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The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland

The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland

January 20, 2017, 12:04 AM · Disneyland tonight welcomed back its Main Street Electrical Parade, which ran on its original route for the first time in 21 years.

In addition to tonight's Main Street Electrical Parade debut, Disney previewed its Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure tonight, too. One of the entertainment highlights is "Hurry Home," a six-minute preshow feature that will run in front of World of Color each night through Feb. 5. Keep reading...

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First look inside Disney's new Guardians of the Galaxy ride

January 19, 2017, 11:26 PM · Disneyland gave a few invited guests a hard hat preview inside the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror tonight, to see how Imagineers are transforming it into Disney's first Marvel-themed ride in the United States. Keep reading...

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Do theme parks need outside IP to build great rides and shows?

January 19, 2017, 1:09 PM · Why are so many major new theme park attractions based on movies? Can't Disney and other big theme park companies build rides based on original stories anymore? That's the ongoing fan debate that I write about in my Orange County Register column this week.

I think a lot of fans suspect that park's apparent obsession with IP is something new. But parks have relied on outside media for inspiration ever since Disneyland opened in 1955. Remember, "Disneyland" was a TV show before it was a theme park. Keep reading...

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Lunar New Year is coming to Disneyland and Universal Hollywood

January 18, 2017, 11:53 AM · The festivities kick off this Friday at the Disneyland Resort, where Disney California Adventure will be celebrating for 17 days, through Feb. 5. Mulan and Mushu will appear in a new pre-show to World of Color, called "Hurry Home," which will follow the travels of Little Lantern on its way home to its family for the Lunar New Year. The park also will roll out several Asian-inspired food stands as well as a special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill.

Up the road at Universal Studios Hollywood, the "Year of the Rooster" starts Saturday, Jan. 21, also running through Feb. 5. The event will welcome Kung Fu Panda stars Po and Tigress to the park for the first time, as well as the return of Universal's Mandarin-speaking Megatron, from the Transformers franchise. Keep reading...

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