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Theme Park Bits: DCA is Reopening (Kind Of), Epcot’s Next Festival, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Disney California Adventure is partially reopening its doors. Epcot’s first 2021 festival has been scheduled. And more! Every once in a while – it feels like it’s once a week, but maybe it’s less than that – I am once again mentally bowled over by the fact that we’ve been living through the grim effects of a pandemic for roughly eight months. In the grand scheme of things, eight months isn’t that long, but for a business that needs consumer money to thr...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Cdc, Disney, Morocco, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Cnbc, Disney World, Anaheim, DCA, Knott, Berry Farm


Festival Pass: Finally, some good news for 2020! A beloved SoCal venue is saved

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. Keeping up with the spooky spirit of Halloween week, one Southern California venue is back from the dead! Last week, Kelli Skye Fadroski reported that Chain Reaction, the hallowed all-ages venue in Anaheim, announced it was closing due to the pandemic. But a bunch of musicians and fans rallied to save the venue. Now this is the kind of zombie story I can ge...
Tags: Amazon, New York, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Music Festivals, Coachella, Fifth Avenue, Orange County, Ryan Murphy, Southern California, Queen Mary, Anaheim, City National Grove


What reclosing Disneyland Paris could mean for Disneyland

The reclosure of Disneyland Paris as European countries head back into a lockdown to fight a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic could have far-reaching impacts on Disneyland and other California theme parks still hoping to reopen under newly issued state guidelines. The Disneyland Paris resort will reclose on Friday, Oct. 30 in line with the latest direction from the French authorities, according to the park’s website. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesti...
Tags: Europe, Florida, California, France, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Paris, Belgium, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Disneyland Paris, Gavin Newsom


Rams watch Lakers and Dodgers win championships and think, ‘It’s our turn’

The Lakers got the NBA championship. The Dodgers got the World Series. And the Rams? They got the message. “I had a lot of friends text last night, joking around, saying, ‘It’s (time for) the Rams. You’ve got to hit the trifecta,’ ” Rams kicker Kai Forbath said Wednesday, the day after the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays to wrap up L.A.’s second sports title in 16 days. “A little added pressure,” Forbath said. “But that would be just amazing for the city.” Forbath, a Santa Monica native and West...
Tags: Florida, California, Washington, Cowboys, Sports, NFL, Atlanta, Sport, Dolphins, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Nba, Miami, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bulls, Detroit


Disneyland installs 23,000+ coronavirus safety measures to prepare for reopening

Disneyland plans to install more than 23,000 coronavirus health and safety measures to prepare for the eventual reopening of the Anaheim theme park resort now that California has issued guidelines for the state’s major tourist destinations to return to full operation. Disney will roll out thousands of COVID-19 sanitization stations, protective barriers and warning signs by the time Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Disney’s three Anaheim hotels fully reopen alongside Downtown Disney. ...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Knott, Downtown Disney, Berry Farm, Buena Vista Street


Anaheim’s Chain Reaction saved from permanent closure after overwhelming support from bands and fans

After announcing its closure on social media last week, Anaheim’s all-ages concert venue Chain Reaction revealed it will be able to keep its lease and the lights on thanks to the generosity and support of dozens of bands and thousands of fans. Last week, venue owner and Fearless Records president Andy Serrao said he had made the tough call to negotiate out of his lease; without the ability to host live events, the 250-capacity club was hemorrhaging money since it shut down back in March due to t...
Tags: Music, Nbc, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pope, Disneyland, Lenny Kravitz, Orange County, Voice, Southern California, Anaheim, Jesse, Costa Mesa, SBA, Lincoln Avenue


Roaring winds, low humidity boost Southern California wildfire risk

LOS ANGELES — The risk of new wildfire outbreaks again threatened LA and Orange County Tuesday amid furious winds, very low humidity and an abundance of bone-dry vegetation. “The combination of a strong offshore pressure gradient, strong upper-level wind support and significant cold air advection is producing the strongest Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season, with the most dangerous fire weather conditions we have seen since October 2019,” said an NWS statement. On Monday after ...
Tags: Travel, Weather, News, California, La, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Southern California, Anaheim, Santa Clarita


As temperatures drop, high winds increase Southern California fire danger

LOS ANGELES — Santa Ana winds — “likely the strongest Santa Ana event we have seen so far this season” — will buffet Southern California amid sharply cooler temperatures Monday and combine with low humidity and dry vegetation to create a danger of wildfire through Tuesday, “the most dangerous fire weather conditions” in more than a year, the National Weather Service warned. “Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds are expected to develop across most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Tuesday...
Tags: Travel, Weather, National Weather Service, News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Santiago, Long Beach, Local News, Orange County, Nws, Malibu, Southern California, Ventura


‘Joctober’ continues for Dodgers’ Pederson in Game 5 of World Series

In the first postseason plate appearance of Joc Pederson’s career, in Game 1 of the 2015 National League Division Series, he was intentionally walked by New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. It’s been more than a year since anyone intentionally walked Pederson, though that could change soon. His home run in Game 5 of the World Series padded the Dodgers’ lead early in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, and it gave Pederson four hits in 10 at-bats in the series. “They don’t call it Joctober for ...
Tags: Texas, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, World Series, Pederson, Anaheim, NL, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers


Patrick Cantlay rallies from 4 back to win Zozo Championship at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) -— Patrick Cantlay felt his swing was good enough to take on any shot, and then it was a matter of making putts. He did both exceptionally well Sunday in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Country Club for a victory he felt was overdue. Cantlay rallied from a four-shot deficit and surged into the lead with four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine. He closed with a 7-under 65 and held on for a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. It was the third victory...
Tags: California, Sports, Spain, Sport, Ap, Soccer, United States, Golf, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Las Vegas, Thomas, Anaheim, Mickelson, Rahm


Festival Pass: Drive-ins, hair bands and a streaming music fest, oh my

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. I’m a big football fan. A cardboard cutout version of me may be sitting at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore — where the Ravens play — as you read this. (My mom, my husband and I are sitting behind Edgar Allan Poe in the “Baltimore” end zone. Seriously.) One of my favorite things on NFL Sundays is to listen for the music played around commercial breaks. Lately,...
Tags: Facebook, London, Nbc, California, Edgar Allan Poe, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Hachette, Las Vegas, Coachella


Chain Reaction, Anaheim’s all-ages concert venue, announces plans to close as supporters rally to save it

Anaheim’s all-ages club Chain Reaction announced that it would be officially closing its doors after being unable to host live music for the last seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a post on the venue’s official Facebook and Instagram pages Friday morning, Chain Reaction decided to close indefinitely. Noting that the venue hadn’t received any financial help and had no clear path to safe reopening, the post said the club had paid to get out of the current lease. However, j...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Disneyland, Lenny Kravitz, Orange County, Concerts, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lincoln Avenue


Disney California Adventure to reopen Buena Vista Street for shopping and dining

Disney California Adventure will partially reopen for shopping and dining along Buena Vista Street following the state issuing theme park reopening guidelines that could keep major California theme parks closed until early 2021 or next summer. Buena Vista Street will reopen in November as part of the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping district while the rest of Disney California Adventure remains closed, according to Disney officials. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new a...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Cal State Fullerton, Southern California, Anaheim, DCA, Downtown Disney, Buena Vista Street, ESPN Zone, Disney California Adventure, Marceline


HOA Homefront: Who decides on the HOA colors? (A neighbor hates mine)

Q: Help!  During a monthly meeting, I presented a petition signed by many homeowners concerning the color they were going to paint the complex – we wanted a newer look. They wouldn’t consider the petition, saying the subject had already been decided. Shouldn’t the board take into consideration what a goodly number of owners want? — T.W., Anaheim Q: In my complex, we’ve had the same color of exterior paint for all the years the complex has existed. Our board is proposing/attempting to change the ...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Hoa, Anaheim, Richardson, Anaheim Hills, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Closed Disneyland a $5 billion hit to Southern California economy, Cal State Fullerton says

The pandemic’s shuttering of Disneyland has cost the Southern California economy $3 billion already and will cost it another $2 billion through March 2021 if the theme park remains closed, according to a Cal State Fullerton forecast. Anil Puri, director of the university’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, says the school’s economists made those estimates based on work sponsored by Disneyland a year ago that attempted to quantify the resort’s economic footprint. The Anaheim par...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Congress, California, White House, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Lenny Kravitz, Cal State Fullerton, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Fullerton, Puri


First Disneyland coronavirus masks now available at Downtown Disney

Expect Disneyland fans to line up fast for a new line of coronavirus face masks bearing the Anaheim theme park’s distinctive logo while they eagerly await the return of California theme parks now that state officials have issued theme park reopening guidelines. The first coronavirus masks emblazoned with the Disneyland logo are now available at the World of Disney store and the new Backlot Premiere pop-up shop at Downtown Disney. The newly released masks feature the distinctive “Disneyland D” lo...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, Minnie Mouse, Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disney Pixar Marvel


California Theme Park Closures Impacting Jobs, Shops, Neighboring Communities

(AP/CBS13) — California’s amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut down. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are bracing for an even longer shutdown — and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops that cater to visitors who no longer w...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Cbs, Oakland, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Universal Studios, Southern California, Mickey Mouse, Anaheim, Ferris, Universal Studios Hollywood


Aldi opening its first supermarket in Burbank

German discount grocer Aldi will expand its Southern California footprint Thursday, Oct. 22 with the opening of its first store in Burbank. The market at 687 N. Victory Blvd. will open at 8 a.m. with regular hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from then on. The opening is part of the company’s plan to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022. Aldi has more than 2,000 supermarkets across 36 states. FoodIndustry.com ranked Walmart as the nation’s largest grocer in 201...
Tags: Food, Business, California, America, Walmart, Sport, Aldi, Soccer, Nevada, Smith, Southern California, Moreno Valley, Vons, Anaheim, Southland, Burbank


Frank Oz to Reprise Yoda in Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge

Frank Oz to Reprise Yoda in Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge Ahead of its launch this coming November, ILMxLAB and Lucasfilm has officially announced that Star Wars alum Frank Oz is set to reprise his iconic role as Jedi Master Yoda in their highly-anticipated virtual reality adventure Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge. This announcement also came with the release of a new gameplay trailer which you can check out below, featuring our first look at the return of Oz’s Yoda! “Yoda ...
Tags: Star Wars, Games, Florida, Movies, California, Disney, Disneyland Resort, Lucasfilm, Orlando, Yoda, Frank Oz, Anaheim, Matthew Wood, Walt Disney World Resort, Bobby Moynihan, Debra Wilson


California Lays Out Rules For When Disneyland Can Reopen (It’ll Be A While)

“All theme parks — which includes Disneyland in Anaheim and Universal Studios Hollywood — may resume operations in Tier 4, Yellow, which is much further down the road. At that point, the guest limit is 25% across the board and indoor dining establishments can only operate at 25% capacity. The announcement drew a swift, negative reaction from executives at Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland and others.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, California, Disneyland, Anaheim, Universal Studios Hollywood, 10.20.20, Disneyland Universal Studios Hollywood Legoland


California allows theme parks to reopen, but Disney and Universal won’t return for weeks or months

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, but Disney, Universal and other large parks won’t be able to return for weeks or months. California Health and Human Services secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that amusement parks reopening guidelines have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Disne...
Tags: UK, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Seaworld, Universal, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Legoland California, Legoland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Peter Frampton talks new memoir ahead of Cameron Crowe virtual event at LA’s Book Soup

For Peter Frampton, the idea of a memoir was always on his list of things to do, but never today, not this year, that’s for the future. Frampton definitely had stories to tell just from his youth on the outskirts of London: He was friends with David Jones (soon to be known to the world as David Bowie); his teenage rock band was produced by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones; he played in another teen band that toured with The Who. And the stories kept coming: When he was 18, he joined Steve Marrio...
Tags: Europe, Books, Music, London, White House, Africa, George Harrison, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, Ford, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie


Disneyland unions urge Newsom to reopen California theme parks in ‘moderate’ tier

A letter sent by Disneyland unions representing more than 10,000 employees urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen California theme parks in the “moderate” tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. “We believe a path exists where Disneyland would be able to open safely when Orange County moves into the Orange tier,” according to the union letter. 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. SEE ...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orange County, Orange, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Anaheim, Knott, Universal Studios Hollywood, Newsom


City wagers on entertainment may backfire

COVID-19 and the severe recession it spawned abruptly ended what had been one of California’s longest-running and most powerful economic booms. California’s unemployment rate more than quadrupled as millions of jobs vanished in the partial economic shutdown ordered by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Seven months later, the economy has rebounded a bit as restrictions have eased, but economists see full recovery taking years. The recession has eaten into family finances, permanently shuttered many small busine...
Tags: California, Opinion, Disney, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Iger, Biden, Disneyland, Trump, Anaheim, Capitol, Moody, Dan Walters, Bob Iger


Disneyland Employees, Allies Rally Outside The Theme Park For Reopening

A rally was held this morning by Disneyland employees and their supporters outside of the theme park’s gates in Anaheim, calling for the...
Tags: Disneyland, Anaheim, Disneyland Employees Allies Rally


Laid-off Disneyland workers rally in Anaheim, pushing for reopening

Dozens of people rallied outside Disneyland on Saturday to push for a reopening seven months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the...
Tags: Disneyland, Anaheim


Halloween Boos!Letter: Scary movies, drive-thrus and Halloween candy beer pairings

Get updates on fun Halloween happenings delivered twice a week to your inbox with our Halloween Boos!Letter. Sign up here. Welcome to the Friday edition of our Halloween Boos!Letter where the fun is intended for a grown-up audience. We hope you enjoy our selection of stories about horror films, virtual and drive-thru scares and food and drink.  Watching scary movies is one of the hallmark elements of the Halloween season, whether that’s getting a jolt of fear when Samara Morgan comes out of the...
Tags: Halloween, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Cinedigm, Michael Jackson, Southern California, Tobin Bell, Kelly, Anaheim, City National Grove, Chris Williams, Temecula, Los Angeles Daily News, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wes Craven


I stepped down as CEO of my company after battling fertility issues, brain cancer, and depression. I want other founders and CEOs to know that sometimes letting go is the best option.

Ryan Caldbeck. Ryan Caldbeck Ryan Caldbeck recently stepped down as the CEO of CircleUp after leading the fintech company for almost nine years. Caldbeck was raising funding and running a startup while hiding his personal battle with fertility and brain cancer, which culminated into a dark period of mental health problems and extreme exhaustion. "For years I did a poor job of communicating the depth of my stress and exhaustion, a problem only compounded by the fact that, at times, I wasn't...
Tags: Health, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Entrepreneurs, Trends, Strategy, Bloomberg, Mental Health, Silicon Valley, Duke, NICK, Temasek, Thought Leadership, Nordic, Wellbeing


Drive-in comedy series parks at the Magic Castle in Hollywood

Veteran comic Jamie Kennedy is used to hearing applause and laughs from the stage — and even some occasional jeers. But getting flashed by high-beams and hearing some weird noises paired with LED lights during his latest sets, well, that’s something new. The comedy club Kennedy’s currently playing? It’s a Hollywood parking lot. Kennedy’s been one of the regular performers at the “Magic Asphalt: Drive-In Comedy Under the Stars” series, which takes place two weekends a month in the Magic Castle’s ...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Theater, Kennedy, Malibu, Southern California, Anaheim, Larson, Doug Benson, Jamie Kennedy, Magic Castle


Festival Pass: A 2021 festival announcement; more drive-in shows on the way

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. The pandemic has taken away one of my favorite hobbies — digging through crates at the record store. Back in the Before Times, one of my must-do activities on a trip to a new city was to visit a local record shop. My copy of Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” on vinyl? That came from a San Luis Obispo shop on our way home from a Paso Robles wine trip. I pi...
Tags: Hollywood, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Houston, Michael Jackson, Orange County, Paso Robles, Southern California, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Philly, San Luis Obispo, Anaheim, Zeppelin