CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998
Marvin A. Davis, 87, Emmy-winning art director and theme park planner for Disney. After several years as an art director for 20th Century Fox, Davis joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 1953. He became the master planner for Disneyland, which opened in 1955, and was particularly responsible for the design of the park's Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle and Haunted Mansion. Davis also served as project designer for the concept of Walt Disney World, which opened in 1973 in Florida.
November 3, 1991
The tragic, early, closing of Christo's USA-Japan Umbrella Project leaves this mortal reader a lot to ponder. Why would anyone want to spend such a vast sum of his own money to alter or enhance the present, natural beauty of one of California's most historic canyons? Walt Disney's magic paintbrush could transform a drab landscape into a wonderful world of color but his art was mostly confined to the medium of film. Mother Nature was swift to reclaim her territory from the artist and the trampling tourists with all her wrathful fury.
June 28, 2011 |
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.
December 13, 2010 |
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.
June 15, 2012 |
The opening day of Disney's California Adventure has begun. Characters from the "Newsies" film and musical danced on stage Friday as company Chief Executive Bob Iger lauded the changes to the park. “We believe the transformation over the last five years, culminating in Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, created a totally new experience and deserves a grand opening,” Iger said. The Disney California Adventure park, next door to Disneyland, opened in 2001 and has had underwhelming returns, even by the admission of company executives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2002 |
Jack Speirs, who in his 25-year association with Walt Disney Studios wrote lead-ins that were used to introduce television shows, including "Disneyland" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," has died. Speirs, who was 86, died of natural causes Nov. 29 at his home in Lake Sherwood. Speirs also wrote dozens of animal-oriented scripts for Disney television and feature films, including "Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar" and "King of the Grizzlies," and the narration for "The Bears and I."
June 18, 2012 |
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.
June 11, 2008 |
"The Wonderful World of Disney," the venerable prime-time TV show originally hosted by Walt Disney himself, is getting its geek on. For the first time, Disney.com plans to stream full-length movies online. The films will air on TV, on the Disney-owned ABC network's weekly "Wonderful World of Disney" program, every Saturday night throughout the summer, then be available for free -- that is, paid for by advertising -- on the company's website. The lineup includes Pixar films "Finding Nemo" (it's online through Friday)
April 15, 2012 |
What looks like a giant, smoldering gap in the side of Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is not the result of the latest disaster to befall the City of Angels. Instead, it is the latest over-the-top campaign stunt for a new attraction set to open May 25 at Universal Studios Hollywood. A giant laminate stuck to the side of the sports venue makes it look as if an 80-foot tall, 20-ton metal alien creature from the movie "Transformers" busted a hole through the building.