| Apr 17, 2014
| 5:23 AM
After months of chatter about MagicBands and weeks of testing at Walt Disney World, I had my first full day of the MyMagic+ experience.
I wasn't expecting to give a grade of A+ to FastPass+. The Disney system that allows visitors to make reservations...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 6:14 AM
Is it just me or are theme parks not as cool as they used to be?
Not "cool" in the Fonzie way or that Nicki Minaj way, but cool in the beat-the-heat way. I recall feeling overheated in theme parks in the summers of my youth and escaping inside, greeted...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:19 AM
It's silver-anniversary time for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The theme park was born as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, back when George Bush (the first one) was president, Americans learned to pronounce Exxon Valdez, and Eastern Air Lines was still...
| Feb 11, 2012
Watching Jimmy Buffett in concert this past weekend, I couldn't help imagining again how deliriously happy the Key West tourism people must be about his long, successful career.
If the city fathers had put together a singer in a laboratory, they couldn't...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 6:16 AM
One of my guaranteed chuckles at our theme parks is during MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Kermit the Frog and company are producing a musical spectacular and he asks what the title is.
"It's 'A Salute to All Nations … But Mostly...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 6:02 AM
Here are my picks for the best happenings at theme parks and attractions for 2012.
•Best new costumes: Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom. Step right up and see the red, ringmaster-inspired costumes — complete with tails — that fit the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:27 AM
One could forgive It's a Small World for getting a big head. Disney marked its 50th birthday party with a global celebration. The ride was introduced at the 1964 World's Fair and was considered a temporary attraction. Instead, Walt Disney transplanted...
| Jul 4, 2011
Kim Kardashian's butt is real. Some haters said it was fake. To prove them wrong, she had a doctor take X-rays to show that it was implant-free.
Odd as it sounds, when a symbol of trumped-up celebrity has a part of her anatomy authenticated, it's a...
| Oct 17, 2012
Been to a concert at the Wiltern? Toured downtown's movie palaces? Love the Central Library? You can thank the Los Angeles Conservancy that they're still here. And for 20 of the conservancy's 34 years, Linda Dishman has been its executive director,...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 1:07 PM
On a steamy day at Magic Kingdom, I noticed the wait time for Mickey's PhilharMagic was a mere 10 minutes. So while others queued up nearby for FastPasses of New Fantasyland attractions, I slipped into line for the 3-D musical, an Old Fantasyland...
| Oct 27, 2012
One of the first things you have to realize about zombies is that they drool blood, which must be hell on the dry cleaning. Never date a zombie, not even over a cup of coffee, unless you're one of those women with a bad boy/blood complex, in which case...