May 26, 2000 |
Disneyland visitors helping to celebrate the Anaheim park's 45th birthday this summer can get a break amid the crowds and heat. The Magic Kingdom plans to expand its use of the FastPass ride-reservation system throughout the summer and fall, eventually covering up to 10 popular attractions, insiders say. FastPass, inaugurated last summer and now used on Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, gives patrons free cuts in line so long as they show up at an assigned time.
January 18, 1996 |
Increased convention business, coupled with the ongoing success of Disneyland's new Indiana Jones adventure ride and the theme park's 40th-anniversary promotion, helped Orange County's hotel industry post a 13.1% boost in room occupancy during November, a new report shows. Hoteliers in the county also were able to boost room rates an average of 7.
February 28, 1995 |
With the dedication Monday of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure ride, Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner says that the amusement park now will turn its attention to a complete, three-year renovation of Tomorrowland. Eisner was joined by filmmaker George Lucas to preview the $100-million Indiana Jones ride, but park officials already have their eyes on the next big attraction at America's original theme park.
June 16, 2002
Disneyland has a less than stellar record of providing information to the public on accidents at "The Happiest Place on Earth." In recent years, there have been several high-profile cases involving the sailing ship Columbia, the Indiana Jones Adventure and the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin, all of which raised questions about the theme park's disclosure of data. The Walt Disney Co.'s recent pledge to let the public in on its safety plans for theme parks should be welcomed as an important step.
August 31, 1999 |
Disneyland park officials are privately expressing hope that the FastPass ticket program, which eliminates long waits for popular rides, will be in place by Christmas at the Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and It's a Small World attractions. Last year's Christmas season, including a holiday-themed version of the Small World boat ride, was a smash, and Disneyland plans to promote its winter good cheer even more heavily this year.
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January 14, 1999 |
A court official fined Disneyland attorneys $7,050 for stonewalling efforts to obtain documents in a lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage while riding the park's Indiana Jones Adventure. The attorney representing Zipora Jacob, who alleges that she was injured on the ride three years ago, said the Disney lawyers have continually resisted providing documents regarding injury claims and the safety aspects of the ride.
October 16, 1997 |
Disneyland's top marketing executive for the past three years said Wednesday that she is leaving the theme park at the end of the month to spend more time with her husband and relatives in Montana. Michele Reese, who has been commuting from her home in Whitefish, Mont., said she decided it was time to change her priorities and leave the whirlwind business lifestyle that has prevented her from spending more than about two months at home since taking the job in 1994.
April 14, 1995 |
Some Disneyland workers have been setting overtime records as the park is caught shorthanded by two years of staff reductions coupled with unexpectedly high attendance, caused by its new Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. "We work 12 hours a day, unfortunately," one fatigued Adventureland worker said last week while shepherding visitors through a line. Another employee racked up a 94-hour workweek last month, a source said.
May 22, 1988 |
Main theme running through early reviews of "Willow," the George Lucas fantasy that opened Friday: lack of originality. Some samples: The Orange County Register's Jim Emerson: "The pastiche fantasy land is made up of elements borrowed from so many places that for any viewer remotely tuned into the popular myth of the last several centuries, the picture rapidly turns into a movie theater parlor game of 'Spot That Reference.'