It’s official: ‘Star Wars’ theme land coming to Disneyland

The galaxy much, far is concerning Anaheim.

The Walt Disney Co.’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced today that a “Superstar Wars” themed land is coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

He destroyed the news throughout a panel discussion at the D23 Expo, Disney’s biennial follower gathering.

“I am delighted to reveal the next chapter in the long as well as exciting history in between Disney Parks and Celebrity Wars,” Iger claimed at the end of The Globe, Galaxies, as well as Universes: Live Activity at The Walt Disney Studios. “We are developing a jaw-dropping brand-new world that represents our biggest single themed land development ever before.”

Iger showed a picture and a snippet of concept fine art of the colony to a stimulating crowd, who offered him a standing ovation.

He stated the “Star Wars” themed land will occupy 14-acres at both amusement park, which “will certainly transport guests to a whole brand-new “Superstar Wars world.”

In Anaheim, the land will certainly remain in the Huge Thunder Cattle ranch area, consisting of some backstage locations, The Register has learned.

The land will feature 2 trademark rides, consisting of one “adventure that places you in the middle of a critical battle in between the First Order and also the Resistance.” He also said there would certainly be a cantina, most likely based on the Mos Eisley Cantina from “Star Wars IV: The New Hope.”

Iger claimed more specifics of the land will certainly be offered by Bob Chapek, the chairman of the Walt Disney Parks as well as Resorts, at an afternoon panel.

The city of Anaheim, which recently consented to a $1 billion manage Disney, subject to the company to increase the Disneyland Hotel in exchange for banning a gate tax on admission tickets for a minimum of Three Decade at Disneyland as well as Disney The golden state Journey, issued a declaration following Iger’s statement.

“This is interesting information for the city of Anaheim and represents a considerable assets in our area,” stated Ruth Ruiz, Anaheim spokeswoman.

“The City board in July led the way for this by embracing an enjoyment tax obligation policy and development contract with Disney,” she stated in an emailed statement. “The measurement of the ‘Superstar Wars’ land unveiled at D23 talks to the rationale behind that plan. This will be a major financial investment that will certainly create works, spur more visitors and develop extra profits for the city that will certainly be used to give services for our individuals.”

Because buying Lucasfilms for $4 billion in 2012, followers have actually asked yourself when Disney would present added rides and tourist attractions based on “Star Wars” to their amusement park. Celebrity Tours as well as the Jedi Training Academy are presently the only “Star Wars” themed destinations at Disneyland.

Iger had actually informed capitalists that Disney Imagineers remain in the process of developing and developing “Star Wars” themed tourist attractions, that will greatly boost the room epic’s presence in numerous places.

In the past couple years, Disney has actually silently purchased $100 million worth of land around the resort consisting of 2 structures north of its Pumbaa car park on Disney Means and Harbor as well as a resort straight nearby from the park’s eastern esplanade area.

Part of the deal asked for a new 5,000 spot parking framework on the Pumbaa great deal, and the building of “needle moving tourist attractions” within the style park’s impacts that would help draw in more site visitors.

The business has filed permit applications to use several of the regularing buildings as storehouse and also support facilities.

A new Star Wars area might considerably enhance presence, hotel occupancy and raise a labor force that currently flaunts 28,000 staff members.

Even more than 25 million individuals saw the Disneyland Resort amusement park in 2013, baseding on the Themed Amusement Association, an industry field team, with Disneyland getting more than 15 million of those gos to.

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Haggen to close 4 of 11 stores in Orange County; more may follow

The California closures include

Los Osos: Los Osos Valley Road (Santa Barbara)

Newbury Park: Newbury Road (Los Angeles)

Simi Valley: Cochran Street

Simi Valley: 660 E. Los Angeles Ave.

Bakersfield: E. Stockdale Highway

Santa Clarita: McBean Parkway

San Marcos: Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego

El Cajon: Fletcher Pkwy., San Diego

La Mesa: Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego

Chula Vista: Telegraph Canyon Road, San Diego

Chula Vista: Third Ave., San Diego

San Ysidro: W. San Ysidro Blvd., San Diego

Four of 11 Haggen stores in Orange County will close in the next 60 days, the company announced Friday.

Haggen said it would shutter or sell stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Bellingham-Wash.-based grocer debuted in Orange County this spring after acquiring stores from the Alberstons-Safeway merger. In a list provided by the company, 16 stores in California were slated for closure.

Local stores that will close in two months include:

Irvine: Portola Parkway

Mission Viejo: Los Alisos Boulevard

Tustin: 17th Street

Tustin: E. First Street

The fate of the remaining seven stores in Orange County is unknown.

Haggen said in a statement that most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction in which Albertsons and Safeway divested 146 stores. Additional stores will be sold or closed in the future as part of the company’s “right-sizing” strategy.

The company stated it has not determined how many jobs will be affected as a result of the closures and sales.

“Haggen’s goal going forward is to ensure a stable, healthy company that will benefit our customers, associates, vendors, creditors, stakeholders as well as the communities we serve,” said Bill Shaner, Haggen chief executive at the Pacific Southwest division. “By making the tough choice to close and sell some stores, we will be able to invest in stores that have the potential to thrive under the Haggen banner.”

The Pacific Southwest division is based in Irvine. In mid-July the it announced layoffs at each of its new stores. Haggen reportedly cut between six and 10 jobs per store across its Southwest region.

Greg Conger, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park that represents local workers at Haggen, told the Register in July that courtesy clerks at 83 stores were being let go and a large number of full-time employees were being demoted to part-time.

The union filed a grievance on behalf of the full-time staffers who were reduced to part time because “arbitrarily reducing someone from full time to part time without recognizing seniority is against the contract.” Individual grievances will be filed later, he added.

According to the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper, a class action discrimination lawsuit was filed in Santa Barbara Superior Court on July 31 against Haggen on behalf of a 60-year-old developmentally disabled man who had worked as a courtesy clerk at a Vons location Haggen bought. The suit was filed on behalf of all California-based developmentally disabled courtesy clerks that Haggen has laid off since the beginning of this year.

In a statement, Haggen said employees were laid off due to financial need: “The decision to eliminate the clerks helper job classification in our Pacific Southwest Region stores was made out of business necessity.”

The company struggled in Orange County almost immediately after opening as customers criticized the grocer’s pricing strategy.

Karen Lyons, a Corona del Mar resident, said she stopped shopping at the Corona del Mar Haggen, formerly an Albertsons, because the prices were simply too high.

“A lot of people stopped coming to the store because of that issue,” she said. “Haggen didn’t have any discounts on its own brand. Their meat department’s prices, everything went up.”

Lyons said the pricing was similar to that of Bristol Farms and Whole Foods, both of which are nearby.

Through the acquisition, Haggen expanded from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies and 2,000 employees in the Pacific Northwest to 164 stores and 106 pharmacies employing more than 10,000 people in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Guy Ball, of Tustin, was among the Haggen shoppers who complained about high prices.

“I was finding that I would go in expecting to spend about $60 and it would be an $80 bill,” Ball said. “They don’t have a range of sales. They have gotten better, but it’s still not enough for me to go in on a regular basis. I still don’t see the overall value of going there.”

“I think Haggen severely misread the market. I think they thought we could all afford the change and were expecting Whole Foods pricing, but that’s not the case. Most of us are middle class,” he added.

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Johnny Depp, George Lucas, Danny Elfman headline Disney Legend awards at D23 Expo

ANAHEIM– The Walt Disney Co. maintained two words secret to surprise its fans.

Johnny Depp.

Disney began the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Facility by bestowing the firm’s greatest honor, the Disney Legends to numerous populared individuals.

For months, fans recognized Disney was recognizing soap celebrity Susan Lucci, previous Oingo Boingo frontman and also music composer Danny Elfman, as well as Lucasfilm creator and “Celebrity Wars” franchise business developer George Lucas, to name a few.

Yet on Friday, the countless attendees received the greatest surprise at the end of the party when Disney announced Depp would be the other Disney Tale honoree.

The crowd increased as well as clapped when the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise star and Hollywood hunk went out from backstage, wearing a chamois-colored sports jacket and also a white t-shirt open at the collar.

“Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!” claimed Kelly Anderson, 29, of Camp Pendleton, after seeing Depp. “I had a go haywire moment.”

“I will treasure it as well as ideally reach meet Mickey Mouse,” Depp claimed, motivating a large laugh.

Depp, which has actually played Captain Jack Sparrow in the 4 “Pirates of the Caribbean” films and is slated to star in the fifth, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Guys Tell No Tales” in 2017, stated he really did not like the word “legend” yet accepted the honor enthusiastically.

“I am honored to be sworn in right into this,” he stated.

Depp was amongst nine people approving the Disney Legends award, provided individuals that “have dramatically contributed to the business’s tradition.”

Leading up to the D23 Exposition, the company’s biennial follower convention, The Walt Disney Co. Chairman wished to amaze guests. He simply couldn’t get verification from Depp.

“We recognized a few weeks back, (we) merely had to clear it with his schedule,” Iger informed the Register after the Disney Legends honors. “We understood he was getting a Tale however we were functioning on his schedule.”

Iger was thrilled with the group’s reaction.

“That was great,” he claimed.

Depp highlighted a star-studded occasion that included R&B singer Ne-Yo singing “Never had a good friend like me,” a homage to the late Disney Legend Robin Williams; Tony Honor winner James Monroe Iglehart carrying out Elfman’s “Oogie Boogie’s Track,” and also professional dancers from “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom dancing to the waltz from “Resting Appeal.”

Lucas approved the Tale award as well as shared stories of exactly how the Disney business as well as regular sees to Disneyland influenced him.

“Very few people recognize, Goofy was the motivation behind Jar Jar Binks,” Lucas stated, referring to his Goofy-like yet detested “Superstar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Threat” personality. “I like Silly and I like Jar Container Binks.”

Elfman, that has worked together with Disney creating ratings for hit films such as “The Nightmare Prior to Xmas,” “Alice in Heaven,” and also “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” praised Disney’s collaborative as well as imaginative environment.

While Lucci, that was a long time installation on daytime television as Erica Kane on “All My Kids,” claimed if she can develop a ride based on her infamous personality at Disneyland, it would certainly be a rollercoaster.

“It would feature bunches of partners, a lot of stops and also ups and downs,” Lucci said to the Register throughout the red carpet prior to the honor.

The most touching speech of the day came from Andreas Deja, a Disney animator which created Disney’s the majority of widely known bad guys – Gaston from “Appeal and also the Beast,” Jafar from “Aladdin,” and also Scar from “The Lion King.”

He destroyed after remembering a chat with a youthful follower. The girl handled him and claimed: “Thank you for drawing my youth.”

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Four people turned themselves in and are ‘cooperating fully’ in Newport Beach movie theater ‘chainsaw’ scare

NEWPORT BEACH – Four young people, questioned Tuesday night into Wednesday morning by Newport Beach police about creating a panic at a movie theater over the weekend, earlier brandished a leaf blower outside an Irvine In-N-Out Burger, police said.

The perpetrators revved the tool “to elicit a reaction” from people at the restaurant before going to the theater and scaring moviegoers from the complex, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said.

No arrests were made Wednesday. Police did not give details about the identities or ages of the four people, but said they turned themselves in for questioning after surveillance photos were released Tuesday to the public.

Police said that during the interviews the four were “cooperating fully.” Investigators had previously described the people in the photos as from 15 to 20 years old.

Authorities would not elaborate on what consequences perpetrators could face for the action, but Manzella said detectives were investigating the case fully and not treating it as a harmless prank.

Detectives “had a lot of incoming calls about this case and of course a lot of people were affected, so we’re hoping to bring some closure to them,” Manzella said.

During Saturday evening’s incident, Newport Beach police responded to multiple 911 calls at about 10:50 p.m. from the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater near Fashion Island.

Callers said two or more men created a panic inside the theater, causing dozens of people, some thinking the machine might be a chainsaw or weapon, to evacuate.

Police say someone had opened the emergency exit door from inside the theater and let in at least one co-conspirator with the leaf blower. The person with the tool held it up, yelled and started the motor.

In a short statement released Wednesday, Manzella said about one hour before the theater scare, the four were seen in a Ford pickup truck at the burger restaurant in Irvine.

The incident in Irvine was not reported to police at the time, but investigators looked into it after the event at the theater.

The scare came a day after a Colorado man was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 people and wounding 70 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident or the four people involved to contact Detective Joshua Vincelet at 949-644-3779. Anonymous tips can be left on the Newport Beach Police Department’s tip hotline at 800-550-6273.

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