Bob Iger: Star Wars to Have Greater Presence at Disneyland, Just Not the Star Wars We've Seen

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Back to Star Tours and the Indiana Jones ride, old man!
Star Wars has been associated with Disneyland since before Star Tours opened at the Anaheim theme park on April 12, 1992, and now two years after the Walt Disney Co. bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the entertainment giant's chief has revealed the movie franchise will be even more greatly integrated into the Mouse House.

Well, at least part of the Star Wars franchise will be ...

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Disney Urged to Animate Disabled Characters So Disabled Children Have Role Models

Alexsandro Palombo
Unrelated to the new campaign, Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo created a series portraying Disney princesses in wheelchairs or with missing limbs to comment on the lack of amputees and the disabled in pop culture.

Will we one day see costumed characters with disabilities at Disneyland? That could eventually happen if a new petition drive is successful. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a San Francisco family is calling on Disney Animation Studios to represent children with disabilities in their animated films.

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Lawsuits by Families of Autistic Children Challenge Disneyland Policy for Disabled Guests
Magic Kingdom meets wheel life.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts--which includes Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim--is being sued over its new Disability Access Service policy.

And that has prompted a confession: I have been part of the abuse of the old Disability Access Service policy that led to its change.

How it used to work was anyone could go to Guest Services in a wheelchair (rented from the park or otherwise), claim to be disabled and get a special pass. The pass got that person and everyone in his/her party to the front of lines, even the most congested ones winding toward the most popular rides.

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Disneyland: The Gayest Place On Earth

Photo: Austen Risolvato | Rendering: Dustin Ames

Two young men are walking down Disneyland's Main Street on a chilly September evening, holding hands. The older one is wearing a flamboyant blue kimono with a dragon emblazoned on the back. He shows no signs of nervousness as he tries to comfort his companion, who's dressed simply in a pair of pants and a shirt. Escorted by half a dozen security guards, they make their way toward the park's entrance.

The guards are unhappy, their faces stern. They direct the two men to the office, located next to the entrance gate, just inside the park. It's dark out, and most of the crowd--younger couples out on a Saturday-night date--are still deep inside Disneyland. But the night is over for this pair.

The date is Sept. 13, 1980, and 19-year-old Andrew Exler and 17-year-old Shawn Elliott are about to be thrown out of the park because they wanted to dance.

With each other.

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Melting in Line Waiting to Get Into the Frozen Room? Disneyland Now Offers a Faster Way In

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Many are melting this hot-ass summer waiting to meet Anna and Elsa in the Frozen Room.

You know how Disneyland has those Fastpasses that let you reserve a place in line closer to the front of the most popular attractions? Apparently the movie Frozen (right down to that annoying song) is so popular that the Mouse is extending the Fastpass concept to the line leading into the Frozen Room, which is where future princesses go to meet Anna and Elsa.

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Disneyland's Flag Retreat: Semper Gunny

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And the band played on . . .

Every morning and every evening since it opened in 1955, Disneyland has raised and lowered the Stars and Stripes at the flagpole on Main Street USA, per American flag etiquette. But that wasn't enough for the Happiest Place On Earth; in 2005, the park began hosting the Flag Retreat, a daily ceremony that makes George M. Cohan seem as un-American as Abbie Hoffman. There's a barbershop quartet, shout-outs to each branch of the military and sing-alongs to the Great American Patriotic Songbook. On busy Saturdays, it attracts passersby and garners a crowd of 30 or 40 people.

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Bryan William Anast, Ex-Disneyland Machinist, Gets 55 Years; 2 of 4 Girls He Molested Speak

See the update at the end of this post on Bryan William Anast being formally sentenced to 55 years in prison and four victim impact statements being made to the court, including two from girls he molested.

Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Bryan William Anast

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 1:36 P.M.: Moments before jury selection in Westminster in the trial of Bryan William Anast, the former Disneyland machinist pleaded guilty to molesting four girls, three of whom were family members.

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Guide Claims to Offer Tips on How to Cut Your Time in Disneyland Lines by Four Hours

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Authors of an unofficial guide offer their spin on cutting your time in Disneyland lines.

The authors of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 claim that within the pages are "revolutionary, field-tested touring plans that can save four hours of waiting in line in a single day."

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Justin Bieber Cruising Disneyland in a Wheelchair Draws Swift Biebot Defense

Wheely messed up?

Justin Bieber pivoted from pissing off wealthy neighbors to pissing off Disneyland guests over the weekend, when it was assumed he was making like your grandmother by using a wheelchair to cut to the front of attraction lines. But a rep for the Biebs says it ain't so ...

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Reykeel Zorio, Ex-Disneyland Cast Member, Alleges The Mouse Stiffed Him Shy of $75k

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Uncle Remus was not Disney's only ex-slave, according to a former Disneyland cast member.

The Happiest Place on Earth was the Sappiest Place on Earth--as in sapping a Disneyland cast member of wages, vacation and other compensation, according to the ex-employee's complaint.

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