The Happiest Place on Earth was the Sappiest Place on Earth--as in sapping a Disneyland cast member of wages, vacation and other compensation, according to the ex-employee's complaint.
Droves of tattoo-sporting, vest-wearing nerds roam the Happiest Place On Earth. They don't make war, they say—they make magic
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Near the end of last month, the Smiths (real family, pinky promise) came to visit California from Australia, ending their vacation with a trip to Disneyland. They last saw it on either the Karmel Shuttle Service to the Disneyland Hotel or at the Earl of Sandwich. It's happened to the best and worst ... More >>
Another month, another little girl former Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast is accused of sexually assaulting. In May, the Corona 45-year-old was accused of sex acts with a female relative beginning when she was 11. In June came allegations about a second girl, the 7-year-old daughter of a fr ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a now former Disneyland machinist facing allegations of sexually assaulting a third child, who was 7 when the abuse is said to have begun.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 4:36 P.M.: When Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast was arrested and arraigned last month ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the defendant's not guilty plea and Disneyland's response to the charges.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 24, 12:51 P.M.: Authorities are reaching out to the public in case there are other victims of a Disneyland machinist accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old ... More >>
Dry-ice bombs are so hot right now!A week after two homemade explosive devices--also known as acid bombs--exploded at Disneyland, police reveal two more have blasted in recent months in the College Park East area of Seal Beach.Meaning Christian Isaiah Barnes should maybe come up with an alibi.
Updated, with new info on the bottom... ORIGINAL STORY, MAY 28, 6:04 P.M.: News is coming out of Disneyland right now that there was an explosion reported in the theme park's Toontown section, specifically from a trash can. Reports off of Twitter from people on the scene say that police are evacuat ... More >>
Currently on Capitol Hill, there's a raging debate over what kind of amnesty will America get shoved down its throat (or, conversely, up its tucchus). But you know you're starting to enter the silly season when a U.S. senator starts hailing Disney's entry system for its theme parks as a model on whi ... More >>
Charles Phoenix's slideshows of found photos from kitschy '50s and '60s always seem to sell out but there are still tickets out there for March 16-17 "Retro Disneyland Slide Shows" at the Curtis Theatre in Brea."Festive dress is encouraged but not expected," says your gentle host.
I'll be honest: I've never cared much for Disneyland. That doesn't mean I hate on the entirety of the Resort--I like the hotel workers, I own many cups from Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and the eating at Napa Rose is simply magnificent. But the park itself? I've been exactly three times since 19 ... More >>
If you want to go through a roll call of possibly crypto-racist characters in the Disney canon, the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland would rank pretty low, even though he IS white and some of the morons over at Stormfront have long used him as a user-profile pic. Hell, all I remember from the c ... More >>
How did the Disney cast member cross the road?Poorly.The unidentified woman was struck by a car driven by an undercover Anaheim police officer last night.
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Wow: if ever you needed a Nero fiddling moment for the mess that is Anaheim, it happened this night, just around the time when protestors angry at the police shooting deaths of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo were facing off against police: Disneyland shot off its fireworks, completely oblivious of the ... More >>
Ever wonder what would happen if Disneyland had a 24-hour rave? Every Kandy kid, EDM fan and old-school raver would unite for a historic, glowstick dance-a-thon. E-tards would finally get the chance to ask Mickey Mouse, "Have you seen Molly?" Electro junkies have gathered in stadiums, water parks,ha ... More >>
The Happiest Place on Earth will soon become The Most Caffeinated Place on Earth. Starbucks will be coming to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, it was announced today on the Disney Parks blog. The first location is set to open in June at California Adventure. It will be located i ... More >>
A woman is suing Disneyland and the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County in Superior Court because she claims her back was injured by a Disney employee dressed as Darth Vader and doing battle with a bird during the 2011 AIDS Walk Orange County at the Anaheim resort. If the incident had happe ... More >>
To celebrate Leap Day yesterday, Disneyland stayed open for 24 hours straight, which was simultaneously the best and worst decision ever. Missed out on the madness? Check out these live tweets from the park!
Fat Tuesday may very well be over (if seeing people walk around with dirt on their foreheads today wasn't clue enough), but the Mardi Gras celebration taking place in New Orleans Square at Disneyland is just ramping up.Learn more about Disneyland's Mardi Gras event New Orleans Bayou Bas ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 20, 2:44 P.M.: Disney Resort officials released a statement saying the booze-fueled incident next to the Tower of Terror Saturday was "uncharacteristic" for the California Adventure theme park in Anaheim.The Mouseketeers are right about this: no characters in costumes were involved . ... More >>
Disneyland sells its popular Jungle Cruise boat ride this way:"Board a trusty tramp steamer for a 7-minute guided tour of jungles from around the world, brimming with exotic animals and lush tropical foliage. Keep an eye out for potential perils -- and stunning beauty -- as your daring skipper na ... More >>
UPDATE, Jan 12, 2012, 3:13 p.m.: Stan Freese got in touch with us today and said that the casting requirements have been amended; the characters don't have to play specific instruments, as the original audition stated. Original post, Jan. 11, 2012, 10:58 a.m.: Can you play a mean guitar riff whil ... More >>
Ever wish you could ride Space Mountain at 3:30 in the morning?You now have your chance! Learn more after the jump.
Disneyland canceled their holiday fireworks display again Wednesday night. The cancellation marks the sixth time in the last week that the theme park has canceled their nightly holiday show.Learn more about the cancellation after the jump.
The holidays are definitely at Disneyland Resort, and I stopped into the park Friday to take in the sights.Luckily for you, I also captured a bunch of said sights with my camera and then turned them into two slideshows for you: one showing the holiday decorations, the other showing the holiday tr ... More >>
Obviously, I like Disneyland. I may even go so far as to say that I love Disneyland (though writing about it a couple times a week sometimes makes me love it a little bit less).Still, I'm far from being a fanatic. I couldn't tell you where every Hidden Mickey is in the park, nor do I have a ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 8, 10:41 A.M.: The ballots have been counted and the results announced. The fierce feud is over.An "overwhelming majority" of UNITE HERE Local 11 members who cast ballots yesterday voted in support of the new collective bargaining agreement with Disneyland Resort. The newly ratified ... More >>
Like Disneyland and Ghirardelli chocolate?If so, prepare to be happy.Learn more after the jump, chocoholics.
A few months ago, I wrote this post about ten awesome things about Xbox's "Kinect: Disneyland Adventures" after I got to play a quick preview of the game at the D23 Expo.Last week, I finally got the chance to play the full version of the game, so now I present you with five more awesome things ab ... More >>
Another non-official Disneyland event is just around the corner!Is it Gay Days? Maybe Bats Day? Nope! It's Rock Around the Park, the annual rockabilly/psychobilly event!Learn more about Rock Around the Park's big weekend after the jump.
Halloween Time may officially be over at Disneyland (other than the Haunted Mansion's The Nightmare Before Christmas makeover that runs through the rest of the year), but all of the pumpkins will soon be replaced by tinsel when the park's holiday season officially bows on November 14.Learn what p ... More >>
Admit it, you're intrigued.Have all of your questions answered after the jump.
Disneyland is pushing 60 years old and, like most people nearing that milestone, the park has had its fair share of cheeseball moments over the past six decades.More specifically I'm talking about Disney's long history of promotional videos they produce when promoting a new park, attraction or e ... More >>
Since 1955, folks have been addicted to Disneyland, and celebrities are no different.During my visits to the park, I've seen a bunch of celebs enjoying a day out at The Happiest Place on Earth. (You might be able to spot them by the plaid-vested guides that usually walk around with them.)I've see ... More >>
No, really. This is just plain cute. A little girl named Lily gets surprised with a birthday trip to Disneyland and has the sweetest freakout, complete with a tearful happy dance. Commence heart-meltage in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .
Pardon my triteness: If I had a nickel for every time I accidentally stumbled upon a new food truck on the road on the day of its debut, I'd have exactly 10 cents. It happened with Sexy Burger a few weeks ago. And on the way to dinner last night, it happened again: I saw the truck pictured above ... More >>
Having been familiar in a previous life with the Lost and Found Department at Disneyland, I know that the strangest things find their way into those boxes. But the item found in the bushes outside Forever 21 at Fashion Island takes the cake.Actually, "cakes" is a euphemism for the wrong body part ... More >>
It's that time of year, folks, when Disney shuts down nearly every attraction you want to ride for touch-ups and refurbishment, and then closes the parks early on top of it.I was just in both parks on Tuesday and it seemed like every attraction in Disneyland was closed (Pirates of the Caribbean, ... More >>
For some, Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. It's a world of wonder and amazement where everyone, young and old alike, can live out the carefree abandon of their youth. For others, eh, it's a job. "Tales from the Underbelly of Disneyland" interviews ex-Disney employees about those n ... More >>
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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 >>
Celebrities get the star treatment everywhere they go and Disneyland is no exception. For years now, Disney has offered VIP guides (usually seen walking throughout the parks donning their red and blue plaid vests) to the families of film, television and sports stars. But one might be surprised by ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWhat can't you find on YouTube these days? While searching for Disneyland videos, I came across a year-old candid interview of Gary Maggetti, Disneyland's food and beverage director, who tells the story about the time Disneyland changed its corndog batter.He weaves the tale of how twel ... More >>
Hello, fellow Disnerds! Sorry for the delay in posting more Disney-centric articles here on Navel Gazing, but I had a bit of vacation last week (or as they like to call it at Euro Disney, a spot of holiday). But now I'm back with not just one but two new "Tales from the Underbelly of Disneyland"! ... More >>
The food at the Disneyland Hotel's new Polynesian-themed bar and eatery is beside the point
For nearly 60 years, tourists have traveled from all across the globe to visit Disneyland. And for just as many years, tourists have been leaving a lot of crap behind them before making their way back home.But if you lost it at Disneyland, odds are one of the park's numerous Cast Members have fou ... More >>
Looking to go to either Disneyland or California Adventure anytime in the near future? If so, you better be ready to shell out a few more bucks for your park ticket/annual pass.Yep, Disney is once again raising their prices on all admission tickets. Learn more about the new price increase, as wel ... More >>