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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.
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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.
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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
April 1, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America. PHOTOS: 32 best new theme park additions of 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced. Let's take a look at the 32 most anticipated additions planned for 2014 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
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.
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.
WORLD
June 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
FRANCE * Masked robbers crashed a car into a currency exchange office in Disneyland Paris, trading fire with police as they fled with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. One officer was hit in the leg, and two others were injured by broken glass. The holdup was at the American Express office in the theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of the capital. The attackers briefly took two park employees hostage but released them, officials said.
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
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
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.
NEWS
January 4, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Fourteen people were injured during a union protest for higher wages at Disneyland Paris, park officials said. The demonstration Sunday was the first involving injuries since the park opened in April 1992. Officials said protesters tried to force their way inside the park. Park attendants "tried to block them, and there were injuries" among both protesters and personnel on duty, said a spokesman for the park's parent company, Euro Disney. Eighteen protesters may be fired, the spokesman said.
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.
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.
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