Networks Interrupt Programming To Cover 5.1 Earthquake And Aftershocks; Disneyland Shuts Down Rides

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 10:23pm PDT

CBS QuakeThe local TV networks went into quake mode tonight — but not immediately. KCBS, KNBC and KABC continued with their regular 9 PM programming after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the Southland at 9:09 PM. KCAL 9 did go live … Read More »

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Disneyland Employees Taken To Hospital Because Of Strange Odor

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 2:41pm PDT

disneylandSomething didn’t smell right today at the happiest place on Earth.  A strange odor at Disneyland saw four theme park cast members taken to local hospitals earlier Friday, according to the Anaheim Fire Department. The first responders arrived on the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Escape From Tomorrow’

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 11:29am PDT

Randy Moore’s buzzy Sundance thriller was shot in secret in Disney parks with a distinctly non-Disneyfied tale of dread and paranoia in the happiest place on Earth. The distribution trifecta of Producers Distribution Agency (PDA), Abramorama, and FilmBuff will release Escape From Tomorrow in … Read More »

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Disney Raises Theme Park Ticket Prices

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Disneyland, California Adventure, open 24 hoursYour wallet will feel a little lighter than you might have expected next time you visit Disney‘s theme parks in California or Florida. Yesterday the company raised the prices for single-day and annual tickets … Read More »

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Grandma Finds Gun On Disney World Ride

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 7:57pm PDT

Disney World gunThe Disney parks PR folks are having a rotten week. The day after a small dry-ice bomb exploded at Disneyland in Anaheim, a woman and her grandson found a loaded pistol on the … Read More »

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UPDATE: Disneyland Employee Arrested In Toontown Explosion That Prompted Brief Evacuation

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT

2ND UPDATE, 1:08 PM: A 22-year-old Disneyland employee was arrested on suspicion of dropping a dry-ice bomb into a trash can at Mickey’s Toontown Tuesday night, prompting a brief evacuation of the area, Anaheim police Sgt. … Read More »

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Disneyland Shuts Down Three Rides After Safety Violation; Fined $234K In Penalties

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT

Disneyland reps insist the closures of Space Mountain, Soarin’ Over California, and The Matterhorn are unrelated to the safety of park guests. But the shutdowns coming in the wake of a CAL/OSHA safety citation … Read More »

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Disney Plots A ‘Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride’ Movie

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Disney has feature film plans for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, one of its longest-running theme park rides. The studio has set iconic commercials and video director Pete Candeland to develop a live-action/CGI mix feature that will bring to … Read More »

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Shanghai Disney Resort Operator Said To Secure $2B Loan To Build Park

The Mouse is roaring in China. On Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company announced it had entered a partnership with the culture ministry and Chinese internet giant Tencent to develop the country’s animation business. Today, it has emerged that Shanghai Shendi Group, the operator of Disney’s planned Shanghai Disneyland, has secured a $2 billion loan for construction of the park.

The loan deal for the new Disneyland was signed on Tuesday and falls under a framework that Shendi agreed to in May with 12 banks including China Development Bank, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and the Bank of Communications, according to ShanghaiDaily.com. (A groundbreaking ceremony for the resort was held in April last year.) Shanghai Shendi Group vice president Shao Xiaoyun said the project will receive two syndicated loans with plans to develop the theme park as well as a tourism district in the surrounding area to be known as the Shanghai International Tourism Zone. The second phase of the loan will go towards an estimated $714 million cost to build the tourism area, according to ShanghaiDaily. The total cost of the park is estimated at $3.9 billion, according to Reuters. Read More »

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Disneyland Turning Away Visitors At Gates

By | Tuesday December 28, 2010 @ 4:34pm PST

It’s a nice problem to have if you’re the Walt Disney Co — but not if you’re trying to visit the Anaheim theme parks. I’m told that both yesterday and today Disneyland began turning away would-be visitors within hours of opening and … Read More »

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Disney & Guillermo Del Toro Developing Film Based On Haunted Mansion Attraction

UPDATE: Luke Y Thompson reports from Comic-Con 2010 today: Walt Disney Studios ended the TRON panel with a surprise: the logo of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride! The green drawing of a ghost was shown along with some of the spiel from the ride. The audience is asked who … Read More »

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