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Clever Halloween Costume Ideas

October 25th, 2014

Clever Halloween CostumesOn a budget? Need a Halloween costume? Don’t have much time? Check out our clever Halloween costume ideas below that are also about as cheap as you can find.

Tourist: Grab your camera, sunglasses and sneakers. Head over to your nearest thrift store for a fanny pack and you have yourself a costume. Make it really authentic with a map that is mis-folded in your back pocket.

Walter White: Everyone loves ‘Breaking Bad’ so why not be Walter White? A button down shirt, glasses, shoes and tighty-whities.

Tickled Pink: Every real man has a pink shirt. Now just grab a feather. Ladies, pick up a pink feather boa from a local craft shop to add to your outfit.

Black Mail: All you need is the most comfortable all black outfit. Take a self-addressed, stamped envelope and tape it to your chest. Done and done. Not only is it easy, it is comfortable unlike all the other costumes people at the party will be wearing.

Ceiling Fan: We have all heard of this one but it doesn’t mean it’s not clever and cheap. Find an old t-shirt and a magic marker and write ‘Go Ceiling’. Find a pair of pom-poms in the toy department of your closest WalMart, Target or even at a toy store.

Disneyland’s Halloween Makeover

October 22nd, 2014

Get your spook on this Halloween in Anaheim. With Halloween right around the corner get in the spirit of the holiday with a little fun and a few chills at Disneyland. With new attractions to help visitors celebrate Halloween you will be sure to find festive yet spooky entertainment. Disneyland's Halloween Makeover

Enjoy Halloween Screams boo-tiful fireworks. Stop by the trick-or-treat stations throughout the park and pick up a little candy or, for the more healthy minded, healthy snacks. Meet some of Disney well known Villains and have your picture taken with them as they roam the park. Mickey’s Costume party parade, access most rides including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy are just a few more of the exciting and eerie events to enjoy at Disneyland. Oh, and we can’t forget about the dance parties and creepy crafts for the whole family. There is a little spook for everyone!

With the park dressed in its holiday attire you too are invited to wear your favorite costume. Be sure to follow the park guidelines for costumes to ensure that everyone can have a safe and family friendly holiday. (All costumes must be kid friendly, and not violent or offensive. Costumes can’t drag the ground, contain sharp objects or contain any weapon that could be construed as an actual weapon.)

 

Adrenaline Pumping Action in Anaheim

October 6th, 2014

Adrenaline Pumping Action in AnaheimOf course everyone has enjoyed a little go kart action when participating with a group at the local putt putt but have you experienced fast action karting that brings all of your sense alive?  K1 Speed, just down the road in Anaheim, blows every go kart experience out of the water. This high speed indoor karting takes go kart racing to a whole new level. Featuring a professionally designed track, electric karts that race at speeds up to 40 miles per hour and a new exhilarating night time racing adventure, this is go karting like you have never seen before.

Grab your date, your buddies or all of your co-workers. No matter the size of your group, there is a special package for you. For those who would rather watch safely from the sidelines, the 3000 square foot mezzanine overlooks all of the racing action so you don’t have to miss a beat.

Night races feature high speed racing coupled with music and light shows giving you a whole new racing experience. These adrenaline pumping races will bring every racer back for more. Check out the adult and junior racing leagues. With fun for the whole family, junior racing for the  kids has special junior karts that are kid friendly featuring many safety features such as lower speeds, roll bars, emergency shut off switches and more. All ages can have a little fast action thrill on the tracks at K1 Speed!

 

California’s Top Beaches

September 16th, 2014

Visit California's Top BeachesWhile you are in town, take a short ride and enjoy miles and miles of some of the most alluring beaches in California. Orange County beaches take up approximately 42 miles of coastline and are composed of six beach cities. Take a long walk on the beach, enjoy the sunset, an evening bonfire and cookout, and/or surf lessons. There is so much to appreciate about these amazing shores.

Huntington Beach can be summed up with ‘Surf City USA’. Filled with surf shops, tan surfers and perfect waves, it is the surfer’s paradise.

Newport Beach is not only sandy beaches but championship golf courses, the largest small craft yacht harbor in the US and a wide variety of aquatic activities for the old and the young.

Seal Beach is Orange County’s northern most beach. Named after the seals that once frequented the area, this coastline is now home of quaint neighborhoods giving it a down-to-earth, small town feel.

Dana Point is deemed one of the most romantic spots in Orange County featuring panoramic seaside views and a stunning cove.

San Clemente oozes with a charming ambience. Featuring Spanish architecture and a Mediterranean feel,  this pristine beach is home to an annual sand castle contest and many other family activities.

Last but not least is Laguna Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the area. Filled with hillside mansions and upscale shopping areas featuring the hottest trends, this rugged coastline of cliffs is not only majestic but relaxing.

Cool Kids Go To Anaheim ICE

September 10th, 2014

Anaheim ICETake a break from the heat and cool off at the coolest place in town. Anaheim ICE, the official training site for the Anaheim Ducks, provides a fun, clean, state-of-the-art facility for good clean family fun. Located just down the street in the heart of Anaheim, this world class training facility offers both an NHL size and Olympic size rink plus a great viewing area from the second floor.

For those who wish to improve their skating skills, Anaheim ICE offers classes for both young and old. Classes start at ages 3-5 and go all the way up to adults. If you are more sports minded, hockey clinics and camps are available as well. Pick up hockey games are a good way to blow off some steam. Check out the weekly schedule and swing by for a game or two.

If you are just looking to relax and have a little fun with your friends or family on the ice, Anaheim ICE offers open skate time to the public. With great rates, it is the perfect place for some inexpensive fun. Store your belongings in the locker room and grab a snack after working up an appetite. This place has it all. Open skate times vary from week to week so be sure to check the weekly schedule on their website.

Disneyland Celebrates 50!

August 25th, 2014

Disneyland Celebrates 50While it’s not the park’s birthday, there is a birthday within the park. ‘It’s a Small World’ ride is turning 50 this month! This iconic ride has brought smiles to many faces over the past half century. Created in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York, Walt Disney produced his childlike vision of the world. Music that accompanied the ride was composed by the Sherman Brothers who also composed music for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. Today, close to 300 million people have visited this beloved ride. There are similar rides in Disney parks in Florida, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘It’s a Small World’ is not the only attraction that was created by Walt Disney for the World’s Fair. The audio-visual exhibit “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was also created for the 1964 fair and was centered around the biggest themes of Lincoln’s presidency, slavery. The exhibit is now housed in the Main Street Opera House. Surprisingly, the word “slavery” is only mentioned once during the 15 minute show.

In addition to ‘It’s a Small World’, Matterhorn Bobsleds celebrates its 55th anniversary, the Haunted Mansion celebrates 45 years and Big Thunder Mountain rings in 35 years next month. Raise a glass to Disneyland as they celebrate many wonderful, exciting and beloved rides that have become the highlight of many family vacations over the years.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

July 22nd, 2014

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimWhile in Anaheim, why not take the opportunity to take in one of America’s favorite past-times. The Los Angeles Angels calls Anaheim home and play home games at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. This baseball club/organization was started in 1892 and played in the Pacific coast League until 1957 after which they were then moved to Spokane, Washington later to become a minor league affiliate of the Major League Baseball before becoming one of the favorite teams along the West coast in 1961 by Gene Autry.

Currently in second place in the American League West, the Angels are a favorite of many and as always, provide an exciting game. Winning eight division titles and one world series title in 2002, the Angels have a loyal following. As of 2014, five Guinness World Records have been set by Angels fans for largest gatherings of people wearing Cowboy hats, Luchador masks, blankets, wigs and Santa hats. Come join the crowd

What is more enjoyable than enjoying an American game while eating a foot long hot dog and listening to the crack of a bat as it hits a homerun? You can purchase tickets online at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim website. This week the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim take on the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers. Game times start at 7:05 pm each evening.

Local Anaheim Breweries

July 17th, 2014

Local Anaheim BreweriesAnaheim has a number of great breweries in the area. Visited and loved by locals and visitors alike, you will always find interesting brews, great service and good conversation. Not to be confused with sports bars, these breweries serve nothing but their finest home brews and have quaint tasting rooms with a great ambiance. You won’t find a TV in sight. Instead, visit with the bartender and discover the interesting stories behind each brewing process and beer.

Located here in Anaheim is Noble Ale Works, which is known for their ‘Naughty Sauce’. One of the local favorites, this beer brings in high ratings. Anaheim Brewery is another favorite among the locals with their 1888 beer. You may want to take a growler with you when you leave.

Bottle Logic Brewery has the best of both worlds, a tasting room where you can sample home brews but also good food. Their beers are both creative and interesting making you want to come back for more. Valiant Brewing Company serves five different core beers along with their seasonal beers. All five core beers have amazing ratings and don’t disappoint.

Just announced this week, Legends Craft Brewery is set to open in Anaheim in the next 90 days. You can add that to your list of great places to try. Start your own pub crawl and try out all of these fantastic breweries and see if you can pick a favorite.

Disneyland Fun Facts

July 12th, 2014

Disneyland Fun FactsTraveling with the family can be loads of fun but it can also be a trying time. Try mixing things up with a few Disneyland fun facts about the history of the park and the park itself.

-          Mickey Mouse has over 290 outfits. Minnie has over 200.

-          An average of 210 pairs of lost sunglasses are turned in each day.

-          Disneyland was built in just 365 days and opened July 17, 1955

-          Over 600 million visitors have passed through the gates of Disneyland since opening day.

-          Disneyland does not sell chewing gum. Walt Disney wanted to keep the park clean and prevent guests from stepping in the sticky mess.

-          Disneyland recycles approximately 4.1 million pounds of cardboard, 1.3 million punds of green waste, 370,000 pounds of office paper, 361,260 pounds of glass bottles, 274,280 pounds of plastic and 17,240 pounds of aluminum cans each year.

-          There are 10 bodies of water containing 20 million gallons of water inside the park.

-          The drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty’s castle has only been opened twice, opening day and the celebration of the remodeled Fantasyland.

-          There are 68 horses on the King Arthur Carrousel. No two are alike and they all move.

-          Mickey’s name was originally going to be Mortimer.

Visit The Santa Ana Zoo

July 3rd, 2014

Santa Ana ZooIf you haven’t had enough animals on your visit, head over to the local Santa Ana Zoo for a little variety of exotic animals. The Santa Ana Zoo, located nearby, is  a nice contrast to the massive and crowded LA Zoo. Not only do you skip out on the traffic, you get free parking also!

Take a ride around the park on the train. With a tour of the 20 acres of animal sanctuary, you get to plot out your plan of attack. Visit the Rainforest Exhibit and enjoy the waterfalls and amazing greenery before venturing over to the Amazon Aviary to see the exotic birds native to South and Central America. Still not impressed, what about the Strawberry Poison-dart Frog or the Goliath Birdeater Tarantula. There is a good chance you don’t see those every day. You can get your fill of monkeys as the Zoo is required to keep 50 monkeys in the park at all times. The Farm Exhibit features rare farm animals and is centered around the two-story red barn that houses many of the larger animals. Peek in and see what you haven’t seen before.

Kids enjoy the play area after exploring the animals. Mom and dad can kick back and relax while the kids play. The Zoo is open daily with extended hours during the summer. Check out the zoo’s website for more information and upcoming events.

 

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