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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!

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.

 

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