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May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The new Star Tours attraction that will soon debut at Disneyland adds several layers of 3-D realism to the 1980s-era simulator ride, making the experience less like watching a movie and more like being in the middle of the action. I took a few preview rides Friday at Disneyland on the updated attraction, which offers 54 possible storylines, and I found myself wanting to jump back in line after each galactic journey. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney'sHollywood Studios Dubbed Star Tours: The Adventures Continue , the " Star Wars " -inspired ride officially debuts June 3 at Disneyland in California and opened Friday at Disney'sHollywood Studios in Florida.
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May 27, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Blending elements from "Drumline," "Stomp" and "Glee," the new music-centric " Mickey's Soundsational Parade " opening at Disneyland on Friday delivers on its fun and energetic party premise without feeling forced or contrived. There are no show stops with false interactivity, no overtly clever design features that feel more manufactured than creative and no painful attempts to appear hip by playing on fleeting contemporary cliches. Instead, "Soundsational" manages to be whimsical and imaginative, with moments that are at times quirky, weird and flat-out crazy.
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May 27, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Blending elements from "Drumline," "Stomp" and "Glee," the new music-centric " Mickey's Soundsational Parade " opening at Disneyland on Friday delivers on its fun and energetic party premise without feeling forced or contrived. There are no show stops with false interactivity, no overtly clever design features that feel more manufactured than creative and no painful attempts to appear hip by playing on fleeting contemporary cliches. Instead, "Soundsational" manages to be whimsical and imaginative, with moments that are at times quirky, weird and flat-out crazy.
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May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The new Star Tours attraction that will soon debut at Disneyland adds several layers of 3-D realism to the 1980s-era simulator ride, making the experience less like watching a movie and more like being in the middle of the action. I took a few preview rides Friday at Disneyland on the updated attraction, which offers 54 possible storylines, and I found myself wanting to jump back in line after each galactic journey. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney'sHollywood Studios Dubbed Star Tours: The Adventures Continue , the " Star Wars " -inspired ride officially debuts June 3 at Disneyland in California and opened Friday at Disney'sHollywood Studios in Florida.
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April 6, 2009 | August Brown
On Sunday, the weekend-long Bamboozle Left festival in Irvine could not have been bookended by more different headliners: the ambient dirge metal band Deftones and the rapper 50 cent. Each had practically nothing to do with the festival's bulk but worked equally well in their own ways. The Deftones' latherly fury and Chino Moreno's ungodly wail were pitch perfect for wide spaces at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
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November 14, 2010
The granddaddy of American theme parks changes little from year to year but seems to get better with age. Among my favorite Disneyland standbys: The Space Mountain indoor roller coaster, the Indiana Jones Adventure dark ride and the venerable Haunted Mansion. The Anaheim theme park recently brought back the 1980s-era "Captain EO" 3-D movie as a tribute to Michael Jackson (which is hopelessly dated or wistfully nostalgic, depending on your point of view). In 2011, Disneyland plans to reboot the Star Tours simulator ride with multiple story lines and unveil the music-themed Soundsational parade.
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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)
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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 AnaheimĀ  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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February 28, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
SeaWorld closed Friday amid the strong storms that have hit Southern California. "Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority," tweeted Clyde the sea lion. Extreme weather conditions (heavy rain & strong winds): We're closed today (2/28). Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority. - Clyde Sea Lion (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) February 28, 2014 But if you still feel like heading to a theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood was open Friday and handing out free hot chocolate and coffee for those willing to brave the rain -- and the traffic -- for the Transformers and Shrek 4-D rides.
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June 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The cute, new $100-million Little Mermaid dark ride is just what Disney California Adventure needed: a D-Ticket attraction geared toward moms with young children. Photos : Concept art of the Little Mermaid dark ride While neither groundbreaking nor awe-inspiring, Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure is the type of audio-animatronic ride sorely lacking at the built-on-the-cheap Anaheim theme park, which is undergoing a $1.1 billion renovation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2009 | August Brown
On Sunday, the weekend-long Bamboozle Left festival in Irvine could not have been bookended by more different headliners: the ambient dirge metal band Deftones and the rapper 50 cent. Each had practically nothing to do with the festival's bulk but worked equally well in their own ways. The Deftones' latherly fury and Chino Moreno's ungodly wail were pitch perfect for wide spaces at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
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May 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There's a lot more than pixie dust swirling through the air at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure as construction crews, earth-moving excavators and towering cranes work on several theme park rides set to debut this summer and beyond. The headliner is the $100-million Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, scheduled to open June 3 at California Adventure. The elaborate dark ride will take visitors on a family-friendly musical underwater journey based on "The Little Mermaid," the 1989 animated movie.
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June 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The idea for a Little Mermaid dark ride has been in the so-called blue-sky stages of creative brainstorming at Walt Disney Imagineering since the movie premiered in 1989 -- from rough artist sketches to scale-model mock-ups to fully realized concepts. After 22 years in the making, Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure will officially open Friday at Disney California Adventure . "The attraction has been worked on quite a bit since the film came out," said Lisa Girolami, Imagineering's senior show producer for the new ride.
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