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Reopening California theme parks: What’s the rush?

A Disney employee runs a line to get in to the virtual queue for World of Disney on the reopening day of the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Shirley Wong, left, and her husband, Gary Lam, head toward the exit after a morning of shopping on the reopening day of the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sound The...
Tags: Business, Florida, Jobs, News, California, Disney, California News, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tourism, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, North Carolina, Parks, Orlando


Festival Pass: Nocturnal Wonderland announces a return; watch a free blues fest

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Last week, I finally felt somewhat normal for the first time in six months. Pro football coming back made me positively gleeful. I was so happy I was even getting all the feels for the commercial showing
Tags: Facebook, California, Disney, NFL, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Celine Dion, Santa Monica, Orange County Register, Knott, Knott s Berry Farm


How to watch Serie A, Italy's top soccer league, when the new season begins on September 19

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Serie A Serie A, Italy's premier soccer league, will begin its 2020-21 season on September 19. Juventus, the defending champions, will play their season opener on September 20 in a game against Sampdoria. You can watch most Serie A games exclusively through the ESPN+ streaming service.ESPN+ costs $5.99 a month or $49.99 per year for the annual plan.Read more: All your questions answered about the E...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Disney, US, NFL, Trends, Italy, Nba, Juventus, Ufc, Espn, Hulu, Fiorentina, Lazio, Sampdoria, Espn Deportes


Disneyland could allow for social distancing at 50% capacity, data shows

Disneyland could theoretically let in 25,000 to 30,000 visitors per day and still allow for six feet of social distancing per person when the Anaheim theme park reopens with new COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place, according to new data analysis. Disneyland could comfortably accommodate 50% of the 110-acre theme park’s theoretical pre-COVID-19 attendance capacity, according to estimates by the Thinkwell Group. Thinkwell Group’s Brad Kissling calculated the COVID-19 physical-distancing ...
Tags: California, China, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Shanghai, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Shanghai Disneyland, Newsom, Disneyland Disney California Adventure


COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

By PAUL WISEMAN | AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Before the pandemic hit the economy, the number signing up for jobless aid had never exceeded 700,000 in a week, even during the depths of the 2007-2009 Great Recession. Now they’ve topped 700,000 for 26 straight weeks. The Labor Department said Thursday that U.S. jobless cl...
Tags: Business, News, Congress, California, Washington, Disney, US, Alabama, Sport, West, Soccer, Donald Trump, Grant, South, Trump, Ward


Dwight Howard brings energy to Lakers’ bench, while trying to grind out the bubble time

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> On a recent evening as the clouds had lifted over the lake in the center of the Coronado Springs Resort, Dwight Howard went biking on an off-night. Behind him trailed his 6-year-old son, David, riding with the help of training wheels. It was a temperate evening, and the water reflected a brilliant Florida sunset. But the scene belied the difficulty of Howard’s situation, partly because the father and son were riding in a loop. While Howard has been an energetic presence...
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Newsom: Announcement coming ‘very, very shortly’ on reopening California theme parks

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday an announcement will be coming “very, very shortly” on issuing COVID-19 guidelines that would allow California theme parks to safely reopen after more than six months of coronavirus closures. “We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks,” Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday. “Making announcements soon as it relates to some areas, industries as well as sectors and putting out additional guidelines in those space...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Knott, Great America, Universal Studios Hollywood, Newsom, Garden Grove


Disneyland ‘disappointed’ with California’s lack of progress in reopening theme parks

Disneyland called on the state of California to issue COVID-19 guidelines for safely reopening theme parks as the Anaheim theme park joined a growing chorus of amusement parks and government leaders urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to take action after six months of closures. “We are disappointed with the state’s lack of progress in providing the industry with guidance and clarity on reopening,” Disneyland resort president said Ken Potrock in a statement. “We have proven we can operate responsibly, with...
Tags: California, Disney, Recommended, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Legoland California, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Newsom, Garden Grove


Disney+’s comedy ‘Earth To Ned’ mixes celebrity talk show with alien abduction

When Eliza Skinner interviewed for a writing job on “Earth to Ned,” a new Disney+ series in which a celebrity-obsessed alien decides he’d rather host a late-night talk show than destroy planet Earth, the comedian and writer says it seemed too good to be true. “I was a little skeptical because it was too perfect for me,” Skinner says. “I love sci-fi. I love late night. I love puppets. “Literally, one of the reasons that I moved to New York City when I was just out of college was I thought I was g...
Tags: Comedy, TV, California, New York City, Disney, Sport, Earth, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Harry Belafonte, James Corden, Rachel Bloom, Debbie Harry, Ned, Skinner


Creative Arts Emmys honor scripted programming, and upstart Quibi is definitely in the mix

By STEVEN HERBERT | City News Service NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Taika Waititi are among the nominees for Wednesday’s third day of the five-day Creative Arts Emmys, which will honor scripted programming. Waltz, who won best supporting actor Oscars in 2010 and 2013 for his work in “Inglourious Basterds” and “Django Unchained,” is among the nominees for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series for his portrayal of hunt organizer Miles Sellars in “Most Dange...
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Disneyland opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge pop-up shop in Downtown Disney

Disneyland has temporarily set aside its commitment to immersive storytelling experiences in favor of offloading some Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise gathering dust while the coronavirus keeps the gates closed at the Anaheim theme park. Disneyland has converted the WonderGround Gallery retail space in Downtown Disney into a pop-up Star Wars Trading Post selling once-exclusive Galaxy’s Edge merchandise. But wait! How did a shipment of interstellar goods from the Star Wars planet of Batuu mak...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Tomorrowland, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Walt Disney Imagineering, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Newsom


Anaheim calls on Newsom to reopen Disneyland after $100 million budget shortfall

Anaheim has called on California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure after a six-month coronavirus closure that has led to a $100 million shortfall in city coffers. Anaheim wants Newsom to issue COVID-19 health and safety guidelines that would allow California theme parks to reopen, according to city spokesperson Mike Lyster. “What we need is guidance and an economic recovery roadmap so we know that we won’t go from coronavirus to a second great recession,” Lys...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Seaworld, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, Mickey, Newsom


People at theme parks and elsewhere need COVID rules, not recommendations

So is it safe for kids to go trick-or-treating this Halloween or not? You can’t blame parents for being confused, given the wishy-washy messages they have heard from some officials. Public health officers in Los Angeles County earlier this month issued an order banning trick or treating in California’s largest county. But after the county’s sheriff announced that his deputies would not enforce the order, the county backtracked and declared that trick-or-treating was simply “not recommended” inst...
Tags: California, Washington, Disney, Recommended, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Southern California, Anaheim, Los Angeles County, Knott


L.A. County expected to approve more coronavirus relief spending

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Sept. 15, on a plan allocating nearly $130 million in federal coronavirus relief funding. In July, the board approved a $1.22 billion spending program funded by federal relief dollars. This latest plan relates to monies set aside under that program for contingencies and includes federal funding from other sources. All coronavirus relief dollars provided under the original federal ...
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LA County wants to secure less expensive, more convenient coronavirus tests

Los Angeles County health officials are eagerly awaiting better tests that are less expensive and more convenient than the current way the county tests for the new coronavirus. “It’s not so much the accuracy of the test,” explained Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer during a Monday, Sept. 14, briefing. “Better testing for us means much less expensive, either a point-of-care test or one you can take in your home that you can take very frequently. Once we get those tests, it will be a game-chan...
Tags: News, California, La, Disney, Recommended, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, LA County, Culver City, Newsom


Emmy Awards 2020: Predictions for what could be a very awkward show

Considering that the Emmy Awards will go virtual for the first time — and that winners will accept their prizes from their homes — maybe our annual batch of predictions should focus more on how the telecast will unfold, than who will prevail. For example: Just how many awkward flubs are going to plague host Jimmy Kimmel? Will the WiFi cut out, and if so, when? Who will have the best Zoom backgrounds? Related Articles The two rom-coms that inspired Geraldine Viswanathan’s ‘Bro...
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LAUSD rolls out coronavirus testing, contact tracing program

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks to the media during a press conference held at Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington on Monday, September 14, 2020. Following months of planning and preparation and weeks of trial testing, LAUSD has launched its COVID-19 testing program for students and staff with results in less than 24 hours so.(Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner takes a COVID-19 test prior to speaking at a press conference held at ...
Tags: News, Education, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Johns Hopkins, Los Angeles County, Wilmington, Service Employees International Union Local, LA County, University of California Los Angeles


Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors

Mayors of five Los Angeles-area cities with cardroom casinos all came together Monday, Sept. 14, to urge Los Angeles County officials to allow cardrooms to reopen outdoors. L.A. County still has not given the green light to reopen cardrooms outdoors even though they have been granted approval by the state, with certain restrictions, since Sept. 9. Cardrooms represent big revenue, sometimes more than half of the general fund for cities whose mayors spoke out on Monday. In Hawaiian Gardens, Mayor ...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Los Angeles County, Roy Choi, Ferrer, LA County, Culver City, Hahn, Gardena, Bell Gardens, California Department of Public Health


Disney and Universal call on Newsom to reopen California theme parks

A trade organization representing Disney, Universal, Six Flags, SeaWorld, Knott’s and Legoland has called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks on the six-month anniversary of the coronavirus closure of Disneyland. “California’s amusement parks urge the governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work,” California Attractions and Parks Association executive ...
Tags: California, Disney, Sacramento, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Middle East, Seaworld, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Capa, Legoland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Judge blocks Culver City gymnastics school’s indoor sessions

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a Culver City gymnastics school and its owner, who have been accused of holding indoor classes and activities in violation of a local order aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young on Thursday granted a request by the city of Culver City for the TRO, which was brought in connection with a lawsuit the city filed Sept. 1 against the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics on Higuera Street and...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Recommended, Sport, Soccer, Community, Gavin Newsom, LA County, Culver City, City News Service


Germany's premier soccer league, the Bundesliga, will begin its new season on September 18 — here's how to watch live on ESPN+

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Pictured: Borussia-Park, home of Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. Reuters The Bundesliga, Germany's top soccer league, will begin its 2020-21 season on September 18 with a match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. ESPN will stream the entirety of the Bundesliga 2020-21 season through the ESPN+ streaming service.Select games, including the season opener, will also be broadcast on the...
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Largest U.S. theme parks report no COVID-19 outbreaks since reopening

There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the United States as California theme parks continue to await reopening guidelines from the state after six months of coronavirus closures. No COVID-19 outbreaks have been reported at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Legoland and Cedar Fair parks in Florida, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan, according to state health agencies and theme park officials. ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Minnesota, California, Virginia, Disney, America, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Canada, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Missouri


TikTok owner picks Oracle over Microsoft as US tech partner

By Matt O’Brien and Tali Arbel | The Associated Press Oracle said Monday that the Chinese owner of TikTok has picked the U.S. company to be its “trusted technology provider,” beating out rival Microsoft in a deal that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S. Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said she was confirming remarks made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told CNBC on Monday that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, submitted its proposal to the U.S....
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, California, White House, China, Disney, US, Walmart, Sport, Delta Airlines, Soccer, United States, Larry Ellison, Treasury


Indian fantasy sports app Dream11’s parent firm raises $225M at over $2.5B valuation

Dream Sports, the parent firm of fantasy sports app Dream11, has secured $225 million in a new financing round as the Mumbai-headquartered firm builds what it calls “end-to-end sports tech company” in the cricket-loving world’s second largest internet market. Tiger Global Management, TPG Tech Adjacencies (TTAD), ChrysCapital and Footpath Ventures financed $225 million in Dream Sports through primary and secondary investments, the Indian firm said. The new round values Dream Sports at over $2....
Tags: Startups, Apps, Asia, India, Funding, Disney, Sports, Mumbai, Jain, Indian Premier League, TPG, Dream11, Tiger Global Management TPG, Footpath Ventures, TechCrunch Dream11, Facebook Dream11


Disneyland cancels Candlelight Processional as coronavirus threatens Christmas events

Disneyland has been forced to cancel the annual Candlelight Processional that fills the Anaheim theme park each December with seasonal songs as the coronavirus pandemic that has already spoiled summer and wrecked Halloween is now taking aim at Christmas. The Candlelight Processional will not take place this year at Disneyland, according to Disney officials. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe her...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, James Earl Jones, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orange County, Epcot, Walt Disney, Southern California, Anaheim, Town Square, Mickey


Disneyland sets attraction lineup through 2023 with Spidey, Tiana and Mickey rides

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have three major new attractions tied to Spider-Man, Princess Tiana and Mickey Mouse that are expected to debut over the next three years once the Anaheim theme parks reopen following extended coronavirus closures. Avengers Campus, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and a “Princess and the Frog” makeover of Splash Mountain have all been announced — making for a full slate of new attractions coming to Disney’s California parks in the coming years. But w...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, House, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Mickey Mouse, Disney World, Anaheim, Minnie, Mickey


An appreciation of Playoff Rondo, 2020 edition

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Sept. 9, edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters in the country with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He doesn’t always arrive on time, so he’s not like Santa Claus. But he’s not so rarely glimpsed as Bigfoot. So it’s hard to find the perfect match among mythic characters for Playoff Rondo — most importantly becaus...
Tags: Disney, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Rockets, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Houston Rockets, Michael Malone, Orlando, James, Lakers, Oklahoma City


Park Life: Disneyland delays Runaway Railway and daredevils dangle from Six Flags tower

When will Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway open at Disneyland? How did police catch the suspects who allegedly scaled Magic Mountain’s 30-story tower? What could changes at Tokyo Disney mean for Disneyland? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Runaway Railway Disneyland delays the debut of the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway as vertical construction begins on the trackless dark ride project. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new an...
Tags: UK, California, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Connecticut, Harry Potter, SEC, Disneyland, Valencia, Captain America, Orlando, Eddie Murphy, Southern California, Minnie, Mickey


‘Mulan,’ once a sure thing, becomes a problem for Disney

By Christopher Palmeri, Shirley Zhao and Lucas Shaw | Bloomberg It was supposed to be another $1 billion blockbuster for Walt Disney Co. — a live-action remake of a 1998 animated hit featuring an all-star Asian cast, breathtaking cinematography and plenty of martial arts. Instead, the new “Mulan” is proving to be a political hot potato, reflecting the U.S.’s fraying ties with China, and the choices companies face when operating in the highly politicized, but lucrative environment that is modern-...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Business, Christopher Nolan, Movies, Minnesota, Congress, California, China, Disney, Sport, Taiwan, Beijing, Soccer, Xi Jinping


No Halloween trick-or-treating due to COVID, says LA County, and that’s not all

LOS ANGELES — What’s Halloween without trick-or-treating? Los Angeles County residents are about to find out. Citing the coronavirus, the county Department of Public Health has banned door-to-door or car-to-car trick-or-treating for Halloween, along with Halloween parties, carnivals and haunted houses. In the latest update to the county’s coronavirus health orders, the Department of Public Health states that such activities pose too much of a risk for spreading COVID-19. “Since some of the tradi...
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