NBA: Aaron Gordon won’t compete in next year’s slam dunk contest

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon competes in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP/Gerald Herbert)After a stellar showing in last year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest, many believe that Orlando Magic swingman Aaron Gordon will captivate fans again and bring the spectacle to even greater heights this year.But after a rather underwhelming showcase at the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the dynamic leaper said he would no longer participate in the event next year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government With LaVine sitting out the contest this year, Gordon was primed as the heavy favorite among contestants DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Jones Jr. and Glenn Robinson III.NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—reportHowever, much to the surprise of many, Gordon missed majority of his dunk attempts and failed to reach the championship rounds after receiving the lowest score among participants.Aaron Gordon: “I just wanted to do something new, something innovative. It didn’t go my way.”— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 19, 2017ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Anthony Davis sets All-Star record with 52 points, West tops East LATEST STORIES In a statement to Sport’s Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, Gordon explained his intentions to take a break from the high-flying competition.“This event takes a lot out of you when you approach it as seriously as I do,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 21 year-old forward, who many believed was robbed of the title against Zach LaVine last year, has been vocal about his strict preparations coming into the  NBA All-Star weekend’s premiere event.“He’s taking this year’s contest very seriously,” Graham Betchart, Gordon’s mental conditioning coach and dunk consultant, told Bleacher Report. “It’s been on his mind since the third grade.” Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Robinson eventually won the hardware in arguably one of the most lackluster dunk contests in history.READ: Robinson III, Gordon, Porzingis win NBA All-Star eventsTNT commentators, meanwhile, noted that a current foot injury appears to have sapped Gordon’s signature air time.Throughout his performance, Reggie Miller kept pointing out that Gordon did not appear to have the same ‘bounce’ he had last year. Khristian Ibarrola/ra/jbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

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Orville Higgins | Bad-mind people, leave Bolt alone!

first_imgIf I live to be as old as Methuselah, I will never quite understand Jamaican people. We are prone to take some highly irrational positions on some subjects that are nothing short of flabbergasting. The latest uproar in some quarters against Usain Bolt trying to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a professional footballer is bewildering to say the least. Why on Earth would anyone have a problem with Bolt wanting to be a footballer? Indeed, why would anyone have an issue with Bolt deciding he wants to do ANYTHING? Would the backlash from certain sections be any different if Bolt had decided to play table tennis? Would they be as caustic if Bolt had decided to play professional volleyball? I honestly don’t think so. I have found out that the most rabid critics of Bolt over his intention to turn pro in football have been people who are heavily biased towards football as a sport. Usually, these are people who wanted to be footballers themselves and may just be harbouring some ill will against Bolt because he is getting an opportunity that they wished they could have had. It is not costing any of us one single dollar for Bolt to follow his dream. The way some of us are behaving would appear that Bolt was using Jamaican taxpayers’ money to go chase his dream. Why are we bellyaching over this? We should be silently applauding the man for the willingness and bravery to follow his dream. What if Bolt was an illiterate who, after retiring from athletics at 32, decides he wants to fulfill a lifelong desire to be a lawyer? Would we be as critical if he started taking reading lessons and hired special teachers to help him? Wouldn’t we be all silently admiring him even if we secretly doubted that he would make it? A lot of us are where we are in life because we dared to believe and hope. Many of us have reached places many didn’t expect us to reach. It is the hope that eternally springs in the human breast that gives us dominion over all living things. Lower animals as a rule can’t plan for life in five or 10 years. They don’t carry hopes and inspirations for 30 years. That’s the domain of humans. It should be illegal for us to talk Bolt down or try to stop him from doing something he so desperately wants to do. So what if he flops? What if he is a horrible failure in football? Surely the sun would still come up the next day! There is this “fool fool” misconception that somehow Bolt’s legacy as a sprinter will somehow be tainted if he fails as a footballer. How can anyone with a brain reason like this? Michael Jordan was very average as a baseball player, and yet when we come to discuss the greatest of all time in basketball, Jordan’s name is perennially at the top of the list. His ordinary stint in baseball has no bearing whatsoever on his status as a basketball player. If Serena Williams decides to retire and take up kick-boxing, how would that in any way diminish her achievements as a tennis player? I have heard that if he can be training for football, then he should have stayed in track and field. What nonsense! The man has achieved everything that he wanted in athletics. There is nothing left for him to prove there. None of what I have said speaks to the qualities of Bolt as a footballer. I have saved this for last because it really doesn’t matter. Even if he had zero ability, he shouldn’t have to deal with the criticism he is now facing. The truth, though, is that Bolt does have some ability. He will not be the modern-day PelÈ or Maradona. He will not be a star in one of the top leagues around the world. But anyone with an objective mind can see something in him. He can head, he kicks reasonably well with both feet, and if he cranks up his fitness to close to where it was before and put in the work, he can be decent. Bolt has some raw attributes that could see him becoming an average player in one of the lower leagues in the world. He is a better player than some of us are crediting him for. I wouldn’t put it past Bolt to leave some eggs on a few faces a few months from now.last_img read more

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Poor sugar performance due to gross mismanagement of GuySuCo

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) refers to an article titled “Sugar sliding to worst performance in years as workers stay away” appearing in another section of the media on October 05, 2017. The article confirms, in some way, the Union’s conclusion that sugar production this year will be the lowest since 1990 when 129,920 tonnes was produced. For the GAWU, this is indeed troubling especially when the industry would have received billions from the Treasury since June, 2015 and a further B through the sale of lands to the State. It speaks a lot to the efficiency of the Corporation’s IMC.The article however, posits that the reason for the poor output is related to workers turnout which is stated to be around 60 per cent for the second crop thus far. We see this sordid conclusion as another stop along the ignominious road being taken by the GuySuCo hierarchy and its cheerleaders to shift blame for their poor stewardship to the hard-working sugar workers. This is most obscene and derisive.The lamentations about workers turnout are a complete 180 degree reversal from what GuySuCo was saying a few weeks ago. We recall that the Corporation’s Senior Communications Officer spoke ecstatically about improved turnout during the second crop. In reflecting on turnout too, it would be remiss if we failed to take account of improvements of workers’ productivity through mechanisation. Through the use of the semi-mechanical cane loaders, more commonly called Bell loaders, workers’ productivity is doubled. And at Skeldon the mechanical cane harvesters have been very helpful in augmenting production and productivity. It seems that the story should end with popular saying ‘talk half and lef half’.In speaking to workers turnout too, it must not be forgotten that field workers are not offered work 52-weeks per year. In fact, now-a-days, crop weeks may be just around 30 weeks per annum. It, therefore, means for just about half of the year they are not gainfully employed and have to seek alternative employment whenever and wherever it is practicable to take up. This notion cannot be disconnected from workers commitment and resolve. Also, we should not fail to consider that when taken together that workers must now confront an unfriendly and arrogant management and purchase in the market at 2017 prices with 2014 wages, it doesn’t take an expert to imagine what that would do to workers morale.The aforementioned article also, for whatever reason, does not take into account the state of the industry’s cultivation. Cane yields are very poor and not in keeping with budgeted figures and far from the potential of GuySuCo. This is the real and primary reason, GAWU contends, for the poor production that will be realized this year, not poor labour turnout as the article wants everyone to believe. An examination of the data would be revealing and would serve as an eye opener for many.We see the excuse of workers turnout as nothing less than a mere smokescreen meant to distract, deceive, and dupe many unwitting Guyanese. The anticipated low sugar production this year will, undoubtedly, be as a result of poor cane yield caused by gross mismanagement of the Company.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGAWU GeneralSecretarylast_img read more

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Tardy Rams decry disqualification

first_imgThe weigh-ins were scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. at San Marino High, with wrestling set to start at 9:30 a.m. According to Temple City coach Eric Broca, his team was delayed because the team bus was late. He said his wrestlers were all weighed in by 7:30 a.m., however. “I was informed that we were going to have a silent vote on whether or not we should be disqualified,” Broca said. “They voted 4-2 to disqualify us. We were devastated.” When Broca informed his wrestlers of the coaches’ decision, he said some broke down in tears. “You’re going to punish the kids, and for what, because of a technicality that is not spelled out in our league bylaws, and something the coaches decided to vote on minutes before the meet?” Broca said. “That’s terrible.” Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell wouldn’t defend or endorse the disqualification. He said, however, that all league wrestling coaches met on Jan. 31 to discuss the weigh-in times, and that it was made clear that 7 a.m. was the starting and closing time for wrestlers to be present. The confusion appears to involve whether the starting and closing times are the same. “What was upsetting to the coaches is that everyone agreed on the starting and closing time, and that Temple City had two wrestling coaches present for it,” Bell said. “There shouldn’t have been any confusion. In wrestling, if kids are allowed to weigh in much later than other kids, that is considered a big unfairness. “I’m not saying I agree wholeheartedly with that, but wrestling people are very touchy about this, because that extra five or 10 minutes can be used to shed the pound or two you need to make weight.” Temple City senior Eric Becher still qualified for CIF-SS at 215 pounds because there were only three wrestlers in his weight class. Avedissian, who said he had trouble sleeping over Saturday’s decision, later talked Monrovia junior heavyweight Johnny Becerra into defaulting his third-place finish so that Temple City’s senior heavyweight could continue in CIF. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monrovia coach Ed Avedissian and the meet coordinator, disputes that. He said Temple City arrived at 7:30 a.m. after all the other teams had already been weighed in. Broca said his wrestlers shouldn’t have been punished so severely for being a few minutes late. “It was my understanding that there is a starting and closing time for weigh-ins, and the closing time was 7:30 a.m., which is two hours before the meet begins,” Broca said. “At CIF events, they require that you’re weighed in two hours before the meet, so I thought we were fine.” However, at CIF-SS sanctioned events, if wrestlers are not present by the time weigh-ins are closed, they’re automatically disqualified. The Temple City wrestlers were stretching and getting ready for the meet when Avedissian called the coaches in for a meeting. center_img Rio Hondo League wrestling coaches offered differing interpretations Monday of a rule that led to Temple City High School’s disqualification from Saturday’s league finals. Coaches voted to disqualify the Rams, who finished third in the RHL team standings behind Monrovia and La Ca?ada, because they arrived a few minutes late for weigh-ins. As a result, several wrestlers were stripped of the opportunity to compete for league titles and an appearance in the CIF-Southern Section individual tournament. last_img read more

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Assembly GOP picks new leader

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The shakeup comes after a year in which Schwarzenegger largely worked around Republicans in the Legislature, who as a group are far more conservative. He struck deals with the majority Democrats to raise the minimum wage, push for greenhouse gas reductions from industry and cut costs for prescription drugs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Assembly Republicans on Thursday ousted their party leader, selecting a more conservative lawmaker who has repeatedly clashed with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the chamber’s Democrats. The post-election move signals a more partisan shift by the minority party and comes the same day the Republican governor trumpeted his bipartisan dealmaking while on a trade trip to Mexico. Assembly minority leader George Plescia, R-La Jolla, had been in his post only since March before he was replaced by Assemblyman Mike Villines of Clovis. Villines is a former aide to Gov. Pete Wilson and Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno, who lost a bid for state attorney general on Tuesday to Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. He was elected unanimously during a four-hour Assembly GOP caucus meeting. last_img read more

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Harry Kane to be made an OBE after captaining England to World Cup semi-finals

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The striker scored six goals to guide England to their best World Cup finish since 1990.Gareth Southgate, who managed the Three Lions in Russia, will also reportedly be awarded an OBE.The honours are expected to be officially unveiled next week.Kane, who has twice won the Premier League Golden Boot, also welcomed his second child into the world this year. Vivienne Jane was born in August, 19 months after Ivy Jane, Kane’s first daughter with Katie Goodland. no dice BEST OF Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane is to be made an OBE as part of the New Year’s Honours list.According to the Sun, Kane, 25, will be honoured for captaining England to the World Cup semi-finals, winning the Golden Boot in the process. REVEALED Latest Football News shining 1 ADVICE center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The forward has scored 13 goals this season, taking his career tally with Tottenham past the 150 mark. He has helped Spurs into the Champions League last 16 – where they will play Borussia Dortmund – and a defeat of Everton today would move the north Londoners to within two points of second place Manchester City.talkSPORT brings you full live commentary of Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur in the final Premier League fixture before Christmas. Click here to listen live Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Kane has enjoyed an excellent 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

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Why Leicester can take title hope from Liverpool’s display against Watford

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS update on target appointed latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Stuart Pearce believes Leicester City can take hope from Liverpool’s average performance against Watford on Saturday.The Reds beat Nigel Pearson’s bottom of the table side 2-0 but gave away several chances.Liverpool remain the runaway leaders with 16 wins from 17 games this season and just two points dropped. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side were not at their best Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Liverpool won 2-0 against Watford Leicester are their closest challengers but still have plenty of ground to make up and are 10 points off the pace as they drew with Norwich on Saturday.Pearce told talkSPORT: “I’m looking as a neutral at this game and I will say when Leicester come up against these (Liverpool) in the way Leicester play in their counter-attack fashion they will certainly, if Liverpool play in the same way, create chances.“That game is coming up shortly. I still think it is a done deal the Premier League, I think it was a couple of weeks ago, but the performance wasn’t great but the result was fantastic for them.” rookie error statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 2 Mohamed Salah scored twice for Liverpool on their way to beating Watford at Anfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.Pearce added: “There’s not a team that has ever played in the Premier League that has not had its peaks and troughs. Their results may have stayed consistent but they have had peaks and troughs in the form they have showed in games. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty targets stalemate “Liverpool won that game in third gear. They let the opposition create far too many opportunities on their goal. They got away with it and their goalkeeper bailed them out on a couple of occasions.“They will take the result. They are top of the tree and have a little warm weather break to have a tilt at the world title.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network.last_img read more

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Halloween Safety Tips from the Sheriff

first_imgAccessories:Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.While Trick-or-Treating:Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.Walk; do not run, from house to house.  Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks. Homeowners/Decorations:Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire.Do not leave your house unattended.“Halloween is a fun time in Jackson County,” Sheriff Hall concluded, “But let’s make it a safe time as well.  The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. “To reach the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, call 586-4355 or 586-8901.  Our Crime Stoppers Hotline is 631-1125.  Visit us on the web at sheriff.jacksonnc.org. Treats:Give children an early meal before going out.Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture. Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween.  “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Chip Hall of Jackson County.The Sheriff reminds all Jackson County residents to follow these safety tips:Motorists:Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.Parents:Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route.  You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood, and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children’s companions.Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.Establish a return time.Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.Costume Design:Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of reflective tape should be used to make children visible. Face Design:Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision.  Use facial make-up instead.When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.last_img read more

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Photo Editing Now Available in My Disney Experience App

first_imgShare This!With the recent update of the My Disney Experience app, a new perk has been added for fans of Disney PhotoPass. And trust me, this perk is a long time coming. Guests can now choose to edit their photos in the app. You will now be able to customize purchased PhotoPass photos by being able to crop images, as well as add stickers and frames and save these images instantly.So, I decided to play with the app and see how the process works.First, when you open an image, you’ll need to select “Edit.” I also wanted to play with the stickers option. Again, many different sticker choices are available. The stickers can be moved around and resized to fit the image. If you don’t like the sticker, you can choose to delete it. My one suggestion would be for Disney to organize the frames and stickers into folders so they are a little easier to scroll through and find. I think once you figure out what every option is though, it will be a lot easier to maneuver.There’s a minimal number of borders and stickers that are available on the app. More can be found at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com.By clicking on the check mark on the main edit screen, your are able to save the photo to your camera roll. Also, as a head’s up. Unlike the version that’s online, your photos are not saved in your My Disney Experience account. So, to save it, you must save it to your camera roll.Photos can only be edited in the app by those who have purchased the image, have an active version of Memory Maker, or have an Annual Pass with the ability to download photos. As of right now, the option to edit your images is only available on the iOS version of My Disney Experience.Overall though, this is a great fun change that I know I had been wishing would come to PhotoPass via the My Disney Experience app. I am sure that others will be just as happy to be able to edit their photos in this way too! Then, I decided to play with the filter option. There are multiple choices, much like there would be on say, Instagram.  Here is my final product:center_img Many different border options are available to choose from, including some that relate to the Disney Princesses, some that relate to the park the photo was taken in, and more. From there, you can choose to edit by cropping the image, adding a filter, adding stickers, or adding a border.last_img read more

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Disneyland News – Week of May 4, 2019

first_imgFantasmic!2200002 Admission and HoursPassholder blockouts are the same this week as last. Southern California, Southern California Select Passholders, and Deluxe Passholders are all blocked out on Saturday, and Southern California Select Passholders are also blocked out on Sunday and Friday. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular Price ($129/$122) on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday, and Value Price ($104/$98) every other day.Regular park hours are as follows this week: CrowdsAny week where the highest crowd level is a 5 is a great week to visit, and this week even features a level 2 crowd on Thursday! It should be a great week to experience the parks.Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherIt’s going to be another very pleasant week in Anaheim from a temperature standpoint, with highs hovering right around 70 all week long.  There is a slight chance of rain most days, so make sure you check the updated forecast before you head out each day to get a sense of whether it’s something you need to worry about.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsDisneyland scales back its entertainment this week, with Fantasmic! dark and only one parade during the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here. World of Color1111111 Disney’s Mix Magic1111111 California Adventure8-108-109-99-99-99-98-9 PriceREGREGVALVALVALVALREG ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFricenter_img SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Disneyland8-128-129-119-119-118-128-12 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Share This!It’s Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Bats Day, and the Get Your Ears on Celebration continues! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and NotesPhoto DisneyI know you’re all excited about the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge later this month, but you can whet your appetite for all things from a galaxy far, far away early as this week kicks off with May the Fourth, a/k/a Star Wars Day! First and foremost, Disneyland will be bringing back the fantastic Hyperspace Mountain for a limited time. May the Fourth will also see the return of Captain Phasma’s March of the First Order through Tomorrowland, special photo and merchandise opportunities (head to Little Green Men Store Command), and Star-Wars-inspired food and drink at Galactic Grill and Alien Pizza Planet. With all of the excitement surrounding the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it’s sure to be a great event!On a related note, Disney recently released a brief video to help you prepare for and get the most out of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens.  Check it out here!There was an indication last year that it might be going away, but I’m happy to report that it looks like Bats Day in the Fun Park is returning this Sunday, May 5. This unofficial celebration of goth culture means that you can expect to see lots of people donned in everything from simple black t-shirts to elaborate steampunk attire. Think of it as an edgier version of Dapper Day, and it really adds a unique, fun energy to the parks.Cinco de Mayo is also, you guessed it, May 5, and while there’s nothing special specifically on the calendar for it, you should nevertheless keep your eyes open for special food and drink opportunities throughout the parks.Over at Downtown Disney, a new art installation/selfie extravaganza has opened called Pop Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration. It showcases Mickey-themed art over the years, and also provides dozens of unique photo opportunities spread over numerous different backgrounds — kinda like the Magic Kingdom’s Purple Wall on overdrive. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased here. Make sure you sharpen those elbows before you go to fend off any overly aggressive Instagrammers!Disneyland is continuing its Get Your Ears On Celebration, commemorating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Keep your eyes open for special menu selections, treats, character greetings, entertainment, and merchandise throughout the resort. Make sure you check out Rikki’s preview and Guy’s rundown of the best snacks for more details on what to expect. As part of that, Disney launched Philharmagic, the long-running show at Magic Kingdom, at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. It just opened this last week, and the digital projection has been really well-received.Finally, Friday is the first of several Grad Nites at Disney’s California Adventure. The events themselves are after hours and shouldn’t seriously impact crowds, but you might well see more grads-to-be in the hours leading up the event. For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsAt Disneyland Park, Casey Jr. Circus Train, the Storybook Land Canal Boats are both down for refurbishment from through May 24. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough will open shortly thereafter on May 28.Over at California Adventure, the Silly Symphony Swings are still offline through May 24. Also, the Red Car Trolley is remains dark until next spring.As always, be aware that refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. Soundsational Parade2211112last_img read more

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