paris The new Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular at the French theme park will employ 30-foot-tall water screens in the moats in front of the castle that will serve as giant canvases for Disney animated scenes set to an original musical score.
TRAVEL
September 11, 2011
In regard to the Sept. 4 On the Spot column by Catharine Hamm ["Paris by… What?"] about getting into the city inexpensively: This is not the time to cut corners. If you can afford to go to Paris, you can afford to budget in transportation. It's one thing to use public rail transportation when you are rested, when the weather is nice and your handbag is the heaviest item you have. Travelers may not realize that the train into Paris lets you off underground and with rarely an elevator in sight, you must lug your luggage up one to two flights of stone stairs.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2010 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Walt Disney Co., its bottom line dragged down by restructuring costs, reported a modest drop in its fiscal first-quarter profit. The Burbank entertainment giant reported net income of $844 million, or 44 cents a share, for the quarter ended Jan. 2, compared with earnings of $845 million, or 45 cents, from the same period a year earlier. Revenue rose 1% to $9.7 billion. Excluding one-time items, earnings of 47 cents a share beat analysts' average estimate of 38 cents. The company's flagship Media Networks group, which includes the ABC broadcast network and cable channels ESPN and Disney Channel, posted an 11% rise in operating income for the quarter to $724 million from $655 million a year earlier.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2002 | RICHARD VERRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney Co., which transformed the near-bankrupt Disneyland Paris into Europe's most visited tourist attraction, adds some Hollywood glitz to its French resort with the opening Saturday of a theme park modeled on its studio tour in Orlando, Fla. The 50-acre park, called Walt Disney Studios, is billed as a tribute to American and European cinema and is next to Disneyland Paris.
TRAVEL
September 29, 1996
DisneyWorld will be 25 years old Tuesday, and the Lake Buena Vista, Fla., theme park and resort is celebrating. On Tuesday, it will open Disney's BoardWalk, a waterfront "village" that aims to create the flavor of the Mid-Atlantic coast circa 1930. It includes 910 rooms at BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas, a dance hall, pub and dining. On Wednesday, the world's largest Disney store opens, with 12 shopping areas. There's also a new roller coaster at Mickey's Toontown Fair. The 185-foot-tall Cinderella Castle, a park icon, is being redesigned as a giant birthday cake with 25 candles.
BUSINESS
November 30, 2006 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
An obscure Swiss firm said Wednesday that it would launch a hostile takeover bid for Euro Disney, sending up shares in the money-losing manager of Disneyland Resort Paris. With Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. owning 39.8% of the company, and a longtime investment ally, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, owning 10%, the acquisition might have been planned in Fantasyland.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Debt-laden Euro Disney reported Monday that its net loss nearly doubled during the last year, reflecting Europe's tender tourism market along with increased operating costs for the company's newest theme park. Euro Disney -- which is 39.1% owned by Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. -- attributed the wider loss to the "prolonged downturn in European travel and tourism, strikes and work stoppages throughout France during the year, combined with challenging general economic conditions." More than 12.
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