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LA County posts 3,318 new COVID-19 infections, 11 deaths; vaccine access expanded on Sunday

With the relentless Delta variant widening its reach in the region, Los Angeles County reported 3,318 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 additional deaths on Saturday, July 31. The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued to spike as well, rising from 1,008 on Friday to 1,071, according to state figures. The number of those patients in intensive care dropped by one to 231. Related links Fueled by unrelenting Delta variant, LA County’s homeless endure spike in COVID-19 cases C...
Tags: Health, Business, Florida, News, Education, Congress, Cdc, Government, Massachusetts, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Community, Disneyland, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Disneyland ‘Blinkin’ Lincoln’ animatronic used to go crazy and smash his chair in a robotic fit

The Great Emancipator who has starred as an audio-animatronic historic figure in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln for a half century at Disneyland got off to a rough start in 1964 when he would go crazy from power surges and smash his chair in a robotic fit. “Mr. Lincoln would sit in this chair and he would start to get up and all of a sudden he would go into this robotic fit and fling his arms around,” Disney historian Bill Cotter said in a new Disney+ show. “He literally smashed his chair into k...
Tags: Florida, Disney, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lincoln, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Illinois, Walt Disney, Opera House, Southern California, Bobby, Abraham Lincoln, Cotter


Meet the me that I’d like to be, and other secrets of my personal website

The crafting of my website turned out to be a metaphor for who I am and who I wanted people to think I am. Was I deliberately trying to be deceiving? I don’t think so, but then again that comment may be deceptive in itself. The answer is I really don’t know. Not unlike social media, a website is an almost irresistible opportunity to show yourself at your best. It’s “This is the Me I’d like to be” time. Maybe I should have two websites. One for public viewing only and a private one to keep me hon...
Tags: Bob Odenkirk, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Frank Gehry, Disneyland, Southern California, Knott, Berry Farm, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN, Senior Moments, Venice Beach Swayed


Florida governor blocks school mask mandates

By Rich McKay | Reuters Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday blocking mask mandates in the state’s schools, saying parents had the right to decide if their children would wear face coverings. The move by DeSantis, a Republican who has opposed strict COVID-19 rules on residents and businesses, overrules a requirement by two Florida counties, Broward and Gadsen, that students cover their faces when they return to class next month. “In Florida, there will be no lockdown...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Soccer, United States, Delta, Disneyland, Orange County, Orange, Donald Trump, Orlando, Southern California, Disney World, Miami Dade County, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Palm Beach


Disneyland requires non-union employees to get vaccinated, starts discussions with unions

Disney will join Google, Facebook, Netflix, Lyft and Wal-Mart in requiring certain cast members at Disneyland and Walt Disney World to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to keep working at the Disney theme parks and other U.S. locations. “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” according to a Disney statement. Disney will require all salaried and non-union employees in the U.S. be fully vaccinated, according to a stat...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Walt Disney Company, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Emily Blunt, Southern California, Disney World, Anaheim, Wal Mart, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Knott’s Berry Farm ends reservation requirements after year of COVID-19 restrictions

The end of reservation requirements for Knott’s Berry Farm brings to an end a policy instituted during a series of food festivals held during the COVID-19 pandemic that continued when the Buena Park theme park fully reopened with rides following a 15-month coronavirus closure. Knott’s Berry Farm theme park and Soak City water park will no longer require reservations beginning Monday, Aug. 2, according to Knott’s officials. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interes...
Tags: California, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ohio, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Legoland California, Southern California, Knott, SeaWorld San Diego, Berry Farm, Buena Park, Cedar Point, Kings Island


Why Silver Dollar City deserves to be ranked among America’s best theme parks

I’ve had Silver Dollar City on my bucket list for two decades and I’m happy to say the 1880s Ozarks theme park didn’t disappoint after such a long wait and a seemingly endless buildup. Silver Dollar City most recently popped up on my radar again when the park topped the 2020 USA Today Readers Choice Awards as America’s best theme park. I’d been aware of the park since 2001 when the WildFire roller coaster by Switzerland-based ridemaker Bolliger & Mabillard debuted at the park. Silver Dollar City...
Tags: California, Germany, America, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Dolly Parton, Switzerland, Harlem Globetrotters, Houston, Amusement Parks


7 Disneyland rides made into movies, and 7 more possible projects

While many Disneyland attractions are based on films, a few have made the journey in the opposite direction — starting as theme park rides that became major motion pictures. The upcoming “Jungle Cruise” is the latest entry in Disney’s ever-growing catalog of attempts to turn theme park attractions into film franchises — with most of them until recently becoming fabulous flops rather than breakout hits. The new “Jungle Cruise” debuting Friday, July 30 will bring the classic 1955 Disneyland ride t...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, London, Movies, Abc, China, Amy Schumer, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United Nations, Amy Poehler, Guillermo Del Toro, New Orleans


Disneyland requires all visitors to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

Disneyland will require all visitors — regardless of their vaccination status — to wear masks indoors once again after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health updated recommendations amid a spike in COVID-19 delta variant cases. “We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials and will require cast members and guests ages 2 and up to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Dis...
Tags: California, Cdc, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orange County, Emily Blunt, Los Angeles County, Knott, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney California


Disneyland rolls out mini parades in preparation for Halloween parade

The return of parade floats along Main Street U.S.A. is another sign that Disneyland is slowly but surely beginning to reintroduce more live entertainment sidelined by the extended coronavirus closure of the Anaheim theme park. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have started offering three mini parades in preparation for the return of a full parade in September tied to the kick off of the Halloween season. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting ever...
Tags: Elsa, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Anna, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Emily Blunt, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Mickey, Disney California Adventure, Facilier


Emily Blunt rides Jungle Cruise for first time at Disneyland movie premiere

“Jungle Cruise” star Emily Blunt rode the classic 1955 Jungle Cruise boat ride for the first time with co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson during the world premiere of the new movie at Disneyland — admitting she was a little embarrassed by the oversight. “I guess I don’t do my research,” Blunt told the Hollywood Reporter. Disneyland hosted the “Jungle Cruise” movie premiere over the weekend with a red carpet arrival that featured Blunt, Johnson and co-stars Edgar Ramírez. Jack Whitehall, Veronica ...
Tags: Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Johnson, Disneyland, Emily Blunt, Caribbean, Walt Disney, Southern California, Dwayne, Dole, Anaheim Calif


Which Disneyland rides will be closed by the ‘Jungle Cruise’ red carpet movie premiere

Rolling out the red carpet for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Emily Blunt and the other stars of the new “Jungle Cruise” movie will force Disneyland to make a number of changes, closures and restrictions to rides, attractions, shows and restaurants. Disneyland will close eight attractions, alter three others, cancel fireworks, shutter a restaurant and even relocate stroller parking to accommodate the “Jungle Cruise” movie premiere on Saturday, July 24. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find ...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Johnson, Disneyland, Caribbean, Walt Disney, Southern California, Dwayne, Mickey, Disneyland Railroad, ToonTown, Tarzan, Jungle Cruise


COVID variant continues relentless spread in LA County, even among vaccinated residents

A relentless surge of COVID-19 cases continued in Los Angeles County on Thursday, July 22, as another 2,700 cases were reported, with the percentage of infections occurring among fully vaccinated residents steadily rising. In fact, during the month of June, 20% of all newly reported COVID infections in the county occurred among people who had been fully vaccinated. That was up from 11% in May and 5% in April. But Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the increase is normal given the continu...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Nbc, Education, Kaiser Permanente, Government, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Community, Aeg, Disneyland, Eric Clapton


Southern California would be back in purple, red tiers if old color-coded system still existed

California has come a long way in the battle against COVID-19. But maybe not as far as many think. Case rates have risen enough in recent weeks that if the state’s old four-color tier system were still in place, Los Angeles County could have just moved into the most restrictive purple tier, where Southern California spent the darkest days of the pandemic, while Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties would likely now be in the second-most restrictive red tier, according to state data updat...
Tags: News, Nbc, California, NFL, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Delta, Disneyland, Orange County, Riverside County, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino, Lewis


NFL teams face potential forfeit for COVID outbreaks

By Rob Maaddi and Barry Wilner | Associated Press NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among nonvaccinated players could forfeit regular-season games, with players on both teams not getting paid. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the 32 teams Thursday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that no games would be rescheduled under such circumstances. Instead, forfeits could happen. “As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to...
Tags: Politics, News, Nbc, Cowboys, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Associated Press, Roger Goodell, Disneyland, NFLPA, Eric Clapton, Ezekiel Elliott, Elliott, Goodell


Which Disneyland rides, shows, restaurants and shops remain closed

Disneyland has reopened many of its most popular rides, eateries and stores, but there are still plenty of spots that remain shuttered as the Anaheim theme park continues a phased reopening following a yearlong COVID-19 pandemic closure. More than 30 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure attractions, shows, restaurants and shops remain closed nearly three months after the parks reopened. That sounds like a lot, but the number needs to be considered in context. Nearly 180 Disneyland and DCA ...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, House, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Pluto, Walt Disney, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Minnie, Mickey, New Orleans Square, ToonTown


Halloween Horror Nights tickets on sale as Universal Studios Hollywood adds 2 new mazes

Tickets are now on sale for Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, which kicks off Sept. 9 and runs select evenings through Oct. 31. The theme park also revealed two new mazes coming to the event this haunting season. Guests will be able to relive the terror of “The Exorcist” as little Regan MacNeil is possessed by the demon Pazuzu. HHN producers will resurrect its original concept maze, The Curse of Pandora’s Box, which is crawling with creatures from Greek mythology and ...
Tags: Halloween, Sport, Pandora, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Southern California, Knott, Hill House, Universal Studios Hollywood, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween Horror Nights, Regan MacNeil, Universal Express


Park Life: Disneyland opens revamped Jungle Cruise and Knott’s Scary Farm returns this Halloween

How did Walt Disney Imagineering change the Jungle Cruise? When will Knott’s kick off Halloween Haunt? How did Star Tours save Disneyland at a low point in the park’s history? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. Disneyland seamlessly blends in new Jungle Cruise scenes while erasing ride’s troubled past Review: The long over...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Napa, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Knott, Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Studios Hollywood, Imagineer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Businesses vote with their feet, money

  Walt Disney Company is joining the long list of companies sending large numbers of jobs out of California. Last Thursday, it was announced that 2,000 professionals working in fields such as digital technology and finance would be shifted to Florida. If anyone is puzzled about why a company like Disney would do this, they haven’t been paying attention. “Florida is known for its rich culture of hospitality and active lifestyle as well as a lower cost of living with no state income tax,” wrote Jo...
Tags: Florida, California, Opinion, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, New Jersey, Walt Disney Company, Disneyland, Disney World, Tax Foundation, U S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Mercatus Center, Josh D'Amaro, D'Amaro


Disneyland’s Space Mountain nearly had 4 outdoor coaster tracks and another name

Initial plans for Space Mountain by Walt Disney and his Imagineers in the early 1960s conceived of a spaceport in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland with four separate roller coaster tracks weaving inside and outside a towering futuristic peak with a much less majestic name. “Walt and the team had an idea to do a spaceport within Tomorrowland,” Disney Imagineer Owen Yoshino said in a new Disney+ show. “The featured anchor attraction would be Space Voyage.” Walt Disney Imagineering takes a behind-the-scen...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Southern California, Dick Dale, Anaheim, Orange County Register, Walt Disney Imagineering, Magic Kingdom


Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise lacks one thing Walt Disney really wanted: Live animals

The original Jungle Cruise attraction that mixed together ideas from Oscar-winning wildlife documentaries, a Humphrey Bogart-Katherine Hepburn film and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” lacked one thing Walt Disney really wanted: Live lions, tigers and giraffes. “Walt did originally want to have real animals in the Jungle Cruise,” Imagineer Vanessa Hunt said in a new Disney+ series. “It was quickly discovered that would lead to a not very exciting trip for our guests. Animals like to sleep a lot du...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Cruise, Things To Do, Soccer, Davis, Evans, Amusement Parks, Johnson, Disneyland, Emily Blunt, Walt Disney, Southern California, Anaheim, Dwayne


How Star Tours saved Disneyland at a low point in the park’s history

Disneyland was struggling for new ride ideas in the 1980s after a slate of mediocre Disney films when Walt Disney Imagineering turned to Star Wars creator George Lucas for a boost of creative inspiration that would eventually lead to Star Tours coming to Tomorrowland. “I wanted to have an involvement in Tomorrowland,” Lucas said in a new Disney+ series. “I thought that was a portion of the park that had always been a little less than it could have been.” It certainly helped Lucas was a lifelong ...
Tags: Star Wars, London, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lincoln, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Leia, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Lucas, Falcon


Niles: Disney’s move to Florida is so 2019

Disney climbed to the top of the entertainment industry by making aggressive moves. Building Disneyland. Creating Walt Disney World. Buying ABC and ESPN, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Hollywood is no business for the timid. But Disney’s latest move seems especially audacious. It’s one thing to ask employees to come back to the office after working at home for more than a year due to the pandemic. But it takes some nerve to demand that employees not only come back to the office but move to a new o...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Union, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Southern California, Niles, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line


Disneyland auditions Eternals superheroes for Avengers Campus

An ancient alien superhero team set to do battle with their villainous arch rivals and save the universe this fall in a new Marvel film will drop by Avengers Campus as part of movie tie-in at the Disneyland resort. Disney Live Entertainment is accepting online audition submissions through Aug. 7 for look-alikes for Marvel superheroes Kingo, Sersi and Phastos from “The Eternals” to play roles in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. Disney has teased Eternals superhero appearances in Av...
Tags: Disney, Atlanta, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Angelina Jolie, Silicon Valley, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Marvel Studios, Southern California, Richard Madden, DCA, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Gilgamesh


Why ‘fun’ businesses can’t find enough workers

The business of “fun” has a people problem, and it’s no fun hiring these days. My trusty spreadsheet says leisure and hospitality businesses had a record 1.34 million unfilled job openings nationwide at the end of May. That’s a 44% increase since February 2020, the month before the coronavirus iced the economy. Now, the industry isn’t alone: All other private industries had 6.67 million openings — up 29% vs. February 2020. No industry was harder hit by the pandemic’s economic damage than what I ...
Tags: Business, Florida, Jobs, News, California, Housing, Restaurants, Disney, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Businesses, Disneyland, Assembly, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN


Reps. Gaetz, Greene stage brief ‘free speech’ rally in Riverside

After three Southern California venues canceled their planned America First rally amid growing protests, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene held a “Free Speech Peaceful Protest” of their own Saturday evening, July 17, at Riverside City Hall. They spoke before a cheering crowd — estimated at more than 300 — waving Greene and Gaetz signs. Greene took the microphone first, saying “the America First message is for everyone.” She said the news media smeared Donald Trump in hopes of making ci...
Tags: Florida, Politics, John Lewis, News, Congress, California, China, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, Benjamin Franklin, Biden, Disneyland


Take four: Reps. Gaetz, Greene now planning ‘free speech’ protest at Riverside City Hall

After three Southern California venues canceled their planned America First rally amid growing protests, Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene now say they plan to hold a “Free Speech Peaceful Protest” of their own at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at Riverside City Hall. “You and I cannot let these Communists shut us down and take away our First Amendment Rights,” Greene said in a press release announcing the news three hours before the scheduled start of the protest. Gaetz posted a video on T...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, California, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, House, Disneyland, Orange County, Donald Trump, Patriots, Southern California, Trump, Anaheim


Third strike: Anaheim venue latest to cancel Reps. Gaetz and Greene’s America First rally

Less than 10 hours before Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were scheduled to host an America First rally in Anaheim, the city announced that the planned venue had canceled the event. “We as a city shared our public safety concerns with the operator and the operator shares the concerns,” Anaheim spokesman Mike Lyster said Saturday morning. This is the third time Gaetz and Greene’s planned rally Saturday night has been canceled, with protesters and city leaders speaking out against allo...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Congress, California, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, House, Disneyland, Donald Trump, Southern California, Trump, Anaheim, Capitol


Southern California adds 43,500 jobs in June, led by gains in leisure and hospitality

Buoyed by increased hiring at hotels, restaurants and theme parks, Southern California added 43,500 jobs in June and saw a year-over-year increase of 400,700 jobs, although unemployment rates ticked up in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Figures from the state Employment Development Department show Los Angeles County got the biggest employment bump with 28,700 jobs added last month and a year-over-year gain of 209,700 jobs added at a rate of 5.2%. Most of June’s increases for the county ...
Tags: Business, Jobs, Workplace, California, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Orange County, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Inland Empire, Employment Development Department, Osman, Beacon Economics, Taner Osman, UCR Center for Forecasting


When Disneyland will close and reopen Haunted Mansion for holiday makeover

Haunted Mansion fans have a month to jump on the classic version of the Disneyland dark ride before the beloved 1969 attraction goes down for a few weeks to get ready for the Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons. The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2 to transform the dark ride with “The Nightmare Before Christmas” holiday overlay, according to the Disneyland website. Aug. 15 will be the last day to ride the classic version of the Haunted Mansion in 2021....
Tags: Halloween, Disney, Haunted Mansion, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Knott, Disney California, Golden Horseshoe, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE



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