Magazine article Sunset

Summer News at Orange County's Theme Parks

Magazine article Sunset

Summer News at Orange County's Theme Parks

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Orange County's theme entertainment parks--Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm--are worth a visit any time. But this summer, they're pulling out all the stops, with parades, fireworks, and new attractions. Both are just an hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles. At Disneyland: Fantasyland revival and two new movies

You can visit dozens of storybook characters in the newly revamped Fantasyland, which reopened in May 1983; its Alice in Wonderland ride was finished last April. Buildings with gingerbread facades and thatched roofs look as if they had stepped right out of a fairy tale.

In the new Pinocchio's Daring Journey ride, hologram technology helps transform Lampwick into a donkey; fiber optics make the Blue Fairy disappear.

The perennially flappable Donald Duck waddles into his second half-century this summer. Birthday celebrations include Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Parade, a twice-daily 10-minute romp from Fantasyland to Main Street U.S.A. Look for Donald, plus friends Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and others, at 3 and 7 P.M. If you miss the parade, you can catch the musical salute to Donald, performed several times daily at Main Street U.S.A.'s Carnation Plaza Gardens.

Starting July 4 in Tomorrowland, you can enter a circular theater to watch the film "American Journey." The 15-minute 360[deg.] movie, featuring scenes of American life, runs continuously during park hours.

Disneyland by night. Big-band music and dancing kick off the fun nightly at 8 at Main Street's Plaza Gardens. There's top-40 music nightly at 8 at Tomorrowland Terrace.

At 9 every evening through September 8, the sky bursts into color over Sleeping Beauty castle with the 15-minute "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show. Look for tinker Bell flying above the castle with her wand. Best viewing is from Main Street U.S.A. Spectacular Fourth of July fireworks draw huge crowds.

Another new evening attraction is the 3-D film "Magic Journeys." Clowns, toys, and kites seem to jump right off the screen and into the theater at the Tomorrowland Space Stage. You put on plastic glasses to view this 15-minute movie, shown continuously starting at 8:45 P.M.

Disneyland's summer hours are 9 A.M. to midnight (to 1 A.M. Saturdays) through July 20 and from August 19 through September 8, and 8 A. …

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