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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

January 15th, 2015

Star Wars Half MarathonOnly steps from the park, we are excited to bring you closer to the fun as your Disneyland Hotel. With more excitement than anywhere else, Disneyland has so many activities throughout the year in addition to the fun within the park.

This weekend, join in the fun of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. The festivities kick off Thursday night with the Wookie Welcome Party. With rides open exclusively for party goers, a dessert reception and a special meet and greet with your favorite Star Wars characters as well as classic Disney characters. Tickets are still available online so grab yours while they last!

The races begin Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. with the 5K race. Saturday morning hosts the 10K race followed by the Kids Races. The weekend will wrap up Sunday with the Star Wars Half Marathon. While the races are sold out, you can still cheer on the runners as the cross the finish line or line up along the race route to show your support. Each race will begin and end at the Disneyland Resort. Make it a family outing and become members of the ChEAR Squad, cheering on each runner with your very own Mickey ears. For more details about the weekend events and for registration or tickets visit the Star Wars Half Marathon website.

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.)


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.

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.

Stay Closer, Have More Fun

June 23rd, 2014

Here at BDisneyland Hotelest Western Anaheim Inn, our goal is to make your vacation a more enjoyable and memorable vacation. Just minutes from Disneyland Park, we can help cut down on traffic, drive time, and an exhausting commute after a long fun-filled day in the park.

Our location is that of a resort yet our prices aren’t close to those of a resort. Enjoy the friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms along with the amenities of a resort hotel for a fraction of the price. Your vacation is expensive enough; you shouldn’t have to pay a fortune to stay near your destination. Get to the park earlier, beating the crowds and giving your kids a chance to beat the lines for the best rides. We guarantee to make your Disneyland trip the best it can be by giving you a head start.We are also happy to assist you with park information and tickets as well as information about the area. Just stop by our front desk  and allow us to work for you.

Book your hotel room close to Disneyland at Best Western Anaheim Inn and be happy you did. We offer discounts to AAA members and AARP members. Check out our other specials on our website.

We look forward to seeing you soon and making your stay the best it can be.

Disneyland Safety

June 14th, 2014

Disneyland SafetyYour vacation is intended to be a fun-filled adventure for the family. To make sure it is all fun we have a few safety tips for you and your family.

  1. Have a designated meeting spot: In the event that someone gets lost or loses the group, have a predetermined meeting place for everyone to meet up again.  It is always helpful to wear the same color and remember what each family member is wearing.
  2. ID information: For children, make sure they have some form of identification to include name, phone number, medical conditions, etc. Safety pin this information inside part of their clothing, include on an ID bracelet or write on their skin and cover in clear nail polish. This will help authorities and park staff reunite you with your children if lost.
  3. Pictures of family members: Take a picture of everyone in the morning before you head out to the park. This allows you to remember what everyone is wearing and gives you a current picture of each family member. Carrying current pictures in your wallet is also a good idea  and backup plan in the event everyone is too excited to stand still for a picture.
  4. Identify Cast Members: Know and teach your children how to identify cast members and staff of Disneyland Park. Talk to them about going to a staff member in the event of an emergency or becoming lost so they know exactly what to do and feel comfortable in seeking help when necessary.
  5. Neck wallet: Fanny packs are old school but they come in handy and still seem to be a trend at Disneyland. Carrying your money, room and car keys, ID, etc. in either a fanny pack or a neck wallet keeps your valuables where you can see them. It prevents tempting hands of those pick pocketers.

As always, drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen frequently. Better safe than sorry and airing on the side of safety ensures an enjoyable and memorable trip!

Disneyland Packing Tips

June 6th, 2014

Disneyland PackingYou are all packed up and ready to head out on your Disneyland vacation but just one minute! Before you leave, we have a few suggestions of items to pack that will make your trip much more memorable.

  1. Ponchos: No, we hope it doesn’t rain but if it does and you are inside the park without a poncho or umbrella, you will be paying big. Pick up a few before your trip and come prepared!
  2. Snacks: Walking around all day can work up an appetite. Cut down on the expensive food prices inside the park and bring snacks with you. Protein snacks such as energy bars and beef jerky are always a good option. Bringing your own refillable water bottle helps too.
  3. Neck Wallet: Pick-pocketers are like rain, inevitable. Be on the safe side and wear your wallet where it can be seen. We promise you won’t stand out as many park-goers choose to ‘go geeky’. Your kids will think you are the cool parent.
  4. Sunscreen/hat: Of course you want a summer tan but a burn is another story. Be sure to pack a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from hours under the hot, summer sun. A combination of sweat and water rides doesn’t help so bring the sunscreen with you inside the park and reapply throughout the day.
  5. Water shoes: Most think of only the walking that will be done, not the water rides. Wet walking shoes are not idea so try for water shoes. Flip flops tend to come off during rides and who wants to walk around with one shoe? Opt for water shoes/sandals that stay secured to your feet.

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