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.
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.
January 12, 2013 |
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.
June 18, 2012 |
Over the years, Disney theme parks have offered over 200 different varieties of Mickey Mouse ears for guests to wear. The latest version, which debuted Friday with the relaunch of Disney California Adventure, includes technology that let the ears glow and change colors in sync with the music of shows at Disney theme parks. But they are not cheap: The price for the glowing ears is $25 while the plain black version sells for about $14 at the park. The video above shows how the ears glow to the "World of Color" attraction at California Adventure.
November 14, 2010 |
Don't miss the Toontown roller coaster, somebody said. Don't bother with Toontown, somebody else said. Don't risk the Matterhorn with a first-grader, somebody said. Don't miss the Matterhorn with a first-grader, somebody else said. "Absolutely," I said. When you tell a Southern Californian that your 6-year-old is about to visit Disneyland for the first time ? and that you haven't been there since Captain EO was fresh from the academy ? the advice comes flowing like the whitewater that I imagine courses down Splash Mountain.
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.
December 21, 2011 |
Shortly after Christmas, the same question arises every year: What are we going to do on New Year's Eve ? Here's what some California amusement and theme parks have planned for the last night of 2011: Disneyland in Anaheim will stay open until 2 a.m. with live bands, DJs and midnight fireworks. Across the way, Disney California Adventure will remain open until 1 a.m. with the ElecTRONica dance party and a midnight showing of "World of Color," the nighttime water spectacular.
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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.