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  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Roseanne Barr Defends Disneyland Hotel Workers in Video That Compares Disney to Osama bin Laden

    ​In their bitter fight to bring down the Mouse, Disneyland Resort hotel workers have gotten a new loud-mouthed champion: Roseanne Barr. The comedian/national-anthem-destroyer stars in a video produced by labor union UNITE HERE Local 11 that accuses Disney of "stealing from widows and orphans," and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Toy Story 3 Gets Best Picture Nomination, Anti-Oscar Campaigners Not Backing Down

    UNITE HERE ​Leigh Shelton was hoping Toy Story 3's Oscar dreams would be blasted to infinity and beyond. Instead, the Disney/Pixar megahit was nominated today for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Song, Achievement in Sound Editing and Adapted Screenplay. "The race is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Walt Disney Company: Insurance Claims, Murder and Suicide, Oh My!

    Where happiness sometimes happens.Let us be clear about this very early: there wasn't some weapon-wielding costumed Mickey Mouse running down Main Street popping people, nor was some disgruntled Toy Story 3 producer slipping cyanide capsules in movie-goers jugs of soda. That said, the Walt Disn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Big Brother Mickey: Disney Exec Has Creepy Hopes For Future Park Characters Capabilities

    Someday, Mickey Mouse's answer may be "yes."​Just in time for the New Year, here's aother half-frightening, half-inspiring bit of Disney magic coming out of the creative braintrust. This bit of technology foresight from Bruce E. Vaughn, chief creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering:"Pi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010

    Stuffed and Unstrung

    Irvine Barclay Theatre

  • Film

    December 16, 2010

    Inside the Computer

    Blissing out on the 3-D, CGI'd, totally incomprehensible head trip of 'Tron: Legacy'

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Disneyland Hotel Workers Urge Academy Award Members to Not Vote for Toy Story 3 as Best Picture

    ​I don't really go to movies anymore, but I don't think Toy Story 3 is on anyone's short list of nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture, even with its expanded roster--it's a cartoon! [Editor's note: Actually, it is on several people's short list for the award, and Disney is actively camp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Is Disney Hiding Poor Park Attendance Statistics?

    ​Disney may have just surpassed 100 million fans on Facebook, but according to the OC Register, they've also stopped releasing attendance statistics of its Anaheim and Orlando theme parks. And--really!--you might want to care about this: Disney is a vital component to the local economy, as it is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Lalo Alcaraz at the Fullerton Public Library Tells of Mickey Mouse Flipping Off Roy Disney!

    ​Over 60 people went to the Fullerton Public Library last night to hear Lalo Alcaraz, the great cartoonist and occasional Weekly contributor. Instead of his usual act--a lecture in which he flips through some of his favorite editorial cartoons and offers one-liners--I proposed something a bit more ... More >>

  • Film

    November 25, 2010

    Rapunzel Takes a Haircut

    Disney's latest looks and feels great, so why is the studio selling 'Tangled' short?

  • Calendar

    November 11, 2010

    Beauty and the Beast

    Orange County Performing Arts Center

  • Columns

    October 21, 2010
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    October 20, 2010

    Ten Most Ridiculously Expensive Tron Products

    DisneyQuorra Couture Platform Sandal designed by Jerome C. Rousseau retailing for $795​Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Disney was launching a high-end accessory and shoe line inspired by Tron: Legacy. While every ultra-hyped Disney movie release goes hand-in-hand with an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Union Blasted for Distributing Flier Warning of Pedophiles at Disneyland

    ​The union that represents Anaheim Disney Resort motel workers is being criticized for a flier being distributed to guests of the theme parks that warns, "Keep Your Children Close! Places Like Disneyland are a Magnet for 'Pedophiles.'""Has Local 11 gone too far?" begins a thread on Mouse Planet, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Happy Tron Tuesday!

    ​If you're not sick of all the Tron: Legacy news yet, here's more: On Oct. 28, you can save a spot to watch a 20 minute preview of the much awaited sequel on IMAX 3D by heading over to a special Tron Night website today at 10 a.m.Disney announced the event as the kicker to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    What to Expect from Disneyland's New ElecTRONica Spectacle

    ​As we mentioned earlier today, tonight marks the opening of Disney's California Adventure's "ElecTRONica" attraction, which ties in with the forthcoming release of TRON: Legacy in theaters on Dec. 17.What, exactly, is ElecTRONica? We're gonna say "PG version of the Electric Daisy Carnival." And d ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Disney's Hotel-Workers' Union Is Still Trying to Bring Down the Mouse

    After some two-and-a-half years of stalled negotiations and street theater, a new labor deal still seems like Fantasyland

  • Music

    September 30, 2010

    Commenters Blow Up Heard Mentality

    [Mental Notes] Controversial issues include Daft Punk at Disney, Dirty Projectors disliking jam bands and the question of an OC music scene

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    [UPDATED] Daft Punk Playing Disneyland on October 8 for elecTRONica Opening?

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyNot Daft Punk, although the boom box is a dead giveaway. The rumor mill is definite about them playing Disney though.​UPDATE: At 5:30 p.m., Disneyland Resort tweeted, "Daft Punk is not currently scheduled to perform at Disneyland Oct. 8." What about other dates??! Hmm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Four Ways to Make Mickey Mouse More Mexican

    The title says it all...​Mickey Mouse was at SanTana's Mexican Independence Day Festival yesterday, wearing a costume of imperceptible ethnicity and a sarape. That's the best you can do, Disney, to Mexicanize the Mouse? Even Minnie wore a baile folkórico dress, for chrissakes.Disney should've con ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2010

    Killer Quince

    Happy Quinceañera to us! A look back at 15 years of telling the other side (that is, the real side) of OC's story

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Imane Boudlal, Battling Disney Over Head Scarf, Suspended Without Pay?

    ​UPDATED: As promised, the Disney statement (see end of post) . . . Sorry to disappoint the commenters demanding the Weekly to drop this story, but the Muslim restaurant hostess who has clashed with her Anaheim Disney Resort employers over the right to wear a religious headscarf on the job has bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: Muslim Employee Accused Disney of DiscriminationComment by caseclosed: She needs to get off her camel and wipe the sand out of her eyes she's in America now.Comment by bg: If I saw someone dressed in Islamic garb working anywhere (and that includes Disneyland), I'd run and duck for cove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Imane Boudlal, Muslim Fighting Disney for Right to Wear Hijab: "We Should Just Accept Each Other and Respect Each Other"

    Keith May/OC WeeklyImane Boudlal​Imane Boudlal made national headlines Wednesday when she challenged the famously--and extensively--strict Disney dress code, which included a ban on the hijab. Speaking with the Weekly today, the 26-year-old Anaheim resident said, "we should just accept each other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Muslim Woman and Her Support Team Allege Disneycrimination in Hijab Flap, Suggest Top Brass Ride "It's a Small World"

    All photos by Keith May/OC Weekly​As we reported earlier, a Muslim woman who works as a hostess in the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort was not allowed to come to work today because she was wearing her hijab, a traditional Islamic headscarf.This was the fourth time that the woman, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    New Book Alleges Walt Disney Was A Gay Pedophile

    ​There's lots of bizarre lore surrounding the legend of Walt Disney. Just off the top of our heads, we've heard he's a Communist (despite him being a founding member of the anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals), a Nazi, a fascist, a racist, a homosexual, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Horses, Anti-Arizona/Pro-Jesus People Outnumber Anti-Mexi Loons at MLB All-Star Game Protest

    ​Unsurprisingly, the area around Angels Stadium in Anaheim was a slow, baking crawl before the baseball All-Star Game, airing rightnow on television. Unsurprisingly, the Aztlanistas came out in full force--about 125--to bring awareness to their campaign to move next year's All-Star Game from Phoen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Three Randy Newman Songs Rejected For the Toy Story 3 soundtrack

    Disney/Pixar​Singer-songwriter Randy Newman has charmed audiences with his sweet songs and scores featured on the soundtracks of Disney/Pixar movies such as A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Cars and the Toy Story trilogy. Who doesn't get a warm feeling after listening to "You've Got a Friend In Me"?Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Federal Panel Accuses Disneyland Resort of "Unfair Labor Practices"

    Photo by Megan BresciniHotel workers and supporters picket Disney in February.​Disneyland Resort is engaged in "unfair labor practices" with its hotel workers, charges the National Labor Relations Board, which has scheduled an August hearing on the matter.Disney, which has three hotels in Anaheim, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Five Awesome Disney Songs to Karaoke To

    Flickr user gwenYou go, Ariel!​ You don't have to be a cast member of "Glee" to enjoy occasionally bursting into song.  We've all uttered, "Ga-Ga, Oo lala," at least once in the past 12 months, whether or not it was against our will. But when it comes to pumping out catchy-as-hell hooks, epic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Saying Good-Bye (Again) to Disney's Electrical Parade

    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland​I know we've been through this before but it's time to say good-bye again to Disney's Electrical Parade. After its final show on Sunday night, every float and costume will be dispatched over to its new summer home, Disney World.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Fastpass to Hunger: The Final Days

    The Disney magic is dead for these young activists.​The Disney workers from UNITE HERE Local 11 union haven't taken a rest. They haven't eaten either so it's hard to tell exactly how eight of the original 10 fasters are still standing, let alone marching in picket lines. You read right; we lost an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Fastpass to Hunger: Day 2 of the Disney Workers Fast

    No pillow mint for you.​Watching a kid cry about how Disney is destroying his dad feels like watching the death scene in Bambi for the first time. The 10-year-old son of Disney worker turned faster, Jorge Iniestra, was in tears last night after the evening's demonstration in the Simba parking park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Disney Parks Experience Improvement in Attendance--Anaheim Comes Out on Top

    Flickr User coconut wireless​The Orange County Business Journal is reporting that the Walt Disney Company's theme parks all around the world experienced better attendance this last quarter, with attendance rising 15-percent in the last three months, bringing in a revenue of $2.7 billion. Both Disn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    A Fastpass to Hunger Pains for Disney Hotel Workers

    disneyisunfaithful.orgWhat would Walt do?​The UniteHere Local 11 union is set to stage a fast, starting at 5 p.m., in front of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Anaheim to bring attention to the workers unresolved contractual issues with the resort industry giant. A candlelight vigil w ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 24, 2009
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    December 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Five Places at Disneyland Resort to Get Your Booze On

    Flickr user ExpressMonorail...And a bottle of rum.​So between the $368 it takes just to get your family of four in the park and the screaming kids, teenagers awkwardly making out on rides and the $3 churros, sometimes--just sometimes--one just needs to relax while at Disneyland Resort. And sometim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Dishney: New Images and Clip From 'Tron Legacy' Released!

    Walt Disney Studios​Walt Disney Studios has just released new images from Tron Legacy, the 3D sequel to the 1982 classic, Tron. With a release date of December 17, 2010, Tron Legacy promises two returning cast member from the original film: Tron Legacy is produced by Steve Lisberger, who co-wrote ... More >>

  • Film

    November 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Dishney: New 'Up' Posters Go Retro!

    Disney/Pixar​​Disney and Pixar have released a series of eight posters in celebration of the release of Up on DVD and Blu-ray this week--which we promptly purchased, of course. And then we cried while watching it. Again. (We defy you to not during the first 15 minutes of the film.) The post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Disney Praised for Wastewater Treatment in Anaheim, Spanked For It in Burbank

    Paradise Bay: drink it in.​Sarah Tulley posts on Orange County Register's Around Disney blog today that Paradise Bay lagoon at California Adventure in Anaheim will soon be refilled with 16 million gallons of water that was recycled through central Orange County's Groundwater Replenishment System, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Dishney: More "The Princess and the Frog" News

    The Princess and the Frog - First 5 Minutes Previewby theanimationblogThough it's been since removed from YouTube by Disney, the first five minutes of the forthcoming The Princess and the Frog has been released--and luckily for you, The Animation Blog still has it available. Verdict? We're pleasant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2009

    Dishney: Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

    David Roark/Disney​ Hoping to generate the same enthusiasm this year's "What Will You Celebrate?" campaign has received, Disney announced this morning their "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program. Disney is working with the HandOn Network, the nation's largest volunteer network, to bring you a sim ... 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 14, 2009

    What You Missed: D23, Boston Buddies Tea Party, KCRW Summer Nights

    Keith May​Hell yeah, is that fall weather we detect!? So what'd you miss this weekend? The Fourth Annual Boston Buddies Tea Party took place at the always dog-friendly (complete with dog menu!) Park Bench Cafe in Huntington Beach on 9/12. It's exactly what it sounds like: A whole lot of Boston Ter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Dishney: D23 Revelations!

    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney​D23: It's all over! On September 10-13, the massive D23 Expo converged all things Disney--films, theme parks, merch--into one convenient building. And to be honest? We were kinda bored. Sure, some major announcements were made (stay tuned for that) and we got to see some cool ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Dishney: Muppets, Wizards and Other D23 Delights

    Duck-on-duck violence.​Sunday at the D23 Expo: a day promised to be filled with cartoons, Muppets and Disney Channel sitcom stars. A day I looked forward to like few others. I am 26 years old.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Dishney: Timeshares Coming Soon, Says Disneyland Insider

    The actual House of Mouse, Toontown, Disneyland​Ever wanted to visit any Disney park you wanted to, whenever you wanted to? Ever wanted to own a piece of Disney real estate? Well, now you can, kind of: A Disneyland insider tells us that the park has plans to sell timeshare residences at the Grand ... More >>

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