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Anaheim Pop Culture

Tinker Bell swooping around Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was a memorable part of the opening montage for “The Wonderful World of Disney,” but over the years, Disneyland has only been used as a location for a few shows and movies. While George Lopez took his TV family to the park for an episode and one of the band members in the Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do!” took a ride on the Matterhorn at the famous theme park, most TV productions opt to film at Disney World in Florida. Angel Stadium of Anaheim served as a backdrop for “The Fan,” starring Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes, the family-friendly film “Angels in the Outfield” and “The Jackie Robinson Story.” “Matchstick Men” with Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell shot scenes at Anaheim Convention Center. Gwen Stefani and her band members famously started No Doubt while they were teens growing up in Anaheim. The band rehearsed and wrote songs in a garage on Beacon Street. Stefani has said she remembers hearing the nightly fireworks at Disneyland while practicing in the suburban garage. For readers, the failed commune and the heroine of Susan Sontag’s historical novel, “In America,” are inspired by Helena Modjeska’s artists’ colony in Anaheim. Mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker’s novels often take place in Laguna Beach and cover the O.C.

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