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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.