Anaheim Travel Guide

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Anaheim Highlights

  • Pro
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    Yaqui says…

     Lots of fun ahead here. 

  • Con
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    american_tourister says…

     A concrete and asphalt jungle. 

  • In a nutshell
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    kiwi_goddess says…

     Great place and the quickest way to spend all your money...especially if you have children!! hehehe 

Anaheim Things to Do

  • Disneyland

    No trip to Anaheim is really complete without a trip to Disneyland at least once. Or for the diehard kids like my wife and daughter, a tip almost every year (well for at least the first 20 of my daughter's years). The seasonal parades are ever changing and always entertaining for kids and those young at heart. For some it gets old after a while,...

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  • California Adventure

    This is a sister park to Disney. It has more wild rides than the Disney park. But one of the best parts is that the lines are not as long over at this park as they are at Disney. Take the time to notice when there are special events going on in the park, it can affect how you get somewhere or what you want to see. A parade can stop your forward...

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  • Gardenwalk

    A stone's throw away from Disneyland, the Gardenwalk, is a stretch of outdoor shopping and dining which is a fairly short walk from the main Disneyland entrance (about 10 min). Major restaurants that front the Gardenwalk include the most entertaining American seafood stop Bubba Gump, the always popular Cheesecake Factory and the gournet chain...

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Anaheim Hotels

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Anaheim Restaurants

  • The White House of Anaheim

    Anaheim White House was a lucky find and the first time we went, we were really surprised to find such a great place first try! My friend and I had escorted a group of French teenagers on a weekend trip to Disneyland. After the kids took off for the park in the evening, we decided to go out for a nice and relaxing dinner leaving the other teacher...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    relaxing and luxurious atmosphere. with good service and comfortable seating at the Pavia Restaurant you can also have a casual sandwich at the Cafe Oasis for japanese food I suggest the Sushi Bar then you wander over to the Starbucks Coffee Bar all in all there is much to choose from their webpage is full of good information

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  • Breakfast with the Characters

    This place is great fun for little ones and adults. Reservations for the breakfast are needed. The kids get to get up and dance with the characters and then they come to the table so you can get pictures and autographs Pancakes and waffles are shaped like Mickey

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Anaheim Nightlife

  • Disneyland / California Adventure

    The HOB is a popular hotspot suited mostly for adults 21 and over at night. General admission may be allowed for certain events throughout the year. There are many locations of HOB but this one is particulary convenient for the D-Land traveler. Alcohol drinks are bit pricey here but I expect this at a chain bar alone, and then adding the...

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  • Lounge by the Pool

    Most people who come to Anaheim have the intent of visiting Disneyland or California Adventure and spend the day and night there. However, after walking miles and miles during the day, a nice swim in a heated pool at your hotel is very refreshing and statisfying for all members of the family. Even in the cool weather of winter a heated pool is...

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  • Rock at the Colorful House of Blues

    The HOB is a popular hotspot suited mostly for adults 21 and over at night. General admission may be allowed for certain events throughout the year. There are many locations of HOB but this one is particulary convenient for the D-Land traveler. Alcohol drinks are bit pricey here but I expect this at a chain bar alone, and then adding the Disneyland...

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Anaheim Transportation

  • Disney Transport

    If you're feeling like you want some Hollywood action after taking in Disneyland, catch a very convenient, direct ride to Universal Studios via bus. Once, I made this 36 mile trip and was pleased with the smooth ride. Granted, there are a few hotel pick stops and some traffic but hey- this is southern CA and traffic waits come with the territory....

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  • Shuttles

    If you want to do some serious upscale shopping and power-walking before or after Disneyland, you may want to consider taking the South Coast Plaza shuttle. It is a perfect and roomy comfy ride from Anaheim to Costa Mesa, in which lies S.C.P., the grandest mall of them mall in Orange County. Do consider the shuttle, as it is a hassle-free way to...

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  • Information / Sources

    OCTA Route 83 is a good option for someone in town for Disneyland wanting to head to the local mall without a car. In about 10 min, one can get from the Disneyland area to Mainplace Mall, a full scale shopping center, in the nearby city of Santa Ana. Main bus pick-up stops for the 83 are: at the main Disneyland street entrance on Harbor Blvd and at...

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Anaheim Shopping

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  • Disneyland

    When you are in Disneyland and on a travel budget looking for deals, don't buy the t-shirts inside the Disneyland. As for me, I went to California T-shirts (Yes, that's the name of the little tiny store). Look for it on South Harbor Road or call them for directions once you are in Anaheim. The t-shirts are dirt cheap! The store is in a little...

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  • Stop in the ever so convenient 7-11

    A place I've often stopped to break a dollar bill, get a quick snack or drink and play lotto is at the Katella Ave/Harbor Blvd 7-11. This is probably the most busy 7-11 in OC, perhaps even in southern CA. It's within a comfortable walking distance from both D-Land attractions, popular hotels and The Anaheim Convention Center. One can say this is a...

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  • Shopping for cheap California t-shirts

    When you are in Disneyland and on a travel budget looking for deals, don't buy the t-shirts inside the Disneyland.As for me, I went to California T-shirts (Yes, that's the name of the little tiny store).Look for it on South Harbor Road or call them for directions once you are in Anaheim.The t-shirts are dirt cheap! The store is in a little tiny hut...

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Anaheim Local Customs

  • Disneyland

    One of the most celebrated and hated things about Disneyland is the evening fireworks show that does on many nights of the week- 3-6 days a week. Locals living within a mile to about 5 mile radius can see and hear the 10-15 min big bang show very well. However this does not sit so well with some who find the elaborate show quite bothersome. Just...

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  • Be Aware (or Wary) of Nightly Fireworks...

    One of the most celebrated and hated things about Disneyland is the evening fireworks show that does on many nights of the week- 3-6 days a week. Locals living within a mile to about 5 mile radius can see and hear the 10-15 min big bang show very well. However this does not sit so well with some who find the elaborate show quite bothersome. Just...

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  • Disney Fridge Magnets (Refrigerator...

    Not only do I collect shot glasses but I also collect assorted fridge magnets of my destinations too. As everyone knows, I'm an avid collector of assorted kitschy items. And one of my collectible fancies are the assorted fridge magnets of my travels and here at the original Disneyland at Aneheim is no exception. you can buy a large assortment of...

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Anaheim Warnings and Dangers

  • Disneyland / California Adventure

    The following attractions are closed or scheduled for closure as of this writing. Reasons and expected re-opening date are included. Check the disneyland.com website first for updated attraction closures to avoid any disappointments. DISNEYLAND It's a Small World - Now till late November 2008 for refurbishment Mark Twain Riverboat - 1/28 through...

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  • Heed to my Head's Up on Ana-crime

    So locally, Anaheim does get referred as "Ana-crime". Overall, the city is quite safe and undoubtedly, the city has done well to keep the tourist areas very clean, accommodating and secure. Personally, I've ventured through her all over the place, day and night, and have survived quite nicely myself. I would just pay extra attention when venturing...

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  • BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS

    ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA .. What a wonderful place to vist and enjoy the magic that has been created her by Walt Disney..This is a huge complex with just so many sights to see but is not without its dangers, Travelling in such a venue theft is the furtherst thing from your mind, but just Beware as some people look for the "unwary "tourist or...

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Anaheim Tourist Traps

  • Disneyland / California Adventure

    by not giving in easily at Downtown Disney. Price markup is smart for the vendors- bad for the tourists of course. Unless you are getting a gift or buying an item that's very unique, try to resist buying Disney items in DD. The Wonderland Gallery may be the one store where it may be OK to spurge a little, especially for the adult super Disney...

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  • Be Smart, be frugal...

    by not giving in easily at Downtown Disney. Price markup is smart for the vendors- bad for the tourists of course. Unless you are getting a gift or buying an item that's very unique, try to resist buying Disney items in DD. The Wonderland Gallery may be the one store where it may be OK to spurge a little, especially for the adult super Disney...

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  • The Prices Keep Going Up!

    The entrance price to Disneyland and now, California Adventures are so high these days. Even with coupons and discounts to be found at most grocery stores and hotel lobbies the cost just to enter the park is over a hundred dollars for a family of four.Update: Now (2013) the price for a family of four entering Disneyland is well-over $300.00. Most...

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Anaheim What to Pack

  • Comfortable Shoes

    Bring a sensible bag with only the necessities. It's a pain making trips to and from the lockers at the main gates or all the way back to your room if you're staying at one of the Resort hotels. We use the lockers when we make a full day trip and want to take extra clothes like a jacket or sweater to wear in the evening. Like many things at...

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  • Extra Film

    Dress for the season. You'd think it would be warm all the time in southern California, but it can be cool and damp in late May. Therefore, watch the weather report and dress accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes because you're going to do some tall walking. Sunscreen is in order for the summer. 35mm camera (nothing fancy), but please buy your film...

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  • Rain is no barrier - if you have packed...

    During our week at Disneyland it rained almost every day - even when it looked like it wouldn't. Had we packed cheap ponchos from home as well as a half decent umbrella we wouldn't have had to buy dear ones at the park gift shops (that were basically pretty poor quality.) Everyone wore ponchos and no one worried about how they looked.

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Anaheim Off The Beaten Path

  • Disneyland

    Over the years new rides and attractions open at Disneyland and older ones close. This makes return visits almost as exciting as the first visit. Though some of our favorites are familiar, there is always something new to explore. One thing I learned after a few visits was to start the day at the back, far reaches of the Park and move forward...

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  • California Adventure

    On the California Boardwalk section of Disney's California adventure there is a huge 16 Story tall ferris wheel called "The Sun Wheel". There are two sets of cars, one stationary, the others swing and slide around. (if you have kids, or a mildly week stomach, stick with the stationary) But the real secret to this one is to wait until after dark ...

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  • Back Country in Disneyland

    Over the years new rides and attractions open at Disneyland and older ones close. This makes return visits almost as exciting as the first visit. Though some of our favorites are familiar, there is always something new to explore. One thing I learned after a few visits was to start the day at the back, far reaches of the Park and move forward...

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Anaheim Sports & Outdoors

  • Anaheim Angels

    As previously mentioned, my goal in life is to visit all the Major League baseball stadiums. Here is my review of Edison Field. First let me say, I liked the old stadium and as gross as Edison Field is, I'm not sure why they bothered to build a new one. At least they kept the giant A. 1) Arrival & Departure This is excellent. I give it a 5 (on a...

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  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    despite the twisted name, this OC baseball team is annually in the hunt for the MLB playoffs. They play in Anaheim close to downtown Orange.

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  • Don't forget to "feed" the Ducks!

    This Tip was a toss up between "Things to Do" and "Sports". Sports won out. The Arrowhead Pond is the home of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Whether you are a hockey fan or not, everyone should experience a hockey game at least once. There is an energy at the games that you don't really find in any other sport. If you are in town between October and...

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Anaheim Favorites

  • Disneyland

    If you are heading to Disneyland especially during the summer time when children are out of school, expect long lines up to a two hour wait! Make sure to take the Disney's Fastpass. This is available to the following attractions: California Screamin', Grizzly River Run, Soarin' Over Califronia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the RAdiator...

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  • Information / Sources

    Once upon a time, Anaheim, for a major city, had minimal restaurant selection, but the big town has added a wonderful, popular array of establishments since the turn of the century. Check my Ana restaurant tips for local options. However, here I list common chain restaurants I would recommend, within and outside of the Disney Resort: Roy's...

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  • California Adventure

    Beware that when you purchase your Disneyland Ticket, it does NOT include entry into The California Adventure Park, there is a separate admission price for this Park. Or you can by a Multi-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket, which allows you to visit both theme parks. If you exit and plan to return on the same day, or you are visiting the...

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  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    WonderCon Anaheim, one of the country's most exciting comics and popular arts conventions, will take place the weekend of March 29 - 31 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), at the Anaheim Convention Center. WonderCon Anaheim 2013 badges are on sale now! Take advantage of our online registration discount by visiting comic-con.org/wca/2013/badge... today .

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      Jan 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      I want!!!!!!

    • lmkluque's Profile Photo
      Jan 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      The Comic-Con membership is free, but you have to have one to buy a ticket to WondeCon Anaheim. I hope you have fun. It might be too late to join the Media night event if you want to go as a VT Blogger. Even the media people have to be a Comic-Con member!

 
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