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Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips

October 31st, 2014

Top 10 Halloween Safety TipsGet your trick-or-treat bags ready, its Halloween! Before you hit the streets going door to door for your fair share of candy, take a look at these top 10 Halloween safety tips to ensure you have a safe time.

 

  1. Always use designated cross walks, especially after dark.
  2. Avoid dimly lit areas including alleyways.
  3. Never go out alone, always have a buddy with you or travel in groups.
  4. Carry a cell phone for emergencies.
  5. Have a flashlight or glow sticks to ensure drivers can see you.
  6. Consider using reflective tape on costumes to enhance visibility for drivers
  7. Make sure costumes don’t drag the ground and cause you to trip.
  8. Parents, if your kids go out with friends, review the route they are taking, neighborhoods they are visiting and a time for them to check in or return home.
  9. Never enter a house or car for a treat.
  10. Sort and inspect candy before eating. Any candy that has been unwrapped or looks questionable should be thrown away.

 

Always be cautious when out at night, especially on a busy holiday. We want to make sure that everyone has a fun and safe holiday. Make wise decisions and steer clear of the ghouls and goblins out there!

 

Happy Halloween!

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

October 25th, 2014

Last Minute Halloween CostumesSo you forgot it is Halloween. No worries, we have a few suggestions for last minute Halloween costumes for you so you won’t be the only one that isn’t dressed up.

Mime: This clever costume will even keep you from talking to people you don’t like at the party. Just wear black pants and a black and white striped shirt. Paint your face white or don’t. It doesn’t matter. When someone tries to talk to you. Put your hands up and act like you are in a box.

Nudist on Strike: Running  late from work. Just grab a piece of card board and write ‘Nudist on Strike’. Tie it around your neck and you have yourself a costume.

Gold Digger: Simple and effective. Wear something gold. It can be a gold shirt, gold jewelry, a gold wig, or whatever gold you may have just make sure it is obvious. Grab a plastic shovel and you, my friend, are a gold digger.

Where’s Waldo: Head to your closest thrift store for a red and white striped shirt (if you don’t already have one) and a pair of thick rimmed glasses. Add a pair of jeans and sneakers and hide out in the crowd.

Ghost: It may not be original but it is fast and easy. Did we mention cheap!? Cut eye holes in a white bed sheet and you are done. It doesn’t get any faster than that.

Halloween at Disneyland

October 22nd, 2014

Halloween at DisneylandEat, drink and be scary at Disneyland this Halloween. With an eerie makeover, Disneyland is helping you get into the spirit of the holiday with lots of spooky entertainment.

Fun for the whole family awaits you at Disneyland Park. Enjoy a number of creepy crafts and kid friendly activities. Kids, challenge your parents to a dance off at one of the lively dance parties at Tomorrowland. Parents, bring your scariest dance moves!

Have your camera ready as you encounter Disney’s spookiest Vilians as they roam the park as well as Pixar Pals and Disney’s most popular characters. Enjoy most of the rides including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Stop by the trick-or-treat stations throughout the park for candy and healthy goodies.

If that isn’t enough to get you feeling ghoulish, wear your favorite costume to the park and if you don’t have one yet, get a few ideas from Mickey’s Costume Party parade as it makes its way through the park.

Please remember that Disneyland is a family environment and all guests must comply to the costume guidelines when wearing costumes. All costumes must be child/family friendly, contain no sharp objects or weapons that could be mistaken as an actual weapon and cannot drag the ground. As always, have a safe and spooky Halloween!

 

K1 Speed Anaheim

October 6th, 2014

K1 Speed AnaheimHave a little need for speed? No need to worry, we have just the place for you. K1 Speed is Anaheim’s high speed indoor karting arena. Kids and adults alike can stop in for a little high speed fun on the tracks. Featuring European style racing, professionally designed tracks, electric karts and so much more it is the perfect place for fast action thrills.

You may have driven go karts at your local putt putt but you have never seen go karting like this before. Rain or shine, these well maintained tracks are calling your name. With karts that run up to 40 mph you will be addicted in no time. K1 Speed has several packages to choose from. Whether you are with a large group or just a few friends or family, there are packages to fit any number of racers.

Race against the clock or against your friends, either way you can compare your race to the overall performance to every participant that has ever raced at K1. Stimulate all of your senses with a night time race. Race at high speeds while both music and a light show create an even more exhilarating experience during the night races. For those who are better at cheering on the competitors, enjoy the best seats in the house. The 3000 square foot mezzanine overlooks all of the racing action giving the viewing audience just as much excitement as the racers.

 

Orange County Beaches

September 16th, 2014

Orange County BeachesOrange County has approximately 42 miles of stunning sandy beaches. You can enjoy the sand between your toes and the warm sun on your face with just a short drive. From North to South these beaches are a must do while on your vacation.

Seal Beach: The northern gateway to Orange County, named for the seals that once frequented these sandy shores.

Huntington Beach: Know for the perfect waves and the surf shops that line the streets. A mecca for tanned surfers.

Newport Beach: Filled with miles of sandy beaches, championship golf courses and a wide variety of aquatic activities.

Laguna Beach: A posh hillside mansion community with trendy shopping spots know for its rugged cliffs lining the ocean.

Dana Point: Once known as the most romantic place in California and recognized by the panoramic ocean views.

San Clemente: A charming community filled with family activities, an annual sand castle contest and sidewalk cafes with train rides to and from the area.

Anaheim ICE

September 10th, 2014

Anaheim ICETake a break from the heat this summer and cool off at Anaheim Ice. This state-of-the-art, world-class ice skating facility is located in the heart of Anaheim. The official training facility for the Anaheim Ducks, our local hockey team, Anaheim ICE is the coolest place in town, literally. With both NHL and Olympic size rinks, a snack bar, locker rooms and second floor viewing area it is sure to wow.

Anaheim ICE offers ice skating programs for all ages and levels from beginner little tots, 3-5 years old, all the way to expert seasoned adults. Hockey lessons, clinics and instructional camps are also available for all ages. If you are looking for a relaxed freestyle time on the ice pick up hockey is available throughout the week.

Throughout the week Anaheim ICE offers public open skate. With affordable rates it is the perfect place an opportunity for some fun time on the ice. Parking is available across the street. Monday thru Friday, parking is validated for up to two hours. Check out Anaheim ICE website for open skate hours as it varies from week to week. Be sure to dress warm as it really is the coolest place in town. Gloves are always a plus and for those who are rookies, a little extra padding never hurt.

Celebrate 50 with Disneyland

August 26th, 2014

Celebrate 50 with DisneylandThe time to book your Disneyland hotel is now! With an exciting month ahead full of birthdays, come celebrate 50 with Disneyland. This month is an exciting month as ‘It’s a Small World’ breaks the half century mark and turns 50! Created by Walt Disney in 1964, this iconic ride originally debuted at the World’s Fair in New York before being rebuilt right here in California’s very own Disneyland. With musical accompaniment composed by the Sherman Brothers, the composers who created music for the hit musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins.

Disney’s childlike vision of the world was not the only attraction that he created for the 1964 World’s Fair. “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln”, which is now housed in the Main Street Opera House was also a hit exhibit featuring a 15 minute audio-visual display. Focusing on the major theme during Lincoln’s presidency, the word ‘slavery’ is only mentioned one time during the entire film.

While the 50th birthday is a big one, there are several other birthday celebrations coming up. The Haunted Mansion turns 45 this month and the Matterhorn Bobsled also celebrates a birthday turning 55 years old. Big Thunder Mountain, another popular ride is close on the heels of it’s fellow attractions hitting 35 years old next month. Come enjoy the excitement as the park celebrates. Book your Disneyland hotel quickly and easily on our website today.

Anaheim Welcomes Legends Craft Brewery

July 19th, 2014

Anaheim Welcomes Legends Craft BreweryAnaheim isn’t called Brew City for nothing! With several top notch local breweries, the city just announced that Legends Craft Brewery just announced that it too is making Anaheim home. Expecting to open their doors in a short 90 days, this gives us one more great spot to grab a beer with friends after a long day of work or an exhausting week. Anaheim, aka Brew City, welcomes Legends Craft Brewery into the brewery capital.

Legends just adds to the extensive list of great breweries we have in the area. In preparation for the grand opening, take a look at some of our favorite local breweries to get you in the mood for another great spot with awesome beer.

-          Anaheim Brewery: The 1888 brew is a must!

-          Bottle Logic: Great beer plus good food. It’s a win/win for all.

-          Valiant Brewery: Unique atmosphere and great staff only compliment the crafty beers.

-          Noble Ale Works: Two words – Naughty Sauce.

-          Old Orange Brewing Co.: Tucked away from the street makes this one the perfect place to relax without a crowd.

With our city holding a high standard for craft beers, we are excited to welcome one more local business that will keep those standards high. Be sure to stop in the tasting room at Legends Craft Brewery and welcome them to town.

Did you know? Disneyland Edition

July 12th, 2014

Did You Know? Disneyland EditionYou have your trip planned out and are ready for a great time at Disneyland but are you truly ready? We have a list of Disneyland Fun Facts to help prepare you for your exciting adventure ahead. Here is our ‘Did you know?’ Disneyland Edition.

-          Disneyland has up to 65,000 guests in a single day and 10-12 million visitors in a year.

-          There is an underground tunnel system beneath the park to help characters and workers get from one place to another without having to navigate the crowds.

-          Sleeping Beauty’s castle is only 77 feet tall

-          The gas lamps on Main Street are over 160 years old and were purchased as junk from the city of Baltimore.

-          There were only 18 attractions in the park the day Disneyland opened.

-          The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.

-          Both Michelle Pfeiffer and Steve Martin once worked at Disneyland

-          Pirates of the Caribbean was the last ride that Walt Disney personally supervised the construction.

-          More than 100,000 light bulbs are used to outline the buildings on Main Street.

-          Disneyland occupies over 85 acres

-          Cinderella’s castle is made completely out of fiberglass

Now that you are equipped with a few fun facts about the park, impress your loved ones as you point out these interesting facts while on your trip!

Santa Ana Zoo

July 3rd, 2014

Santa Ana ZooTake a break from the rides and thrills and head over to the Santa Ana Zoo for a more exotic experience. Located just down the road from Disneyland, this serene animal sanctuary gives you a little more than a mouse with a big pair of ears. For a 20 acre, privately funded zoo, the Santa Ana Zoo packs a punch. Often referred to as the Home of the 50 Monkeys, the original founder stipulated that the park must contain at least 50 monkeys at all times before he gifted the Zoo to the City of Santa Ana. Abiding by that request, there  always an array of exotic monkeys for your viewing pleasure.

That’s not all! Check out the Amazon Rainforest exhibit and see various birds from South America and Central America. Take a tour through the farm exhibit and see the rare farm animals on display in the two-story red barn complete with a silo. If that isn’t enough for you, hop on the Zoofari Express for a ride around the track or the Conservation Carousel equipped with a Sea Dragon!

Open every day except Thanksgiving, New Years and Christmas, enjoy the extended summer hours until 6pm each evening. Bring a picnic and make it a day at the zoo!

 

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