Amusement and Theme Parks

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Dami Sushi & Izakaya Opens in Buena Park; Offers Free Giveaways & $20 Gift Certificates

    The new Asian-focused mall called Village Circle on Beach (think Irvine's Diamond Jamboree) already has a lot of of its core tenants in place (85 Degrees is already open and H-Mart is opening soon if it's not already). There will be at least a dozen more tenants there. One of them is a Dami Sushi & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Knott's Berry Farm Spectacle Will Have Those for Miles Around Seeing Red and Then Pink

    That big red light you will see from miles around coming from the center of Orange County tonight and tomorrow night is not an LED tactical light being used by aliens to target us. Well, not this time it isn't. And when later Friday that red light turns pink, it does not mean you have boozed so ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    PHOTO: Jay Cicinelli Partying at Knott's Berry Farm During Kelly Thomas Trial

    Multiple sources have told the Weekly that Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, the two former Fullerton police officers currently on trial for their role in the Kelly Thomas killing, have been living large ever since, partying and having a gay old time as if nothing ever happened. But when we ask for ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Knott's Berry Farm Stagecoach Flips, Injuring 3 Riders

    Three people were hospitalized after a stagecoach ride at Knott's Berry Farm lost a wheel and flipped Sunday afternoon.But the injuries were minor, according to officials at the Buena Park theme park, whose ride was carrying 14 passengers at the time.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Erik Michael Krause, Huntington Beach Cop, and Michael John Zannitto, Garden Grove Officer, Guilty of Conspiring to Fix Traffic Ticket

    A jury Thursday found police officers from Garden Grove and Huntington Beach guilty of conspiring with each other via texts and phone calls to get a traffic ticket dismissed for a woman who promised them free booze. Erik Michael Krause, 44 and a 22-year veteran of HBPD, and Michael John Zannitto, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Michael King Lim Sought for Selling Phony Theme Park Tickets Thanks to Arrested Brother

    After a Buena Park police sting that resulted in the arrest of Raymond John Lim, 23, of Walnut, for allegedly making and selling counterfeit tickets to Knott's Berry Farm and other Southern California theme parks, attention shifted to his brother, Michael King Lim.That's because Raymond implicated h ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012
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    September 20, 2012

    VIDEO: Hilarious Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt Monster Auditions

    It takes a certain kind of person to want to be a monster at Knott's Berry Farm's monster-maze attraction Halloween Haunt. We were fortunate enough to observe some of these special of folks in action during a day of auditions in July. Michelle interviewed some of the haunting hopefuls and expla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    You Be the Judge: Angry Mom v. Knott's Berry Farm's Soak City

    The litigants: angry mother Karen Roberson and Knott's Berry Farm management in Buena Park.The allegation: Soak City employees and Knott's Berry Farm management halfheartedly dealt with two teen boys with camera phones in the women's locker room before closing Tuesday, July 31.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Two BBQ Contests at Knott's Soak City Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

    ProfessorSalt.comCompetition-grade spare ribs from Tropical Heat BBQ Team​Would you guess that Orange County hosts more sanctioned barbecue contests than L.A. County? It's true. We're not talking about unsanctioned "rib burns," either, but legitimate contests with certified judges like you'd find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Horse Mysteriously Collapses at Knott's Berry Farm

    ​If you're spending any part of the long holiday weekend at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, stand clear of the horses.That's because one attached to a stagecoach collapsed in front of people in line Sunday.

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    OC's Top Five Most Dangerous Theme Park Rides

    ​Accidents happen, especially at America's theme parks, and Orange County's theme park triumvirate--Disneyland, California Adventure and Knott's Berry Farm--are no exceptions to the rule.Recently, the state completed investigations into 27 medical problems sustained by passengers riding OC theme p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Teen Accused of Sexual Battery on Disney's California Adventure Dance Floor

    ​A 17-year-old boy from Menlo Park was arrested Friday for allegedly touching his female dance partner inappropriately at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim.The teen, who was not identified because of his age, was detained by Disney security and turned over to city cops who arrested him on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    What You Missed: NOFX, NYE Block Party, Rebelution, Surf City Splash, Berlin, Food Truck Fare and More

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​Happy 2011! What'd you do? Or more importantly, what did you miss? We were all over the place with the New Year's Eve celebrations--from NOFX at the Wiltern and the Block Party at the OC Fairgrounds to Rebelution at the House of Blues and Berlin at Knott's Berry Farm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    10 Riders of Knott's Berry Farm Pony Express Pony Up to Emergency Room

    ​Ten people were hurt when two cars on the Pony Express roller coaster collided during Thursday night's Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm.The Buena Park theme park guests were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Three were 12-year-olds and the rest were adults, according to Orange County ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    This Weekend: Mini Gay Days at Disneyland! (And Knott's)

    Flickr user samlavi​Who says you've got to wait another whole year for Gay Days at Disneyland?

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Avoid HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher?

    (photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly)New Issa rule: Don't watch HBO comedian​"Don't watch Bill Maher!"--Wealthy GOP Southern California Congressman Darrell Issa at this month's California Republican Assembly state convention held at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. Issa also declared himsel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Dishney: PETA Recommends Animal Sanctuaries Over Disneyland

    In yet another effort to make both meat eaters and vegetarians further dislike them, Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has issued an open letter to President Obama via the Huffington Post, pleading for him to send the traditional Than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Dishney: Disneyland Tries Some Viral Marketing?

    While browsing the very latest in cute cat videos from Japan (you think I'm joking, I'm sadly not), I couldn't help but notice the "Promoted Videos" sidebar on YouTube repeatedly featuring a handful of creepy ghost sighting videos from Disneyland. Three have been released so far, all by the same use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park, No Filter Edition

    Flickr user BriBerry​It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly round-up of the best and worst tweets from Disneyland park--this time, it's the "No Filter" Edition. Inspired by the very first account we heard just this week of someone getting fired over something not-so-smart that they tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Mint Julep at Disneyland's Blue Bayou Restaurant

    ​Unless you're an ex-Mouseketeer, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or the offspring of one or the other, you're probably not going to make it into Club 33 (Disneyland's hardly secret VIP lounge) for an afternoon highball with Mickey. So then what do you do if your throat's left a little parched f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2009

    Dishney: Disney Launches Official Theme Parks Blog

    Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog​Perhaps in an effort to curb all the crazy rumor mongering (heh) being slung around by the squillion Disney fan blogs out there, the House of Mouse has decided to launch an official blog to document all the latest (official) happenings at their theme parks. The blog w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park

    Flickr user PhoenixFlameAmy​The new Fantasmic! dragon--his name's Murphy, seriously--might have premiered this week, but we're still more interested with you people out there broadcasting hilarious(ly inappropriate) shit all over Twitter. Our favorite this week goes to the dude stoked over the Dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Incoming: Steve Martin at Orange County Performing Arts Center

    ​Celebrities often take unexpected paths late in their careers. Jane Fonda put out workout videos. George Foreman sells grills. Francis Ford Coppola directed Jack. And Steve Martin, legendary comedic figure he is, has taken to nurturing his love of playing banjo, as evidenced by his The Crow: New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Dishney: Top 5 Most Avoidable Disneyland Deaths

    ​Alright, fine: So it's a little morbid, but since the park's grand opening in 1955, a few hiccups have happened during Disneyland's reign as the Happiest Place on Earth--nine of them, to be exact. Which, statistically speaking, isn't all that bad. We guess. All but one of the fatalities ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Dishney: The Princess and the Frog (And the Controversy)

    Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks​So when Disney announced some months ago their plans to release a full-length feature done the "old-fashioned way"--meaning 2D--who wasn't excited? While Pixar's miraculously long lasting hit parade have been major crowd pleasers, a return to the Broadway-style musicals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park

    Flickr User SurfDaddy"Don't Drink and Disney"​You're excited, we know it, we can feel it from here! This week's round-up of tweets from Disneyland bring us gems like a gal rehashing high school hatred for "some one-armed girl" and, everyone's favorite, getting high at the park (we highly recommend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Dishney: Tweets From the Park, Sex Edition

    In a world where people are losing jobs over blog posts, websites, and MySpace and Facebook photos, we're just left wondering how long until we all start learning of career-death by tweet. Then again: Some people still don't care. Eh. Here's our weekly roundup of some of the best--and worst--tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Dishney: Disneyland's Club 33 Wait List Even Longer Than You Thought

    Flickr User emmyboopThe myyyysterious Club 33. Though most have heard of it--creepy obsessive Disney fanatic or not--not many have ever seen it. And at the rate the wait list is crawling along? You'll probably never see it. The latest D23 FANfare e-mail blast reports: "Ever since Club 33 opened on J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Dishney: California Adventure Dreamin' With Bob Weis

    The concept art of the Carthay Circle TheatreWith recent announcements of the complete re-vamping of that other park, Disney's California Adventure seem to have a bright future ahead, abandoning its current concept of a California-themed theme park in uh, California, and replacing it with something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Dishney: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

    Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Studio Disney 365With the recent announcement of the July 2009 Downtown Disney arrival of overpriced-boutique-to-the-stars (and their privileged offspring) Kitson Kids, it seems to us that Disney's starting to cater to--and cultivate--a whole new sect of Paris Hilton-obsess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Did Disneyland Try Viral Video Promotion of Summer Nightastic?

    The YouTube video above supposedly captures a young man proposing marriage to his girlfriend in the middle of Disneyland's Main Street USA. But as MousePlanet points out, the whole thing reeks of a stunt to promote the new Summer Nightastic spectacular by hoping the "amateur" video goes viral. Ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    A Visit to Napa Rose Guarantees Impressed Chicks

    It was supposed to be the perfect Cinco de Mayo: dinner with my chica and some of our pals at the muy muy Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel followed by moshing at the Mouse of Blues with O.C.'s O.G. punk-mock veteranos, Manic Hispanic. I should've known better: the two don't mix.Napa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Reminder: Free Ice Cream Today!!!

    As mentioned previously, the folks at Häagen-Dazs are giving away a complimentary scoop of any "bee-built" flavor, between 4:00pm and 8:00pm today.To find your nearest location, CLICK HERE. Not all are participating, but most of the ones we checked with are, including the Shops at Mission Viejo, Fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    How to Spend Disney Bucks? Let Mickey Count the Ways

    Everybody has cash to spare these days, so the big question is how to blow it to get the most bang for your buck. This is especially true, of course, of Mouseketeers. I mean, should those with valid Orange County addresses spend $99 for a three-day pass to visit Disneyland and/or California Adventur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    OC Restaurant Closures During April

    Well, there was just one. This, coupled with recent comments about signs of an improvement in the economy, may be an indication that we're starting to turn the corner. We live in hope, anyway.So which unfortunate restaurant was it? Yamabuki, in Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel.But, try as we might t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Welcome to the Poor Haunted Mansion

    If you go to Disneyland this spring or summer, you'll find great deals on Park Hopper tickets. The question is whether there will be anyone there to sell you your tickets, take your tickets and grope you. Disney is eliminating 1,900 jobs at its domestic theme parks, most in Orlando (1,400) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Freddie Hubbard, R.I.P.

    Freddie Hubbard died today at Sherman Oaks Hospital. He was 70. I've always been a freak for the jazz trumpeter and still remember the first time I caught him live, in the early '80s at, of all places, Carnation Gardens at Disneyland--about as far as one can get from a smoke-filled gin jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008

    To Do Tonight 10/22

    Wayne Brady, 8 p.m. He's got a singing career now. $32.50-$35 House of Blues 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. Anaheim, CA 714-778-2583 The Elvis Show, 9:30 p.m. The self-proclaimed “greatest Elvis impersonator in Fullerton, Brea and Whittier,” Kirk Wall knows how to rock that white sequined jumpsuit like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2008

    What You Missed Over The Weekend Part XXIV

    The big news of the weekend was the OC Weekly's two wins at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Awards in Philadelphia. Gustavo Arellano took home the award for Best Column with "Ask A Mexican" while R. Scott Moxley bagged second place in the prestigious public service category for his cover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2008

    A Look at Disneyland's Newest Ride, Toy Story Midway Mania

    Enduring a heat wave, and wave of overweight mid-westerners, I embarked on a journey to Disney’s California Adventure for the sneak preview of their “Toy Story Midway Mania" ride. Let me preface this by saying, I hate Disneyland. I hate the high prices, I hate the happy music, and I hate the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Re-Do for Disneyland's Less Popular Sis

    Hey, California Adventure. Disneyland is truly the place “where dreams come true.” And, you’re the proof. Earlier this morning, Disney officials released information concerning the future expansion of California Adventure, Disneyland’s boring sister. So it seems that "wishing upon a star" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2007

    To Do Today - 10/06

    GAY DAYS AT DISNEYLAND, 8am Come out and show your support for the 10th annual “Gay Days” at Disneyland. Numerous events will be held all day throughout the park. Remember to wear red. Disneyland, 1313 S Harbor Blvd., Anaheim KIDSFAIRE, 10am This is one to take the whole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2007

    Free Tix: Toots & The Maytals this Wed

    It's not Friday, but we thought we'd give out tickets anyway. Who? Toots & The Maytals When? Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm Where? House of Blues, 1530 Disneyland Blvd., Anaheim, CA To nab one of the 25 pairs we've got, email: ocpromotions AT ocweekly DOT com with your NAME, AGE, and PHONE NUMB ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007

    Photos: Bats Day at Disney

    The family that wears eyeshadow together, stays together. Click the image for more photos of goths at the Magic Kingdom: Oh, and read the related LA Weekly article.

  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Recall Madness!

    The nuts and bolts (with extra nuts) of direct democracy gone wild

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Orange County History Via KOCE

    We love KOCE-TV Channel 50, watch it for television genius (and Orange County Business Journal editor) Rick Reiff's wonderful coif, the in-depth author interviews conducted by Maria Hall-Brown, and the Register-friendly worldview of Real Orange. So it pains us to discover that KOCE president Mel Rog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    James Randal Ross (1926-2007)

    Legendary outlaws and dirty jokes aren't typically mentioned in the obituaries of Superior Court judges in OC, but as the panel of judges who censured him in 1998 could have told you, James Randal Ross was not a typical judge. Ross, who served as an Orange County Superior Court judge from 1983 to 1 ... More >>

  • News

    December 7, 2006

    A Snow Job Success

    The shady past of OCs newest mega-philanthropist

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    SpongeTodd: Mr. Spitzer masters the freebie

    Proving once again that the driest of bureaucratic documents often contain the most interesting things, Judy Lin of the Sacramento Bee digs through the disclosure forms that state lawmakers are required to file and discovers: ... from January 2005 to June 30, 2006, groups with business at the Capito ... More >>

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