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Man arrested after alleged ‘fight’ in front of Disney ride

By NBC News and msnbc.com staff

A man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly attacking workers in front of the Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim.

In a YouTube video of the encounter, the man is seen flailing at a security employee and struggling to keep his balance outside the ride. Another employee, dressed in the Tower of Terror bellhop uniform, can be seen asking the crowd to “back up.”

A woman is heard in the video shouting, “You’re in Disneyland …  there are kids here.” It was posted on the video sharing site with a caption that reads, “We had a weird day at Disneyland…Fiiiiight!!!”

Police responded to the park at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday to find patrons holding the man down on the ground, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

The suspect was identified as 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher. He was arrested on charges of battery and assault, and released from jail Saturday night, according to NBCLosAngeles.com.

A security guard was treated for minor injuries.

“Our security cast member was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for the injuries he sustained and then released,” according to a statement released by the park on Monday. “We appreciate the actions of the guests who came to his aid during this uncharacteristic incident.”

Investigators were attempting to determine what prompted the altercation, which park officials described as a “very unusual occurrence.”

Park officials would not, however, quantify how often park visitors are arrested or detained.

Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown told msnbc.com on Tuesday that there were no plans to change security procedures at the park as a result of the incident, which she said was still under review.

‘Avatar’ Theme Land Headed to Disney Parks

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, by Alex Ben Block

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The blue people are coming to Disney.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide has sealed a deal with filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau, Fox and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to create themed attractions at Disney parks based on the 2009 movie.

The first themed “land” will be built at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, with construction expected to start by 2013.

The first Avatar attraction will be inside the Animal Kingdom park. Disney said this was chosen because “with its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the Avatar stories, which share the same philosophy.”

Cameron and Landau, through Lightstorm, will be creative consultants and partner with Walt Disney Imagineering in the design and development of the Avatar attractions, which eventually will be at other Disney parks worldwide as well.

The deal is exclusive to Disney, which plans to roll out other Avatar attractions over time. Some of that will depend on discussions with joint venture partners on parks outside the U.S.

The parks will not only play off the huge hit movie which dominated the box office for months in 2010, but also benefit from the release to two more movies now in pre-production. Cameron has announced plans to release those movies at Christmas 2014 followed by the second at Christmas 2015.

Avatar was a movie that broke new ground in terms of presentation and technology, especially in the use of 3D. It is expected that the theme park attractions will also use that technology and new innovations to engage park visitors.

“James Cameron is a groundbreaking filmmaker and gifted storyteller who shares our passion for creativity, technological innovation and delivering the best experience possible,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “With this agreement, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine James’ talent and vision with the imagination and expertise of Disney.”

Avatar created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we’ll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before. With two new Avatar films currently in development, we’ll have even more locations, characters and stories to explore,” said James Cameron.  “I’m chomping at the bit to start work with Disney’s legendary Imagineers to bring our Avatar universe to life.  Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park goers the chance to see, hear, and touch the world of Avatar with an unprecedented sense of reality.”

“This exciting new venture combines the world of Avatar with the enormous reach of Disney and the incomparable talent of Jim Cameron,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman.  “While Jim is bringing audiences further into Pandora with the next two chapters in the Avatar motion picture saga, the theme park attraction will likewise bring a new dimension to the amazing universe he created.”

Avatar is a uniquely powerful franchise that has global appeal with audiences of all ages. Its spectacular settings, intriguing characters, imaginative creatures, and strong themes of family and loyalty make it a perfect fit for Disney,” said Thomas O. Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “We can’t wait to give our guests the ability to journey to Pandora and explore the incredible immersive world of Avatar in person.”

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Disneyland raises ticket, parking prices

The Orange County Register
August 3rd, 2010, 1:32 pm,  posted by Sarah Tully

Disneyland Resort is raising prices for park tickets, annual passes and parking effective Thursday.

Visitors will pay $76 to visit a single Disneyland Resort park — either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure — for one day. That is $4 more than the current price.

Disneyland last raised single-day ticket prices a year ago, but the company has already hiked annual pass and parking fees once in the past year. In January, Disney hiked the cost for annual passes. Parking prices went up in October.

Disneyland increased prices for a one-day, one-park ticket by $3 in August 2009. Starting Thursday, visitors will pay $10 more than they did three years ago and $35 more than a decade ago, when there was only the Disneyland park. California Adventure opened in 2001.

This year’s $4 hike is on par with annual changes over the past decade: Disney has boosted prices between $2 and $7 annually over that time.

“We continuously monitor the marketplace to ensure pricing that reflects a strong entertainment value,” said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, in a prepared statement. “When you compare a Disney park to a concert or professional sporting event, we offer a great value and a full day of world-class entertainment.”

If visitors want to avoid the price hike, they can buy passes before Thursday. Tickets purchased now are valid until Jan. 3, Brown said. Buy Disneyland tickets online.  Annual passes can be renewed up to 30 days in advance at the current price.

This Thursday’s annual pass hikes range from $15 to $30. But Disney already increased the prices for annual passes in January, meaning holders will pay between $30 and $45 more since the hikes in August 2009.

Some Disney fan sites have speculated that the company is hiking prices to decrease the number of passholders, who may cause crowding in the parks. However, Disney also has made it easier for visitors to pay for passes with monthly payment plans.

Disney has four types of annual passes. A visitor can go to either park for a varying number of days, depending on the level of the pass. Visitors will also pay $1 more to park in Disney lots: $15 per car. In October, Disney hiked parking fees between $2 or $3. Parking is free for three hours for Downtown Disney, but Disney posts signs advising theme-park visitors to take their cars elsewhere.

Since the economy began souring, Disney parks have offered discounts, especially for Southern California residents. This summer, for example, local residents can pay $108 for three separate visits to Disney parks.

Toy Story 3 Adds Changes to Midway Mania!

TOY STORY 3 CHARACTERS JOIN MIDWAY MANIA RIDE

Disney announced last week that the Toy Story Midway Mania! attraction at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks will get a new game and other changes in late May featuring new characters from the upcoming Toy Story 3 film.

On the Disney’s California Adventure ride, visitors go on carriages that transport them to compete in front of a series of 4-D video games based on the movie series.

Creators designed the ride so that games could easily be swapped out or updated, possibly for holidays. Next month, a new game will be added for the first time since the ride opened in June 2008, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokesman.

The new game is called “Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts,” which has riders shoot virtual darts at balloon targets. The game will replace “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop” in late May. A firm date has yet to be released, McClintock said. Trixie is a new dinosaur character in “Toy Story 3″ who will befriend Rex.

Other new characters from “Toy Story 3,” set to be released June 18, also will appear in different scenes within Toy Story Mania!

In addition to the new game, a new character from “Toy Story 3,” called Lotso, is set to join the cast at Disney’s California Adventure starting Sunday. Lotso, short for Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear, will join the Pixar Play Parade and greet visitors.

Disneyland/DCA Pictures Courtesy of Micechat and Highleveller