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Star Wars Half Marathon Is Here

January 15th, 2015

Star Wars Half MarathonOn your mark, get set… GO! The race is on to get your tickets to the Wookie Welcome Party that kicks off the events for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend coming up this weekend.

This magical evening begins at 9:30 pm at Disneyland Park. The private party is held inside Tomorrowland for ticket holders. Enjoy a dessert reception with not only your favorite Star Wars characters, but classical Disney characters as well. Space Mountain and a few other select rides will be open for a premier opportunity to take a ride without the line.

With three main races, the 5K, 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon you have fun that will last you all weekend long. There are also races for the kids too, this is a family vacation spot, after all! Friday starts off the races with the 5K at 5:30 am. Saturday morning at 5:30 am is the 10K followed by the Kids Races. Of course Sunday will close out the events with the biggest race of all, the Star Wars Half Marathon. Each race will begin and end at the Disneyland Resort so be sure to arrive early to claim your spot at the finish line to cheer on the runners!

As your chosen Disneyland hotel, you are just around the corner from all of the fun. Arrive early and stay late. You don’t have to worry about a long commute in traffic.

Christmas Boat Parade

December 17th, 2014

Christmas Boat ParadeChristmas isn’t complete without a few annual traditions. Each year Newport Beach hosts its annual Christmas boat parade bringing even more holiday joy to our area. It has become a Christmas tradition for many locals and we invite you to make it a tradition in your holiday celebrations.

The parade continues over the course of several nights giving you ample opportunity to head over to Bay Island Channel for a boat show like you have never seen before. With various types of boats of all shapes and sizes decked out with as many lights as they will hold, the parade will surely bring a smile to your face and certainly get you into the holiday spirit. Wrapping around the coast line of the inlet, the parade begins at 6:30 pm and lasts until 9:00 pm. Be sure to arrive early to claim your viewing spot. This event is very popular and draws a big crowd so the later you arrive the less you have a chance of a prime viewing position. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and hot cocoa and relax with a little holiday music.

For a map of the parade route and more information, visit the Deck The Hulls With Bows of Jolly’s website.

 

Food Truck Fun

December 7th, 2014

Food Truck FunThe OC Fair & Event Center is waving farewell to this year’s Food Truck Fare this week.  Before the food trucks take their sabatical, head out to the OC Fair and Event Center this week to enjoy some food truck fun, taste some of the local favorite food trucks and the delectable cuisines that is unique to each truck.

Each week the trucks attending the Food Truck Fare differs so take a look at ocfair.com for this week’s offerings. Each food truck boasts of its unique flavor and style of food. Grab a friend and taste a little sample from each truck. Wednesday, the trucks will be out from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm. Grab a brew to enjoy with your food. A cash bar will be available for those age 21 and older.

Take a long lunch on Thursday and head out to the Food Truck Fare from 11 am until 2 pm. This is the final Food Truck Fare of 2014. Enjoy the outdoors and local food before they pack up shop for the winter.

Do you have a favorite food truck? We want to know.

Make Us Your Anaheim Ducks Hotel

November 20th, 2014

Anaheim Ducks HotelLooking for some fast action this fall? Why not head over to the Honda Center right here in Anaheim and check out an Anaheim Ducks game?! Not only will you be reeling with excitement but it will be enough to make you want to try out for the team next season.

Join the Ducks next week for their home games against the Coyotes, the Flames and the Blackhawks. With a super start to the season, cheer on  Ryan Getzlaf as he leads his team to victory once again. Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony tonight at Edwards Theater Courtyard right here in Anaheim and stick around for an outdoor watch party complete with popcorn and two massive LED screens to watch the game. Bring your own chair and rub elbows with the local die-hard fans as they watch their beloved Anaheim Ducks play the Canucks.

Check out the season schedule and purchase tickets online. If you are heading in town for an upcoming game, let us be your Anaheim Ducks hotel. We pride ourselves in making our guests feel at home away from home. With excellent service, comfortable and relaxing rooms we want to be your Anaheim hotel. Reservations are fast and easy on our website. Also, check out our specials page for upcoming deals. We look forward to seeing you!

Stay Safe This Halloween

October 31st, 2014

Stay safe this HalloweenNothing ruins a good time like an accident. Stay safe this Halloween and enjoy trick-or-treating with your friends with these Halloween safety tips.

– Always trick-or-treat in a group. It is never a good idea to head out alone. Always make sure you have at least one buddy with you at all times.

– Keep in mind that you should never enter a house or a car for a treat, no matter how tempting.

– Carry a cell phone for emergencies and know where you are so you can relay your location to any authorities.

– After dark, it is hard for drivers to see pedestrians. Carry a flashlight and/or glow sticks. Reflective tape on costumes is a good idea as well. Cross the street at designated cross walks, especially after dark.

– Avoid alleyways and dimly lit areas where ghouls and goblins could be hiding.

– If your teenagers are going out without adults, be sure to review the route they are taking and/or the neighborhoods they will be visiting. Designate a time when they should check in and return home.

– Kids, if you are out without parents and will be late getting home, call to let them know where you are and when you will be home.

As always, make wise decisions and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Inexpensive Halloween Costume Ideas

October 25th, 2014

Inexpensive Halloween Costume IdeasHalloween costumes have become so expensive and they are mass produced so everyone at the party has on the same costume. Here are a few ideas for inexpensive Halloween costume ideas that will also keep you from looking like everyone else.

Lumberjack: Raid your own closet for this costume. All you need is a pair of boots, jeans, a flannel shirt and a beanie. Suspenders come in handy and finish off this costume nicely. If you don’t have any you can pick up a cheap pair at Walmart or Target.

Zoo Keeper: Do you have a pair of khaki cargo pants, boots and a khaki shirt? If so, you have yourself a costume. Be sure to wear your ‘Zoo Keeper’ badge. If you have a wide brimmed safari hat, that might put the perfect finishing touch on the costume.

Men in Black: Everyone has a black suit hanging in the back of their closet. Pull it out and find your darkest pair of shades and ta-da! You can re-live 1997 all over again. Put ear buds in and you are the Secret Service just be sure to whisper something into your watch every now-and-then.

Gingerbread Man: Specially for you red heads out there. Buy a few loaves of bread. Typically grocery store has some on sale that they need to sell quickly. Write ‘Ginger Bread Man’ on a piece of cardboard and tie it around  your neck with the bread.

Sugar Momma/Daddy: This is handy for a snack throughout the evening. Take extra Halloween candy and tape, glue or pin it all over your shirt. Be careful not to eat it all before the night is over.

A Disney Halloween

October 22nd, 2014

Disney HalloweenHalloween is only ten days away and it is time to get into the spirit. Disneyland has plenty of spooky fun for the whole family to get you feeing ghoulish. Wear your favorite costume to the park and partake in a few chills and thrills with the whole Disney Gang.

Take your picture with Disney’s Vilians, Pixar Pals and some of the most popular Disney characters as they are on the prowl throughout the park. Enjoy the rides and check out the Halloween themed Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.

Get your dance moves ready. Lively dance parties await you. Parents, show your kids your best moves at Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland. Creepy crafts for kids of all ages are scattered throughout the park as well as trick or treat stations with candy and healthy goodies.

That’s not all, Mikey’s Costume Party parade will make its way through the park for all visitors to see and lets not forget about the Halloween Screams boo-tiful fireworks show.

There is so much fun for the whole family it will scare you!

(Note that there are guidelines for costumes worn inside the park and guests may be turned away for costumes not in compliance. All costumes must be kid friendly. They may not contain sharp objects or weapons that could be mistaken for actual weapons and cannot drag the ground.)

Add Some Speed To Your Visit

October 6th, 2014

Let your inner child come alive at K1 Speed. This indoor karting arena will not only bring out the childish side of you but also the most competitive side of you. With European style racing, professionally designed tracks, karts that race up to 40 miles per hour and an audience overlooking your every move, it is more than enough to feel like you are at the Indy 500 fighting for the win. Of course everyone has enjoyed go karts at their local putt putt venue but this is karting like you have never seen before.

Grab the family, your buddies or everyone you know, K1 Speed has packages for any number of racers. Featuring junior and adult racing leagues, night time races and friendly family fun, this place is sure to give you some fast action thrills. Night races will bring all of your senses to life with music and light shows giving you the most exhilarating experience of your life.

Have the kids with you? No worries, junior electric karts have lower speeds, roll bars, automatic shutoff switches and other safety features making them kid friendly. Kids can race against the clock or against each other with twelve exciting laps.

And for those who would rather cheer from the sidelines, the 3000 mezzanine overlooks all of the racing fun giving the cheerleaders the best seats in the house.

 

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.

 

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