Business and Tourism

JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort Appoints Executive Team Leading Property Through 2020 Opening

Orange County’s highly-anticipated luxury travel destination, the JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort announces Nusrat Mirza as its General Manager and Maribel Denner as its Director of Sales and Marketing. The new executive team will lead the resort through its grand opening on April 2020, and serve as strategic leaders and visionaries for the new build hotel. The JW Marriott Anaheim Resort, ...

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Disneyland’s Local Economic Impact: $8.5 Billion, 78,000 Jobs

A new study by the Cal State Fullerton’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting confirmed the Disneyland Resort’s standing as Orange County’s economic powerhouse. According the the study, Disneyland generated $8.5 billion in economic activity for the Southern California economy – a huge increase from $3.5 billion in 2005. That’s a 50% increase since 2013. The Resort is also ...

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Disney Aspire’s Free Tuition Program Marks One-Year Anniversary

The Walt Disney Company’s groundbreaking education investment program – Disney Aspire – is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The program, which launched in August 2018, allows Disney’s 90,000+ Cast Members to pursue their educational goals and put their career dreams within reach. Program Overview As a reminder, Disney pays 100% tuition upfront at network schools, and books or other required program ...

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TIME Magazine Names Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge One Of “World’s Greatest Places” In 2019

TIME magazine has named Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to it’s 2019 list of “World’s Greatest Places” – placing it in elite company of unique worldwide destinations. TIME writes: Nearly seven years after the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of Lucasfilm comes Disneyland’s largest-ever single land ­expansion—and a shift of the California theme park’s nostalgic identity toward more futuristic experiences. At Star ...

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Anaheim and Other Area Leaders Celebrate Women-Owned Businesses at Ford’s “Working Woman Project”

Women leaders from Anaheim and throughout Orange County gathered in Irvine on July 18 to discuss the challenges facing businesswomen, during the Ford Working Woman Project hosted at Ford Motor Company’s design center. Presented by Ford and the eWomenNetwork, the Ford Working Woman Project brought women leaders, business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs together to share ideas and tips on how ...

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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Hypocrisy Takes Center Stage

The controversy stemming from Bernie Sanders’ labor dispute with the union representing his campaign field organizers had laid bare the hypocrisy of his attacks on business, especially his fixation on Disney. A centerpiece of Sanders presidential campaign has been his call for more than doubling the federal minimum wage – from $7.25 to $15 an hour.  “There’s nothing “extreme” about ...

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns For Limited August-September Run

Beginning on August 2 the instantly recognizable notes of the iconic “Baroque Hoedown” will waft through Disneyland as the classic Main Street Electrical Parade returns to the Disneyland Resort for an engagement scheduled of nightly performances through September 30. The Electrical Parade has been an institution at Disneyland since it debuted in 1972, and has been enjoyed by generations of ...

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VidCon Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary At Anaheim Convention Center

VidCon – the annual gathering of social media platforms, influencers, brands, industry execs and boat loads of fans – is back at the Anaheim Convention Center today through Sunday, celebrating its 10th anniversary. VidCon’s tremendous growth and influence has paralled that of the social media universe itself, and it has called the Anaheim Convention Center its home since its inception. ...

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Mayor Sidhu: Fast-Track West Anaheim Revitalization Project

I am excited to announce long-awaited economic development plans for West Anaheim! The time has come to move development forward. At our June 18 City Council meeting, I will direct staff to agendize the necessary approvals to move forward in order to have plans before the Council by our July 30 meeting. When I campaigned for Mayor, too many West ...

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