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  • Fantasmic will get an upgrade when it returns this summer

    Disneyland fans who are suffering attraction withdrawal should get some relief this summer when the Anaheim park reopens some familiar features that closed last year to make way for construction of the new Star Wars land. Disney said Friday that Fantasmic, the Disneyland attraction that combines...

  • What’s the No. 1 attraction in the world? #Disneyland, at least when it comes to Instagram love

    Forget ticket sales. The metric of the moment is social media heat, and apparently #Disneyland has more than anywhere else on the planet. More than the No. 2 spot, the Eiffel Tower. And almost triple that of its far bigger sibling, Disney World. According to TravelBird, an online travel specialist,...

  • From the Archives: Walt and the pirates

    In 1966 and 1967, Disneyland added four new attractions: It's a Small World, The Primeval World, New Orleans Square and The Pirates of the Caribbean. The four attractions cost $20 million, or $3 million more than the cost of the original park. In a Los Angeles Times story on the new attractions,...

  • 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....

  • That's a lot of yo-hos: Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride is 50

    The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland is turning 50 on Saturday — and what a ride it’s been. The theme park plans to mark the ride’s longevity with pirate music from Lucky the Pirate and the Bootstrappers on Friday and appearances by Capt. Jack Sparrow on Saturday. Walt Disney oversaw...

  • California Inc.: Southern California theme park prices keep soaring

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. While much of Monday’s market buzz will likely continue to center on Snap, which went public...

  • Former Disneyland president Jack Lindquist dies

    Jack Lindquist, a longtime Disney executive who became the first president of Disneyland, died of natural causes at his home in Anaheim Sunday. He was 88. "Those of us who had the good fortune to know Jack will always remember the kindness, humility and dedication that made him such an important...

  • In the Loop: Where to grab grub and grog at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we climb aboard SeaWorld San Diego’s Ocean Explorer submarine, take a ride on SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako hyper coaster, find a 20-acre hidden Mickey...

  • He's the creative force bringing 'Star Wars' to Disney's theme parks

    The gig: Scott Trowbridge, 50, is creative portfolio executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, which makes him the innovation guru assigned to expand the $4-billion "Star Wars" franchise throughout the Disney theme parks. That assignment includes devising new "Star Wars"-inspired merchandise, food...

  • Orange County breaks tourism record with 47 million visitors in 2015

    Thanks to the allure of Disneyland and huge growth in convention attendance, Orange County hosted a record 47.3 million visitors last year. The county's visitor total represents a 3% increase over 2014 and is the second year in a row that the region has set a fresh tourism record, according to...

  • Harrison Ford to reveal Disney's 'Star Wars' land details in TV special

    Disneyland's 60th anniversary TV special is taking a detour to a galaxy far, far away. Harrison Ford will be revealing a preview of the "Star Wars" lands coming to Disneyland (in Anaheim) and Walt Disney World Resorts (in Orlando, Fla.) next month on "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,"...

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