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  • Don’t waste your time at Disneyland. Here’s how to avoid the lines

    Visitors to Disneyland and California Adventure are experiencing more sore feet and sunburn while waiting to ride some of the parks’ increasingly popular attractions. On the opening weekend of California Adventure’s latest attraction, a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed redesign of the two-minute...

  • Pirates of the Caribbean anchors a Disneyland on the brink of great change

    Fifty years ago, Disneyland opened Pirates of the Caribbean, an attraction that one of the company’s former top creative executives still describes as “the greatest ride in Disneyland history.” On the 15-minute water-led excursion, guests first wind through skull- and treasure-laden caverns before...

  • Disneyland plans a PC makeover for its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

    At Disneyland, pirates can still drink, pillage and fight. But the swashbuckling tradition of abducting and exploiting women is being sent to Davy Jones’ Locker. Call it a sign of the times. The park plans to revamp a section of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean attraction that depicts a parade...

  • Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to no longer include auction scene selling women

    A scene that depicts women on the auction block apparently has no place in a Disneyland ride, even if the attraction is meant to depict the violence, debauchery and misogyny of a pirate’s life. When the Pirates of the Caribbean ride closes for routine maintenance next year, the scene will be replaced,...

  • Goose poop leaves 17 a bit messy at Disneyland

    Seventeen people had a dirty day Friday at the Happiest Place on Earth. They enjoyed Disneyland just fine, but were hit by a mass of droppings from a flock of geese. It was dramatic enough to bring police and firefighters to the Magic Kingdom. The Anaheim Police Department said they answered a...

  • With 'Star Wars' land still two years away, Disney cues Marvel's Guardians

    When the Walt Disney Co. wrote a check for more than $4 billion in 2009 to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc., Disney fans predicted a massive invasion of superheroes at the company’s Anaheim resort. That seems a step closer to reality with the opening next month of Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission:...

  • Vaccination rate jumps in California after tougher inoculation law

    The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners soared this fall from the previous year, fueled by a state law that made it significantly tougher for parents to exempt schoolchildren from shots. It was the highest vaccination rate among kindergartners since at least 1998, and comes after a...

  • Electrical Parade gets an extension at Disneyland

    Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, the nostalgic extravaganza of lights, dancing and upbeat synthesizer music, has had its nightly gig at Disneyland extended for another two months. Instead of ending June 18, the nighttime parade of 22 floats, dozens of dancers and 600,000 blinking lights...

  • What to expect from Disney’s new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride

    The “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride opening May 27 at Disney California Adventure will replace the venerable Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as the anchor of a new Marvel themed land. The 2004 Tower of Terror indoor elevator drop ride will be re-skinned with a back story loosely based on the original...

  • Why I waited two hours for an elusive 'Beauty and the Beast' cup

    A hush fell over Fantasyland. It was noon on a bright Friday in Anaheim when a Disneyland employee — cast member, in park parlance — emerged to make an announcement. All eyes in a snaking, almost two-hour line turned toward her. Hundreds of “Beauty and the Beast” die-hards awaited her every word....

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