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Flightdeck Flight Simulation

August 16th, 2017

 

Always wondered what it would be like to be in the cockpit of a fighter jet or land a commercial airliner in a storm? Anaheim’s Flightdeck flight simulation experience lets your inner pilot soar with a variety of packages and airline simulation choices. When you’re tackling 600 knot aerial moves or engaged in air combat with a military-grade flight simulator, you’ll never think of those friendly skies in the same way again.

If you prefer not to fly, you can always kick back in the Officers Club and watch friends and family on the big LCD screen. No matter which package you choose, there’s no experience required and class training is required for a fun and safe adventure. You can also schedule a private program for parties, corporate team building and more.

Flying High

With eight fight jet simulators, you’ll feel what a dog fight is like in an F-16 Fighting Falcon. This compact aircraft is easy to maneuver and a favorite with both air-to-air and air-to-surface attack strategies. One of the best weapons in the U.S., it can pinpoint targets despite adverse weather or how low flying they may be. With over 500 miles of flight time before needing to refuel, it’s no wonder it’s an Air Force favorite.

Others prefer the excitement of a Boeing 737, and you’ll be in the cockpit after a 30-minute training session. Learn pre-flight procedures, flight plans and how to handle this plane under any weather. Fixed simulators are exact replicas, giving you the real deal.

 

 

Honda Center Happenings

August 6th, 2017

 

One of the most esteemed venues in southern California is tucked right into the heart of Anaheim. The Honda Center is a premium venue for concerts, championship games, performances and much more—it’s also home to the Anaheim Ducks. Opened in 1993, it’s where the Big West Basketball and Wooden Legacy tournaments take place with seating of up to 18,900 depending on the event.

Featuring delectable concessions including Gelato, Anaheim Pizza, Stoneworks, The Classics, Outlaw Smokehouse and many more, it’s the perfect space for a fun night out. Club restaurants include Shock Top Terrace with house beer on tap, Standing ‘O’ with 250 seats and famous for gastro burgers and gourmet wings, and the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club—just for Premium Seat holders.

The Gathering Spot

For frequent travelers to Anaheim, upgrading your status to premium seating, luxury suites, club seats or Duck Rental Suites is truly a “sweet” way to take in the entire experience. From full-service personalized dining before, during and after events to special programming and the best seats in the venue, it’s one way to make your regular visits to Anaheim special.

August events include P&G Gymnastics Championships and a Surprise Superstar Artist on August 24th. Events are always being added, so keep an eye on the calendar and make sure you get a seat at one of the summer’s most popular happenings.

 

Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

August 1st, 2017

 

The Muzeo is comprised of three areas, which are the gorgeous 1908 Carnegie Gallery, the Carnegie Plaza and Courtyard for special events, and the Muzeo Main Gallery with 25,000 square feet of space for temporary exhibits, special events and more. An extension of Carnegie Gallery, the Main Gallery opened in 2007 and is perfectly nestled into an otherwise urban environment with retail shops and luxury apartments flanking the campus.

The original Carnegie Gallery was a library and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built with a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, it was the local library until 1963. Like all other parts of the Muzeo, it is also available for rent for private events.

Anaheim’s Cultural History

The only permanent exhibit is the History of Anaheim: A Walk Through Local History. Admission to this exhibit is always free and features artifacts such as 19th century wine and citrus farm tools, ancient Indian wares and rare pieces that were beloved by the founders of the city. You’ll find Disneyland memorabilia as well as pieces from the original Anaheim Stadium.

Nearly one million items are catalogued and available to researchers and scholars at the library. Lunch and learns, afternoon teas, workshops, lectures and more are regularly featured at Muzeo. Check the events calendar and plan your trip to discover the history and culture of Anaheim.

 

Fullerton Arboretum

July 28th, 2017

 

Visit the Fullerton Arboretum and explore the immense variety of native flora and fauna that calls the Anaheim area “home.” Special events take place throughout the year, such as free nature tours weekly from a knowledgeable docent and “yoga in the garden” every weekend for a one of a kind avenue that lets you really get in touch with nature.

The Arboretum has a number of hiking trails and is accessible to all ages and abilities. Summer is the perfect time to visit, as it has the most flowers in blossom. Arrive early (gates open at 8 a.m.) to enjoy a cool morning walk and photography session. Admission is a suggested $5 donation, and the garden is accessible from 1900 Associated Road in nearby Fullerton.

Summer in the Garden

You’ll likely spy a number of locals tending to one of the community gardens, or you might spot a wedding or other special event happening at one of the arboretum’s reserved areas. It’s a gorgeous setting for any gathering, and rentals are available for corporate events, family reunions and everything in between.

Check out the official website for arboretum maps, a plant database and calendar of events to plan your trip to the garden.

Kip Barry’s Cabaret

July 22nd, 2017

 

July in Anaheim can be sizzling, and many visitors seek out indoor entertainment to escape the heat. However, Kip Barry’s Cabaret heats things up all over again (in the right way). Variety and full magic shows are the main attraction every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and you can choose from a number of packages including dinner shows, group dinners and even child-friendly events!

From comedy shows to magic shows, there are options for every theater lover. The Magic for Kids is suitable for families and a great entertainment option if you’re looking for something a little different in Anaheim. General admission for adults is just $17.95 and you can add a la carte items as you wish.

Smoke and Mirrors

Family movie nights are a steal at just $5 per ticket and includes popcorn and a drink. Check out the matinees every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 5 p.m. for a fast-paced, short show complete with a pre-show trivia segment.

However, if it’s “The Show” you’re after, you’re in for a real treat. Tickets include a one-hour show, pizza buffet and bottomless sides and beverages. Book your tickets online now, and check out the shop that has magic kits, hats and much more to get you in the cabaret spirit.

Go Italian in Anaheim

July 17th, 2017

 

Surrounded by so many options in such a foodie city, it can be tough to narrow down your cravings. However, Anaheim is rich with Italian fare, and you can’t visit this bustling city without checking out some of the best. Rufino’s Italian Restaurant has been dishing up favorites since 1967, specializing in al dente pasta and veal for those looking for a serious dining experience.

Baci Italian features an outdoor patio, perfect for a July dinner out, and an upscale establishment with elevated dishes. The dishes are seemingly simple, but sheer perfection. It all pairs with the impressive wine menu, including the Mama’s Meatball Panini, fettuccini with meat sauce, chicken breast topped with mushroom sauce and any of their gourmet lunch pizzas.

Succulent Dining

Carolina’s Italian Restaurant is where you’ll find scratch-made delights in a casual setting. Try the Polly-O Caprese or the buffalo wings with your choice of bone-in or bone-out. Carolina’s favorites are penne pasta tossed in a house sauce with sundried tomatoes, the cheese tortellini on a bed of tri-colored cheese and the baked ziti with thick garlic bread.

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria offers wood-fired pies along with pastas, fresh salads and a variety of authentic dishes with a Naples spin. Located at Disneyland, you’ll want to try the fried calamari, deep-fried risotto balls, ravioli with sausage and cabbage, and a side of creamy polenta.

Fourth of July Festivities

June 26th, 2017

 

If you’re seeking out a non-Disneyland day of patriotism, head to Lake Forest for the annual Fourth of July parade. It starts at 10 a.m. on the corner of Ridge Route Drive and Toledo, ending in Dayton. It’s a small and charming celebration that’s family friendly and gives you plenty of time to check out additional events, celebrations and fireworks around the area.

Fourth of July

In Los Alamitos, the Fireworks Celebration begins at 4 p.m. with a food court and fun zone for kids. Bring a lawn chair and blanket for the fireworks extravaganza taking place at 9 p.m. Hosted by the Joint Forces Training Base, this is another option for those looking for a relaxing and low-key holiday that ends with a bang.

A Celebration Steeped in Nostalgia

Head to the Mission Viejo Annual Street Faire and Fireworks Spectacular held on Olympia Road. It’s a classic-style event with games, rides and much more in a carnival atmosphere. Suitable for all ages, you’ll find food vendors and displays, free entertainment including live music and dancing, and comedy performances for all. At dusk, the fireworks display is one of the best in the region.

Alternatively, you can check out the Old Glory Boat Parade at Newport Beach, where boat owners deck out their “ladies” in patriotic décor. Streamers, balloons and decorations fill the skyline while the Sousa Marches and Anthems entertain. Yacht clubs represent strongly as everyone competes to be the best in the boat brigade.


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Meet the Grunion

June 23rd, 2017

 

The Grunion Run is arguably one of the most famous of events for L.A. locals, and it only happens once per year. The grunion flock to the beach to spawn, showing off one-of-a-kind mating rituals. These silver fish flood the golden coast en masse, and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts this annual event to make sure you don’t miss a thing. On June 25, the aquarium opens at 8 p.m. with the program starting at 9, followed by a late-night beach observation.

The Grunion Run usually draws hundreds of people to the beaches, but if you get tickets from the aquarium, there are no lines or crowds to battle. You won’t want to miss the 9 p.m. film and other treats that are in store for this special night. While there are no guarantees the grunion will appear (it is a wildlife viewing, after all), it’s prime grunion season, and June 25 is your best bet for catching this amazing ritual.

Prepping

It can get chilly in southern California in the evenings. Wear warm clothes, water-friendly shoes, and bring a flashlight. Many times, the grunion don’t appear until midnight, so come rested and perhaps caffeinated. Grunion can indeed be “caught” during the months of May, June and July, but it requires a California fishing license.

Parking is $3.50 for the Grunion Run, and on June 25 the aquarium gift shop is open late. You can purchase snacks, keepsakes and perhaps an extra layer of cozy comfort. Experience L.A. like a local, and see what these metallic fish look like up close.

 

A History of Anaheim

June 22nd, 2017

 

For many, Anaheim and Disneyland are one and the same. However, Disneyland didn’t debut until 1955—and Anaheim was founded in 1857! It all began with German immigrants and wine grapes. The Anaheim colony was originally 1,165 acres, and it’s first name was “Annaheim,” with “Anna” an homage to the Santa Ana River and, of course, “heim” is “home” in German. It underwent a brief alteration to drop that extra “n.”

Before Anaheim was the Disney capital, it was the state wine capital. In just ten years after colonization, 47 wineries popped up. However, a plant virus killed most of the vineyards in the 1880s, and residents opted to grow oranges instead. Yaqui Indians in Mexico were hired for labor, then Chinese immigrants were favored. Downtown Anaheim is still rich with Chinese influences.

A Magical History

Anaheim did well with oranges until 1955, when the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) and Disneyland came to town. Immediately, it became a tourist destination. Today, Anaheim encompasses 46 square miles, and 311,000 residents call it home. It’s the richest city in the county and has the largest populous.

Beyond Disneyland, key sites include the Ramon Peralta Adobe Historic Site, the Mother Colony House, and the North Gate of the City of Anaheim. You may also want to visit Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church and the Site of San Pedro Gate.

 

Ethiopian Cuisine in Anaheim

June 12th, 2017

 

Craving something a little spicier and more exotic during your Disneyland extravaganza? There are two delicious Ethiopian restaurants near your guest room, each with authentic and unique flavors. Tana Ethiopian Restaurant and Market is part eatery, part grocery store, and 100 percent genuine.

Try the sambusas (appetizers) like red lentil stew with red pepper sauce, garlic and ginger. Cubes of fresh lamb sautéed in onion, finger strips of lean beef with green chiles, and that injera bread soaked in a stew of meat are all favorite items. Of course, don’t forget about that Ethiopian coffee featuring green beans roasted, ground and boiled in a jebena (Ethiopian kettle), then served in small cups.

Chasing the Heat

Abyssinia Restaurant is another authentic eatery in a casual environment. Try the doro wot, chicken cubes marinated in lemon juice then sautéed in butter. Ethiopian food can be inherently vegetarian-friendly, from the innovative lentil dishes to the array of spicy vegetables in a variety of sauces.

Sample the byainetu, a platter of some favorite dishes along with endless sides of injera bread soaked in sauces. Split peas mixed with fresh garlic and ginger, along with the vegetarian salads, make for a hearty veg-friendly treat. Try both spots during your time in Anaheim and choose your favorite.