Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Present from Anaheim: Progressive Politics

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Illustration by Trevor Keen
From my 2010 cover story on UNITE HERE

In 1988, Disneyland held a huge celebration for Mickey Mouse's 60th anniversary. To commemorate it, they let all Anaheim students attend for free, and gave us T-shirts of Mickey Mouse looking like a rodent version of Huey Lewis down to the fuzzy suit and sneakers.

Oh, those were the good ol' days of Disneyland-Anaheim goodwill, back before Anaheim constructed an I-5 off-ramp to go directly into the Resort and Mexicans began to assert their political influence in the city. Now, for Disneyland's 60th anniversary, they're faced with the unhappy prospect of having to deal with a bunch of Aztlanistas on the City Council at the end of next year.


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Walt Disney was Apparently Thinking About Saving Water in Anaheim Long Before Drought

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The New York Times went to Disneyland--and all they got was a lousy Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Actually, the Gray Lady's Elizabeth Zach wanted to know whether the Rivers of America were still flowing given California's drought and state-mandated 20 percent water usage cutback.

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Pluto Accused of Hurting Kid's Back with Country Bear-Like Hug at Disneyland

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Photo by flickr user Peter Lee
He's so huggable!
I don't know why anyone would expect less from a dog alternately raised by a mouse and whatever the hell Goofy is, but Pluto is accused of sending an 8-year-old boy to the hospital after a strong hug at Disneyland that one would expect from a country bear more than a costumed canine.

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Want to Hang Out with George Clooney at Disneyland? First, Chip in $10 for Sudan Relief

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Walt Disney Pictures
The Cloon, line one ...
Last year, George Clooney invited one winner drawn from a pool of folks who donated $10 to South Sudan relief to join him at the premiere of his film The Monuments Men at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. He's doing the same thing May 9 with his new movie Tomorrowland, only the venue has changed to Disneyland.

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Pediatric Medical Researchers Blame Disneyland Measles Outbreak on Anti-Vaxxers

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Luke McGarry
How could you, Jenny McCarthy!?!
The anti-vaccination movement is likely to blame for the Disneyland measles outbreak of mid-December, according to research published Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics.

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Dr Who Fans Time Travel to Disneyland This SUNDAY

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Courtesy Amy McCain
Allons-y!

If you go to Disneyland Sunday and find yourself wondering why you're seeing so many people wearing fezzes or what's the significance of that blue police call box you keep seeing in various forms, the answer to all of your confusion is Doctor Who.

Devoted fans of the British sci-fi television show with a cult following--naturally called Whovians--will converge en masse upon Disneyland proper for the third time on Sunday. The first Galliday gathering (named as a play on the Doctor's home planet Gallifrey) was titled "The Oncoming Storm" and took place in January of 2014. "The Next Regeneration" followed in September, and now the first Galliday of 2015 is entitled "Jelly Baby Jamboree"--a reference to the Fourth Doctor's beloved snack.

Galliday organizer and founder Amy McCain will be dressing up as a femme version the Fourth Doctor herself this weekend in honor of the theme. McCain took the time to speak with us in anticipation of this weekend's Whovian festivities which range from a photo scavenger hunt to Whovian speed dating at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar after hours. Allons-y!


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Ghost Roams Disneyland After Closing--and There's Video to Prove It!

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Photo by flickr user Kent Buckingham
Going our way?
For reasons not quite clear, a video originally posted on YouTube on Sept. 15, 2009, of what's supposed to be a ghost (Uncle Walt?) roaming Disneyland in Anaheim is suddenly spooking social media-ites.

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Dapper Day Disneyland 2015 Dispatch: Darling Disneybounding!

Categories: Dishney

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Ed Carrasco

When a man dressed like he's from the Jazz Age talks about Orange Is the New Black on the Mark Twain Riverboat...well, doesn't that tell you all you need to know about Disneyland's awesome Dapper Day tradition? Add a young woman who resembles a 1950s Hollywood actress taking iPhone selfies to the mix and it becomes not just apparent, but clear.


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Dress Up for Disneyland's Dapper Day This Sunday

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Star Foreman
You fancy, huh?

Ladies, dig up your grandma's vintage sunglasses and high-rise pencil skirts. Men, get groomed and put on your best bow-tie. It's time to bring Sunday's best to Dapper Day this Sunday on March 1, which will fill Disneyland with old-timey fashionistas once more.

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Disneyland Adult Ticket Price Glass Half Full Argument: They Aren't $100 Yet

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Photo by Mary Bell/OC Weekly
Ah, well, at least gay couples will still be able to afford it.
When I first started taking money from motorists entering Disneyland, parking cost 50 cents. It's $17 now. I don't recall what an adult pass to get into the Anaheim theme park was back in those days, but it certainly was not $99, the new admission price as of last weekend.

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