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.
March 28, 2000 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
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...
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.
January 27, 1994 |
The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday unveiled details of a new Disneyland ride that it promises will be its creepiest yet. The Indiana Jones Adventure, being constructed between the main parking lot and Adventureland at a cost of more than $50 million, will feature a temple intentionally filled with fake bats, spiders, snakes and rats. When it opens next year, Disney officials said, the attraction will feature technology designed to give visitors a different experience every time they ride.
August 1, 2003 |
So NBC is doing the smart thing and spinning off Matt LeBlanc's lovable lunkhead Joey Tribbiani to star in his own series, starting in September 2004. On paper it seems like a no-brainer. But spinoffs -- which usually involve a character's relocation and change in job status -- are a tricky animal. Who could have imagined Boston barroom philosopher Dr.
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June 21, 2005 |
I still hear people talking about the four moderate quakes that struck in five days, one of which inspired a West Coast tsunami alert. My theory? Blame that exhibit at the L.A. County Museum of Art. I'm afraid that what's at work here, dear readers, is the Curse of King Tut. Such a deal: Sure, that free oil change is a bargain for anyone having a certain car dealer's customer card.