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December 6, 2003
Learning that sloppy roller-coaster maintenance at Disneyland caused Marcelo Torres' death won't bring about a Disney-style happy ending for the 22-year-old man's family. But because the state finally has some regulatory power over amusement parks, the finding will lead to changes that might save other lives. Once upon a time, the Magic Kingdom reigned over its rides with virtually no oversight.
July 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
October 14, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARDA, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
Assembled in Anaheim to promote the Downtown Disney entertainment mall, tenants-to-be got the Magic Kingdom treatment Tuesday night: a reception at Disneyland's private Club 33 and dinner at the Haunted Mansion. The latter featured a band of musical zombies, fog machines, tombstones with guests' names, and spooky harpsichord music accompanying the meal. . . .
April 24, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
As a guy who started his own company before he graduated from high school, Garner Holt is just a big kid who owns a giant toy factory. "I feel like I've never worked a day in my life," said the founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, the world's largest animatronics maker. Located across from a string of high-voltage power lines near San Bernardino International Airport, Garner Holt Productions is tucked into an industrial park that remains hidden from most theme park fans.
May 16, 1986 | SHELDON ITO, Times Staff Writer
Disneyland has been giving away a car a day for the past 16 months to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Next month, they will also start giving away burros. Have pack animals replaced Pontiacs in the Magic Kingdom's gate giveaway? "No, it's something different," said Al Flores, a spokesman for the Anaheim theme park. "We're still giving away cars."
April 9, 2005 | Steve Harvey
It's enough to make a visitor to Disneyland wish for Yesterdayland. Joe Soter of Tustin says that his son Joseph and a pal spent a day at the Magic Kingdom, and "when they got home, they complained about the lady on the Autopia ride who backed up traffic while talking on her cellphone the whole time!" Guess she couldn't simultaneously gab and press her foot on the accelerator. Opined the elder Soter: "Too bad the ride's cars don't have horns!" No age discrimination here!
Score another publicity coup for Disneyland. The media calls have poured in from around the globe. Europe. The Far East. Even a television station in India has checked in. They all want to know about Elizabeth Taylor's 60th birthday party tonight. To each of them, park spokesman Greg Albrecht gives essentially the same response: "This is not a Disneyland project. It's a private party. We're not commenting on the party," he says in a huff.
It isn't a cheap thrill. In fact, Disneyland gets more expensive all the time. And now--just in time for the Christmas rush--Disneyland has once again raised its ticket prices by $2, bringing the cost of adult admission to $25.50 for a one-day pass. Children's admission is now $20.50 for a one-day ticket, up from $18.50. And parking is now $4, up from $3.
March 7, 1993
At least Mr. Eisner didn't call them the Little Mermaids. JONATHAN MILLER Reseda
February 26, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Like the clang of the trolley car bell, the smell of baking fudge and the turn-of-the-century architecture, the Dapper Dans barbershop quartet is part of the fabric of Disneyland's Main Street USA. As part of a yearlong Limited Time Magic marketing campaign, the turn of the century inspired Dapper Dans will be performing songs this week by boy bands from the 1990s to today at Disneyland and Florida's Magic Kingdom. Billing themselves as the "original boy band," the Dapper Dans will sing a medley of "Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync , " What Makes You Beautiful " by One Direction and " Rock Your Body " from Justin Timberlake's post-boy-band solo debut.
January 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Disney has unveiled plans to roll out a revolutionary new digital reservation system at its four Florida theme parks allowing visitors to pre-book rides, shows, parades, restaurants and character meet-and-greets months before a vacation. So when will this latest dose of pixie dust spread to Disneyland and other parks in the theme park chain? Disney officials won't divulge an expansion timeline, but mouse-watchers say the new MyMagic+ vacation management system rolling out this spring at Walt Disney World could debut at Anaheim's two theme parks as early as next year.
December 26, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
April 7, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
More drama in the Magic kingdom Dwight Howard wrapped an arm around Stan Van Gundy on Thursday, a gesture intended by the Orlando superstar as a show of support for his embattled coach. It felt more like a front put up by a separating couple. The Magic coach had disclosed to reporters only a few moments earlier that franchise management had confirmed Howard's previous request for him to be fired. As Van Gundy was concluding his remarks, Howard approached and placed an arm around Van Gundy, unaware of the bombshell that had been unleashed.
March 14, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The first phase of the multi-stage unveiling of the Fantasyland makeover has moved into "soft opening" mode in advance of an official unveiling later this month at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Photos: Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom Three years in the making, the new Fantasyland at Orlando's Walt Disney World resort adds a Little Mermaid dark ride and a Seven Dwarfs roller coaster while updating the classic Dumbo ride and recreating the village from "Beauty and the Beast.
March 1, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland had to close its gates for several hours during its 24-hour Leap Day celebration when after-work crowds overwhelmed the Anaheim theme park. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for four miles Wednesday night as the main Disneyland parking structure swelled to near-capacity and frustrated visitors sat in gridlock on streets leading to the park. The 24-hour Leap Day event, which ran from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday, saw more than 3,000 Disney fans lining up 10 hours before the gates opened in hopes of getting free commemorative Mickey Mouse ears.
February 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight. RELATED: 7 tips for tackling Disneyland in a day As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day: > Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday)
February 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning snagged his second Most Valuable Player Award in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, but he also scored another milestone: He will be the fifth football star to twice have declared, "I'm going to Disney World !" after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis. Manning will appear today at the Orlando theme park for one day only at 1:20 p.m. (Eastern) for a Super Bowl MVP Parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
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