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4 months into pandemic, turnaround times for reliable coronavirus tests are still an issue

Four months into the coronavirus pandemic, delays in test results continue to hamper efforts at slowing the spread of the virus in Los Angeles County, doctors familiar with the situation and public health officials have acknowledged. “It’s pretty sad that we find ourselves at this point with all the manufacturing might of the United States and we are still at a point where we can’t see a rapid turnaround of test results,” said Dr. Clayton Kazan, medical director for the Los Angeles County Fire D...
Tags: Usa, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Disneyland, Orange, Donald Trump, Sofia, Los Angeles County, LA County, LabCorp


Coronavirus and economic recovery are topics of Rep. Brad Sherman’s town hall, Aug. 4

  In this May 21, 2020 file photo, a man looks at signs of a closed store due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill. U.S. businesses shed 2.76 million jobs in May, as the economic damage from the historically unrivaled coronavirus outbreak stretched into a third month. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)   Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) holds his ninth coronavirus-related telephone town hall, 7 p.m. Aug. 4. Sherman will be joined by medical experts to discuss the latest updates on coronavirus pandemic. She...
Tags: Health, Politics, California, Sport, Economy, Public Health, Soccer, Local Politics, Disneyland, Local News, Sherman, Brad Sherman, Los Angeles City, LA County, San Fernando Valley, National Politics


Coronavirus tracker: California cases surpass 500,000, but hospitalizations are on the decline

For the fifth consecutive day, California reported fewer coronavirus-related hospitalizations, leading to a decrease of 25% since July 26, according to state reports. There were 6,459 hospitalizations Saturday, Aug. 1, or 1,540 fewer hospitalizations (-19%) than the previous day. The state’s number of total cases topped 500,000 (506,456) since reporting began, and 9,354 people have died as of Saturday. There were 6,896 new cases of the coronavirus and 182 new deaths reported, according to unoffi...
Tags: News, California, Uncategorized, Infographic, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Mlb, Associated Press, Disneyland, Santa Clara, Central Valley, Dodgers, Napa San Francisco, Top Stories OCR, Coronavirus


LA County reports 50 more deaths, 2,303 new coronavirus cases

Los Angeles County reported another 50 deaths related to the coronavirus on Saturday, Aug. 1, a decrease from Friday’s 69 reported deaths. The death toll continues to remain higher than the average daily fatalities reported last week of about 38, according to the Department of Public Health. The county also reported another 2,303 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 190,693 people who have tested positive. A total of 4,669 have now died. Two of the new deaths were reported b...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, Uncategorized, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Mlb, Disneyland, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Dodgers, Department of Public Health, Ferrer


‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ stars hit the Rose Bowl for 3-night Drive ‘N Drag event in Pasadena

With coronavirus continuing to hinder most live entertainment offerings, production companies are finding creative ways to safely present events that promote both social distancing and good times. Friday night, Voss Entertainment kicked off its three-evening Drive ‘N Drag experience on the grassy lawn adjacent to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena. The event was originally scheduled for July 24-26 in Downtown Los Angeles, but as it quickly sold out, organizers postponed the event by a week to secure ...
Tags: Asia, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Disneyland, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Rupaul, Downtown Los Angeles, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories WDN, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN


How 50+ Disneyland attractions could change when the parks reopen

Virtually every Disneyland ride and attraction will change in some way to accommodate the new normal of COVID-19 health and safety protocols when the Anaheim theme parks reopen following an extended coronavirus closure. Visitors returning to Disneyland will find social distancing measures stretching from attraction queues to the rides themselves with extensive sanitization measures throughout the park. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at So...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Indiana, Things To Do, Soccer, Autopia, Island, Lincoln, Ariel, Resistance, Amusement Parks, Peter Pan, Pixar, Disneyland


Revisiting ‘Mars and Beyond’, Disney’s Influential Animated Documentary Short About Space Travel and Life on Mars

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) These days, Disney has become the king of acquiring IPs and turning them into the cash cows of popular entertainment. But once upon a time, they also dared to collaborate with the top scientific minds of the time, and make art that could show us what we could achieve if we set our minds to it — like kickstart the Space Race. With everyone stuck at home and with the f...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Nasa, Features, Pentagon, Mars, Disneyland, Walt Disney, Tomorrowland, Eisenhower, Braun, COLLIER, Wernher von Braun, Featured Stories Sidebar, Disney Vault, Out of the Disney Vault


California theme parks reopen — without rides

Months of closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic have forced California theme parks to find creative ways to reopen without one key ingredient: rides. California theme parks are returning with innovative solutions like zoo exhibits, food festivals, walk-through installations, shopping esplanades and possibly even haunted events while roller coasters, parades, fireworks and other activities that draw large crowds are prohibited. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and inter...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Orleans, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Legoland Hotel, Legoland California, Legoland, Southern California, Northern California, Busch Gardens, Vallejo, Knott


Revisiting ‘The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World,’ Disney’s Kitschy and Truly Strange 1970s TV Special

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.) One of the key parts of the Disney legacy, when it comes to the small screen, is the Mickey Mouse Club. During the nascent years of television, Walt Disney went all-in with his weekly primetime anthology series, but he also produced a five-days-a-week show featuring a group of clean-cut, cherubic kids in which they’d jump around, play, sing songs, and dance, in-between...
Tags: Movies, Abc, Disney, Features, Ryan Gosling, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Hudson, Walt Disney, Orlando, Winnie, Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Annette Funicello, Tenet, Disney Springs


Six Flags passholders and members remain loyal during pandemic

Loyal season pass holders and members helped keep cash flowing into Six Flags coffers and reduce losses by the millions during coronavirus closures that shuttered the company’s U.S. amusement parks. “I would like to thank our loyal season passholders and members for their commitment to our company during this difficult period,” Six Flags CEO Mike Spanos said in the latest quarterly report from the company. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week a...
Tags: Amazon, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Jersey, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Valencia, Southern California, Busch Gardens, Vallejo, Knott, Netflix Spotify, Coronavirus


Six Flags won’t let pandemic scare off Fright Fest

Six Flags is developing a modified version of Fright Fest in hopes of capturing pent-up demand for Halloween haunts and horrors now that Disney and Universal have canceled their lucrative separate-admission seasonal events in Florida and California due to the pandemic. “We are planning to have something out there that excites families and our guests to get out there and come to the parks,” Six Flags CEO Michael Spanos said on an earnings call with analysts. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter ...
Tags: Halloween, Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Valencia, Universal Studios, Southern California, Busch Gardens


Park Life: Disney and Universal cancel Halloween events and Knott’s extends Taste of Calico

Will Knott’s cancel Haunt now that coronavirus has ruined Halloween at Disney and Universal? Will Disneyland offer discount tickets for locals when the park reopens? Will Knott’s be forced to drop reservations and cut days? 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. House of Horrors Coronavirus ruins Halloween as Universal Studios...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Soccer, Orion, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Orlando, Southern California, Knott, Knott s Berry Farm, Calico, Irvine, Downtown Disney, Universal Studios Hollywood, Carranza


SeaWorld and Busch Gardens delay coasters to 2021 due to pandemic

Four nearly finished roller coasters set to debut this summer at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in San Diego, Florida and Virginia have been delayed until 2021 by the coronavirus pandemic. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens rides still under construction and originally scheduled to open in 2020 have been postponed to 2021 in order to manage costs amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to a preliminary quarterly earnings report from SeaWorld Entertainment. As a result, the Emperor dive coaster at...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Maryland, California, Virginia, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Idaho, Switzerland, Seaworld, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Tonga, Southern California


Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge BTS Video Explores Oculus VR Experience

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge BTS Video Explores Oculus VR Experience A new Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge video has revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Oculus VR experience developed by ILMxLAB and inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (via StarWars.com). The title is set to launch later this year on Oculus Quest. You can check out the video now in the player below! ...
Tags: Star Wars, Video, Games, Florida, Movies, California, Disney, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney World, Skywalker, Walt Disney World Resort, Hollywood Studios, Video Game News, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge


Is another Star Wars cantina coming to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge?

Oga’s Cantina has a new rival in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the new Batuu bar appears to be located right next door to the original hive of scum and villainy in Black Spire Outpost. The new “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” virtual reality experience introduces new locations and characters in Black Spire Outpost on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the 14-acre lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “We’re going to explore and expand on the story of Black Spire...
Tags: Star Wars, Florida, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Southern California, Disney World, Anaheim, Walt Disney Imagineering, Bobby Moynihan, Hollywood Studios, Cantina


‘Princess and the Frog’ star Anika Noni Rose wants Disneyland to build Tiana’s Palace restaurant

The actress who voiced Tiana in Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” wants Disneyland to build a real-world version of the animated film’s New Orleans restaurant to go alongside the transformation of the Splash Mountain log flume ride. Actress Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Princess Tiana in the 2009 movie, told People magazine she wants to see Tiana’s Palace from the film realized as a real restaurant at Disneyland and Disney World. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and int...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Soccer, New Orleans, People Magazine, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Palace, Southern California, Rose, Disney World, Anaheim, Walt Disney Imagineering, Magic Kingdom, Tiana


‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge’ First Look Video Teases the VR Experience, Reveals ‘Star Wars’ Veterans Joining the Cast

Earlier this year, we learned Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio ILMxLAB was working on another Star Wars VR project, this time centered around the Black Spire Outpost locale at the center of the Disney theme park land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Following the release of some concept art earlier this month, an official first look video has provided the first story details on Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, coming to the Oculus Quest sometime later this year. Along with even more ...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Disney, Sequels, Virtual Reality, Deadpool, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Wilson, Video Clips, Disney World, Moynihan, Bobby Moynihan, Debra Wilson, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar


Why Universal Studios had to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights

So now the Grim Reaper has come for … himself. Universal has called off its Halloween Horror Nights for this year at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida. The horror that is 2020 now has canceled the horror that people actually enjoyed. Managers at the Universal often bragged that the after-hours, hard-ticket event provided a “13th month” of revenue for the parks each year. That speaks both to the popularity of Halloween Horror Nights and the financial hit that Universa...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Universal, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orlando, Universal Studios, Southern California, Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida


Disneyland tightens coronavirus mask requirements again at Downtown Disney

Disneyland has tightened requirements on COVID-19 face masks in Downtown Disney for the second time in less than a week with an eye toward strengthening health and safety protocols at the outdoor shopping mall next to Disney’s shuttered Anaheim theme parks. A trio of new bans seek to close loopholes in Downtown Disney’s mandatory mask-wearing policy and prevent visitors from skirting the mandate. Downtown Disney’s updated policy now prohibits face coverings that contain: Valves Mesh material Ho...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Marlins, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Southern California, Anaheim, Downtown Disney, Jamba, Robert Garcia, Disney California Adventure, Disney Pixar Marvel


London Resort: Public urged to have say on 'UK's Disneyland' plan

Dubbed London Resort, it would be the first theme park of its kind in Europe since Disneyland Paris.
Tags: Europe, UK, London, News, Disneyland


Are 3 Star Wars seasonal festivals coming to Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge?

A trio of Star Wars seasonal events tied to a local Batuuan harvest festival, a delightfully bad 1970s Christmas television special and the film franchise’s unofficial May the Fourth holiday could be coming soon to the twin Galaxy’s Edge themed lands at Disneyland and Disney World. A new Star Wars book from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering reveals new details about the Black Spire Day, Batuaan Harvest Festival and Life Day local holidays celebrated annually in Galaxy’s Edge. Wait? What? Di...
Tags: Disney, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, Tomorrowland, Munchen, Hong Kong Disneyland, Naboo, Luke Skywalker, Southern California, Disney World, New Republic, Anaheim, Matt Martin, Walt Disney Imagineering


Will Knott’s Berry Farm drop reservations and cut days when theme park reopens?

Lower than expected attendance has forced Knott’s Berry Farm’s sister parks across the United States to drop reservation requirements and cut back on weekly operating days after reopening following extended coronavirus closures. Ohio’s Cedar Point no longer requires reservations while Pennsylvania’s Dorney Park has announced plans to close on select weekdays during the typically busy summer season because of smaller than anticipated crowds. Kings Island and Worlds of Fun have done both — ditchin...
Tags: Florida, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Missouri, Tennessee, Seaworld, Orion, Ohio, Michigan, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Orlando


Photos: Coronavirus testing draws residents in L.A.’s West Adams district

Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson was on hand in the West Adams District Friday, July 25, as the Central Neighborhood Health Foundation offered free coronavirus testing. The drive-up site — like so many across the city and county of late — was busy. L.A. City Council President Emeritus Herb Wesson, in partnership with the Central Neighborhood Health Foundation free drive through Coronavirus tests in the parking lot at his district office in West Adams in Los Angeles on ...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, LA County, Garcetti, Medi Cal, Newsom, Herb Wesson, West Adams, Courtney Hoffman


Theme Park Bits: Epcot Plans Changed, No Moving While Eating at Disney, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Prepare to stand still while eating at Walt Disney World. Merchandise discounts galore for Annual Passholders and Disney Cast Members. Epcot’s expansion has been shifted. And more! As Walt Disney World continues to operate at limited capacity, there are plenty of changes afoot. One of the biggest changes involves a surefire revenue stream for the Disney parks: food and drink. Now, don’t worry, it’s not going away. But you might have already thought of a...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Tokyo, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Legoland Florida, Disney World, Anaheim, Mary Poppins, Downtown Disney, Disneyland Hotel, Disney Vacation Club, Tokyo Disney, Winter Haven


Coronavirus State Tracker: California reported 8,615 new cases and 175 new deaths as of July 24

California had at least 8,615 new cases of the coronavirus and 175 new deaths reported as of Friday, July 24, according to unofficial counts from county websites. That raises the state’s total cases to 437,522 since reporting began, and 8,348 people have died. The state also reported 234 new patients, bringing the total number of people hospitalized to 8,571. The state’s breakdown of cases by age is as follows: 5 and younger: 1% (8,281)5-17: 7% (30,020)18-34: 35% (153,433)35-49: 25% (109,347)50...
Tags: News, California, Infographic, Sport, Soccer, Disneyland, Bay Area News Group, LA County, Medi Cal, Newsom, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Lab delays cloud coronavirus picture, but LA County reports 44 more dead, nearly 2,000 cases

Los Angeles County reported 44 more coronavirus deaths and 1,949 new cases on Friday, July 24, ending a week on a sobering note and words of caution that the numbers could be higher in the days to come. All told, so far 4,300 people have died from complications from COVID-19 — the disease caused by the coronavirus. And a total of 168,757 have tested positive for the virus. Deaths, new cases and hospitalizations all dipped a bit on Friday, but officials said the statistics hindered by reporting d...
Tags: News, California, Senate, White House, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Glendale, Long Beach, Disneyland, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Los Angeles County, LA County, Newsom


Disneyland cancels Oogie Boogie Bash due to coronavirus

It’s only July but it’s already looking like the COVID-19 pandemic is going to ruin Halloween as Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood have been forced to cancel their lucrative seasonal events that bring hordes of haunt-happy fans to the Southern California theme parks. The Oogie Boogie Bash separate-admission event at Disney California Adventure will not return this Halloween season as Disneyland awaits theme park guidelines that have yet to be released by the state, according to Disneyla...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Southern California, Knott, Mickey, Halloween Party, Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disney California Adventure


‘The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Announced, New ‘Star Wars: The High Republic’ Details Teased & More [Comic-Con 2020]

Lucasfilm Publishing has a major new publishing initiative being added to the Star Wars universe called The High Republic. Set 200 years before the Skywalker saga began, stories will unfold in a time when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at the height of their power, serving as true guardians of peace and justice around the galaxy. While Lucasfilm is still playing its cards pretty close to the vest with the upcoming stories in this older era of Star Wars, there were new details reve...
Tags: Books, Movies, Sci-fi, Ireland, Republic, Disneyland, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Comic-Con, Disney World, Sana, Skywalker, Galactic Republic, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Tom Angleberger


Disneyland’s Oogie Boogie Bash Has Been Canceled

2020 has been a great year so far: the U.S. is experiencing a booming economy, a period of zero political turmoil, civil unrest is at an all-time low, and everyone in the country miraculously seems to be happy, healthy, and all on the same page about the basic necessity of wearing masks if, God forbid, something like a deadly pandemic were to ever break out here. So when Disney announced today that the Oogie Boogie Bash, the Halloween event at its California theme park, has been canceled, it wa...
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