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June 28, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Goofy's Sky School makeover of an off-the-shelf roller coaster at Disney California Adventure amounts to little more than a Band-Aid meant to hide an unseemly scar that earned the Anaheim theme park its on-the-cheap reputation. I took a spin on the "refreshed" Wild Mouse-style coaster over the weekend and found little has changed from the previous Mulholland Madness version of the ride. The minor cosmetic surgery performed on the coaster amounts to nothing more than a fresh coat of sky-blue paint, a few Goofy billboards and a propeller slapped on the front of the cars.
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May 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
For more than a decade, Disney California Adventure Park has been putt-putting along in the slow lane, trailing its neighbor Disneyland in the race for big attendance numbers. A new 12-acre expansion called Cars Land, set to be unveiled June 15, is the latest and by far biggest attempt to get the laggard theme park up to speed. Based on the hit animated "Cars" movies made by Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar studio, Cars Land will include a racing convertible ride, square-dancing tractors and plenty of opportunities to buy themed merchandise.
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December 13, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
As Disney California Adventure reaches the midway point of a $1.1-billion expansion, I'd like to take a speculative look at what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for Phase 2 of the massive renovation project. DCA's extreme makeover was necessitated by the on-the-cheap, off-the-shelf nature of the nearly decade-old theme park that even Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger now calls "mediocre. " Phase 1, which began in 2008, fixes about a third of the flawed park.
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June 28, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Goofy's Sky School makeover of an off-the-shelf roller coaster at Disney California Adventure amounts to little more than a Band-Aid meant to hide an unseemly scar that earned the Anaheim theme park its on-the-cheap reputation. I took a spin on the "refreshed" Wild Mouse-style coaster over the weekend and found little has changed from the previous Mulholland Madness version of the ride. The minor cosmetic surgery performed on the coaster amounts to nothing more than a fresh coat of sky-blue paint, a few Goofy billboards and a propeller slapped on the front of the cars.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
For more than a decade, Disney California Adventure Park has been putt-putting along in the slow lane, trailing its neighbor Disneyland in the race for big attendance numbers. A new 12-acre expansion called Cars Land, set to be unveiled June 15, is the latest and by far biggest attempt to get the laggard theme park up to speed. Based on the hit animated "Cars" movies made by Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar studio, Cars Land will include a racing convertible ride, square-dancing tractors and plenty of opportunities to buy themed merchandise.
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March 20, 2011
Times reader Steven Tramz took this photograph of the Silly Symphony Swings ride at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. To read about what's in store for the amusement park, check out this post from Times Travel blogger Brady MacDonald . Visit our Disney California Adventure page for complete coverage. Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show , continuing Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Panel topics include tips for better travel photos and family vacation photos made easy.
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April 25, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What's old will be new again when Disney California Adventure in Anaheim  reopens the unimaginative Mulholland Madness roller coaster June 3 with a new Goofy's Sky School theme. The Goofy overlay removes the giant Southern California foldout map and Caltrans roadwork signs from the off-the-shelf wild mouse ride that justly earned Disney California Adventure its on-the-cheap reputation. Photos : Concept art of Goofy's Sky School at Disney California Adventure Inspired by the 1940 cartoon short "Goofy's Glider," the ride's new flying-academy backstory follows the attempts by the clumsy anthropomorphic dog to teach a group of novice pilots how to fly. Naturally, things go awry.
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July 15, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
As the lights dimmed and the music swelled around Paradise Bay Lagoon, Kelly Speers and his wife, Amanda, quieted their two daughters and turned their attention to a darkened pool. Never mind that the family from Alberta, Canada, had already seen World of Color, the newest attraction at Disney's California Adventure Park, the previous night. They were so impressed by the towering fountains, erupting flames and animated characters that burst from the lagoon that they came back for a second night.
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June 18, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
After more than a decade in existence and $1.1 billion in renovations, Disney California Adventure still probably needs another billion dollars in improvements before it can be worthy of the Disney name. RELATED: Disney park braces for 'carmageddon' as Cars Land opens As the hoopla surrounding the grand reopening of the Anaheim theme park dies down, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at what DCA was, has become and could be. REVIEWS:   Cars Land  |  Radiator Springs Racers  |  Mater's Junkyard Jamboree  |  Luigi's Flying Tires  | Buena Vista Street The story of DCA actually starts way back in 1991 when Disney announced plans to build the $3-billion Westcot in the old Disneyland parking lot. For myriad reasons, the West Coast version of Disney World's Epcot was eventually canceled and new plans were unveiled for an edgy and hip 55-acre theme park celebrating California pop culture.
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March 20, 2011
Times reader Steven Tramz took this photograph of the Silly Symphony Swings ride at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. To read about what's in store for the amusement park, check out this post from Times Travel blogger Brady MacDonald . Visit our Disney California Adventure page for complete coverage. Interested in feedback from Los Angeles Times photographers? Come join us at the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show , continuing Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Panel topics include tips for better travel photos and family vacation photos made easy.
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December 13, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
As Disney California Adventure reaches the midway point of a $1.1-billion expansion, I'd like to take a speculative look at what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for Phase 2 of the massive renovation project. DCA's extreme makeover was necessitated by the on-the-cheap, off-the-shelf nature of the nearly decade-old theme park that even Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger now calls "mediocre. " Phase 1, which began in 2008, fixes about a third of the flawed park.
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