Archive for the ‘Things To Do in Anaheim’ Category

Old Orange County Courthouse

March 6th, 2017


History buffs and appreciators of architecture will adore the 1893 Old Orange County Courthouse which is open for self-guided tours. It was the very first building in Santa Ana and opened in 1897 as a jail. However, in 1990 it began to transition into a courthouse and became the most striking building in the area throughout the first half of the twentieth century. It took 17 months to turn into a courthouse and was ushered into the new century and Orange County in 1901.

Unsurprisingly, the courthouse has been a staple in a number of big cases including the ruling which gave California royalties for off-shore drilling easements. In 1947, the streets were flooded with hundreds of people to catch a glimpse of the defendants in the People v. Gollum and Overell case. The courthouse became a landmark in 1983 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visiting the Courthouse

As part of the OC Parks System, the courthouse is open to the public, and you’ll find volunteers on site to answer questions. You can schedule group tours Monday through Friday, and the museum portion of the courthouse is open daily. It’s still a functioning courthouse with offices for marriage licenses, the OC archives, and hearing rooms for appeals.

Various wings of the courthouse are available for special events, and getting married at the Old Courthouse is very popular. Stop by for a museum tour, to explore the archives, or schedule your next event at this charming destination.

What’s New at Madame Tussauds?

February 24th, 2017


If it’s been a while since you visited the Madame (or if you’ve never been!), it’s time to tick this southern California staple off your bucket list. The famous wax statue museum is so massive it’s broken into categories including Spirit of Hollywood, Modern Classics, Making Movies, Marvel Superheroes, A-List Party, Country Western, and Crime. Even President Obama has his very own niche!

Private events and group sales are available if you’re traveling with a crowd, otherwise slip inside seven days a week, and “meet” your favorite stars. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley are waiting to greet you. Take a photo with Selena, snag a selfie with Jason Derulo, or get your photo with Adele.

VIP List

Everyone’s a VIP at Madame Tussauds when there’s Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Will Smith awaiting your arrival. In the crime wing, you’ll find Anthony Hopkins, Marlon Brando and Pierce Brosnan.

Shrek and Edward Scissorhands are always popular picks, and you’ll get the real 4-D experience in the Marvel wing! Thor, Wolverine, Captain America and more are all on hand to make your visit or special event one worthy of a hero.


Make Mickey Your Man This Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2017


Disneyland knows how to do every holiday right, including Valentine’s Day! The decorations are stunning with the entire park decked out in pink, red and hearts galore. If you’re looking for a truly magical day with your special someone (or family!), head to Disneyland, and take in the festive, outlandish decorations that only Disney can pull off.

The walkway near the It’s a Small World ride is always one of the most romantic areas in the park, with a tree-lined street and lanterns along with twinkle lights surrounding you. Surprisingly, the Storybook Land ride is incredibly romantic, whisking you under the light-covered rose arches on an intimate boat ride.

Sweet Things

Many sweethearts come just for the special Valentine’s Day food and desserts, and Disney doesn’t disappoint. In the morning, get the strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes at Carnation Café, and at Café Orleans you can get the “Bouchee of Love,” a puff pastry with savory delights.

Check all your favorite restaurants for surprise treats and special dishes throughout the month of February. Disneyland is one of the most romantic places in Anaheim and southern California if you plan your trip right. Where will your first romantic stop be?


Star Wars Half Marathon at Disney: Register Now!

January 14th, 2017


Sign up early to head over to the dark side at Disneyland in April for a full weekend of the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side. You’ll be racing through Darth Vader’s neighborhood while white uniformed stormtroopers cheer you on. The Galactic Empire Sith Lord and Darth Vader have a full weekend of surprises planned for this epic run, live entertainment and special events.

All ages are welcome for the half marathon, 10k, 5k and, of course, Disney Kids Races. Whether you want a fast fun run or a serious training race, this is the race for you. However, only participants who register before January 17 will get their full race swag on the big day. If you’re a frequent traveler to Anaheim, get a jump start on this spring event!

Early Planning

The races take place April 20-23, but they always sell out. You can sign up to run for the dark or light side, but the dark side is always the one that’s the toughest to get into. Registration is open now, and if you register before January 17, you’ll get a personalized bib, official digital event guide, your size choice of a tech shirt—and of course, that brag-worthy medal.

Register online or in person at the park. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple takes place throughout the day at Tomorrowland. Check out The Bootstrappers at New Orleans Square, or head to Frontierland for The Laughing Stock Co. Whether you’re here in January, April, or both, the fun and options are endless.

Salute: Beer for a Cause

November 4th, 2016


On November 12, enjoy a Beer for a Cause at the annual festival where live music, craft beer, and epic food celebrate our veterans. All proceeds benefit a myriad of charities in southern California committed to supporting veterans. You’ll find some of the best craft breweries from around the region and world here along with top DJs and reggae bands. The area’s most famous food trucks will be on site offering pairings that are heavenly matches for your favorite brews.

Enjoy unlimited samples from breweries with general admission from 1-4:30 p.m. and VIP hours starting at 11 a.m. You’ll take home a commemorative tasting glass and have access to over 12 of the best food trucks in town. Check out the art vendors and veteran organization booths, and take a look at vintage military vehicles.

What to Expect

Designated drivers pay just $20 at the door; general admission is $45 and VIP is $55. Everyone has to be at least 21, and please leave your furry friends at home. There’s limited free parking on site, but overflow attendees will be directed to the $10 Honda Center parking lot. Arrive early, drink and eat more, and save!

You’ll find the festival at The Phoenix Club, located at 1340 South Sanderson Avenue in Anaheim. Veterans are encouraged to attend, represent and enjoy with friends and family!


House of Blues Anaheim

November 3rd, 2016


Anaheim’s famous House of Blues has left Disney, but don’t worry—their brand new location, launched just a few weeks ago, is incredible! Now located at the GardenWalk Mall, it’s bigger, better, louder and crazier than ever. It’s located where UltraLuxe used to be, providing even more space for top-of-the-charts entertainers and their fans. The previous location was big, but there are so many fans eager for mind-blowing concerts that it was simply time to move on.

Enjoy the indoor/outdoor restaurant, live entertainment on four big stages, the foundation room where the legendary VIP room and nightclub can be found, and two floors of sightlines and sounds like you’ve never heard before. Original art, a one-of-a-kind experience, and live music every single day are all just a few miles from your Anaheim guest room.

Feeling Blue?

The restaurant and bar features inventive food with craft beers and cocktails, a soulful environment, and seating options no matter what the occasion calls for. Head to the nightclub or VIP room for pre-show parties and late night DJs. Private events here are amazing, with a flexible layout, premium service and one of the most creative beverage programs in the country.

Leading up to the opening weekend, much of the new House of Blues was kept hush-hush. Keep an eye on the official site for concert listings, special events, and more perks that will make the House of Blues your number one spot in Anaheim.

Flightdeck Air Combat Center

October 19th, 2016


Ready for the kind of thrills you can’t get at Disneyland? If you prefer your adrenaline rushes from a little more realistic venture, the Flightdeck Air Combat Center is for you! Choose from a variety of flight simulation options, and pull off aerial moves at 600 knots, or go head to head with friends (or strangers!) in simulated combat with genuine military moves. Feel the rush of managing a 737 commercial airliner, or if you prefer to watch, the Officers Club offers LCD views of all the aerial actions.

Before the experience, you’ll be treated to classroom instruction as well as in-flight guidance. You can also customize the experience for corporate events and parties. Select from eight types of fighter jets, each with an experience starting at just $59. The Boeing experience starts at $89, and the Kid Party options offer a range of choices!

Take Flight

Totally safe, you’ll literally stay grounded, but you won’t feel like it! The combat center is also a sweet destination for anyone considering a military or pilot career. Up to 18 “pilots” are welcome for children’s parties, which include half an hour of flying per person and access to the party room to decorate and fill with goodies as you see fit.

Rated as one of the top destinations in Anaheim and just two miles from Disneyland, it’s the kind of unique experience you don’t immediately match with southern California—but should!


Anaheim’s Halloween Options

October 16th, 2016


The glitz, the great weather, the incredible treats and tricks—nothing compares to Halloween in Anaheim. Disneyland’s Halloween Time is a festival not to be missed with Jack Skellington as your host, the best trick or treating in town, costume contests and one-of-a-kind hauntings on Main Street. No matter your age, there’s something for everyone! Check out the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks and the annual Haunted Mansion.

The Anaheim Halloween Parade is a local tradition with over 90 years of Halloween perfection. Enjoy the nighttime parade of ghosts and goblins as they take over downtown. You’ll see incredible lit jack-o’-lanterns and witches on their nightly hauntings. In 2016, the parade begins at dusk on October 29, whisking you into the spooky season.

Treats and Tricks

The Anaheim Marketplace is one of the best trick-or-treating hot spots in the area! Go shop to shop and vendor to vendor, and you’ll be amazed at what these locals are dishing out as spooktacular treats. On October 31 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., this early option is perfect for younger children or as a warmup to the big event.

Head to Roger’s Gardens September 2 – October 30 for the Halloween Boutique Opening and Grimm Tales. This free event offers bedtime stories in the Grimm style nightly at 6 p.m. to give visitors of all ages sweet nightmares. Try one event, try them all—or try your luck trick or treating door to door in celebrity-infused areas!


Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

October 1st, 2016


Visit the Laguna Art Museum from October 8-16 for the 18th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational! The gala takes place October 14, and tickets are available now. Enjoy a full week of landscape painting celebrations that put a focus on the local community, art education and the environment. The famous Laguna Beach is rich with a historical artist community, and the outdoor studio’s annual plein air painting invitational is the ultimate event to highlight dozens of the country’s top plein air landscape painters.

Stroll through the public “paint outs” or sit in on a workshop for environmental awareness. The finale is the gala and public art show and sale, where you can pick up an original piece as the ultimate California keepsake. Learn more about the legacy of Laguna Beach, and fall in love with new artists and works.

An Artistic Community

The museum partners up with a number of local organizations to offer a myriad of activities, like the Kids’ Paint Out at Heisler Park, private tours of the Laguna Canyons, and lectures from leading curators and artists from around the country. Join the Next Generation Paint Out, hosted by students from the Laguna College of Art + Design, or head to Crystal Cove State Park for a one-of-a-kind paint out!

In collaboration with the Crystal Cove Alliance Art Council, visitors are treated to many outdoor artist demos. Most events are free, save for the fine art lectures and a few key presentations. Gala tickets start at $125 and are available for pre-order or at the door. The Laguna Art Museum is committed to offering art exposure to the community and visitors via conservation, research, exhibition and scholarship.

Hang Glide in Anaheim

September 25th, 2016


Get a real bird’s eye view of the Golden Coast with a hang gliding adventure! Safe, fun, and suitable for nearly any ability, your first tandem ride is one you’ll always remember. There are many reputable hang gliding schools and outfitters in the area, such as Windsports Hang Gliding. Choose from beach or mountain lessons, where you can either soar above the Pacific or off a 3,500-foot mountain!

RushCube is another popular outfitter, offering a number of adrenaline-packed adventures including hang gliding, ziplining, hot air balloon rides, skydiving and more. Learn from the best and get off the ground after just a couple of hours of training for your initial tandem flight. You can also double down and book back-to-back adventures!

Want to Hang Out?

Hang Gliding in Anaheim offers a variety of packages, whether it’s your first time or you want to train to be an instructor. For a tandem jump, all you need is a brief introduction and training, then you’ll be towed via plane with your instructor for your very first gliding experience. Alternatively, you can choose the Basics of Flight Package and learn to take to the skies yourself!

You’re sure to find the perfect hang gliding experience with add-on media packages to record your flight, or find a special all-day experience if you want a little more in-depth training. Ready to see how Californians really hang out?