The Walt Disney Co. will dock one of its two cruise ships in California for 12 weeks next year as part of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of its Disneyland theme park...

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LOS ANGELES — The Walt Disney Co. will dock one of its two cruise ships in California for 12 weeks next year as part of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of its Disneyland theme park, which opened in 1955.

The decision to offer 12 seven-night cruises beginning next May also will test the waters for a possible future expansion of the cruise line.

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The Disney Cruise line has been extremely successful since it began operating out of Florida in 1998.

No decision to permanently add a West Coast port has been reached, the company said last week.

The “Disney Magic” will travel from its home port through the Panama Canal next year and offer cruises leaving from the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro and docking in three Mexican ports: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

The announcement comes as Disney unveils a major new addition to its struggling California Adventure theme park, adjacent to Disneyland. California Adventure opened three years ago in the midst of an economic recession.

Executives hope the opening of the “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,” last week will finally bring in the crowds Disney originally expected.

Riders strapped into seats on an elevator free fall 13 stories down the shaft of an abandoned hotel. The ride is already one of the most popular at Disney-MGM Studios park in Florida.