Celebrate Disney Birthdays!

August 26th, 2014

Disney BirthdaysIf you were waiting for the perfect time to book your trip to Disneyland, now is the time. Disneyland is celebrating many exciting birthdays. ‘It’s a Small World’ turns the big five-oh this month! What an accomplishment. Created by Walt Disney in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York, this attraction was rebuilt in Disneyland and quickly became a beloved favorite. The composers the Sherman Brothers who created music for the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins composed the music to accompany the ride.

‘It’s a Small World’ was created as Disney’s childlike vision of the world. Today, adults and children alike enjoy the ride attracting around 300 million visitors since its debut at Disneyland. He also created “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” for the 1964 World’s Fair. Today it is housed in the Main Street Opera House. Featuring the popular theme of Lincoln’s presidency, slavery, the word ‘slavery’ is only mentioned once throughout the full 15 minute show.

The other popular rides that are celebrating birthdays this month are the Haunted Mansion (45 years old) and the Matterhorn Bobsleds (55 years old.) Big Thunder Mountain turns 35 next month and continues to draw many visitors. Come celebrate the birthdays of these beloved attractions. Book your Disneyland hotel reservations on our website. We make it quick and easy.

Cheer on the LA Angels

July 22nd, 2014

Cheer on the LA AngelsCatching a baseball game while enjoying a hot dog and cold beer is just part of the all American experience. There is nothing better than hearing the crack of a bat as a ball sails over the wall in the outfield. Grab your glove and head over to Angels Stadium at Anaheim to catch the Los Angeles Angels fight for another division title and a spot in the playoffs. Cheer on the LA Angels as they work their way towards victory.

Playing this week at home, the Angels take on the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers giving you the perfect opportunity to see magic in the making. With eight division titles in the books and one more on the way (hopefully!) the LA Angels are a fun team to watch as the battle it out on the field. Become one of the many cheering, loyal fans as they root on their team to victory. Help make this year the 12th straight year in a row attendance his over three million.

Tickets are available online at the Los Angeles Angels website. Games start at 7:05 pm each night this week. Be careful though, you may be addicted and need to catch more than one game.

Favorite Local Breweries

July 19th, 2014

Favorite Local BreweriesJust when we thought we had the best breweries around, Legends Craft Brewery has announced that they will be opening right here in Anaheim which only makes our selection of local breweries that much better. With plans to open within the next 90 days, Legends brings one more great local hot spot to the area.

With much excitement in the air over this announcement it makes us want to visit the other fantastic breweries that calls Brew City home. Some of our favorite local breweries are top notch and make us proud to have them here locally.  Bottle Logic Brewery, which is known for their interesting and crafty beers is one of the best. Not only are there beers creative but the atmosphere and bartenders are among the best also. We also love Noble Ale Works and their infamous Naughty Sauce. A favorite among many, it will be your favorite, hands down. Valiant Brewery is great relaxing place to kick back with a beer. The interior is that of an old warehouse giving you a unique and interesting vibe. Available for larger parties, it is the perfect place for a friendly get together. This brewery has not only award winning beers but great service to boot. A definite must do on the list of your brewery tours.

Last but not least on our list of favorites is Anaheim Brewery. A great historic brewery that has everyone talking about their 1888 beer. Stop in for a beer after work or take a weekend brewery crawl and hit up this fantastic joint. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on their beautiful patio, it makes the beer taste even better. Check out some of our favorite local breweries and let us know which you like the best.

Fun Facts About Disneyland

July 12th, 2014

Fun Facts about DisneylandThe more knowledge you have the better time you can have here at Disneyland. That is why we made it our mission to equip you with a few fun and little known facts about the park and its history before your trip. With such a massive park and extensive history, there is so much to learn but we hope these few things will help you to impress your traveling companions. While there are many rumors and many unverified ‘facts’ these we are certain to be true.

-          It took a long 18 moths to build Cinderella’s Castle

-          Disneyland’s monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere

-          The lights outlining the buildings located on Main Street number more than 100,000

-          Walt’s private apartment is located above the fire station on Main Street

-          The props in Indiana Jones’ office are actual props from the movie

-          The hitchhiking ghosts in the Haunted Mansion are named Ezra, Phineas and Gus

-          The skull sitting above the bed in the treasure room on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a real human skull.

-          The Disney family crest is located above the drawbridge on Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

-          King Arthur Carousel is older than the park. It was built in 1922 for a park in Toronto.

Mickey Mouse Isn’t The Only Animal In Town

July 3rd, 2014

Santa Ana ZooCatch a few of our other animals on your trip out to see Mickey Mouse. The Santa Ana Zoo, just down the road is great for a day trip to explore some exotic animals and see various habitat exhibits each featuring its own display of animals.

Enjoy walking through replicas of the Amazon Rainforest and seeing the many birds from both South and Central America. Get wet by the waterfalls and view the animals from the viewing deck amidst the lush greenery. Visit the two-story red barn and see the rare farm animals that they have on display. Afterwards take a ride on the Zoofari Express and enjoy the breeze in your face as you tour the zoo from the train. Kids will enjoy the play area complete with the Conservation Carousel which as a 33 animal line up including a Sea Otter, Panther and Sea Dragon.

Sometimes called the Home of the 50 Monkeys, you have no shortage of monkey viewing. The Zoo is required to have 50 monkeys at all times. This requirement was stipulated by the original founder of the zoo before gifting it to the City of Santa Ana.

This small 20 acre, privately funded zoo sure packs a punch giving you much more than you would expect. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, the summer crowd gets the benefit of extended hours until 6 pm. With free parking and located not far from the park it is worth a visit!

The Closer, The Better

June 23rd, 2014

Stay close to DisneylandNeed a hotel close to Disneyland park that won’t break the bank? Want the convenience and comfort of a resort?  Don’t feel like a long drive in traffic? Pavilions Hotel is the perfect place to stay for your long awaited vacation.

Not only are we just minutes from the park, we have the amenities, friendly staff and clean rooms that you would expect to find at a resort. Best part, our prices aren’t that of a resort. We understand that vacations can be very pricey so we strive to keep you from going into debt just to stay nearby your destination.

The closer the better. Not only does this keep you from an insane drive home after a long day but it gives you the opportunity to beat the crowds giving the kids front row tickets to the best rides. You  can also slip out of the park in the heat of the day for that much needed rejuvenation nap with no problem.

Book your hotel close to Disneyland with us today. Not only will you have a good night’s rest but you have us at your disposal to make your vacation that much more enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Disneyland Safety Tips

June 14th, 2014

Safety at DisneylandWe want your Disneyland to be as memorable as you do. Here are a few of our safety tips to help you out on your trip.

  1. Take Pictures: It is always a good idea to wear the same color to the park to identify your family member easily. It is even better to take a picture before heading out to the park. This gives both you and authorities a current picture of any family member should someone get lost.
  2. Meeting Place: Sit down with your group and have a prearranged meeting area that everyone is familiar with and knows how to find easily. Should the group get separated, everyone knows to go to your meeting spot.
  3. Identification: Make sure that all children have some form of identification and contact information on them. You can always pin it inside a t-shirt or write it on the inside of their arm and cover with clear nail polish (to prevent from washing off with sweat and water rides.). Information should include name, your contact phone number, medical issues, etc.
  4. Know Cast Members: Teach young children to identify park employees (both staff and cast members). Should there be an emergency or they should get lost, talk to them about finding a trustworthy source, a staff or cast member, and approaching them for help. Park employees are trained to help and children should feel safe going to them for help.
  5. Go Geek with your Wallet: Pick pocketers are hard to escape, even in the park. Wear a neck wallet or fanny pack with your money, identification, family pictures, etc. This deters theft as your belongings are in front of you and easily seen. Don’t worry, fanny packs are still in style at Disneyland.

Don’t forget your water and sunscreen. The hot summer sun can be very intense. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and apply sunscreen throughout the day as it can wash off with sweat and water rides.

Disney Vacation: Need Help Packing?

June 6th, 2014

Disney Packing HelpYour Disneyland vacation is about to sneak up on you! Are you ready? We have a few tips to make your trip more enjoyable. While sunglasses and cameras are at the top of your list, here are a few things that you may not think of and may make your trip that much better.

  1. Neck Wallet: No, you won’t be the only one! This very popular item within the park is actually genius. It not only secures you from those annoying pick-pocketers but it keeps you from having to carry around a purse.
  2. Sunscreen/Hat: You will be spending hours in the sun so be sure to protect your skin. SPF 50 works wonders and be sure to bring it with you inside the park to apply throughout the day.
  3. Water shoes: Walking shoes are a necessity but when water rides come into play, they can be bothersome. Try a pair of water shoes or water wicking socks to keep your feet from becoming prunes or full of blisters.
  4. Ponchos: Nobody wants rain on their vacation but it is inevitable that it will rain at some point. Be safe and pack ponchos. You can get them at your local Wal-Mart or Target for around $2 each. Otherwise, you may be one of the unlucky ones who spend a fortune when it starts to pour and you are inside the park without one.
  5. Snacks: As if you haven’t spent enough on your vacation only to get inside the park and find that food prices are soaring. Be prepared and pack snacks! Protein snacks such as protein/energy bars, beef jerky and granola bars are always a good option. To cut down on drink costs, bring a refillable water bottle also. You will be glad you did!

Mother’s Day Celebrations

May 7th, 2014

mothers dayWhat better way to celebrate Mom this year for Mother’s Day than to take her out for an exquisite brunch. Mom works so hard to make our lives that much better and she deserves a special thank you for all of her hard work. Try one of these options as a token of your love and appreciation for all she does.

Mom’s slave so hard over the years for her kids that she deserves to be the Queen for a change. We have two ‘Royal’ meals to make her feel like she is royalty. Hilton’s Mix Restaurant and Lounge features an annual British Champagne Brunch for Mother’s Day. Complete with a custom royal thrown at the entrance, it is the perfect photo opt to capture this special day. Enjoy a delicious menu from 10:30am to 3pm.

Disneyland also offers a Royal Brunch each year featuring royalty themselves, Cinderella and her Princess friends. Hosted at Disneyland Hotel in the Grand Ballroom, enjoy an extensive brunch with nothing but the best for mom. Kids even have their own buffet full of ‘kid approved’ dishes.

Disneyland also has several restaurants throughout the park that are featuring special menu items just for mom and her special day. Enjoy Prosciutto-wrapped halibut at Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square or fruit-glazed salmon with a mango-kiwi relish at Plaza Inn. If that doesn’t do it for you, Carnation Cafe is featuring a mouth watering honey-mustard, lemon-roasted chicken.

Regardless of what you eat this Sunday, be sure to tell mom how much you appreciate her and show her a very special day!

Come Early, Stay Late

April 25th, 2014

disneyland-tips-crabs-lWhen it comes to theme parks, we all need a leg up on how to manage the crowds. Well look no further, we have a few tips to help you outsmart the crowds without missing any of the fun.

  1. Earlybird always gets the worm! Be sure to get to the park early. Crowds tend to show up around 11:30am. Gates open at 8 am so if you are there early enough, you get to skip the crowds and ride some of the top rides without the long lines.
  2. Stay late! Again, the crowds come mid-day and tend to taper off around dinner time. Take advantage of this and enjoy the park in the evenings. You won’t miss a thing. In fact, you may get a little more than you bargained for. The park at night has a whole new feel with the parades, fireworks and entertaining shows. Plus, you get the nice cool breeze that seems to disappear in the daytime.
  3. Take advantage of the Park Hopper ticket. This pass allows you to visit both California Adventure and Disneyland. It is great for mid day when the crowds are pretty tough at Disneyland. Take that time to head over and enjoy California Adventure where the crowds are smaller but the rides are just as spectacular.
  4. Get your Fastpass and get it early. The fastpass allows you to hold your place in line. Just get your Fastpass ticket at a designated ticket machine for the desired ride. Return to the ride at the time on your Fastpass and you can hop on the ride with little to know wait. Just be sure to get it early because some Fastpass tickets book up quickly.
  5. Book with us! After a long day, who wants to drive? We are just around the corner and guarantee a pleasant restful night that will recharge you and have you ready for your next adventure. Check out our specials online.

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