The Force of "Star Wars" Awakens Disneyland

May the Mouse be with you.
Deep in the announcement of the "Star Wars"-related attractions opening at Disneyland today was this: Included are special "Star Wars"-themed food and beverages, merchandise and entertainment. Which means my dream of a Nick Winters Star Wars Cantina still has legs.

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Darreck Michael Enciso Cops to Trying to Swap Disneyland Tickets for Sex with "14 y.o. Girl"

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Darreck Michael Enciso reportedly washed dishes at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel's Napa Rose, Storytellers Cafe, Whitewater Snacks and Hearthstone Lounge.
A former Disneyland cast member has taken a plea deal that sentences him to a year in jail, five years of formal probation and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for offering to sell "a 14-year-old girl" tickets to the theme park in exchange for sex.

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Disneyland's Top-of-the-Line Annual Pass Surpasses $1,000 Mark and Mickey Feels Fine

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A ride on a real rocket might be cheaper.
Disneyland, which thanks to sustained massive crowds can print money faster than Fort Knox these days, announced Monday it has raised the price of its top-of-the-line annual pass beyond the $1,000 mark--to $1,049 to be precise.

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The Anti-Vaxx Empire Strikes Back with Attempt at California Voter Referendum

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I hate measles to piecels.
You know those mandatory vaccination bills that were signed by Governor Jerry Brown after the measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in Anaheim? Well, in honor of the Mouse's relationship with Star Wars, prepare for the anti-vaxx empire striking back. Opponents of vaccinations for nearly all California schoolchildren submitted signatures this week in an attempt to qualify a referendum to overturn the law.

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Disneyland's Star Wars-ification Starts November! Will Close Part of Frontierland

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Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan
Bye bye :(

Man, it didn't take long for Disneyland's Star Wars addition to get going. After the announcement a few weeks ago that the Anaheim park we love/hate was getting a Lucas-esque addition, Disney announced yesterday that the first new attractions will be making their debut this fall in November, with more to come early next year.

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Re-living the Great Disneyland Cast Member Strike of September 1984

This week's feature story, "David Koenig Has Exposed the Disneyland Secrets Mickey Doesn't Want You to Know About," mentions how much the September 1984 strike by cast members was a gut punch to employee morale, resulting in many of the stories that turn up in the author's books.

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David Koenig Has Exposed the Disneyland Secrets Mickey Doesn't Want You to Know About

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Luke McGarry
How's this for random? Credit goes to Danny Kaye and a labor strike for the public knowing the stories, incidents and dirt about Disneyland that the Anaheim amusement park would rather we not know.

David Koenig was studying journalism at Cal State Fullerton in the 1980s; several of his classmates were scoring book deals before they even graduated. One sold a biography on Steve Martin, another was published writing about the Three Stooges, and a third had Dustin Hoffman as a subject.

"These were all just college kids," recalled Koenig, who was born in Chicago but moved with his family at age 3 to Orange County. "Now, everyone and their brother writes books, but back then, to publish a book meant you had the stamp of genius on you."

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Tony Diep Held for Stabbing of Another Homeless Man: "The Birdman" of Disneyland

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"The Birdman" of Anaheim, who along with his parrots poses for photos with tourists to raise cash, was stabbed multiple times during a fight with another homeless man outside Disneyland last night, authorities say.

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Star Wars Disneyland Expansion Announced While Anaheim Continues to Crumble

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It's official: the Death Star with mouse ears is closer to becoming fully operational! The news is out that Disneyland (and its cousin in Orlando) will soon be expanding to include a Star Wars-themed land. Walt Disney Company CEO and Chairman Bob Iger revealed the plans Saturday during D23 Expo at Anaheim's Convention Center. It's caused a stir rivaled only by the anticipation of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Updates to Tomorrowland's already existing attractions like Star Tours are due later this year and ground is expected to break on the brand new 14-acre site in 2017.

This is the part where we have to point out the unpopular, Downer Debbie obvious: While Disneyland builds, Anaheim will continue to socially decay around its current city council's focus on a tourism-based economy.

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Texas Man Sues Over California Misadventure on Disney Monsters, Inc. Ride

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Enter if you dare ...
I don't know what is more surprising: that a Texas woman is suing the Walt Disney Co. over alleged negligence by the operators of the Monsters Inc., Mike and Sulley to the Rescue! ride at California Adventure or that the ride opened way back in January 2006. I didn't even realize the Monsters, Inc. movie was that old.

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