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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.

Diamond Celebration at Disneyland® Resort

May 22nd, 2015

Beginning May 22, 2015, make way to the Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration, where Guests of

every age can salute 60 years of Disney magic with dazzling entertainment and sparkling surprises, including 3 new nighttime spectaculars making their in-park debuts! It’s a celebration so big, you’ll need to plan enough days to enjoy it all!.

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.