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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?


Labor Day Weekend’s Orange Street Fair

September 2nd, 2016


Visitors to Anaheim are in for a real treat at the Orange International Street Fair, a massive, 15-street festival spanning September 2-4 where you’ll find themed streets paying homage to a variety of regions and countries. With eight stages of live entertainment, an arts and crafts street for the kids, and more food and beverage vendors than you can possible try in one long weekend, the decades-old fair is just what you need for your southern California getaway.

A non-profit event, the Orange International Street Fair began in 1973 to celebrate food, community and fun in Old Town Orange, California—just a short drive from your hotel. This year, it’s expected to be the biggest yet with over 42 food and alcohol booths spanning those many streets. You’ll find handcrafted treats and crafts from local artists as well as a community booth area where you can learn more about the non-profit participants.

Plan Your Weekend

From All-American Street to Swiss Road, Australian Avenue to Italian Avenue, there’s no shortage of options for indulging in any type of cuisine you’re craving. Alcohol sales are open until 9 p.m. all three nights, but do bear in mind that parking is limited. Ask your front desk agent for help with transportation if you need a designated driver, or enjoy a dry event (but head there early to get the best parking spots!).

A portion of proceeds benefit local non-profits.

Labor Day Weekend in Anaheim

September 1st, 2016


A lot of travelers are heading to Disneyland for the long weekend, and while that’s a fabulous yet popular choice, Anaheim has a slew of other options at the ready too! For the college crowd, AVALON Hollywood is the biggest collegiate event venue in the area, and they have a special event taking place September 4. It’s a 19+ crowd with doors opening at 8 p.m. and the party goes on ‘til 4 in the morning. At AVALON Hollywood, a top entertainment venue, you’ll find the best in EDM with four music rooms.

DJs feature trance, hardstyle, progressive, trap and more. Since there’s no school or work the next day for most, it’s your last chance to celebrate summer. All college/university students are welcome and bottle service starts at $450.

The Labor Day Interfaith Harvest is also happening at The Abundant Table. Come together, regardless of faith, to harvest, share and celebrate the bounty.

Nobody’s Working for The Weekend

The Impresario Group Black Party kicks off September 4 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets range from $30-150, but book yours soon! Attendees come from all over the world for the most renowned event of the year hosted by The Impresario Group, Rouse House Entertainment, BleedingLuv Entertainment and more.

Nearby, The City of Maywood Festival Carnival on September 2 is your chance to check out classic games, rides and sporting events. Family friendly, there are four stages of entertainment, plenty of food vendors, and a beer garden for the 21+ crowd.

International Gem and Jewelry Show

September 1st, 2016


All that glitters is gold (and diamonds, and rubies and more!), at least when you’re at the International Gem and Jewelry Show at the Pasadena Convention Center! Offering the biggest, most impressive selection of jewelry from manufacturers and designers directly, this is where you’ll find that collector piece and heirloom. From artisans around the country, there are options for every budget and style. Here, you’ll find gems, designs and beads that aren’t available in brick and mortar stores or online.

This is one of the biggest shows in the gems, jewelry and minerals industry anywhere in the world. Jewelbrite will be offering free jewelry cleaning, and military members get complimentary admission. Start off your Labor Day weekend with a sparkle, and head to the show Friday, September 2 from noon to 6 p.m.

Treasure Hunt

Tickets are just six dollars at the door, and attendees need to be at least eight years old. This innovative show has been open to the public since 1967 (previously, it was an industry-only event). There will also be workshops on beading, and all of the vendors are competing for your business—which means you’ll find the best gems at the lowest prices.

Shop early for holiday gifts. Most vendors accept a variety of payments, but come early! Sell-outs do happen, and you want to make sure you see all the glitz and glamour this show has to offer.