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Paint the Night preserves wacky whimsy of Main Street Electrical Parade

Disneyland’s new 1.5 million-light show Paint the Night recalls the upbeat and offbeat nature of the Main Street Electrical Parade and is a worthy successor to the beloved nighttime parade that left the Anaheim theme park nearly two decades ago.

Based on a parade at Hong Kong Disneyland, the new Paint the Night is part of the Anaheim theme park’s 60th anniversary celebration with floats from "Cars," "Toy Story," "Monsters Inc.," "Beauty and the Beast," "Little Mermaid" and “Frozen” as well as 76 performers in lighted costumes.

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary: Overview | Parade | Fireworks | Water Show | Ride Updates

Paint the Night starts with a float featuring the feisty and silly Tinkerbell wearing a glowing green dress that sets a “light” tone for the rest of the parade -- in both the high-wattage and light-hearted sense of the word.

The most massive float by far is Mack, a life-size version of the big-rig truck from “Cars” powered by 25,000 lights. Mack’s bobtail trailer is filled with...

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Four traffic headaches you should avoid this Memorial Day weekend

Oh, the places you'll go -- and the places you shouldn't go-- this Memorial Day weekend. Record numbers of Americans on the road mean that trouble traffic spots will be even more troublesome.

The California Highway Patrol defines the holiday weekend as lasting from 6:01 p.m. on Friday to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Here are five places you should avoid during peak hours, unless you look forward to bonding with family while stuck on the freeway.

Yosemite National Park: Don't come to the park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the peak hours for traffic, a park statement says. Visitors inside Yosemite Valley are advised to park their vehicles and take the free shuttles, or bike or hike to get from point to point.

Also, know that reserved campsites in Yosemite are sold out; the few available on a first-come, first-served basis are expected to be filled by Friday afternoon. The park suggests looking for lodging or camping in the gateway communities at Yosemite's south entrance.

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The pain you feel at the pump? Bad, but not as bad as last Memorial Day

If you’re wincing at the cost of gasoline as get ready for your Memorial Day driving trip, take heart: You're not paying as much as you did last year.

Gas prices have shot up like a rocket in the last month. Californians are paying an average $3.79 a gallon for regular gas, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

In the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, we’re paying about 18 cents a gallon more than the state average, which puts us at the top of the charts. Even usually expensive San Francisco is paying less than we are, at $3.80 a gallon.

But gas prices are particularly painful now because holiday weekend travel (50 miles or more constitutes a trip, AAA says) is mostly by car: Of the 37.2 million people expected to get out of town, 33 million are expected to be driving, AAA says.

Here's the good (OK, maybe not so bad) news: You’ll pay less for a gallon of regular gas than last year, when it was $4.14 statewide and 3 cents more than that for L.A./Long Beach residents.

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Here's a stunningly low winter airfare to London from LAX

Willing to brave a little wet, chilly weather for an airfare to London that’s about 40% of what you’ll pay this summer?

Norwegian Air Shuttle, the European low-cost carrier that’s offering service that gets you to Britain and the Continent without breaking the bank, is offering a $543 round-trip, nonstop fare, including all taxes and fees, from LAX to London’s Gatwick Airport.

The catch: Travel is valid Jan. 17-March 10 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This one will go fast so be aware that this is subject to availability.

Note that a call to Norwegian will incur an international phone charge. Info: Norwegian Air Shuttle, 011-47-21-49-00-15.

Source: Airfarewatchdog

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Is Disneyland's fast-moving 'Forever' fireworks show too complex?

It will take some time to get used to the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show, which pulls your attention in several directions at once to the detriment of the pyrotechnics spectacular unfolding above.

There’s just so much happening on Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Main Street USA building facades and even Matterhorn mountain that you forget to watch the fireworks exploding high in the sky.

I'm sure after a few more viewings of the all-encompassing fireworks show I’ll figure out where to look and when, but the new 60th anniversary nighttime spectacular could prove vexing for the average tourist on a day trip to Disneyland.

It may be symptomatic of our constantly distracted age that Disneyland felt the audience needed to be stimulated in more ways than one to keep their attention.

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary: Overview | Parade | Fireworks | Water Show | Ride Updates

Disneyland dreamed up the multiple-point-of-view show as a way to disperse the large crowds expected for the diamond jubilee...

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