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    See revitalized Ana

    by marinarena Updated May 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: New development: Packing District! First Grand Ppening Celebration is May 31, 2014

    Good things are coming to Anaheim- just you wait and you'll see. The city of Anaheim, once a bit on the bland and ugly side, is realizing beautification projects especially in downtown. The old Packing District, featuring the Packing House, Farmers Market, and Packard Building, is set to debut in full glory in spring/summer 2014. The Packing House is built to be a sophisticated food hall with full-scale restaurants and smaller cafes that lean towards offering fresh, organic, healthy, sustainable and made to order offerings. See "merchants" on the website for a full list of food directory.

    As of now, there is the thriving Anaheim Brewery and the popular gourmet burger joint, Umami located in the Packing grounds.

    Website:
    http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com

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    Come Here If You Hate to Wait...

    by marinarena Written May 19, 2014

    Favorite thing: in movie cinema lines!

    Ultra Luxe Cinema at the Anaheim Gardenwalk, in theory, is one of the premier cinemas in all of Orange county. Thing is, even many locals don't realize how great this place is! With top notch sound quality, giant 65 ft screens, plush seating, short wait time to get a ticket, matinee prices fairly low ($10 before 4 pm) and better offerings at the concession line, Ultra Luxe is a fine choice to see the latest blockbuster potential films and experience a day or evening out.

    Special cinema features here inside include high-grade audio and visual. There is digital 3D and DLP cinema technology great for the big blockbuster flicks made with intense graphics.

    As far seating, the cinema house is composed of auditorium and luxury seating. Individual seats are chosen by guests.(No general admission). There are special, limited" D-Box chairs" that sway and rock during exciting parts of major action/adventure films. An add-on admission price of $8 for the D-Box is charged. May be a waste of money -or not! You judge!

    For adults, enjoy beer or wine while watching a film. (Just don't get all belligerent!). Alcohol is also available at the cinema cafe, a very decent one that serves not just run of the mill movie popcorn and hot dogs, but gourmet popcorn of multiple flavors, panini, hummus and other "real food" options.

    Last time here (May 18, 2014), I walked right up to the box office, located inside and got tickets super fast. I had expected a wait before tickets considering I went to see the much anticipated Godzilla on opening weekend. But, no people in line. Why? Still wondering this! Ultra Luxe is a fine cinema establishment- super clean, with plenty of amenities and not lacking in customer service. It is just not heavily attended ...but I'm not complaining about this! Parking perhaps may be an issue to some, although if parking ticket is validated , parking is free! the Gardenwalk in general is just one of those places that is overlooked, despite even being near Disneyland and along busy Katella Ave.

    I am "spilling the beans" about this place. Maybe, eventually, more locals and Disneyland tourists will discover Ultra Luxe and Gardenwalk and will crowd this place. I just don't see it happening any time soon! Hurray for us "in the know" !

    Notes:

    Ultra Luxe is located on the elevated level of the Gardenwalk, across from Johnny Rockets.

    See website for all admission prices on website before. Great deal for matinees here esp. considering this is a deluxe cinema.

    As a pre or post feature bonus, there are even pool tables inside and modern arcade games for extra entertainment.

    Customer service: 714-399-0305

    Website:
    http://www.ultrastarmovies.com/theaters/ultraluxe-anaheim-cinemas-at-gardenwalk/

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    Eat at this little island cafe...

    by thechels Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: Eat at this little island cafe across the street from Disneyland. It is so island like it's real and comfortable, the waitresses are friendly with smiles, and happy to be there. Disneyland and California Adventure are great places for the whole family!

    Fondest memory: Watching my 5 year old enjoy herself!!!

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