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August 26, 1999
The moon is very near Jupiter late Monday evening, and a similar distance from Saturn on the following evening. About midnight, they are low in the east. Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory
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April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
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November 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
During a recent visit to Paris I made my first pilgrimage to a Disney theme park outside the United States.  For years I have been reading about the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom-style park at Disneyland Paris, the dysfunctional violation of all things Disney that is Walt Disney Studios next door and the promise of what the future holds for both parks. TOP 10: Disneyland Paris | Walt Disney Studios So let's step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at what's right, wrong and next at the two theme parks serving as Disney's European outpost in France.
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May 8, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The eternal problem with Tomorrowland is that the commonplace reality of today inevitably catches up to and ultimately surpasses the ultramodern imagined future of yesterday. Disneyland's forward-looking land of tomorrow has seen many evolutions since opening day in 1955. Through the years, there have been major expansions in 1959 (Monorail), 1977 (Space Mountain) and 1986 (Star Tours) as well as complete makeovers in 1967 (New Tomorrowland) and 1998 (New New Tomorrowland). The current iteration has a retro-futuristic science fiction fantasy theme that was designed to be a bit more timeless but nonetheless is showing its age. Photos: Top 10 Tomorrowland rides of the past With the release of "Iron Man 3" and plans for "Star Wars" and "Tron" sequels in the works, I thought it would be a good time to do a bit of "blue sky" dreaming about what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for the New New New Tomorrowland.
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May 20, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
After 14 years in the making, the long-rumored and oft-delayed remake of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland is about to become a reality. Walt Disney Imagineering's Tom Fitzgerald has been there since the beginning, writing the attraction's original story line back in 1987 and shepherding Star Tours 2.0 since 1997. On June 3, the rebooted simulator ride makes its official debut at the Anaheim theme park. Photos : Concept art of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues at Disneyland Back in 1997, Fitzgerald was summoned to Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., by director and producer George Lucas during post-production for "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" to look at footage of what Lucas called the   "perfect sequence" for a long-envisioned update to the Star Tours simulator ride: a pod race on Tatooine.
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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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March 23, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Star Tours 2.0 promises the possibility of 54 different experiences when the updated attraction reopens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida on May 20 and Disneyland in California on June 3. Photos : Concept art for Star Tours 2.0 Star Tours 2.0, set between the " Star Wars " prequels and the original trilogy, will update the 1980s simulator ride with high-definition 3-D technology...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Disney unveiled plans today for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, provided updates on its $1-billion expansion of Disney's California Adventure and said it would modernize the popular Star Tours ride at its domestic parks. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo chose the D23 Expo in Anaheim, the first-ever gathering of Disney devotees, to announce the ambitious new project in Orlando, Fla., that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland.
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December 31, 2007 | Jeff Spurrier, Special to The Times
On Saturday night at Staples Center, the touring version of the cultural phenomenon "Dancing With the Stars" quickstepped into town for two hours of frenetic kicks, flips, twirls and swirls. This was stop No. 7 in the 37-date tour, the third year that a live helping of "DWTS" has been offered to a hungry world. This was not a night for any surprises. Nobody lost, nobody won, nobody fell. There was no food poisoning, no fainting and, ultimately, not all that much fun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
Seven of the world's best poker players have pulled their chips together to fight the World Poker Tour. And they're not bluffing.
TRAVEL
March 12, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
DO you want to see Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon National Park like a rock star? Don your dark glasses and climb aboard Rock Star Tours of Las Vegas, which operates a 45-foot-long motor coach decked out with leather sofas, marble floors, two 42-inch plasma TVs and a high-tech sound system. Although you won't be alone -- the coach holds up to 27 passengers-- you will travel in a style that's a notch above the usual bus tour.
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