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1,000 items from Disneyland's earliest days to go to auction

Disneyland fans, you've got your annual pass and zillions of pins. But do you possess an original bird from the Tiki Room? Or an etched glass E-ticket sign that once hung at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

Now you can.

As Disneyland rolls out plans for its 60th year celebrations, more than 1,000 items from the theme park's early days are going on the auction block in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 28. The collection is expected to take in $1 million at auction.

Members of the public can peruse items -- some of which date to Disneyland's opening day on July 17, 1955 -- at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from Feb. 7 to 27.

"The breadth of this vintage collection and the rarity of the memorabilia are a true testament to the genius of Walt Disney," gallery founder and President Mike Van Eaton says in a statement. "It tells the story of Disneyland from the beginning like we have never seen before, and I am sure we won’t ever see again."...

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Video: Down low in Death Valley

A lot of Death Valley National Park is below sea level, but Badwater is in its own category. That spot – which is the focus of this short video – is the lowest point in North America, 282 feet below sea level.

You might expect it to be tucked away in a hard-to-reach corner of wilderness, but no, Badwater is a simple 17-mile drive (on paved road) south of Furnace Creek, where most of the park’s hotel rooms and tourist amenities can be found.

Up close, Badwater is a sprawling plain of crunchy salt flats. See the mountain wall of rock just east? Up top is Dante’s View, more than 5,000 feet above sea level and often very windy. Badwater is calmer. Try to visit at dawn or sunset, when the light is doubly dramatic.

 “A Minute Away” is a video series in which nothing much happens -- except you see the world, and hear it, and get a respite from workaday life. We’ve covered Machu Picchu, Red Square, the Yucatan, the Alamo, an Alaska float plane and the reading room of the New York Public...

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What to expect for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration

What do you give a 60-year-old theme park that has everything?

How about a nighttime parade transplanted from Hong Kong Disneyland and an anniversary-themed update to its long-running fireworks show?

Disneyland will add plenty of polish, sparkle and bombast starting May 22 as the Anaheim theme park celebrates its 60th anniversary with a nostalgia-soaked diamond jubilee.  

Across the esplanade at Disney California Adventure, the “World of Color” water show will get a new story overlay dedicated to the history of Walt Disney and his first theme park.

At first blush, Disneyland's diamond jubilee plans seem little more than an elaborate version of the park overlays we've come to expect at Halloween and Christmas. Take a holiday parade, toss in some seasonal fireworks, sprinkle in a few modest tweaks to a nighttime spectacular, add a bit of sparkle to the castle and, voila, you have a 60th anniversary celebration.

But the run-of-the-mill anniversary offerings could prove more spectacular...

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In India, a marathoner finishes with a new outlook on Mumbai

Popular Bollywood beats blared from my iPod, drowning out the pounding of my heart. As I walked to the start line of the marathon, I was already drenched with sweat.

I realized this was the farthest I’d walked in Mumbai, a city of 13 million without hailing a taxi.

Yet here I was, about to run 26.2 miles through a city I’d visited numerous times but had never really seen.

Little did I know my last-minute decision to come to India to run the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon for charity was about to change my outlook on the city and its people and, along the way, teach me an invaluable lesson about travel.

I’m a traveler. My adventures have taken me to countries as diverse as war-torn Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the lavish United Arab Emirates.

Some experiences were more a culture shock than others, but I welcomed each as a case study about the world and its people. When I opened a suitcase, I opened my mind.

Except when it came to Mumbai. As an American-born child of Indian descent...

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Deal: How to get 25% off wine, chocolate tastings at Temecula casino

Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., next month will hold two tasting events: one featuring chocolate, the other wines. Any adult who has or applies for a casino club card will receive 25% off ticket prices.

The deal: If you have a Pechanga Club Card, you'll receive the discount for individual events or a combination ticket. You have to be 21 or older to apply for a free club card and to attend the events. I am told these events sell out each year.

The Chocolate Decadence evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 27 rolls out lots of sweets and desserts paired with wines. Full-price tickets cost $50 ($37.50 for card holders).

The Pechanga Wine Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 will feature wines from Temecula Valley, Central California, Napa-Sonoma and the Pacific Northwest, as well as international wines, and little bites made by the resort's chefs. Full-price tickets cost $65 ($48.50 for card holders).

Combination tickets for both cost $100, discounted to $75 for card holders.

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Super Bowl after-party: Sail to the Caribbean with veteran Patriots players

Regardless of who wins Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, New England Patriots fans can extend football season this spring on a Caribbean cruise with former players.

Guests have a chance to meet former Pats Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, Scott Zolak, Peter Brock, Joe Andruzzi, Patrick Pass and Steve Nelson during a 2015 Patriots Fan Cruise that sails from Florida on March 15.

Passengers will enjoy an on-board karaoke night (start practicing) and a game of pool volleyball with the football alums. There also will be autograph and photo sessions too, according to Celebrity's website.

The Fan Cruise package includes $50 on-board credit and a free alcohol package too.

The Celebrity Silhouette will sail from Fort Lauderdale and stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Prices for the seven-night cruise start at $1,019 per person, based on double occupancy, excluding tax and fees. A spokeswoman says that demand has been high, and space is "very limited" as of...

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