Theme Parks


May 26, 2015 | 10:27 a.m.

Exclusive poster: Dwayne Johnson rocks ‘Fast & Furious: Supercharged’

Dwayne Johnson, “the Rock” to many, is conquering earthquakes in “San Andreas,” the wrestling ring in his WWE exploits, and even the finances of sports figures in the new series “Ballers.” But it’s his role as agent Luke Hobbs that may have people the most excited, and though “Furious 8” is a ways off, he reprises that role at Universal Studios newest attraction: “Fast & Furious — Supercharged.” Hero Complex has an exclusive first look at a poster showing Hobbs doing what he does best as part of the grand finale to the park’s famous Studio Tour. The ride opens June 25 and also features appearances by “Fast & Furious” alum Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans. Johnson addressed his theme park appearance in a statement: “When you have something as unique and special as the ‘Fast […]
May 25, 2015 | 4:30 a.m.

Disneyland’s 24-hour marathon presents a challenge she can’t resist

In celebration of Disneyland's 60th anniversary, the theme park debuts its new 'Disneyland Forever' fireworks show. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Survivors will remember it as the night they shut ol’ Disney down. A 24-hour day at the Disneyland Resort always gets a little crazy. But this year was record-breaking crazy. The eyes of even the most seasoned pass holders and employees will widen in memory of Memorial Day weekend 2015. Disneyland turns 60 this summer, you see, and like any self-respecting diva of a certain age, she’s had a little work done. But where others might take things slowly, make changes gradually, Disneyland characteristically decided to go in another direction. To celebrate the diamond jubilee, the park has a new parade, a new fireworks display and a new “World of Color” show. Sleeping Beauty Castle has been bedazzled and many old rides thematically tweaked, and of course there’s a whole line of anniversary merchandise including special-edition everything. FULL COVERAGE: Disneyland […]
May 12, 2015 | 4:45 a.m.

D23 Expo: ‘Disneyland: The Exhibit’ takes a ride through 60 years of history

Here’s a challenge: Try to condense 60 years of Disneyland history into a single museum-like exhibit. That’s the test facing Becky Cline, Walt Disney Archives director. She’s putting the finishing touches on “Walt Disney Archives Presents — Disneyland: The Exhibit,” which in August will attempt to encompass the theme park’s past six decades for D23 Expo, Disney’s biennial fan event. Now factor in that for many of the Disney fans attending D23 Expo, there is more than one Disneyland. There’s the Disneyland that opened to the paying public July 18, 1955, on a plot of land in Anaheim about 27 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This is the Disneyland that contains American cultural landmarks such as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Mad Hatter’s spinning teacups. It’s the Disneyland that Walt Disney himself set foot in, and, as this very newspaper […]
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