Business and Tourism

Star Wars Celebration: The Force Was With Anaheim This Weekend

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim wrapped up its four-day event at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. The globe-trotting fan event (next year it is in London). Fans got a sneak peak at “Rogue One” prequel “Andor,” in which Diego Luna returns as rebel spy Cassian Andor. “Andor” will begin streaming gone Disney+ in late summer. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” starring Ewan MacGregor ...

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Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College Join Disney’s Aspire Tuition Program For Cast Members

During the Disneyland Resort’s annual “State of the Resort” event last week, President Ken Potrock announced Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College would be joining the Disney Aspire program, through which the company picks up the entire cost of a college education for its hourly cast members. The announcement marks a historic expansion of the Aspire program:  due to the ...

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Anaheim, State Agency Settlement Clears Way For Deal To Sell Stadium, Keep Angels In Anaheim

The City of Anaheim and the state Housing and Community Development (HCD) department have reached a settlement agreement that clears the way for the December 2019 agreement that keeps the Angels in Anaheim until at least 2050 while selling the stadium and surrounding property to SRB Management, an Arte Moreno-led partnership. The deal was officially announced this morning in an ...

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Sheraton Park Hotel Celebrate’s Grand Re-Opening After $33 Million Renovation

The Sheraton Park Hotel, one of the hospitality icons of the Anaheim Resort, officially commemorated its re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration on Tuesday after a multi-million renovation. The Anaheim High School marching band was assembled in the grand ballroom to energize the event, and were followed by a welcome from General Manager Ian Gee. Mayor Harry Sidhu and ...

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Anaheim’s Budget: From Epic Downturn To Record Recovery

From the City of Anaheim: Anaheim’s rebounding economy is driving better than expected budget projections for the city. For the 12 months through June, Anaheim now is projecting about $70 million in additional revenue from hotel, sales and property taxes than initially forecast in the city’s adopted budget for fiscal year 2021-22. Hotel-stay tax, Anaheim’s largest source of revenue, is ...

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Natural Products Expo West Marks Return Of Convention Business To Anaheim

The Natural Products Expo West is back at the Anaheim Convention Center after a nearly three year hiatus, marking the return of large convention business to Anaheim after a state government-imposed drought due to restrictive COVID-19 mandates. The shows brings together thousands of exhibitors and buyers from the $300 billion natural and organic products industry. There will be an estimated 60,000 attendees, ...

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Disneyland Resort: Return Of The Trams

Even after Disneyland re-opened last year, a major missing element was the trams that shuttled excited and weary (depending on the time of day) guests between the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures and plaza connecting Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. For the last several months, guests had to trudge the two-thirds of a mile distance on foot. ...

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Disneyland Resort Workers Union Approves 19% Pay Increase It Rejected In November

The Master Services Council, the union organization representing thousands of Disneyland Resort cast members has approved a 19% pay increase over three years, after rejecting the identical proposal the month before. The Master Services Council unions represent 9,700 cast members who work in eateries and retail shops, and as ride operators and maintenance workers. The union had rejected an identical ...

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