If you’re not into Disneyland, you might want to skip this one. OK, still reading? Oh my God, you won’t believe the awesome new stuff they’ve just put into Disney California Adventure, the Golden State-themed park adjacent to Disneyland. This summer brings the debut of a Route 66 section of the park with a slot car-racing attraction (based on Pixar’s Cars films, but let’s not hold that against it), and an area that evokes Los Angeles of the 1920s, crowned by a classy restaurant and upscale cocktail lounge. And the second-easiest way to appreciate all this jazzy new shit (after actually visiting California Adventure, which you shouldn’t do until the crowds die down in the fall) is to read Yesterland, a website devoted to Disneyland attractions long gone. There’s a whole section on California Adventure—scroll to the bottom of the page—and it’s brimming with defunct restaurants, shows and attractions; in essence, it amounts to an entire theme park redone since it opened in February 2001. Don’t look too much at the stuff they closed; it’s depressing. Look forward. Ever forward.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products