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Disneyland machinist in critical care unit after Space Mountain vehicle struck him

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A week after a Disneyland machinist was struck by a Space Mountain vehicle he remains hospitalized Tuesday in a critical-care unit, the Orange County Register is reporting.

On Oct. 3 at 9:45pm, a 68-year-old employee was injured when he was hit and thrown by an attraction car, according to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA).

The man had been testing a vehicle that returned from rehab and was doing maintenance work on the classic ride when the vehicle struck him, injuring his back, chest, and head, according to Cal-OSHA spokesperson Patricia Ortíz.

The unnamed machinist has been in the critical care unit at UC Irvine Hospital. Cal-OSHA is investigating.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our cast member and his family. On behalf of his fellow cast members, we offer our heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery," Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.


Ponzi scheme to sell milk to Disneyland lands two in jail

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No use crying over spilled securities fraud.

Two women are charged with scamming seven people out of nearly $600,000 with a bogus plan to sell milk to Disneyland. They claimed to have an exclusive contract with a dairy and the park.

The Ponzi scheme pair -- Maricela Barajas and Juliana Celeste Menefee -- entered pleas of no contest on Monday to seven counts of securities fraud, said the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Each were sentenced to three years behind bars and ordered to pay approximately $300,000 each to the victims. The Ponzi scheme (not to be confused with a Fonzi Scheme) promised investors a huge return.

Ringleader Eva Perez was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison and was ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution.

The Disney/Starbucks deal is real, however.


Frappucinos of the Caribbean: Starbucks and Disney partner up

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Mickey mugs | Starbucks announced on Monday a partnership with Disney to bring coffee shops into all six California and Florida theme parks.

The happiest half-caff-no-foam-single-pump-vanilla-soy-latte on Earth is but a mouse ear away. Seattle-based Starbucks announced Monday a partnership with Disney that will see coffee outlets opening in each of its six California and Florida theme parks.

In keeping with the pioneer spirit of the Golden State, the first shop to open this summer will be inside Disneyland's California Adventure park, followed by a barista-manned 'bucks at the original Disneyland park.

Anaheim's mouse houses will finally join the distinguished directory of international Starbucks destinations like the Tower of London, the Louvre in Paris, and even where the Berlin Wall once stood, noted KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes.

But don't expect the cafes to stick out like sore forest green thumbs. In keeping with Disney's long-held tradition of style strictness and fashion absolutism, the Starbucks outposts will be fairy-dusted to blend into their surroundings.


24 hour puppet people: Disneyland pulls a Leap Day all-nighter

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"One More Disney Day" is one day away. Disneyland is celebrating Leap Day on the West coast with a 24-hour park party at Mickey's Anaheim campus beginning at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

It may be a small world, but the park has been known to reach capacity so plan accordingly to ensure un-sleeping beauty status. And be sure to dress for cold weather success. The winter cools are sticking around with temperatures expected to range from the low 40s to low 60s in the course of the sleep depravation exercise.

While you're there, pout about the Matterhorn being closed, check out the new beard action, and, of course, behave, lest you encounter the happiest spray on Earth.

Disneyland will open at 6:00 a.m. on February 29 and stay open until 6:00 a.m. on March 1 (then take a quick nap and then reopen a few hours later at 10:00 a.m.).


The happiest spray on earth? Disney altercation video raises security questions

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A four-minute, profanity-heavy altercation between a seemingly drunk man and an employee of Disney's California Adventure was recorded Saturday afternoon by a park visitor.

The incident occurred near the "Tower of Terror" attraction where the suspect is seen punching, kicking, and grabbing a costumed park worker -- dressed as a bellhop in a straw hat -- who was attempting to subdue him with a repellent spray.

Despite long blasts to the face, the happiest spray on Earth administered by the Disney employee did very little to stop the suspect, who continued to curse and fight and ultimately knock the employee to the ground.

The suspect -- 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher -- was eventually restrained on the ground by two guests until authorities arrived. He was arrested for battery and assault by Anaheim police, booked into jail, and later released on a citation.