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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!

Stay Close to Disneyland

June 22nd, 2014

Hotel Close to DisneylandYour long awaited Disneyland vacation is upon you and the excitement is building. Have you booked your hotel? We know that walking around the park all day can be exhausting. Why not stay across the street? Who wants to travel after a long day of fun filled excitement?  Our location is ideal for park goers and our rates are even better.

Book your Disneyland vacation hotel with us. We are only steps from the park which means you don’t have to walk as far, pay for parking or worry with traffic after a long day. Staying closer to the park also allows you to arrive earlier, beating the crowds and giving the kids first shot at all of the best rides! It also gives you a chance to slip out of the park mid-day for that much needed refresher nap without having to go far.

Our goal is to make your vacation more enjoyable with clean, comfortable rooms and friendly staff that are here to help you. Check out our specials on our website and have the ease and convenience of booking online with no hassle. We look forward to seeing you and making your Disneyland vacation the most memorable yet.

Play Safe at Disneyland

June 14th, 2014

Disneyland Safety TipsYour Disneyland family vacation has arrived. Time to gear up and hit the park but before you do, we have a few safety suggestions for you to make your trip incident free.

Disneyland is a large park with lots of people. Be sure you are aware of your surroundings and your group. It is always a good idea to wear the same color so you can easily identify members of your group. You don’t have to match exactly but knowing what everyone is wearing can be very helpful should someone get separated from the group or lost. Taking a picture in the morning before you hit the park is a good way to remember what everyone has on and it gives you a current picture of everyone should the authorities need it.

Having a prearranged meeting spot helps when the group gets separated. Make sure that everyone is familiar with the meeting location and knows how to easily find the location. Children under the age of 18 should have some form of identification and contact information on them at all times. You can safety pin this inside an article of clothing they are wearing or write it on the inside of their arm and cover with clear nail polish to prevent from washing off. Information should include the child’s name, a contact phone number for an adult with them, any medical problems, etc. This will help staff and authorities identify lost children and reunite them with their family.

It is also very important to teach members of your family to identify cast members and staff. Teaching them to find a trustworthy person in an emergency will help them overcome panic in the event that they get lost or something goes wrong. Staff and cast members are trained to help in these circumstances and children should feel safe and comfortable going to them for help.

Water and sunscreen are always a must. The summer sun is hot and intense. Hours upon hours of fun in the sun can leave you dehydrated and burned. Drink plenty of fluids while at the park but also before and after you leave. Sunscreen needs to be applied throughout the day as it can wash off between water rides.

Safety guarantees a good time so always prepare and be safe rather than sorry.

Disney Packing Guide

June 6th, 2014

Disney Packing GuideSummertime is here and your Disneyland Vacation is just around the corner. Are you ready?  While packing may not be something you think about until the day before you leave and your camera, sunglasses, and clothing/toiletries are a given but we have a few ideas that you may not think about and may help you out in the long run.

  1. Sunscreen and/or hats: The summer sun is very strong and with the number of hours walking around without protection can leave you in a dangerous situation.
  2. Footwear: Walking shoes are great but when you plan on riding water rides, wet shoes the rest of the day don’t work well with your feet. Try moisture wicking socks or water shoes that are comfortable and won’t rub blisters.
  3. Ponchos: While rain is never welcomed on a vacation, we don’t exactly have control over it. Unless you want to spend a fortune on ponchos or an umbrella once you are inside the park, we suggest you pack a few and bring with you just to be on the safe side.
  4. Snacks: The trip itself is costly enough so why not cut down on the high dollar meals while inside the park. Pack snacks such as granola bars, energy bars, apples, beef jerky and the likes. Anything with protein is always a great option. A refillable water bottle is always an added bonus also.
  5. Neck wallet/fanny pack: Purses can be cumbersome and just something extra to keep up with. Many are fearful of pick-pocketers.  Overcome both and get an inexpensive neck wallet from your local Wal-Mart or Target. You will be in the majority so don’t feel silly.

Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

May 7th, 2014

mothers dayMom’s hold very special places in our hearts. Each year we designate a holiday to show them just how special they are and shower them with appreciation for all that they do. This year, take Mom out and treat her to a special meal showing her how much you love and appreciate all that she does in your life.

Disneyland hosts an annual Royal brunch each year at the Disneyland Hotel. In their Grand Ballroom, Cinderella and her Princess friends join you in celebrating mom with a fancy royal feast. Enjoy an extensive buffet while making mom feel like royalty. Kids can enjoy their very own buffet with ‘kid approved’ dishes.

Mix Restaurant and Lounge at the Hilton Anaheim also hosts an annual Mother’s Day brunch making Mom the Queen for the day. This British Champagne Brunch is complete with a Royal thrown at the entrance allowing for the perfect opportunity to capture this special day. Seating is open between 10:30am and 3pm. Be sure to call for reservations.

Disneyland has a variety of restaurants throughout the park that are dishing up something special for Mom this Sunday. The Storyteller’s Cafe at the Grand Californian Hotel has special menu items such as brioche French toast and roasted Salmon. Blue Bayou in the New Orleans Square is offering a savory prosciutto-rapped halibut. If that doesn’t scream ‘You are special’ then try the mouth watering fruit-glazed salmon with mango-kiwi relish at Plaza Inn or the scrumptious honey-mustard, lemon-roasted chicken at Carnation Cafe.

Quick Tips for Disneyland Vacations

April 25th, 2014

disneyland-tips-mickey-lFive quick tips to make your Disneyland Vacation the best it can be.

  1. Disneyland’s Fastpass is just what you need to jump in line. Visit the Fastpass Ticket Machine for the ride of your choice. Return to the ride at the designated time on your ticket and enjoy the ride with little to no waiting. Be sure to get your ticket early as some rides book up quickly.
  2. Show up early and stay late! The summertime crowds tend to be the highest between 11:30 am and dinner time. Gates open at 8 am and the park doesn’t close until midnight. Get to the park early, take a mid-day nap and head back to the park to enjoy the fireworks, parades and cool breeze of the evening air.
  3. Park hop! The Disneyland Park Hopper Ticket allows you to visit both Disneyland Park and California Adventure. Not only are the crowds small are California Adventure but the rides are just as awesome.
  4. Take a load off and check out a show (or two!) Walking around all day can be exhausting so relax, cool off and recharge your battery all while watching top rated singers and dancers perform.
  5. Stay with us! Why waste you money on the expensive resorts?! We are just around the corner, have great rates and guarantee a peaceful, restful night that gets you back on your feet for the next adventure. Check out our specials online.

Old School Date Night

April 17th, 2014

MilkshakeThe days of old have come and gone but who’s to say we can’t re-live them every now-and-then? While we live in the times of fancy dates its nice to try simplicity for a change of pace. Why not head out for a good old fashion date night. Pizza, bowling, roller skating, milk shakes… what’s not to love!?

Start your night off with a stop at The Pizza Press or Pizza Boy. Rated as two of the top pizza spots in the Anaheim area, you are guaranteed to get a good pie. Locals typically don’t steer you wrong when it comes to food.

After your fill of pizza, try your hand at a game of bowling. AMF Carter Lanes, Lucky Strike Lanes or Concourse Bowing Center all provide a fun and exciting time. These modern and clean bowling alley’s have food, drinks, games, you name it. If you are up for sticking around late night, you might be able to catch a game or two of cosmic bowling.

If bowling just isn’t your thing or you want to listen to some good ole classics while holding your honey’s hand, head over to Holiday Skate Center. There is nothing like roller skating to make you feel like you are in a simpler time and place.

Need a pick-me-up after all of the fun and excitement? Grab a milkshake from Brianna’s Ice Cream. Known for their thick creamy milkshakes, it is enough to set you back in time.

Relax With Some Golf in Anaheim

April 4th, 2014

GolfSometimes there is nothing better than looking out across a golf course and know you don’t have to worry about anything but your golf game. Golf can be a challenging game but it also can be one that brings great relaxation as you leave the cares of the world behind to enjoy the lush greens and that small ball that just won’t go in the hole. We have a few of the top golfing courses in the Orange County area for you.

One of the best courses in the Orange County area is Tustin Ranch Golf Club. Known for the beautiful course and its difficulty, this is one of the top rated spots to play golf. Located in an upscale neighborhood, you will find anything but an average course. If it happens to be your birthday, just say so. It is rumored they give you a free round on your special day.

Another more challenging course is at Anaheim Hills. This golf course is manageable for the novice golfer but can prove to be more difficult. Watch out for the water hazards, and ducks! Offering great customer service and a friendly staff, you will be sure to have an enjoyable experience.

Coyote Hills is a course like you have never seen before. Designed so that you play through a canyon, the views are amazing. And get ready, with the topography of the land working against you, some of the tee boxes are a bit elevated making you up your game.

And finally, for the beginner golfers out there, Golfers Paradise is a great place to practice your swing. With both a driving range and a putting green, you have all the time in the world to perfect your skills before you hit the course with your friends. If you are ready to give it a go, River View Golf is a great course to start out on. Lucky for you, the GPS in the carts help you with your distances to each hole.

 

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