Category Archives: California Adventures

Are new Tron and Monsters, Inc. attractions coming to Disneyland and California Adventures?


Could the increase in the daily attendance rates at Disneyland and California Adventure lead to new attractions?  According to MiceChat, there are plans to build a new Monstropolis area at California Adventure, based on the popular Monsters, Inc. movie:

But instead of working on Disneyland next, TDA is now seriously considering an additional E Ticket thrill ride and new themed placemaking for DCA in the next few years. Taking a concept originally cooked up a few years ago for Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida, there’s now a very serious proposal to tear out the MuppetVision and Stage 17 buildings in the back of DCA’s HollywoodLand area and build a Monsters Inc. mini-land there. Continue reading

Are Disneyland’s fireworks worth the noise and nuisance?


“Disneyland Park has offered a fireworks show every summer since 1956. At first, fireworks fuses were lit by hand, but by the 1960s an electronic system launched the shells, the shows carefully synchronized to music. By 2000, the fireworks had become far more elaborate, with Tinker Bell and Dumbo flying overhead. To reduce noise and pollution, Disney patented an air launch pyrotechnics system, which was put to use in 2004. Disney later opened the patent on the system so that others could enjoy the benefits of “greener” pyrotechnics,” according to Disneyland’s website.

“The loud noise torments some of the neighbors, forcing them to put thick windows to block the noise or move away from the city. After many complaints to the city of Anaheim, there seems no way out,” according to the Magical Theme Park blog. Continue reading

Disney Resort now offering a $30 discount on a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket


The Anaheim Disney Resort has reacted to pressure from Southern California residents who were upset at the loss of their pass discounts.  They are now offering a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket for only $220.  Here are the details, courtesy of Disneyland’s website: Continue reading

A family can buy season passes to Knott’s for less than one Disney passport


Knott's season passes

The OC Weekly reports that: “Disneyland and California Adventure, which are practically printing money these days they’ve been so successful with the whole Cars Land thing, announced earlier this week the end to the Southern California resident program that provided reduced admission prices to locals.  Perhaps the Mouse House’s snub of Southlanders will pay for another Orange County theme park?”

You can buy an annual admission card at Knott’s Berry Farm for only $72–with no blackout dates.   A full unblocked Premium Annual Passport at Disneyland would set you back $649, for admission to both parks at the Disney Resort in Anaheim. Continue reading

High School band member from Long Island died during a trip to Disneyland


Joseph Tutaj

A Long Island teenager died suddenly during a trip to Disneyland with the school band. Joseph Tutaj, 15, complained of a fever shortly before he died. Tutaj and 80 members of the Seaford High School band were enjoying the trip to the theme park before tragedy struck. Tutaj played the trumpet,” according to the Inquisitr.

“On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever. The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later,” according to CBS News. Continue reading

No more Disney pass discounts for So. California residents!


mickey money

“Southern California residents can’t get deep discounts on Disneyland and Disney California Adventure tickets this spring. Disney sold 2-for-1 tickets or similar deals to local residents from 2003 through last year as a way to bring in visitors during the slower season, usually January through May. But higher attendance, bolstered by last year’s Cars Land improvements, prompted this year’s cancellation,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading

Lunar New Year Celebration set for Feb. 8-13 at California Adventures


Happy New Year Disneyland Lunar Celebration

From the Disney Parks Blog

Come celebrate the Year of the Snake when Happy Lunar New Year Celebration returns as part of “Limited Time Magic,” February 8-11 February 8-13 – this year at Disney California Adventure park! Lunar New Year is a time when Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures celebrate the sun and moon beginning their journeys for another year. Continue reading

Disneyland’s upcoming Fantasy Faire won’t include Merida, from Brave


Sorry – Merida won’t be part of the upcoming Fantasy Faire at Disneyland

California Adventure’s Blue Sky Cellar closed yesterday for its latest update and will reopen January 19 to feature artwork and models for our next experience, Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

Fantasy Faire – which opens in spring 2013 – will be an enchanting village square where guests will be immersed in the stories of their favorite Disney princesses.  The greeting pathway usually features 3 Disney Princesses at any given time, including some of the following favorites: Continue reading

A look at Knott’s Berry Farm’s restaurants’ food safety record


Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant’s Facebook Page

A few weeks ago we took a look at the health inspection record of Disney’s top restaurants – and it was somewhat shocking.  Even the new hard to get into Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, had two major food safety violations when it was inspected on Nov. 29, 2012.

Now it’s time to have a look at the food safety record of the restaurants and eateries at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Let’s see if they’re any better…and keep in mind the fact that Orange County’s Supervisors chose a few years ago not to use letter-grade health ratings at our restaurants, which is why you will never know how bad a restaurant really is unless you click here and look up their food safety inspection records.

And what better place to start our food safety review of Knott’s than their famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! They were inspected by the Orange County Health Care Agency on August 22, 2012, and here is what those intrepid inspectors found: Continue reading

New Year’s Eve at Disneyland?


80's Bash at the House of Blues

There will be a lot of fun at both Disneyland and California Adventure tomorrow night, Monday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.  However many of us can’t get in right now due to passport blackouts.  So what to do?

Well, you could go to the Anaheim House of Blues, at Downtown Disney, on New Year’s Eve for “The House of 80’s” featuring NYE Bash featuring DJ DLP!  The Psychedelic Furs show that was previously scheduled was canceled.  People who purchased tickets(s) to the canceled Psychedelic Furs show are welcome to attend House of 80’s NYE Bash @ NO charge (with ticket stub to Psychedlic Furs show) and receive complimentary champagne toast @ Midnite.

If you have tickets to Disneyland, here are the details about New Year’s Eve at the Disneyland Resort: Continue reading