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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Think Disneyland is crowded now? Wait till ‘Star Wars’ land opens in 2019

    It might seem hard to believe if you were among the tens of thousands of fans crammed into the Disneyland Resort last weekend, but we are entering a calm before the storm at Southern California’s theme parks. The Mickey and Friends parking structure filled to capacity on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, and wait times for attractions at Disneyland climbed to holiday-week levels. Crowds also packed Universal Studios Hollywood, which sold out nights of its Halloween Horror...

    By ROBERT NILES themeparkinsider@gmail.com|

  • Science museums

    Volunteer whale-watching training opens at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale-watching naturalist training program kicks off on Oct. 3. The volunteer opportunity includes weekly Tuesday night trainings through March. Volunteers who graduate the training program will be placed on whale-watching boats to train viewers about local marine wildlife. Registration opens at the first class, which will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro. Registration closes at the...

    By staff reports|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Are these Knott’s Scary Farm’s biggest fans? You be the judge

    Los Angeles residents Gabriel Montoya and Nikki Montoya are Knott’s Scary Farm superfans, who attend almost every night of the event. “The reason why we go is we enjoy it so much because it’s so distinctly different than most haunts that are out there,” Gabriel Montoya said. “A lot of haunts just rely on the same-old same-old scares and there’s nothing really personal about it. A lot of the monsters are these characters that you come to know...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Amusement and theme parks

    What to expect from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest

    “Let them out!” came chants from people lining the streets on the opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. When the large wooden gate swung open at 7 p.m. sharp, zombies, demons, and ghouls ran out and vanished into the night for the start of the biggest, most terrifying Halloween celebration yet at the Valencia amusement park. Now in its 25th year, Fright Fest returns weekends through Oct. 31 with seven haunted mazes, six scare zones and more...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Amusement and theme parks

    It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort – and Disney California Adventure will be ‘darker and edgier’

    Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.S.A. It’s officially Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort. For the first time, from now through Halloween, Disney California Adventure is getting the Halloween makeover, too, and it’s much “darker and edgier” than its...

    Joseph Pimentel
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  • Things to do

    Get in free to more than 50 museums around Southern California to celebrate Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA on Sunday

    Now here’s some good news: This weekend will provide an opportunity to see some of Southern California’s best museums – for free. On Sunday Sept. 17, more than 50 cultural centers are waiving entrance fees in celebration of Getty’s latest region-wide arts initiative, Pacific Standard...

    Sandra Barrera
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  • Accommodations

    My Turn: Give me an American bed pretty much any night of the week

    Is your bed a comfortable nighttime refuge? Or do you often lie blinking at the dark and wishing you were asleep? Unwelcome wakefulness can lead to curious thoughts. On a recent night, lying in my California king beside the person I’ve shared a bed with for 61 years, my mind recalled some of the many places where I once laid my head. Which, I wondered, was the most uncomfortable? One was in a bunk in a windowless cabin on an unconverted troop ship, the

    By Jean Shriver|

  • Holiday travel

    LAX forecasts 888,000 travelers for Labor Day weekend; Friday busiest day

    LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting that 888,000 passengers will pass through LAX over the four-day holiday weekend beginning Friday. If that forecast holds true, the number would be a 4.1 percent increase over last Labor Day’s 853,000-passenger count. Friday is expected to be the busiest day at LAX, with more than 239,000 travelers, followed by Monday with just over 236,000. “This Labor Day weekend, we know that hundreds...

    By City News Service|

  • Halloween

    What Knott’s Scary Farm has planned for the 2017 Halloween Haunt

    Admission to the Scary Farm announcement event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park on Thursday, Aug. 31, had been sold out for weeks, a testament to the popularity of the annual Halloween happening. Created in 1973, Scary Farm is celebrating its 45th season this year with nine haunted mazes, four scare zones, two shows and more than 1,000 monsters — and fans were clamoring to know more.As always, Knott’s creative team unveiled new mazes, along with new twists on old...

    Michelle Mills
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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Six Flags Magic Mountain unveils new ride for 2018 with discounted season passes

    Six Flags Magic Mountain unveiled a new ride for 2018 Thursday, Aug. 31. But, as its name suggests, the ride Crazanity is not for the faint of heart. Theme park president Bonnie Sherman Weber described it in a statement as “a mash-up of craziness and insane fun, an experience different from anything else we have in our unparalleled thrill ride arsenal.” Crazanity, which was announced in a special online...

    Sandra Barrera
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