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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.

March Madness

March 22nd, 2014

imgresMarch Madness is in full swing. Your bracket is going strong and you are certain you have the perfect pick. Now you just need a spot to watch your games. We have a list of sports bars for you to hit up that are sure to provide an enthusiastic environment for cheering on your teams.

  1. ESPN Zone – Located in Downtown Disney, you can catch a game while the wife and kids enjoy their time at Disneyland. It is a win/win for the whole family!
  2. Lopez & Lefty’s Sports Cantina – This sports bar is known not only for all of the flat screens and  draft selections but also for its burgers. Want a spot that has sports, beer and great food, this place is for you.
  3. Harvey’s Sports  Bar- Harvey’s is too nice to be a dive but too divey to be a nice drink establishment. With over 10 beers on top and a nice array to TV’s you won’t be disappointed.
  4. Good Ol’boys Saloon & Sports Bar – Who doesn’t love a dive and especially when you want a low key day watching sports? During breaks and commercials enjoy a game of pool or take advantage of the shuffle board.
  5. Hooters – Everyone loves the wings at Hooters and you are guaranteed a large TV and a cold beer. While it may not be a hole in the wall, it is  a great spot for catching a game.

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish

March 15th, 2014

St. Patrick's DayIt is time to chase that pot o’ gold. With St. Patrick’s Day looming there is plenty of celebration to be had. Grab a green beer, or Guinness, and let your Irishman show!

Need some ideas for celebration with fellow leprechauns? Try out Downtown Disney’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival. With activities, games, giveaways, food and entertainment there is no better place to be this weekend. The celebration starts Friday evening, March 14 and last through the weekend ending Monday, March 17. Food trucks and restaurants all lift your spirits with a little Irish ale and fare featuring specials all weekend.

Join in the activities with face painting, dance classes, dance offs, muppet drawing sessions and special photo ops. You will definitely want to get this party on camera! Live entertainment includes ‘Elevation’ a U2 tribute band along with ’3 Dollar Band’, ‘The Willis Clan’ and ‘We Banjo 3′. That’s not all, ‘Goitse’ infuses their own compositions into traditional Irish tunes and will give you all the Irish music you need. With all three stages lined up with non-stop music, you will surely find music for everyone.

This weekend is full of fun activities and entertainment for everyone so throw on your green, grab your bagpipes and try to catch the luck of the Irish.

Top 5 Shopping Spots in Anaheim

March 5th, 2014

Anaheim isn’t just about DisneyLand. Check out our top shopping spots. images

  1. The Outlets at Orange, an outlet mall, has all of the greatest outlet stores you can imagine. With stores like Forever 21, Gymboree, GameStop, Saks Off Fifth, Nike and Victoria Secret, there is something for everyone in the family. Take a break and grab something to eat at Dave and Busters or enjoy people watching at the skate park.
  2. South Coast Plaza is one of the premier shopping centers in the Anaheim area. With upscale shopping and top rated restaurants you will feel like you are on Rodeo Drive. Popular brand name stores such as Bloomingdales, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany and Co., and Burberry make up this hot spot. Need something like Macy’s, don’t worry, they have three.
  3. Irvine Spectrum Center tops the charts with its outdoor shopping center complete with both a ferris wheel and carousel. No need to leave the kids at home, they have something fun to do also. Drop the husband at Dave and Buster’s for a cold one and sports while you enjoy your day of shopping.
  4. Downtown Disney District is a popular shopping area but don’t be fooled by the name, they have much more than just Disney products. Grab what you need at Sephora before heading over to The LEGO store with the kids. The AMC theater is a great hit for movie goers and you can grab dinner before at the House of Blues. Want some entertainment? Fear not, ESPN Zone has you covered with live entertainment.
  5. Westfield Mainplace is the place to go if you are looking for department stores and boutiques. Complete with Nordstrom and Macy’s you are bound to find what you are looking for. If you spent all of your cash shopping, no worries, their theater is a discount theater so you can still slip in for a quick flick.

Try Relaxing On Your Vacation

February 25th, 2014

Vacations are always a nice time to get away from the rat race and relax. Why not relaxing at the spa? What is better than having someone pamper you and wait on you hand an foot? We have several spots just for you.

Lux Aveda Salon is one of the top spots for its list of services and amazing prices. Take your pick from hair treatments, massages, facials, body treatments and for the ladies, makeup care. If you don’t have much time, a 30 minute facial or chakra massage will sooth your mind and body leaving you ready to get back to your family.

SpaUrban Bliss Day Spa offers the usual fare of spa services along with Chiropractic services which might be just what you need after a day or two at Disneyland. Take a look at their spa packages to take full advantage of a ‘spa day’ and enjoy an array of their services.

If you are entertaining the kids at Disneyland, send them to a show or lunch and slip into the Mandara Spa at Disney’s Grand California hotel. This top notch spa will leave you feeling fresher and reenergized. The exotic treatments and specialty services will give you a touch of Bali right here in California.

Guys, take a break yourself at Montanya Spa and enjoy one of their many services specialized for gentlemen. With a selection of facials, body treatments and massages, you can feel manly yet relaxed all at the same time.

A vacation is meant to be an enjoyable experience. Don’t let it wear you down so you need a vacation after your vacation. Treat yourself to some much needed pampering and time away to your own private paradise.

 

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