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March 28, 2000 | E. Scott Reckard, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
As the days get longer, fine-tuning is underway for the busy summer season at the Magic Kingdom. Park workers expect that the musical theme from the "Believe" fireworks also will be used in the new "45 Years of Magic" parade, replacing the graduation march "Pomp and Circumstance." "It's not happening overnight. They have to work out the choreography. But by Memorial Day, it should be entirely different," one source at the park said.
May 7, 2006 | John Horn
JOHN LASSETER holds the keys to the kingdom. He really does. As part of the Disney-Pixar deal, the "Cars" director and Pixar executive vice president now has creative control not only over Disney's feature animation division but also its theme parks. Having worked on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride as a young man, the Magic Kingdom is familiar territory to Lasseter. Still, changes at the theme parks may take months to spot.
May 5, 2005
My 7-year-old daughter, my wife and I have just returned home to Vancouver after a week at Disneyland and the California Adventure park in Anaheim. After reading the "Walt's Kingdom" editorial in the L.A. Times April 30 on the flight back, I felt compelled to respond with a letter of thanks to everyone involved with continuing the magic that has always resided there since Disney opened the gates. I don't think the Disneyland trustees have to worry about the future of this great park. Even if you were to remove all the rides, you'd still have a beautifully landscaped park with its old-style architecture and waterfront restaurants.
March 6, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The princess predicament is a problem as old as Disneyland. Moms want a picture of their little girls with a Disney princess while Dads and their bored boys squirm at the very notion of waiting 45 minutes for a photo op. Disneyland seems to have found a happy medium with the new Fantasy Faire , ushering the ladies through a conga line of princess meet-and-greets while the guys pass the time with a slapstick comedy designed to entertain the...
October 3, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
A 10,000-square-foot replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction minus the 999 ghosts will go up for auction Wednesday on eBay for $873,000 or the next highest bid. Photos: A virtual tour of the Haunted Mansion replica home The ghostly retreat, custom-built in 1996, was designed to fit in with the New Orleans-style homes of the Sweet Bottom Plantation neighborhood, a private, gated community in Duluth, Ga., near Atlanta. The replica Haunted Mansion will be listed on eBay Auctions for 30 days starting Wednesday with a $873,000 Buy-It-Now price tag. The seller can accept or deny any lower bids.
September 5, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Fred Joerger, a master model maker who helped create Disneyland's look by molding Sleeping Beauty Castle and other attractions in miniature, has died. He was 91. Joerger died of causes associated with old age Aug. 26 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, said Gloria Penrose, his niece. Walt Disney handpicked Joerger in 1953 to become one of his first three model makers.
May 8, 2011 | By David Freed, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dining alfresco on the famed River Walk has its risks. Trust me. I know. One pleasantly temperate afternoon not long ago, while gearing up to ravage a plate of chicken enchiladas slathered in verde sauce, I unrolled my cloth napkin to fetch the utensils within — and inadvertently rolled my fork into the San Antonio River. Not to worry. Given the apparent robust economic health of the River Walk, with its bustling hotels, saloons and open-air restaurants, I suspect the fork will not be missed.
January 12, 1997
No one should be surprised that the officials at Disneyland have courageously succumbed to political correctness in deciding to alter the venerable and venerated Pirates of the Caribbean (Jan. 4). After all, this is the same group that painted the gray submarines yellow (gray was too warlike) and instructed the Jungle Cruise skippers to stop shooting at the charging hippos. (Don't want to offend the animal-rights crowd.) As a former "cast member," I'm saddened to see Disneyland stoop to measures like this in a misguided effort to avoid offending anyone.
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