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Fourth of July Picks

July 1st, 2016

Disneyland is famous for their fireworks, and they really go all out for the Fourth of July, but what if you want a more intimate, small-town vibe this Independence Day? Anaheim has you covered, starting with Knott’s Berry Farm’s Fourth of July festivities in Buena Park. Here, you’ll enjoy marching bands and other live performances, fireworks and, of course, all the thrills of the amusement park just minutes away.


Brea also hosts a fireworks extravaganza starting at dusk at City Hall Park. This family-friendly event is free and features a reptile show, petting zoo and kiddie parade, so little ones are guaranteed to have a blast. There are also contests, live music and plenty of patriotism to pass around!

Options for Independence Day

Dana Point’s Doheny State Beach is usually beloved for some of the best whale watching in the world, but come July it’s the go-to spot for fireworks lovers. The lengthy and stunning show kicks off at dusk, and the gorgeous backdrop of the ocean—perhaps with a whale sighting—makes this a romantic choice.

The OC Block Party at Angel Stadium is where revelers gather for food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. No matter where you go in Anaheim, you’re in for a real treat as southern California celebrates the Fourth in style.

Your July Event Cheat Sheet

July 1st, 2016


Anaheim has a full calendar in July, including the Certified Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Old World Village in Huntington Beach. It’s only been open since last summer and offers an expansive list of vendors, local farmers, artisans and live entertainment. This free event is family-friendly and the perfect place to taste, explore and discover some of Anaheim’s best local fare.

Fourth of July Firework Display with Spectators Vertical


The Discover Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival takes place June 24 through August 28 at 777 Laguna Canyon Road. Open seven days per week, as late as 10pm on weekend nights, admission is $7.50 for adults, and children under 12 are free. This festival is celebrating 50 years of the arts in Laguna, and it’s where you’ll find some of the most stunning artwork—or maybe pick up a piece for yourself!

Check Your Calendar

At the JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, “Semiotics” featuring James Verbicky is on exhibit until August 31. Free admission to this daily exhibit, from 11am-5pm, featuring Verbicky’s unique style that makes you question what you see (and what you don’t).

Whale watching cruises, Hollywood tours, Disneyland and other famous destinations are a must, but when you want a more authentic, local experience, Anaheim is rich with options every day in July.

Get Your Star Wars Half Registration In

June 6th, 2016

It’s true that the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Park isn’t until January 12, but registration kicks off in June, and these bibs are always a hot seller. Not feeling a 13.1 miler right after the New Year? There are also kids’ races, 5k and 10k options as well as special themed runs that come with their own in-demand medals and swag. Plus, the long race weekend is stuffed with celebrity appearances, seminars and giveaways.

Lightsaber in space environment, ready for comp of your characte

For many, running a chipped, timed race through Disneyland is a big bucket list item, and January is prime time to do it. Not only will the weather be cool (by California standards) for those who prefer a breezier run, but you can also double down on Disney and enjoy the park during the off season. It’s a blast for runners and spectators alike!

Don’t Delay

The earlier you secure your bib, the sooner you can start planning your next Anaheim getaway. With a hotel minutes from the park, you can sleep-in a little on race day and not worry about the bustle of getting to the starting line. Sign up the little ones for their own run, and remember that themed participants are encouraged.

Go Outdoors with Dad this Father’s Day

June 2nd, 2016

Father’s Day in Anaheim means two things: The great outdoors and fantastic food! Take advantage of the summer sun and schedule a horseback ride along the beach, a mountain trail, or pick a specialty ride that caters to dad’s unique interests. Some of the best outfitters include Urban Horseman and Yes U Can Ranch. Yes U Can Ranch specializes in getting riders of nearly every age and ability on horseback—which means little ones and those with special needs can ride off into the sunset.


Ziplining is phenomenal in southern California and a great way to see the famous landscape from a new angle. Surprisingly, ziplining is safe and accessible to almost every age, weight and ability. Try out Skull Canyon Zipline or Action Zipline Tours. Get an adrenaline rush before brunch, and really work up an appetite!

Outdoor Fun

Stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is very easy to catch onto. However, if you’d prefer a lesson or group outing, connect with SUP Fitness Laguna, one of the best reviewed outfitters in the area. There are also options to rent paddle board gear at nearly every surf shop, so you can hop from beach to beach.

Pack a picnic, perhaps with local goodies, and head to Yorba National Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center or Fullerton Arboretum to celebrate dad in the heart of Mother Nature. Hiking and biking trails abound, and birders are in paradise with unique species all around. How are you celebrating dad this year?

Register for the Disney Half!

May 18th, 2016

Is the Disneyland Half Marathon on your bucket list, whether you’re a runner, Disney lover, or both? If so, register right now to make sure you get a bib! It’s also a good idea to make your Anaheim hotel reservations now for the September event weekend. This race sells out every year, and if you’re planning on running the half, 10k or 5k in September, registering early guarantees you a spot in the Happiest Race on Earth.


This year, the festivities take place September 1-4, and Mickey and Goofy are your hosts. A slew of Disney characters also make appearances, both pre- and post-race as well as along the route. For the half marathon runners, the course takes you right into the heart of Main Street, U.S.A. in the park, then leads you into the Anaheim streets.

A Run for Your Money

Not everyone who attends this beloved Disneyland race is a runner. Spectators outnumber runners by quite a bit! Whether you’re cheering on a loved one or simply want to stop by for the fun, festivities and the food, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Special treats, live entertainment, and photo opportunities abound.

If you’re on the fence, know that 2016 is slated to be the best race yet, with a number of surprises up Mickey’s sleeve to make it extra special.

A Disney Spring Break

March 2nd, 2016

Lucky enough to be spending spring break in Anaheim? Disneyland is a top destination for warm weather revelers from around the world! The spring break and Easter festivities spread from March 12-April 10, but be forewarned: Disneyland at spring break isn’t for the faint of heart! It’s an incredible experience if you’re prepared for it, so consider this your cheat sheet.


Monday and Friday will likely be the busiest days because, although the kids might be free the whole week, parents are 1) most likely to get these extra days off and 2) going to wrongly assume that all the other families will arrive on the weekend. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are your best bet.

A Real Disney Adventure

Early mornings are less crowded than the afternoons, and if it happens to rain while you’re there, take advantage of it! Rain keeps Disneyland cool and uncrowded. Plus, you’ll be tackling those water rides anyway, so what’s a few extra sprinkles? Check out the MouseWait app to see how busy each ride is in real time before you trek over.

Finally, don’t forget about that other park in town—Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s a great alternative, or you can consider it an add-on after you’ve won the Disneyland spring break game.

Leap Day Musts

February 20th, 2016

Lucky you—you’ve earned an extra day in Anaheim! How will you spend those precious 24 hours? If you’re like many, you’ll head to Disneyland for at least part of it. It’s the one day every four years that the park is open for 24 hours straight. Experience an extra day of Disney where there are different surprises and specials with each beloved Leap Day. Want to take on the Pirates of the Caribbean at 2am? Now you can!

You can also take advantage of the many Monday specials happening around the OC, from museums to restaurants. Fullerton Museum Center always has exciting exhibitions, while Mother Colony House is a gem that few travelers get to experience. Try The Tustin Area Historical Society for a special event, or head to the BounceU of Orange for a trampoline park the kids will love.

Man Jump through the Gap

A Case of the Mondays

Who would think this phrase could ever have a positive spin? For some businesses, Leap Day is a holiday—so if you’re here on business, you’re in luck. Head to Cinema City Stadium Theaters to check out the latest releases, or catch a matinee at Edwards Anaheim.

There are also countless breakfast joints and lunch spots to try, from Anaheim White House Restaurant to The North Left (unrelated to the Kardashian-Wests, of course). Where will your Leap Day take you?

Anaheim Best Value Hotel

September 2nd, 2015

Best ValueWhat makes a great hotel even better? The perks, of course. Here at Best Western Anaheim Inn, we like to make your stay with us the best it can be. Our rates make your trip to Disneyland not only affordable but it puts a little extra jingle in your pocket. And what adds value to a great stay with affordable rates? A great breakfast, fantastic location, friendly staff and of course, clean comfortable rooms!

Look no further because you have just landed at the place to stay in Anaheim. Our staff is not only friendly but they go out of their way for our guests. Start your day off right with our daily breakfast that gives you your choice of delicious and healthy breakfast items. Our location can’t be beat! Look out your window and you will be looking eye to eye with Mickey himself. Relax in our clean rooms with plush beds after a long day in the park.

We offer the best value here at Best Western and we know you will see it too. Book your Anaheim hotel with us today and be on your way to getting the most bang for your buck. Reservations can be made online with a click of a button. We look forward to seeing you soon and showing you what value really is!

Selfie Sticks

June 19th, 2015

selfie sticksSomeone always has to ruin it for everyone. Disneyland has now banned selfie sticks on their rides. That’s right, no more fast action shots while whipping through the air. While we know it makes an excellent Facebook cover photo, it is also a bit dangerous according to the park employees. Since we know you all have made plans to get an epic picture while on Space Mountain to post for all of your friends to see on Facebook, we wanted to warn you ahead of time that your selfie stick is not allowed.

We are quite surprised at the news as we were not aware that selfie sticks were really all that popular. Of course, there are always those people who post 15 selfies a day on social media but are there really that many people?! It must be a young crowd thing…

For now, just know not to bring your selfie stick on the rides at Disneyland. Snap all the selfies you want around the park and the rest of us will just look at you and smile while shaking our heads but steer clear of the rides. You can always go the old school way of having someone take a picture for you but that may be totally 1990’s.

Fun Family Summer Vacation

May 29th, 2015

Family summer vacationSummer is here, the kids are out of school and it is time to get out of town for a little family fun. Anaheim is the perfect destination for a fun family summer vacation. There is so much to see and do in Anaheim, you can do it all from one location. Enjoy a day trip to any one of Orange County’s beautiful beaches. With miles of shoreline and spectacular views you can be soaking up the sun in no time.

Orange County has a number of amusement parks so just take your pick. Legoland, Knotts Berry Farm, and Disneyland are just for starters. Actually, there is no need to choose, you can visit them all. Shopping? We have lots of shopping. Just send the guys out for a round of golf at any of the top golf courses in the area and girls, you can head over to the Outlets at Orange or South Coast Plaza to shop your heart out.

Check out all the fun activities and things to do in Anaheim and around our area to see all the many reasons why you should book your fun family summer vacation with us. Make your Anaheim hotel reservations online now or give us a call and let our friendly office staff assist you. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope to may your fun family summer vacation the best it can be.