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The Disney Gallery

February 3rd, 2017

 

Disneyland encompasses a truly magical world, and you don’t want to overlook the Disney Gallery. Located on Main Street U.S.A. in the Disneyland Park, you’ll be able to explore unique, original Disney art that you never imagined still existed. For the true Disney (and art) lover, no vacation in Anaheim is complete without a stroll through this gallery.

You’ll find seasonal exhibits that showcase works of art paying homage to the icons and attractions of Disney parks from around the globe. The gallery is a quiet and peaceful getaway in the midst of the thrills and fun of the park. Original concept renderings as well as finished artwork by the Imagineers and artists inspired by Disney cover the walls.

Works of Art

The Disneyana Shop is connected to the Disney Gallery, and you’ll be able to get merchandise that is tied to current exhibits. Take a piece of the magic home with you, including original art as well as famous reproductions of the most popular pieces.

The gallery is beloved by visitors of all ages, open seven days out of the week, and like all aspects of Disneyland, fully handicap accessible. If you’re looking to indulge your artistic leanings or simply want a peaceful break as you explore the park, slip into the Disney Gallery for sweet surprises.

 

 

 

February Events Cheat Sheet

February 1st, 2017

 

Mark your calendars for the Carnival in the Dominican Republic on Santa Catalina Island. Just a short and very romantic ride from the beaches near Anaheim is Catalina Island, a remote and stunning getaway that’s popular with locals. However, Carnival takes over on the 27 – 28, and you’ll feel like you’ve landed in the paradise of the DR complete with music, food and cultural entertainment.

The Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a staple in nearby Buena Park, open year-round, but especially popular around Valentine’s Day. Here, you’ll be treated to a live tournament that takes you back to the middle ages. Eat with your hands, enjoy traditional fare, and you’ll find this destination is perfect for a date or families.
A Real Adventure

It’s whale migration season, and February is one of the best times to jump on a cruise ship and get glimpses of whales and dolphins as they journey up from Baja. The Laguna and Newport beaches offer the best sightings, especially since these regions are protected. Guides will help you best spot these amazing creatures.

Take a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood, one of the area’s many theme parks. You can act out your favorite scenes, check out live action performances, and of course, tour a real Hollywood studio lot. From backstage immersions to some of the best shopping and dining in town, this is one adventure you don’t want to miss.

Anaheim’s Haunting Season

October 20th, 2016

 

Spend this Halloween in Anaheim indulging in spooktacular events! The Anaheim Fall Festival at Center Street Promenade takes place every Halloween weekend, with free admission and plentiful parking. Enjoy live entertainment, a pumpkin patch, local food vendors vying for the best autumnal and spooky treats, game booths, and craft fairs. Fun for all ages, it’s the Halloween Parade that really draws a crowd with ghosts, ghouls and goblins taking over the streets.

Disney lovers delight at Disneyland’s Halloween, hosted by Jack Skellington and more favorite characters. For five hours during Mickey’s Halloween Party, kids of all ages are welcome to the park for trick or treating like you’ve never seen before. Tour the annual Haunted Mansion, show off your best costumes, and check out the Howl-O-Ween fireworks show!

Screams for All Ages

Knott’s Halloween Haunt offers thrills and screams for scare-lovers of all ages. For over 40 years, Knott’s Berry Farm has been spooking out their theme park for the witching hour, and it’s the oldest amusement park to embrace such a tradition in the country. Costume contests, themed attractions and plenty of tricks and treats await.

Downtown Anaheim shops participate in annual trick or treating on the big night, and many families check out the luxurious Los Angeles neighborhoods for a night of candy hunting like you won’t believe. The gorgeous southern California weather allows for any type of costume—what will you be dressed as this year?

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.

Fireworks

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?