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

Dustin Ames/OC Weekly
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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Toyko Disneyland Bests Anaheim Disneyland as World's Second Most Popular Theme Park

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It's a world of tears for Anaheim.
I remember when a Disneyland supervisor, my favorite when I worked in the parking lot (remember the parking lot?) got sent from Anaheim to help train workers, I mean, cast members at Tokyo Disneyland circa 1980.

If only that guy knew at the time that he was helping to set an attendance mousetrap that would snap three decades later.

Indeed, the unimaginable has happened, according to the annual estimate from Los Angeles consulting firm Aecom, which reports Tokyo Disneyland has surpassed the original park that Uncle Walt built as the second-most-popular theme park in the world.

The new worldwide Avis of theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland had attendance jump 15.9 percent in 2013 to 17.2 million visitors, I mean, guests.

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Charles Phoenix Brings Vintage Disneyland to Life in "Anaheimland 2014" at Loara School

Categories: Dishney, Events

Well, sir, there's nothing on Earth like a genuine, bonafide, electrified, six-car monorail!

Charles Phoenix often ventures into Orange County with his funny commentary and magic box of found home photography slides. But his Anaheim Historical Society presentation on May 25 has extra-special appeal.

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Melissa Behnken and Her Ample Cleavage Create a Disney California Misadventure

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San Diego 10News (ABC)
Melissa Behnken and the offending top in a snapshot from Disney's California Adventure.

An "elderly" male Disney cast member told a San Diego mother of three children and wife of a U.S. Marine corporal just back from deployment overseas to cover up because she was showing too much cleavage, she has charged.

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NBFF Recommendations of the Day: Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story; Mary Poppins; SlingShot

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Joe Roth was a Heisman Trophy favorite in 1976. He died shortly after that season ended.

The love family, coaches and teammates have for a quarterback who died of cancer three months after his last game for the Cal Golden Bears is apparent in Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story. That love will be on display this afternoon when several talking heads from Bob Rider and Phil Schaaf's documentary--including Roth's coach Mike White of Balboa Island--are expected at the Newport Beach Film Festival screening at the Lido.

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