Ken Pellman

I was a Disneyland Cast Member for 15 years. Currently a freelance writer.

Six Flags Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that theme and amusement park operator Six Flags has filed for bankruptcy protection.  Times are tough all around, and running a major park requires the regular infusion of large capital invesments (that new rides, to you and me).  For… Read More »Six Flags Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Shameless Plug: My Thoughts on Disney at a Film Festival

LaughingPlace.com has posted two reports from the Newport Beach Film Festival, and one of them is my column.  Two screenings were of special interest to Disney fans.  “the boys” (lack of capitalization intended) is a new documentary about the Sherman Brothers.  It is fascinating and… Read More »Shameless Plug: My Thoughts on Disney at a Film Festival

Precision Dynamics’ Microchip Wristband

In the Los Angeles Times, Hugo Martín writes about Precision Dynamics’ microchip wristband, which has uses at places like the Disney resorts. The wristbands use the same technology as electronic tollbooths, security key cards and the newest U.S. passports. But at Precision Dynamics, this sophisticated electronic know-how… Read More »Precision Dynamics’ Microchip Wristband

More on the 3-D Ramp-Up

Richard Verrier of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at RealD, a company equipping cinemas with 3-D technology, how the technology got off the ground and works, and the finances involved. The privately owned technology company with 75 employees has emerged from obscurity to… Read More »More on the 3-D Ramp-Up

3-D Rollout Slowed, But Katzenberg Says It Will Increase

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is still promoting 3-D technology for cinemas.  Installing the equipment has slowed down because of economic conditions, but he’s pushing, as reported by Associate Press writer Min Lee. Promoting the new DreamWorks 3-D animated movie “Monsters vs. Aliens,” Katzenberg told… Read More »3-D Rollout Slowed, But Katzenberg Says It Will Increase

Former Disney Property Continues to Struggle

The Queen Mary attraction in Long Beach, California, continues to struggle according to this story in the Long Beach Press-Telegram. In the late 1980s, The Walt Disney Company purchased the company that owned the attraction, which at the time, included the plane built and flown… Read More »Former Disney Property Continues to Struggle