Anaheim Travel Guide
According to Doctor Who star Karen Gillan, you're never too old to spend your birthday at Disneyland.
Gillan spent her 27th birthday hitting every ride in the park, including Big Thunder Mountain, as she proudly wore a little mermaid tiara and carried a magic wand. She completed her birthday ensemble with personalized Happy Birthday pin courtesy of Disney.
Disneyland got a BIG head start on the Halloween festivities when they kicked off their annual Halloween Time on September 12, but despite the clever Halloween-themed decorations and costume-clad characters that now fill the park, the real spooky action can be found at Mickey's Halloween Party.
Held on select nights, the party includes Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, more than 70 trick-or-treat stations, dance parties, creepy craft activities and the chance for you and the fan to roam around Disneyland in your matching Jack Skellington costumes. (Disneyland is one of the few theme parks that do you allow you to dress up, although there are some restrictions.)
As you can imagine, this event is HUGELY popular with Disney fans. So much so that there is only one night left with tickets still available--October 29. Tickets cost $70 a person and include admission to the Disneyland Park up to three hours before the event's start time (6pm) along with complimentary parking.
Can't make it to the party? Then you can enjoy the daytime Halloween festivities at Disneyland which include haunted attractions on rides like the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain; the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch where kids can play games, do crafts and get made over into pirates, and a special Dia de los Muertos skeleton display tucked inside Frontierland.
Disneyland Park tickets start at $96 for kids 10 and up while Park Hopper tickets, which give you access to Disney's California Adventure, start at $150.
It seems like we were just talking about Disney and their plans to increase admission to some of their theme parks, and now just weeks later they’re doing it again—this time over in California.
The parks that make up Disneyland Resort are rising once again, and this is certainly going to take away from your oversized turkey leg and churro budget. Things have been bumped up by roughly four percent, as Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will now set you back $96. Parking is also going up by a buck, and that’s now going to cost $17 for each and every vehicle heading into the lots.
Yesterday we told you how to get tickets to one of this year's biggest pop culture cons, WonderCon, but what if you want to be more involved?
WonderCon Anaheim 2014 is looking for volunteers who want to give back to their fellow geeks while earning free admission to the convention.
Tickets are still available for 2014's WonderCon Anaheim, but apparently they're going fast.
The pop culture expo, taking place April 18-20, is put on by the same folks behind San Diego International Comic-Con and recently made the move to the Anaheim Convention Center from the Bay Area to accommodate more fans. As the Con has grown, so has its roster of movie and television panels, comic previews, autograph sessions, book-signings, and screenings.
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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
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This year, along with appearances by legends of the comic, anima and sci-fi worlds, there are also several Hollywood Panels scheduled including 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Resident Evil; Retribution and The Amazing Spider-Man with Emma Stone.
And, for the first time, WonderCon, which is usually held in San Francisco, will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. To celebrate the show's change of venue, some of the area's other local attractions are offering badgeholders special perks.
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You might not be hardcore Disney enough to have attended this year’s D23 Expo, but we’re sure that you are probably interested about what it means for the theme parks. The ultimate disney fan event—their words, not ours—took place last weekend, and it produced some pretty decent news on the update front.
Down in Florida at Walt Disney World, upgrades are still on schedule for the Magic Kingdom. Over in Fantasyland, theme park officials are working on a new Beauty and the Beast section that will focus on meeting and greeting some of your favorite characters from the film. If you’ve outgrown character autographs—we understand—just make your way over to Ariel's Undersea Adventure, an attraction copying the blueprints from a similar ride out in California.
Jennifer Lopez took advantage of a little downtime over the weekend and spent the day with her family at Disneyland. On Saturday she was spotted on the Dumbo Ride at the Anaheim, California theme park with her three-year-old daughter Emme. Her son Max, mother Guadalupe and sisters Lynda and Leslie also tagged along for a day of Disney magic.
Of course Jennifer wouldn't be expected to walk through the park on her own, so Disney accommodated the Lopez family by providing them with a personal escort for the day who kept fans at bay.
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We’ve mentioned all the bulldozers at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure on and off for quite some time, and it looks like Mickey is still busy in his construction worker outfit as the warmer weather approaches.
The two parks are already getting ready for the influx of locals and tourists, and this year visitors are going to have quite the summer. Projects to revamp the park across from Disneyland have been ongoing, but this summer another big milestone arrives. The front entrance of the park will be changing—so get ready to enter in some kind of weird maze way—but once you’re inside get ready for a whole new ride.
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To help keep the hype going long after the movie leaves theaters, Disney California Adventure has transformed a once dormant corner of their Anaheim, CA theme park into a pulsating, neon-lit nightclub.
Things have been pretty busy at the theme park across the street from Disneyland, and thanks to all the bulldozers and construction equipment, Disney’s California Adventure is finally ready to reveal what’s been going on behind the scenes. After years of construction the park will debut debut one of the major features of its billion-dollar makeover, and maybe it will finally be worth the price of admission.
Disney’s World of Color has begun testing out its water jets, fountains, and screens of mist after hours at the park, and the official unveil is set to happen on June 11. The park is so excited about the new nighttime attraction that they’re throwing a party worthy of a major Hollywood release; however, we wouldn’t expect too many A-list stars.