Your assignment this week: sixteen essays, ten short chapters, one elegant and righteous rant. Almost ready for classes starting next week at the UC, and well into the quarter or semester everywhere else. Everybody asks the annoying question about how the kids are doin' these days, education is simu ... 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 >>
This is just an idea so far from Disney World in Florida, so who knows if it will ever come to be or ever come to be in Anaheim?The idea is to decorate resort hotel rooms like they are part of the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean attractions or the Disney princess franchise.
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It'll probably be decades before anything resembling Walt Disney World's new "Be Our Guest Restaurant" will come to our local Disney parks in California. The eatery has a space designed to look exactly like the ballroom where Belle and her beast waltzed into movie history. It seats 500 and has soari ... More >>
We may have the original here in Orange County, California; but it seems that when it comes to Disney Parks, the second born gets all the fun. Disney World is putting the finishing touches of a Beauty and the Beast restaurant in Orlando, Florida called "Be Our Guest." The 500-seat eatery will be set ... More >>
The Tustin haunt brings its formidable brand and izakaya food to Fullerton
What do Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan have in common?They both threw actors they felt to be communist sympathizers under the FBI's red-baiting bus!But Disney and Reagan have something else in common, too: starting in July, both men will have many of their personal items on display for all ... More >>
Disney California Adventure's debut of Cars Land is now less than three months away, and Disney has been test-driving the land's big ticket ride Radiator Springs Racers seven days a week.Recently, they mounted a camera on one of the ride's test cars, hit record, and drove it through Radiato ... More >>
If you're an avid Disnerd like yours truly, chances are you've enjoyed both a Dole Whip outside Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, and a warm cinnamon and sugar-covered churro from a snack cart during a visit to the park.Well, guess what? You can now wear your love for both of these tasty D ... More >>
Ever wish you could ride Space Mountain at 3:30 in the morning?You now have your chance! Learn more after the jump.
We're all working past the fifteenth tamale here, so excuse us if we're almost a week late to the hilarious write-up that the British paper The Guardian did on the Holy Land Experience, the Orlando fundamentalist Christian theme park owned and operated by our Trinity Broadcasting Network.Reporter ... More >>
Like Disneyland and Ghirardelli chocolate?If so, prepare to be happy.Learn more after the jump, chocoholics.
When Walt Disney World opened its gates in Florida in 1971, Disneyland started taking the proverbial backseat to its younger (and much larger) sibling.Disneyland was just a theme park. Disney World was a destination.Of course, since then Disneyland has made great strides in making its resort a va ... More >>
Gay Days Anaheim returns to the Disneyland Resort next weekend (Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2), and co-founder/event producer Eddie Shapiro couldn't be more excited.In 1998, after Disneyland canceled their annual one-night private party for gays and lesbians, Shapiro organized th ... More >>
You: "Uhhh... what?"Me: "Exactly."Disney announced plans today to develop numerous theme park attractions inspired by James Cameron's 2009 film Avatar.I know, I don't get it either.Check out details after the jump, then read on as I list the Top Five Overrated Movies That Disney Could Adapt Into ... More >>
A little over three decades ago, I had my very first Disney theme park experience. Throughout our childhood, my parents would treat my sister and me to trips to Disney theme parks many more times.Unfortunately, childhood ends. I became an adult (sort of) and moved off to college in Ohio. Almost ... More >>
Health in WalesWill these be our new doctors? Here's further proof that we live in a Disney world. No, not Disney World, the Orlando theme park, but a world run by the Disney megacorporation. Kaiser Health News reports that a growing number of hospitals are turning to the Mouse for hel ... More >>
Disney love gays. Who doesn't? The Florida Family Association (FFA), that's who. But it's not enough for the FFA to merely hate gays. They also want to hate anyone who accepts gays. This especially includes anyone (straight or otherwise) who supports Disney World's week-long event known as "Gay ... More >>
Disneyland's relaunch of Star Tours is now just days away (the ride officially opens to the public next Friday, June 3), but George Lucas himself was at Disney World's Hollywood Studios last week for the ride's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Florida.Will Lucas be around for the Disneyland relaunc ... More >>
From 2-4 p.m. Friday, associate professor of history David Marley hosts a seminar at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa based on his 2007 book, Pat Robertson: An American Life. "This is a fantastic lecture for VU students because Pat Robertson is such an influential and important person in Chris ... More >>
Last Saturday, Stan Freese, one of the most popular tuba soloists in the country, was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the OC Music Awards. Freese, who has booked entertainment for the Walt Disney Company for over 40 years (he's been Director of Bands at the Walt Disney World Resort ... More >>
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 >>
Just when you thought the days of seeing kids running around Frontierland and Adventureland with coonskin caps and cork rifles were long gone, Disneyland Resort has announced that they will resume sales of toy guns.
As we previously discussed, the Star Tours attraction at both Disneyland and Disney World will be closing for renovations--which means, yes, we'll have to soon say good-bye to the daily express tourist ship to Endor. Instead, we'll be boarding Starspeeders "in a high-speed pod race through the de ... More >>
2009 © Lucasfilm Ltd. and Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.As we announced in September, Disney had plans to shut down Star Tours in Disneyland to make improvements--and updates--to the dated ride.But Disney announced today that the ride will close July 27 for almost a year. Origina ... More >>
Vickie Chang/OC WeeklyPerhaps as an answer to our November 2009 post on the Walt Disney Company wanting to re-animate Mickey Mouse to keep up with younger, technology-obsessed generations who might just view the famous rodent more as a famous corporate icon than a beloved cartoon character, Disne ... More >>
Paul Hiffmeyer/DisneylandI 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.
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 >>
Forget the long wait for Space Mountain--what about the long wait for a pineapple-flavored Dole Whip? Eating your way through Disneyland is allllll part of the experience: Whether it's the smell of fresh waffle cones wafting out from the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street or walking arou ... More >>
Matt Stroshane/Disney ParksSo 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 >>
Photo by Rick Kent An Amy Poehler look-alike crosses the finish line at the Trek Women Triathlon in Austin, Texas, where she had to get wet first.The caps are their's as the Trek Women Triathlon Series bills itself as "the ONLY women's triathlon series CREATED BY WOMEN, RUN BY WOMEN, EXCLUSIV ... More >>
A four percent drop in revenues from theme parks and lower occupancy at company-owned hotels ringing Anaheim's Disneyland and its resorts elsewhere, combined with declines in other company sectors, contributed to falling first quarter earnings for the Walt Disney Co. The Mouse House earned 41 cents ... More >>
KNBC's Chuck Henry recently scooped everyone with this: Oddly, the only two commercial properties in the U.S. that have gained federal no-fly-zone status after 9/11 are Disneyland in Anaheim and Disneyworld in Orlando. The play parks won the favor just days after President George W. Bush invaded Ira ... More >>
You may believe there's a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us, as long as we keep the spirit of the Christmas season alive in our hearts. If you do, you better not mention that to Disney, because according to the BBC, some of the company's mouse-eared bah-humbuggers are claiming that Disney owns ... More >>
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When it opens early next year, Disneys California Adventure is likely to be a lot like the crowded, strip-malled state for which it is named