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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.

 

 

 

Chinese New Year

January 17th, 2017

 

Chinatown Los Angeles is an absolute must for Lunar New Year. Throughout the month of January, enjoy special decorations and small celebrations throughout the streets with everything culminating on January 28th. Take the Undiscovered Chinatown Tour on January 7, and get a peek into the inner workings and history of this diverse neighborhood. You’ll see an herbal shop, a temple, and discover great treasures on this 2.5 hour walking tour.

This year marks the Year of the Rooster, and many Lunar New Year celebrants tie in the honorable animal to their festivities. A symbol of awakening, success and triumph, patience and hard work is required this year. For business travelers, relating to the year of the fiery rooster is easy. It’s your year to shine—why not kick it off at the happiest place on earth?

A Disney New Year

Disneyland holds an epic Lunar New Year celebration each year. You’ll find the streets decorated with stunning traditional ornaments throughout January. Enjoy authentic dancers and entertainers while seeing your favorite Disney characters paying homage to the Year of the Rooster, too.

Visit a local Chinese restaurant for Lunar New Year specials, or shop a local boutique and pick up your very own rooster keepsake. How will you be celebrating?

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations

January 14th, 2017

 

How are you celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Anaheim? Children’s Book World hosts an annual storytelling session for kids ages four and up on January 14 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about civil rights while interacting with skilled children’s storytellers. Stay and browse, shop, and indulge in some treats to start the holiday weekend right.

The 29th annual MLK Jr. Peace and Unity Parade takes place at noon on January 16 with over 25,000 attendees flocking to MLK Jr. Boulevard each year. Learn about local organizations, enjoy carnival rides, and watch the floats and entertainment acts as the streets shut down all the way across Crenshaw for a full day of peace and brotherhood.

The Best Ways to Celebrate

At the California African American Museum, Cake for King is a special festival for kids that’s full of activities, arts and crafts, and, of course, plenty of birthday cake. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., stop by for face painting, or check out a documentary.

Visit the “I Have a Dream” Wall at Kiddie Center, located on Crenshaw Boulevard, for a full day of fun and entertainment. Add your handprints to the wall along with your own dream expression. The wall is always the focal point of the holiday and a great tool to inspire youth.

 

 

Camelot Golfland

November 23rd, 2016

 

Enjoy a fun-filled day fit for the whole family, and get the royal treatment at Camelot Golfland. On Saturday mornings, you can score unlimited arcade games for just $7, and the world famous shakes at Iceland will keep you cool and your energy levels up for a whole day of excitement. The brand new bumper boats have been making a big splash and are the perfect way to start or end your day when booking a private event from a birthday party to a corporate team building event.

There are a number of miniature golf courses available, each with varying degrees of difficulty and all featuring a route fit for a king or queen. Perhaps laser tag is more your speed, or picking up a slice of the freshest, hottest pizza in town. Challenge your friends to a go-kart race, or show off your skills on one of the latest interactive video games.

Another Round at the Round Table

From dining to play, Camelot was created for all ages. It’s open every day of the year, but attraction hours may vary. The first waterslides in California were built here, and Camelot has kept up the pace over the years. Bring your swimsuit, and get ready to scream on one of the five twisty, recently renovated tubes.

Special group packages are available, including discounts, if you want a fundraiser or retreat at Camelot. Plan your event today, or simply stop by!

Brushstrokes

November 11th, 2016

 

Everyone loves a painting party, and at Brushstrokes you can customize your event based on age, preferences and goals! Located in the heart of old downtown Tustin, you can schedule a private event or party any time and day of the week! However, you can also drop in during open studio hours and dive right into a painting frenzy. Up to 40 painters can join a private event, so you can imagine that making “fun art” (not fine art!) can turn into a real gala.

During open painting sessions, $30 gets you a 16×20 canvas, paint, brushes and an apron, and you can paint whatever you like or choose from the impressive gallery of options. Plan your child’s birthday party, a co-worker happy hour event, or make your next anniversary extra special. Leave the supplies and cleanup to the pros, and enjoy painting in a relaxed atmosphere.

A Masterpiece in the Works

Whether you’ve painted professionally before or never picked up a brush in your life, all ages and abilities are welcome. Instruction can be provided, or you can paint in peace. At Brushstrokes, you’re the master artist. Customize your next event, and call today to talk to a party planning pro.

Painting is a relaxing, calming, yet fun-filled hobby. From first dates to corporate bonding events, the paint can really fuse you and your party together. What will you create on canvas?

 

Card Addiction

November 8th, 2016

 

One of the best hobby shops in southern California is just a few minutes from your hotel. Located in nearby Fullerton, you’ll find everything you need for your Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Yu-Gi-Oh, WoW addiction and more at this close-knit, family-owned establishment. Whether you’re traveling and want to be welcomed into a temporary guild or fold, or you’re looking for a rare collector item, you’ll be surprised at the expansive inventory and stellar customer service Card Addiction is known for.

Looking to sell? Card Addiction offers a “buy list” updated in real time, so you can offer your goods and get matched with an eager buyer. It’s a platform that keeps spam and negative buyers/sellers at bay, so you can ensure a transaction runs smoothly. There’s also a forum to get to know your community near and far. This hobby shop is all about encouraging harmony.

It’s an Addict Thing

Check out their in-depth articles to get insider information on your favorite games and hobbies. The owners are also welcoming of guest bloggers, so you can certainly offer your own insights! Tournaments are always happening in this part of California, and on the tournaments page you can find the latest information to plan your getaway accordingly.

There’s no need to miss out on games, quests and events while traveling in Anaheim. Card Addiction has you covered.

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?

Blue Whale Migration Summer 2016 Specials

September 10th, 2016

 

Blue whale migration isn’t over yet! Until September 30, take advantage of the $16 whale watching cruise special every day at 10a.m., 1p.m. and 3:30p.m. Admission is usually $32 per person, so this half-priced special is a sweet deal perfect for budget-minded travelers or anyone looking for a unique experience. Hundreds of blue whales migrate through the area every spring and summer, taking over the Newport Beach area. Last year, 350 whales were spotted!

These massive travelers were once thought to be extremely rare in southern California, but they have fortunately made a comeback in the past few years. They are up to 90 feet long and are the biggest of all animals. You might also spot the finback whale, a huge beast as well, who enjoys the same fare and treats as the blue whale.

All Aboard!

There are a number of smaller whales you may encounter on the experience including minke and humpback varieties. Large pods of dolphins are also in the area, and they especially like to keep pace with the local boats. You can board at Newport and Balboa Beach to take advantage of these 2.5 hour cruises. Whether you’re after a family event or a romantic getaway, these specials are a welcome addition to any Anaheim trip.

Hurry! The migration season is over soon.

Anaheim Packing District

August 22nd, 2016

 

Right in the heart of downtown Anaheim, you’ll find a charming district of historic buildings making up the Packing District. Farmers Park, the Packing House and the Packard Building are just a few of the famously restored destinations that make you feel like a local. At the Packing House, over 20 vendors and artists gather to showcase their goods, offer live music entertainment, and give you a peek into the artisanal community.

Farmers Market Shopping Mature Woman

 

You’ll also find some of the best Anaheim restaurants in town right here, including Rolling Boil, Kettlebar, Umami Burger, and Georgia’s Restaurant. It’s a top pick for locals who know where the best dishes are, incredible happy hours, and make you feel like a local. Head over to Farmers Park and enjoy a gorgeous two-acre park ideal for picnics, play and strolling along the boardwalk and through the olive grove.

Packing It In

In August, every Friday at 4 p.m., you’ll find the Certified Farmers Market, the perfect place to pick up organic produce, local meats and sweets, and check out even more arts and crafts. However, the Packing District is open daily at 9 a.m. for breakfast from a selection of vendors and restaurants.

Merchants on site include Cooks Chapel, Black Sheep and Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream, to name just a few. What will you find in the middle of Anaheim?

City National Grove of Anaheim

August 12th, 2016

 

A popular event venue, the City National Grove of Anaheim, has an exciting August lineup with music, festivals and kid-friendly events galore. With the premium seating program, you can snag the best and toughest-to-get seats year-round if Anaheim is a common destination for you. You can also get the VIP package which couples your event with dinner out via the Mercedes-Benz Package. This package also has Tier One seating, VIP parking, a complementary desserts tray and private bar access (for limited events only).

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On August 26 at 8 p.m., YES: The Album Series comes to Anaheim, dubbed the “Drama + Topographic 1 & 4” tour featuring the DRAMA album from 1980 performed entirely for the first time in history. There will also be a performance of four songs from the TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS album from 1973, and a wide selection of greatest hits.

Yes, Please!

This special tour is part of a series that’s promoting forward-looking albums that still count as a blast from the past. DRAMA was performed many nights at Madison Square Garden in 1980, and now the band is bringing it back and to the west coast for just one special evening (one that definitely offers the Mercedes-Benz Package, so you can make it a very memorable night!).

Tickets are available now, and some last minute cancellations mean you might be able to snag some at the door—or upgrade to VIP status.