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Disney's new World of Color water show delivers amazement on a massive stage

The new World of Color at Disney California Adventure dials back the spectacle a few notches in favor of storytelling with a water show that still delivers plenty of wonder and amazement on a massive stage.

Dubbed “Celebrate,” the new hydrotechnic show debuting May 22 on the man-made lake of Paradise Pier tells the history of Walt Disney and his first theme park.

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I watched a media preview on Wednesday night and found that I remained stunned by the scope and scale of World of Color and impressed by the audacity of the original water show concept.

World of Color debuted in 2010 with the promise of future updates. Since then, Disney has made small additions and deletions, but “Celebrate” marks the first complete overhaul of the show.

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“Celebrate” is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, whose talents for the most part are sadly wasted....

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Four things to do over Memorial Day weekend -- for free

Record numbers of us -- 37.2 million, according to the AAA -- are going somewhere over the Memorial Day weekend. Here are four events that will take you off the freeway and into communities for music, reflection and art.

Pt. Reyes National Seashore: A Friday morning ceremony will mark what's called the "sacrifice of the surfmen" who were part of the 19th century U.S. Lifesaving Service. These men at the Northern California outpost risked their lives to rescue people from shipwrecks off the rocky coast and bring them safely to shore.

At 9 a.m., members of the National Park Service, the U.S. Coast Guard and the public will hear a brief history of the service and a biography of the individuals buried at the Lifesaving Service Cemetery that's now part of the parkland. A benediction follows at 9:35 a.m. Info: Pt. Reyes National Seashore, (415) 464-5100

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site: The city of Long Beach acquired Rancho Los Cerritos in 1955 and opened it to the public as a museum. The...

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Savvy Traveler items alleviate the space crunch in your carry-on bag

Attention, Transportation Security Administration: There is only so much you can cram into that 1-quart liquids bag you’ve mandated for users of carry-on bags. I suppose that’s the point, but, really, have you tried to get 3.4-ounce-or-less containers of makeup base, mouthwash, hair gel, hairspray, antiperspirant, cologne, hand sanitizer, facial cleanser, moisturizer and other stuff into one blasted 1-quart piece of plastic?

I thought not.

So I’m grateful for some new products from Savvy Traveler that come in 3-inch-square packets that contain a disposable one-use wipe of some of life’s necessities.

You can clean your hands and the germy surfaces of the plane (and after this recent column about the grossness one encounters on an airplane, these have great appeal), apply antiperspirant, wash your face and freshen up your mouth (sort of like a toothbrush/mouthwash combo without bristles that leaves your mouth minty fresh, which is what you want after a long — or any — flight).

The wipes...

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Lights! Camera! Movie theater! Yep, cinema comes (back) to Lanai

Tiny Lanai, one of Hawaii’s least visited and most sedate islands, is welcoming a new attraction: a movie theater.

The new theater in Lanai City, population 3,100, will be called Hale Keaka – Hawaiian for theater – and will feature two cinemas, each seating 91 people.

The original Lanai Theater served the community for much of the 20th century. It began screening silent movies in 1926 and later hosted live plays and musical performances. It fell into disrepair after being closed in the 1990s.

Local contractors recently restored the building to its vintage appearance. The original teak panels still adorn the cinema walls; new faux leather seats as well as digital projection and sound systems have been added.

Hale Keaka shows first-run movies. Show times can be found online. "Hot Pursuit," starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara, and "Pitch Perfect 2" are showing through May 28.

The theater was commissioned by James Dole, president of the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole Food Co.)....

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I'll take 'Arctic cruise with Alex Trebek for $5,595,' please

If you have questions for "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, ask away during a 12-day cruise in the Canadian Arctic that sets sail in August.

The 74-year-old TV game show host will be aboard the Ocean Endeavour for an Arctic Explorer 2015 trip leaving Aug. 9. It travels to the Northwest Passage, Prince Leopold Island, the fiords of Baffin Island and the east coast of Greenland.

Trebek, who is from Canada and takes an interest in travel and geography, has never been to Canada's northern reaches. He has been connected with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and is a winner of the organization's Gold Medal for his contribution to geographic education and geography.

(Travel writer Paul Theroux recently won a royal medal for geography from Britain's Royal Geographical Society.)

Trebek will be just like the other 198 passengers on board: zipping around the astonishing Arctic landscape in Zodiac boats; eating in the dining room; and watching out for polar bears, walruses and musk ox.

No word yet...

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Don't let oil spill near Santa Barbara upend Memorial Day camping plans

The oil spill about 23 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara has shut down Refugio and El Capitan state beaches to campers and visitors. Both will remain closed over Memorial Day weekend as emergency workers act to contain oil slicks covering about nine miles of coastline.

But Santa Barbara says there's no reason to cancel your plans to visit because of the oil spill off the coast that began Tuesday.

"We want everyone to know that Santa Barbara and Goleta are not affected whatsoever," says Karna Hughes, communications director of Visit Santa Barbara.

Campers who planned to spend the holiday weekend at the closed campgrounds will receive a refund from ReserveAmerica, the booking service used by California State Parks.

Where does that leave you if you still want to camp?

Displaced campers and anyone needing a last-minute reservation should check for campground availability at the California State Parks website. Gaviota State Park, for example, north of the spill area, still had spaces...

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