Anaheim

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Introduction

Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. It is best known for being the home of Disneyland. Its second claim to fame is hosting the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Sights and Activities

  • Disneyland, of course, is Anaheim's main claim to fame since first opening in 1955.
  • California Adventure is a newer addition to Disneyland. It opened in 2001 and has separate admission fees.

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Getting There

By Plane

Los Angeles is served by more airports than any other city in the world. The main airport however is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling over 60 million passengers a year. LAX is located in southwestern Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Westchester, 27 kilometres from the downtown core. The airport has 9 terminals: number 1 to 8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), serving hundreds of destinations within the US and to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Other airports in the area include Bob Hope Airport (BUR) in Burbank to the north (about 15 minutes from Los Angeles city) and LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) (about 45 minutes away) to the east.

By Train

The Pacific Surfliner between San Luis Obispo and San Diego stops en route in Anaheim.

By Car

The 5 goes directly through Anaheim and can be reached from Los Angeles on the 5 or 91 East. In rush hour, it may be faster to use Route 91 even if it is longer as it is less congested. The 57 Freeway also runs down the Eastern side of Anaheim and is the quickest way to reach that side of the city from the cities just north of Anaheim or from Diamond Bar, Pomona, or Ontario areas. If you are not familiar with Southern California traffic plan on it being congested even outside of peak times and many drivers driving very aggressively. Try to keep your calm even in stressful situations.

By Bus

  • Metrolink. Regional rail service to Anaheim is available on the Orange County Line, which runs from Los Angeles to Oceanside.
  • Greyhound & Cruceros USA, ☎ +1 714 542-2215, toll-free: +1 800 231-2222. Travels primarily on Interstate 5 (Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Oceanside, and/or San Diego). I-5/405 (San Diego, Oceanside, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach). SR-55/60 (Santa Ana, Anaheim, Riverside, San Bernardino). Some variations of the above routes may be direct from Los Angeles or Long Beach to San Diego while others make fewer stops in between. Cruceros USA continues from San Diego to Tijuana. Passengers transfer in Los Angeles and/or San Bernardino to get to additional destinations in the U.S. and in Tijuana for onward connections to Mexico.
  • Megabus. Bus service from San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Las Vegas.
  • Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART). Provides 20 local bus routes serving the Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney, Anaheim City Center, Knott’s Berry Farm, Honda Center, Angel Stadium and area hotels.

The transit connection to Disneyland is actually best at the Fullerton Amtrak/Metrolink station in the city's pleasant downtown area. From there it's just short a ride on OCTA line 43 (towards Costa Mesa) to Disneyland along Harbor Blvd. From the Anaheim Station (ARTIC) OCTA line 430 specifically serves as a shuttle from ARTIC to the Disneyland Resorts as it it goes around all sides of the park. The line 50 (towards Long Beach) only passes by Disneyland along the south side on W Katella Ave.

You can also get to Disneyland on Metro bus 460 from Downtown Los Angeles, a semi-express bus that is a fairly slow but direct ride; and RTA bus 200 from San Bernardino and Riverside which travels primarily on Hwy 91.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

  • Orange County Tranportation Authority (OCTA), ☎ +1 714 636-7433. Provides bus service within Anaheim and to neighboring communities. edit
  • Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART), ☎ +1 714-563-5287. Provides shuttle service to area tourist destinations, including Disneyland, California Adventure, Angel's Stadium, Honda Center, Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Crystal Cathedral, and more.

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Eat

  • La Brea Bakery Café, 1556 Disneyland Dr, ☎ +1 714 490-0233. (Located at Downtown Disney, along with many other restaurants, such as ESPN Zone and Rainforest Café).
  • Mama Cozza's Italian Restaurant, 2170 W. Ball Rd (Exit from the I-5 Freeway on to Ball Road; from Disneyland head south on Harbor Blvd., turn right on to Katella Ave., right on to Euclid St., then left on to W. Ball Road.), ☎ +1 714 635-0063, e-mail: info@mamacozzas.com. Mon-Thu 11AM-11PM, Sat noon-11PM, Sun noon-10PM. Located just two miles west of Disneyland, Mama Cozza's is a somewhat secluded Italian restaurant serving pizzas, pastas, and steaks. The "Mama Sauce" is Mama Cozza's thicker marinara sauce and goes great on the lasagna and other pastas. Expect to pay from $10-15 for pasta dishes, $15-30 for main entrees, plus drinks from $2.
  • Downtown Disney District. Promenade area just outside the park with lots of shopping and restaurant facilities, catering for adults as well as younger people. For example House of Blues Anaheim offers good food and beer as well as live music and the Rainforest Cafe a great environment to take the kids too. Free, parking fee cancelled if you make a purchase..
  • The Cheesecake Factory, 321 W Katella Avenue, ☎ +1 714 533-7500. Good selection of meals as well as cakes and drinks.
  • Cortina's Italian Market, 2175 W Orange Ave, ☎ +1 714 535-1948. Italian food market with simple order at counter and sit down restaurant. Serves very good pizza and pasta dishes.
  • Aleppo's Kitchen, 513 1/2 S Brookhurst St (Parking and entrance are behind the strip-mall, not obvious from the main road.), ☎ +1 714 991-5000. Syrian restaurant. If you like middle eastern food this is a must visit. Check out for example the Lamb Kabseh as well as a good selection of starters. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are better decorated and laid out than you would expect from the location description.

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Drink

Despite being one of the most popular destinations for tourists in California, Anaheim has very little to offer in terms of nightlife. Most nightlife destination are restaurant bars or dive bars. Those looking for a more exciting nightlife should travel to the nearby areas of Downtown Fullerton (10-15 minutes) or Newport Beach (20-25 minutes).

  • Bottle Logic Brewing, 1072 N Armando St, ☎ +1 714 660-2537. Microbrewery.
  • Phantom Ales, 1211 N Las Brisas St, ☎ +1 714 630-9463. Microbrewery

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Sleep

There are many of hotels, motels and inns all around Disneyland for all budgets and tastes.

  • Alpine Inn, 715 West Katella Ave (near South Harbor Blvd, adjacent to Disneyland). Traditional 2-story motel with exterior corridors and no elevator, and with pool and parking in the center, is located across the street (Katella) from the Anaheim Convention Center. Although it backs into Disneyland, the entrances to Disneyland (the south entrance is closed) are a short drive or a good 10 min walk away. Basic continental breakfast, wifi, use of a computer in the lobby, and microwave and refrigerator in room are all free.
  • Americas Best Value Inn & Suites (At the Park / Convention Center), 425 West Katella Ave (on Katella Avenue near Harbor Blvd), ☎ +1 714 776-2815. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Large heated outdoor swimming pool and spa. Complimentary Breakfast as well as free parking and Internet access price=$69-199. edit
  • Anaheim Courtyard by Marriott, 2045 S Harbor Blvd, ☎ +1 714-740-2645. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim hotel has room types to accommodate families, couples and business travelers. Guests can choose from a Deluxe Room or a Kids' Suite. Restaurant, Bar, Free wifi. from $109.
  • Astoria Inn & Suites, 426 West Ball Rd, ☎ +1 714-774-3882. Located just blocks from Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, and many top attractions. Offers amenities such as a shuttle to Disneyland, pool, spa, high speed internet, continental breakfast, and guest laundry!
  • Cortona Inn and Suites, 2029 S. Harbor Blvd. A Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel offering family suite lodging accommodations with bunk beds, complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, and video arcade room.
  • DoubleTree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort, 2085 S. Harbor Blvd, ☎ +1 714-750-3000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Premium, full service hotel features Tuscan-inspired décor with contemporary flair.
  • Holiday Inn Anaheim-Resort Area, 1915 S Manchester Ave, ☎ +1 714 748-7777. Good quality hotel although bed not the most comfortable. Not far from the park. Free wifi, refrigerator and microwave in rooms.
  • Hotel Pepper Tree, 2375 West Lincoln Ave, toll-free: +1-877-888-5656. Extended stay hotel with Southern California style and rustic Spanish influence. Warm earthy décor, hand-crafted wood furniture, and Hollywood memorabilia.
  • Hilton Anaheim, 777 Convention Way, ☎ +1 714-750-4321. The largest hotel in Orange County, adjacent to the Convention Center and across the street from Disneyland.
  • Hyatt Place at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center, 2035 S. Harbor Blvd, ☎ +1 7147504000.
  • Majestic Garden Hotel, 900 South Disneyland Dr, ☎ +1 714-778-1700, toll-free: +1-844-227-8535. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Large hotel located half a mile from the main entrance to Disneyland. Rooms are clean and generally a good size. There's a bar, restaurant and gift shop with basic food items in the hotel, and a pool and gardens outside. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to and from Disneyland every 30 minutes from park opening to 75 minutes after park closing. Rooms on the I-5 side of the hotel do get a bit of highway noise, but otherwise a pretty quiet location. $170-250, rates can be lower in slower periods.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.834268
  • Longitude: -117.919434

Accommodation in Anaheim

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Anaheim Travel Helpers

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