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The Staples Center is an award wining multi-purpose sports arena, located in Downtown Los Angeles, directly next to the Convention Centre Complex of the city. The building of the stadium was financed privately, it was completed in 1999 and named after the office-supply company Staples who owns the naming rights. The building costs were around $375 million and the stadium is used for large indoor events such as concerts, award ceremonies, ice hockey, basketball and other sports events. Currently it is home to 4 professional sports franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers (both NBA), the Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) and the Los Angeles Kings (NHL). Since its opening it has hosted a multitude of events, such as 9 Grammy awards, and many international super-stars have performed here, including Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Madonna, U2, Prince, Christina Aguilera, and many more. Recently it has made headlines for being the venue in which Michael Jackson held his last rehearsal, 2 days before he passed away in June 2009. In front of the stadium you can see statues of sports legends Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson.
Disney's California Adventure
California Adventure is the second theme park at the Disneyland Resort. Opened in 2001 it is adjacent to the original Disneyland Park and in part recreates some well-known Californian landmarks. The overall intention was to create a more adult-themed park than Disneyland, including faster, scarier rides and shows designed for a more adult audience. There are a larger number of restaurants and unlike Disneyland Park, alcohol is served in the California Adventure. The park is divided into a number of themed lands: A Bug's Land, Golden State, Paradise Pier and Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The largest of the roller coasters is California Screamin' where the cars loop the loop through an outline of Mickey's head. There is also where the Tower of Terror can be found. Stage presentations include MuppetVision 3-D, It's a Bug's Life and Soarin' Over California. There are parades including, after dark, The Electric Parade (which has featured at DisneyWorld Florida and Disneyland Resort Paris in the past) Admission: Hours vary through the year. Single day ticket: Adults (10+) $59 Children (3 9) $49 Multiple day passes and tickets combined with entry to the Disneyland Park are also available.
This was the original theme park developed by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California, fifty years ago and was known simply as Disneyland until 1998. When it was first opened it had 16 attractions; now it has over 60. The park is divided into eight lands which include Main Street USA, Tomorrowland and Mickeys Toon Town and is dominated by Cinderella's Castle. Transportation is provided by the Disney Railroad and the Monorail system. The accent of this park is providing fun for the whole family. Mickey and the rest of the Disney family are on hand to greet the guests. Attractions include the favourites Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, It's A Small World and The Enchanted Tiki Room. There are live stage shows, parades in the afternoon and evening and fireworks at night. Admission: Hours vary through the year. Single day ticket: Adults (10+) $59 Children (3-9) $49 Multiple day passes and tickets combined with entry to Disney's California Adventure are also available.