Summer news at Orange County's theme parks.
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.M. to midnight July 21 through August 18. On July 4, hours are 8 A.M. to 2 A.M. Busiest days are Saturdays and Mondays, and July 4; busiest times are about 11 to 5.
The Disneyland Passport includes admission to all rides, and costs $14 for adults, $9 for children 3 through 12. Strollers are available. For more information, call (714) 999-4565. Knott's Berry Farm: new Camp Snoopy
You might begin your day with a country-style breakfast, served with the farm's famous preserves, at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant (open from 7 A.M. in the admission-free Knott's MarketPlace.
This summer, Charles Schulz's beloved cartoon character Snoopy is joined by Charlie Brown and Lucy at a new theme area and a new ice show. Look for them at Camp Snoopy, a 6-acre kids' playland built in July 1983 around a High Sierra theme. Rustic buildings, pontoon bridges, and waterfalls provide the natural look; the Fun House, the Flying Ace Balloon Race, and seven other rides provide the excitement.
Ice Show, pyrotechnics. You can escape the summer heat at the ice spectacular titled "Snoopy's Quest for the Gold." Twelve expert skaters join Snoopy and friends for the 1-hour show, performed at the Good Time Theatre at 3, 5, and 8 daily except Fridays through Labor Day weekend.
Fireworks light the sky over Reflection Lake in a 15-minute patriotic show, nightly at 9:45 through Labor Day weekend. Computers synchronize fireworks with music. On July 4, there'll be two pyrotechnic displays.
Knott's Berry Farm's summer hours are 9 A.M. to midnight daily (to 1 A.M. Saturdays) through Labor Day weekend. Busiest days are Saturdays through Mondays, and busiest times are from about 11 to 6 daily.
Admission (good for all rides) costs $11.95 for ages 12 and over; $8.95 for ages 3 through 11, seniors over 60, expectant mothers, and the handicapped. Strollers are available. For more details, call (714) 220-5200. Getting to the parks
Only 6 miles from each other, both parks are just off the Santa Ana Freeway (1-5); in light traffic, either is less than an hour's drive (some 30 miles) from downtown Los Angeles. For Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, exit at Beach Boulevard. For Disneyland in Anaheim, exit at Harbor Boulevard.
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