October 13, 2001
The last thing the Angels should be worrying about is trying to sign Troy Percival. A closer for Anaheim must feel like the Maytag repairman. Ralph S. Brax Lancaster Jim Edmonds is playing in his second consecutive postseason, while it is likely I will be collecting Social Security before the Angels ever get there again. I bring this point up because the Angels got very little for the alienated Edmonds when they traded him. The team is apparently bent on the same result, as the Angel front office devalues and angers Percival before putting him on the block.
February 25, 1999 |
It looks like someone may finally get the Swiss Family Robinson off that deserted island paradise. Disneyland is nearing final approval for a make-over of its venerable Swiss Family Treehouse, themed to this summer's release of Walt Disney Co.'s movie version of Tarzan, a park official said Wednesday. "We always do something to complement our animated features," the official noted.
May 7, 2006 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2005 |
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.
April 12, 2011 |
The blurry, fuzzy concept art of a Shanghai Disneyland , filled with fireworks, spotlights and a great big castle, paints a picture short on details and vague on specifics about the planned project in China. So why all the secrecy on Disney's part? Three reasons: * To prevent knockoff rides by rival Asian theme parks, which happened before Hong Kong Disneyland's 2005 opening. * To preserve creative flexibility for Disney's Imagineers during the ongoing "Blue Sky" development phase, when rides, shows and even entire lands appear or disappear.
September 16, 1989 |
Disneyland management and union representatives for 2,400 employees on Friday reported some progress in contract negotiations, with the amusement park raising its earlier offer of a 2% annual pay increase. The employees, whose jobs range from candy makers to Jungle Cruise operators, are scheduled to vote today on the three-year contract offer. Their contract expired at midnight Thursday. Employees will vote to accept or reject Disneyland's offer.