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May 15, 2011
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim; (714) 781-4565, http://www.disneyland.com . Tickets $68 for ages 3-9, $76 for ages 10 and older Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; (661) 255-4100, http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain. Tickets $60, $35 for children shorter than 48 inches Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; (714) 220-5200, http://www.knotts.com . Tickets $47 for ages 12-61, $25 for ages 3-11, 62 and older Legoland California, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad; (760)
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April 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The new Star Wars' models take shape at Star Wars Miniland renders epic battles, iconic cityscapes and massive machines in an intimate 1:20 scale at Legoland California . The new Star Wars attraction, which opened Thursday at the Carlsbad kiddie park, utilized 1.5 million Lego bricks to build a visual timeline stretching from the first film in the series to the latest television cartoons based on the space fantasy, bridging...
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January 26, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Work has begun on many of the Lego models coming to a new " Star Wars " themed area at Legoland California – including Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, Luke Skywalker's landspeeder and X-Wing starfighters as well as miniature versions of stormtroopers, droids and creatures from the epic film saga. Photo gallery : View "Star Wars" Lego models at Legoland California Crews have cleared land for the new "Star Wars" miniland and begun pouring foundations for the animated scenes to be depicted from the six movies in the series and the "Clone Wars" television cartoon.
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January 6, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A new " Star Wars " themed area at Legoland California with 2,000 Lego models will take visitors chronologically through scenes from the epic film saga. Photo gallery : View "Star Wars" Lego models at Legoland California Scheduled to make its debut March 31, the new "Star Wars" area will be part of the Carlsbad kiddie park's Miniland, park officials said Thursday. It will feature animated scenes from the six movies in the series and the "Clone Wars" television cartoon -- complete with special effects and sound effects.
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December 22, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The seemingly endless stream of bad weather forced several Southern California theme parks to close Wednesday and others to restrict hours or limit access to certain areas. SeaWorld San Diego , Legoland California and Six Flags Magic Mountain were closed Wednesday due to inclement weather. Knott's Berry Farm , which closed early Tuesday because of the rain, was open for business Wednesday. Disneyland was operating on a regular schedule Wednesday, but Disney California Adventure planned to close an hour early (at 9 p.m.)
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November 9, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Legoland Florida will open in October 2011 with 50 rides, attractions and shows at the former Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, about 40 miles from Disney World . In many ways, Legoland Florida will be similar to Legoland California in Carlsbad, which in turn is similar to other Legoland parks around the world: a kiddie theme park divided into lands based on adventure, exploration, imagination and, of course, Legos....
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November 8, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In compiling my top 10 list for Legoland California , I tried to combine must-see attractions with  one-of-a-kind rides you can’t find anywhere else. Photo Gallery : View the Top 10 Legoland California rides and attractions Legoland perfectly hits its demographic of minivan-driving soccer moms and their stroller-bound charges and 'tween siblings. The pink-knuckle rides offer a tiny dose of mild thrills for the littlest kids, who are often underserved at typical theme parks . That said, the Carlsbad kiddie park features a disappointingly high number of attractions that parents can't ride with their kids.
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August 23, 2009 | Jane Engle; Rosemary McClure; Brady MacDonald; Judi Dash
Park price hike It will cost you more to visit California state parks -- in some cases, double what you've paid in the past, thanks to increases implemented last week. Among Southern California parks affected, with sample fees, were Bolsa Chica State Beach (parking now $15 a day, up from $10; premium beachfront sites now $65, up from $39 to $44); Carpinteria State Beach (parking now up $2 to $10; hike-and-bike sites now $10, up from $5); Malibu Creek State Park (parking now up $2 to $12; drive-in, developed campsites now $35, up from $20 to $25)
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March 29, 2009 | Susan Spano; Susan Derby; Liesl Bradner; Brady MacDonald
Seeing Venice on a budget The Venice, Italy, tourism bureau just launched an online reservation service offering budget-conscious travel packages that include city-side parking, bus passes and free admission to the city's casino. Venice Connected attempts to control crowds by tailoring prices to demand and trying to attract more visitors during the low seasons. Travelers can save money by booking a Venice Connected package during these times. When is the off-season? The website's color-coded package date ranges offer a guide.
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November 23, 2008 | Christopher Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
Some people say you can't really put a price on fun. But I'm guessing a lot of those people are billionaires and mortgage defaulters. It seems to me that being a parent, especially at the moment, is all about putting a price on fun. And being the parent of a 4-year-old, I am learning, means facing up to an epic collision of price and fun: the amusement park. What it offers, what it costs, what weaponry and waiting it will entail.
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