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Beaches of Orange County

September 16th, 2014

Beaches of Orange CountyOrange County has so much to boast about. Our beaches are one of the many things that people from all over the world come to enjoy. Featuring some of the best beaches in California, the 42 miles of shoreline in Orange County is just a short drive away.

Depending on your company and your mood, Orange County has a variety of beaches to suit you. Offering a wide array of atmosphere from romantic to family to adventurous, these beaches should be at the top of your must see list while visiting with us.

Take a nice romantic walk on the beach at Dana Point which has the most stunning panoramic views of the ocean or enjoy the rugged cliff-side views and trendy shopping of Laguna Beach. If you have the kids with you, head over to San Clemente and enjoy a sand castle contest or a sidewalk café that overlooks the ocean. For the outdoor enthusiast or the thrill seekers, Newport Beach or Huntington Beach is just for you. Rent kayaks or take a surf lesson while getting a tan in the warm sun.

No matter which beach you choose to enjoy, you are sure to have picturesque views and warm sand between your toes. Try them all and let us know which beach is your favorite!

Cool Off at Anaheim ICE

September 10th, 2014

Anaheim ICEAround Anaheim there are many places to go if you want to be seen. Lots of hot spots and places where the ‘cool’ people go to hang out. If you are looking for the ‘coolest’ place in town, we have just the answer for you. Anaheim ICE is truly the coolest place around. The official training center for the local hockey team, Anaheim Ducks, this ice rink is the perfect place to beat the heat this summer.

Located right here in Anaheim, this world-class skating facility is great for a family outing. Throughout the week Anaheim ICE has blocks of time when they are open to the public for an open skate. Grab your gloves, thick socks and head on over for some inexpensive fun. With great rates, you can have a fun time without breaking the bank.

Offering both NHL and Olympic sized rinks, viewing areas on the second floor, locker rooms to store your belongings and a snack bar you will surely enjoy this state-of-the-art facility. For those looking to improve their skating abilities, Anaheim ICE offers various classes, clinics and lessons for all ages. They also have pick up hockey during the week as well as hockey clinics and camps.

For more information regarding classes, lessons, clinics, rates and times log on to their website.

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!
 

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