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May 19, 1999 | E. Scott Reckard
Rainforest Cafe Inc. said Tuesday that it will locate its largest site yet, a 600-seat themed restaurant and retail outlet, at Downtown Disney, the entertainment-oriented mall that Walt Disney Co. will open in 2001 beside Disneyland. Hopkins, Minn.-based Rainforest, which opened its first restaurant in 1994, currently has 23 U.S. sites and licenses eight overseas.
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August 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Matt Givot took his camera to Disneyland a few months ago and snapped images fast, really fast, roughly at a speed of one photo every two seconds. Why? He wanted to compress a trip to Disneyland into a minute-and-a-half thrill ride. "In one afternoon, we used time-lapse photography to show some of the enchanting experiences guests from all over the world come to Disneyland to enjoy," he writes in describing the video he made with Dan Douglas called "Welcome to the Magic - A Disneyland Timelapse.
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January 13, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET and ALEX MURASHKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Disneyland devotees, many sporting Mickey Mouse sweatshirts and T-shirts, and curious local residents lined up early Friday to be the first visitors to Downtown Disney, Anaheim's new entertainment-retail complex. A light rain during much of the day did not deter visitors from strolling the esplanade of the 300,000-square-foot complex next to Disneyland. "My wife and I have watched everything Disney does," said Joe Walker, 72, of Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2007 | Greg Burk, Special to The Times
Metal detectors may soon be irrelevant at House of Blues clubs, at least any sitting on property owned by the Walt Disney Co. Five heavy-metal concerts scheduled on Disney property in Anaheim and Orlando have been hastily shifted to other venues or canceled recently, according to House of Blues website calendars. A Sept.
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October 18, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Thousands are expected to turn out tonight at Downtown Disney for a free pep rally to kick off the Anaheim Angels' first appearance in a World Series. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive halo hats and Thunder Stix. The rally is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the "Baseball Tonight World Series Preview Special" live from California Adventure at 4 p.m.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1999 | (Greg Hernandez)
The upcoming Downtown Disney complex of stores, restaurants and theaters is slated to have a restaurant created by one of Southern California's best-known restaurateurs when it opens in early 2001. Joachim Splichal, owner of Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa and seven other restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area, announced Thursday that his company, the Patina Group, will open a two-story restaurant featuring an outdoor wine and tapas bar.
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October 28, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, Greg Hernandez covers the restaurant industry for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5989 and at greg.hernandez@latimes.com
Where do you go when you already have four successful restaurants in your hometown? If you're renowned New Orleans restaurateur Ralph Brennan, you go to Disneyland. Brennan, whose family runs the famous Commander's Palace restaurant, has never expanded beyond his home base, where he operates Red Fish Grill, Bacco, Mr. B's Bistro and the Storyville District. He is now gearing up to open Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in 2001 inside the Downtown Disney complex.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Adding night life to Disney is like tossing a few shots of espresso into your decaf latte. And yet that's exactly what they're trying to do at Downtown Disney, where nightclubs are central to the esplanade nestled between the Magic Kingdom and the new California Adventure. "We wanted Downtown Disney to be a high-energy place to go in Orange County," said Michael Berry, senior vice president of the district. "We're not only about family entertainment.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2001 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today's opening of Downtown Disney--an eclectic collection of 28 stores, snazzy restaurants and nightclubs--marks the latest entry in Southern California's burgeoning entertainment-retail market. Like Universal CityWalk and the Block in nearby Orange, Disney is betting that its Downtown Disney--wedged between Disneyland and a new theme park--will give a young-adult edge to the traditional family-oriented resort area. The retail and food esplanade is part of Disney's $1.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2001 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Today's opening of Downtown Disney--an eclectic collection of 28 stores, snazzy restaurants and nightclubs--marks the latest entry in Southern California's burgeoning entertainment-retail market. Like Universal CityWalk and the Block in nearby Orange, Walt Disney Co. is betting that Downtown Disney--wedged between Disneyland and its new California Adventure theme park--will give a young-adult edge to the family-oriented resort area. The retail and food promenade is part of Disney's $1.
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March 4, 2007 | Steve Lopez
The job description is simple: Make the customers believe that Disneyland is "a magic kingdom where life is a fairy tale and dreams really do come true." But at the end of the workday, many of the people who work at the "Happiest Place on Earth" sleep on air mattresses, in by-the-week motel rooms and in apartments shared with other families. "I've been at this motel since 1997," said Derrick, a Disney security guard who pays $209 a week in rent.
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February 27, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Maintaining its aggressive posture, Disney officials filed suit Monday against the city of Anaheim as part of the entertainment giant's continuing efforts to thwart a residential development in the resort district. The suit comes as the Anaheim City Council ponders whether to reopen debate on a controversial proposal to build 1,500 condominiums and apartments, including 225 units for lower-income residents, near Disney's amusement parks. The project was killed this month on a split council vote.
OPINION
December 13, 2006
Re "City lite," Current, Dec. 10 Places like CityWalk, Third Street Promenade and Downtown Disney are certainly charming and safe, but the problem is they weren't created by us as a society but by retailers to get us to spend money. Unlike Europe's plentiful parks and plazas, whose sole purpose is relaxation and human interaction, these shopping meccas insidiously supplant the scarcity of American parks and plazas to cajole us into, as Virginia Postrel puts it, coming for the Wi-Fi but then buying "a sandwich and maybe a shirt or two" (not to mention having us and our youth inculcated with whatever new toy, game, gizmo, necktie or jewelry is coming out)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
For decades, Anaheim and Disneyland have enjoyed a snug relationship as the city and the entertainment giant have jointly polished the neighborhood where Disney's amusement parks have grown and flourished. More than $6 billon in private and public money has been poured into the resort district, bringing a Disney-esque sheen to an area once overrun with cheap motels, tacky retail shops and bubbling neon signs.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2006 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Forget those tacky, touristy T-shirts with Mickey Mouse slapped across the front. Walt Disney Co. today opens its first high-end apparel store. Disney Vault 28, a reference to 1928, the year Mickey debuted in the cartoon "Steamboat Willie," opens its doors at Downtown Disney, a collection of shops and restaurants nestled between the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim. At Vault 28, T-shirts aren't $20 or even $50. Most run about $75.
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September 16, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Over the past half-century, Disneyland has hosted world leaders, Olympians, movie premiers and even a few political protests. On Sunday at 6 a.m., the "Happiest Place on Earth" becomes one of the fittest places on earth as 12,000 distance runners invade the park to compete in the inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile course winds through Disney's California Adventure, around the Angel Stadium playing field and through the streets of Anaheim and Downtown Disney. In the third mile, competitors will jog past Space Mountain, the Matterhorn and through Sleeping Beauty Castle.
SPORTS
February 7, 2001
Up Close guests, at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney: Today, 11 a.m., Dick Butkus.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2001
A pullout guide and jumbo map of Disney's new Anaheim theme park, California Adventure, and the Downtown Disney retail and entertainment complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The bubbly, blue-eyed college freshman wasn't sure how a Disneyland internship would fit in with her primary field of study, psychology. But then, the Cinderella wannabe attending a recent Cal State Fullerton job fair didn't much care. "It's been a lifelong dream to work at Disneyland," said Chelsea Rook, 18, who was seeking a seasonal service post at the park. "Any way I could get in the door would work. If the internship turned into a full-time job, even better."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2005 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The Disneyland Resort contributes $3.6 billion annually to the Southern California economy and supports 65,700 jobs, according to a Disney-sponsored study released Friday in advance of its 50th anniversary celebration. "This study shows the specific importance of the resort to this region, including San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles counties," said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. "And that an anchor like Disneyland benefits everyone."
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