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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15th, 2017

 

Mark your calendar for January 16 to celebrate the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. “Our work is not yet done” is the motto of this parade, which is the biggest in the country. Committed to fighting for equality, a variety of participants show off massive floats. Celebrities are regular sightings at this popular event that travels along MLK Jr. Boulevard, Western Avenue, Crenshaw Boulevard, and Vernon Avenue from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You can sign up to volunteer or even take part in the parade as an individual or organization. For those traveling to Anaheim for work, rallying together to take part in the parade is a fantastic team-building activity. Hosted by the Congress of Racial Equality of California, this televised event is a must during the holiday weekend.

Celebration Options

At Kiddie City in Leimert Park, the “I Have a Dream” Wall is a favorite activity for little ones. The weekend of MLK Jr. Day, visit the kingdom spilling over with activities for kids. Everyone is welcome to put handprints on the wall as a way to express their dream.

The festival includes songs, readings and stories about Martin Luther King Jr., all designed to inspire visitors of all ages.

 

A Disney Winter Wonderland

December 19th, 2016

 

Disneyland doesn’t “just” have one way to celebrate the winter holidays—there’s a reindeer’s cart full of surprises! Of course, incredible decorations and special attractions are sprinkled around the park. The Christmas Fantasy Parade features Santa, his reindeer crew, and your beloved Disney characters dressed in their holiday best as they start the park’s winter season with a decked hall and salute.

Check out the Jingle Cruise, available only during the winter months, for a twinkle-filled twist on the classic cruise. This traditional voyage is wholly enveloped in the Christmas spirit, complete with special drinks and treats to keep your spirits bright. It’s a great add-on to any park visit.

Holly and Jolly

At the It’s a Small World celebration, you’ll enter a magical world full of happiness, goodwill and peace with an international twist. Of course, if you prefer a little spookiness to go with your Christmas spirit, the Haunted Mansion Holiday is right up your dark alley. Who knew a “takeover makeover” from Tim Burton could be so winter-fully delightful?

At each of the park’s restaurants, you’ll find holiday-themed treats, meals and more that are only available this time of year, and every year there are surprises. Start planning your Disney holiday itinerary today!

 

Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration

December 10th, 2016

 

Mark your calendars for December 12th when the annual Anaheim Plaza Holiday Celebration helps you kick off the season! From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., you and the family can enjoy giveaways, a balloon artist, face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a DJ spinning the latest hits with just a sprinkling of your seasonal favorites. Located at N. Euclid St. and the Santa Ana Freeway intersection, the Anaheim Plaza is your destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Shops and restaurants are teeming with December deals and specials. With 33 stores and restaurants, over 20 brand name stores and 7 on-site dining options, you can finish up your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Check out Fashion Q, Ulta, T.J. Maxx and Carter’s for last minute shopping.

‘Tis the Season

Dining options include treats like Baskin Robbins, Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory, and Marie Callender’s. Head to Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Subway or Wendy’s for more options, or slide into Happy Dragon to heat things up.

In between shopping and dining, explore the plaza’s holiday décor, or head to Party City to get everything you need for your own winter extravaganza. Avoid the big crowds and hectic seasonal shopping, and stick with where the locals shop for plenty of cheer and end-of-year specials.

 

Your Anaheim Disney Thanksgiving Guide

November 17th, 2016

 

Dine in or get a feast to go; choose traditional or select an innovative spin. Thanksgiving in Anaheim has something for everyone, starting with Disneyland! The Grand Ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel hosts a massive buffet with ham, turkey, roast beef, a myriad of sides and too many desserts for any one guest to handle. Children have their own buffet stations, and of course your fellow guests will include favorite characters.

Head over to The Storytellers Café for an impressive dinner buffet with hand-carved beef and turkey, a variety of stuffings and dressings, candied yams and all your favorite Thanksgiving desserts. For those who prefer an upscale prix fixe, Steakhouse 55 is offering a three-course meal with roasted turkey and brioche stuffing, Swiss chard with mushroom gravy, delectable cranberry sauce and special desserts.

A Feast for All

At Carnation Café, you’ll find a slow roasted turkey smothered in bourbon gravy, cranberry and apple stuffing, roasted veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes. Harbour Galley is dishing up their famous turkey tortilla soup featuring south of the border spices. The French Market is famous for their Thanksgiving turkey breast and Andouille sausage stuffing, artisan bread with house cranberry sauce, and market potatoes.

Try the Carthay Circle Restaurant for free-range turkey served alongside poblano chiles and mushroom tamales. Their creamed corn dipped in turkey jus can’t be missed. The Pacific Wharf Café is crafting their annual turkey pot pie soup served in a bread bowl with pumpkin spice bread pudding for dessert.

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The OC’s Best Trick or Treating

October 25th, 2016

 

Halloween in Anaheim is guaranteed to thrill, and when you’re traveling with the kids, it’s all about the trick or treating. Nearby, you’ll find Rustic Cowan Heights in Santa Ana. It’s a favorite neighborhood for locals because the gorgeous homes are known for handing out the best, biggest candies. Here, you’ll find unbelievable costumes, gourmet treats, and a neighborhood that knows they’re the best—and are committed to keeping that reputation.

You’ll also want to check out Anaheim Town Square’s tricks and treats, every Halloween from 3 – 5 p.m. It’s ideal for younger kids or anyone who wants to get a head start on the night’s mission. You’ll also enjoy costume contests, face painting and pumpkin decorating. Most stores participate in the shenanigans, and you can tell by the pumpkin balloons and decals by their entrances.

All Treats, No Tricks

Head to downtown Huntington Beach and start strolling the neighborhoods for some top-notch candy. Main Street shops also participate, and many local families haunt on their porches to give out fistfuls of sweets to those in costumes. You’ll find many haunted houses here and an old-timey Halloween vibe.

Nothing trumps Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, complete with admission to the park three hours before the party starts! Take advantage of five full hours of trick or treating, haunts, costumes and more at a level that only Disney can pull off! Fireworks, a headless horseman and character greetings are all included.

Steak Your Claim in Anaheim!

July 3rd, 2016

Celebrate summer the old fashioned way, with a delectable steak dinner just for dad! There are a number of top steakhouses in the Anaheim area, but consider Morton’s The Steakhouse, a high-end chain that everyone adores, providing a variety of cuts and sides for every craving. There’s also Bari Bari, a local Japanese steakhouse with grilled-to-order meats, and their preparation is a real showstopper.

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Head to Stubrik’s Steakhouse and Bar, an American-style chophouse with some thick Italian influences. It’s a high-end restaurant with innovative dishes and constantly changing specials to keep you on your toes. Call ahead to let the host know about the special occasion, and surprise someone with a special treat!

Delicious Options

Doug’s Downtown Grill is low-key and casual, with cozy booths in a sports bar environment. However, their cuts and how they’re prepared are anything but ordinary. You’ll find delectable, homemade tastes in this intimate environment where dad will feel right at home.

You may also want to check out Fire & Ice Grill & Bar, an all-you-can-eat Mongolian-style buffet hot spot that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Latin, Asian, American, and Italian flavors are also featured here!

Dad’s Day Celebrations

June 4th, 2016

Show Dad how much you love him by planning the perfect Father’s Day in Anaheim! The Anaheim Marketplace features a special performance by Don Cheto of La Que Beuna on June 19 along with a full taco bar and mechanical bull. Join the fun from noon until 4pm at the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace located at 1440 South Anaheim Boulevard. Come hungry and ready for an exciting day just for Dad.

Fun and games on a bicycle

On June 16, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 3:30, but it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Choose box seats, the reserved section, and treat dad to concession favorites and a beer garden visit. It’s the perfect gift for the sports loving dad in your life.

Holiday Bonanza

The annual Father’s Day Beer Brunch at the Phoenix Club is accepting reservations for the 10:30am or 1pm seating. Brunch features include a carving sation, German and American specialties, omelet station, pork ribs, salads, European breads and pastries, German sausages, and peel and eat shrimp. Bitburger Beer for dads is included in the price.

The Brownstone Café is offering a Father’s Day special of steak and eggs along with their usual, expansive menu. Located in Fullerton, it’s the perfect way to start the morning! Make reservations early whether you’re heading to a feast, game or special event.

Celebrate Mom in Southern California

May 2nd, 2016

If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day in southern California, you’re in for a real treat! Disneyland goes all out with specials around the park. Check out the Carthay Benedict at Carthay Circle Restaurant with two poached eggs riding on petite filet mignon served alongside corn bread and poblano chili hollandaise. At Blue Bayou Restaurant, a crayfish and crusted sea ball on angel hair pasta is available just for mom, complete with herb tomatoes and fennel sauce.

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At the Anaheim Packing House, a “progressive dining experience” awaits which hearkens back to the days of massive public markets in Europe. The BXCR Underground Wine Society is a fine place to start, then head to the Curry of the Day at Adya. The Chippy fries up the best fish and chips in the region, and finish the day with Ecco’s Georgia peach cobbler.

Treat Mom Right

Little Sparrow Café is a favorite for Mother’s Day brunch with a prix fixe menu featuring classics and innovative dishes from Chef Eric Samaniego. Kimchi fried rice with gochujang grilled pork belly, haricot vert and eggs, and incredible bananas fosters pancakes with maple syrup are a great start to the day.

End the day with a star tour, beach trip, or epic shopping expedition from Rodeo Drive to the famous outlets.

Your Ultimate Spring Break Guide

March 15th, 2016

 

If you’re traveling to Anaheim during spring break, you are lucky to be in one of the hottest spring break destinations in the country! With all the southern California beaches at your fingertips, you can spend each day at a different location. Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, Manhattan Beach, and more are all an easy drive away. Dine on some of the freshest seafood along the coast, or take a surf lesson to really assimilate.

Having fun in the waters

The Disney adventure awaits, with weekdays between Tuesday and Thursday being the quietest during this busy time of year. A number of theaters and cinemas are available, including the Main Street Cinema in Disneyland that features only family-friendly classics in this old school palace of a theater.

Break Up Your Routine

Spend the day in Hollywood taking a tour of star’s homes, or head to Universal Studios for the real all-star experience. Knott’s Berry Farm is a great alternative for thrill seekers who need more amusement park fun, or try the charming boardwalk in Malibu.

Shopping is an extreme sport here, whether you head to the outlet malls or to the glitz of famous boutique couture shops. Make the most of your spring break by planning ahead and choosing a comfortable hotel.

 

Spend Leap Day in the OC

February 27th, 2016

Congratulations, you’ve earned an extra day in Orange County! In 2016, Leap Day falls on a Monday, which means this might just be the first Monday you’ve looked forward to in a long time. Of course, Disneyland will be open for their incredible 24 hours at Disney event. It’s the only day where the park is open for 24 hours straight, giving you plenty of opportunities to make the most of an overnight outing. However, that’s just one option!

Take advantage of Monday discounts, from the cinema to the museums. It’s not a very popular day (usually!) for folks to be out and about, which means many top destinations will try to lure you in with offers you can’t beat. Try the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Garden Grove Historical Society, or Discovery Cube Orange County and enjoy a not-so-busy outing.

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Take a Leap!

When it comes to the cinema, you can’t beat southern California. One of the best is the AMC in downtown Disney, where more than just Disney flicks are featured. Go early for matinee prices, or use a military or student ID for extra savings.

From ESPN Zone to catch a game to California Screamin’ for some thrills, make this extra Monday count!