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Register for the Disney Half Marathon

May 9th, 2016

True, the Disney Half Marathon isn’t until September, but for frequent travelers to Anaheim, the time to register is now! This fun-filled run always sells out, so it’s time to register online right now. For many runners, it’s on their bucket list and for others it’s an annual event they would never miss. It’s not just a half marathon. There’s also a 10k, Dumbo Double Dare, 5k, kids races, and more. The festivities never end, and you don’t need to be a “runner” to have a blast!

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Of course, the parties and routes are filled with your favorite characters and tons of Disney fun. This year, Mickey and Pluto are hosting the Happiest Race on Earth which winds along a magical course. You’ll see them cheering you on as you tackle the Disney California Adventure Park, conquer Main Street, U.S.A., and then make your way onto the streets of Anaheim.

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Every year, there are different surprises and treats as you close in on the finish line. The run ends at the Disneyland Hotel, and you’re guaranteed miles of smiles and some incredible memories. This is a chip timed race with a family reunion area, featuring live entertainment, at the finish.

Event transportation is included when staying at Anaheim hotels, and you’ll get a finisher medal, event guide and Champion tech shirt. An igiftbag will also be waiting for you, as will post-race refreshments.

 

Your Leap Day Cheat Sheet

February 28th, 2016

It’s one of the most celebrated days for Disney fans—Leap Day. For the past few years, Disneyland has been open 24 hours on Leap Day to give Disney lovers a full extra day of fantasy, fun and thrills. The “One More Disney Day” campaign has proven so successful that thousands flood the park to take advantage of early morning and after-hours fun. If you want the full experience, plan for an off time (around 4am is ideal) so you don’t have to deal with the crowds, and you can watch a rare Disney sunrise.

Disney is very hush hush about special events, menu items and celebrations. It’s only the fourth year of this epic event, so it’s too soon to notice trends. However, one thing is certain: If you’ll be in Anaheim on Leap Day, it’s nearly a requirement to head to Disneyland.

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A Fairytale Come True

Like any special event at Disney, no punches are pulled. All your favorite characters will be there, the shops and restaurants are open around the clock, and there’s sheer magic in the air. Even better, February is a great time to visit the park with moderate temperatures day and night.

For every Disney lover, an after-hours adventure is what dreams are made of. Where will your first stop be?

 

 

Spend Valentine’s Day at Disney

February 4th, 2016

Romance is all around, and there’s nothing like celebrating Valentine’s Day at Disneyland. Historically, there are shorter lines in February than any other month of the year, so you can count on an intimate outing with your loved ones. The Downtown Disney District has different special events, all love-themed of course, throughout the month and especially on the big day itself. However, this V-Day is right before President’s Day, so many travelers will be making the most of their three-day weekend.

Nothing pairs with the adrenaline rush of a thrill ride like some fine dining. Luckily, Disneyland has gourmet fare down to an art. Go to the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, one of the few bars in the park where the views are phenomenal and the setting is romantic. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue is a favorite for couples and families who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

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The Perfect Evening

Carnation Cafe is a sweet spot for a snack, brunch, or to indulge in desserts. Try Carthay Circle Lounge, another restaurant serving adult beverages, for light bites in a cozy setting. Cove Bar is another prime choice, where romance blossoms and the cocktails are divine.

Fantasmic! dining packages are always a great idea so you can enjoy dinner and a show in one fell swoop. When you think romance this year, think Disney—it’s where fairytales come true!

 

 

Best Disney Destinations

January 7th, 2016

Disneyland is aptly named—it’s an entire land of enchantment, fun and entertainment! Narrowing down what you want to do at the Anaheim Disney attractions can be challenging, and it’s easy to miss out on some incredible adventures, even if you’re a seasoned Disney vet. For little ones who love animals, don’t miss out on the Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo at Frontierland, where you can get up close and personal with some cuddly, lovable critters.

When riding the Disneyland Railroad, (an obvious must!) ask if you can sit in the tender seat. If you’re lucky, you’ll be escorted beyond security to the very front where there are tiny, hidden seats yours for the taking! The same goes for the Mark Twain Riverboat—simply ask and you’ll probably be able to steer it!

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A Not So Small World

Immediately when the park opens, head over to Main Street Station and get a reservation for the Lilly Belle train car. Named after Walt’s wife, it’s incredibly decorated and fills up fast. Get your name in first and you’ll feel like the real Belle (or Cinderella…or Ariel…) of the ball.

When in the Mad Hatter gift shop, feel free to check yourself out in the mirrors. The Cheshire Cat just might appear. There are endless surprises to be found at Disneyland. What’s first on your list?

 

Disneyland’s Halloween Party

August 13th, 2015

Disneyland's Halloween PartyHalloween is a fun holiday and Disneyland loves family fun so why not combine the two? Disneyland’s Halloween Party is the place to be this Halloween season. While summer isn’t over just yet, this event is one that is popular and the tickets sell out fast. On sale now, tickets to Disneyland’s Halloween Party can be purchased online. Pick up your tickets today and treat your family to a night of thrills without chills at Disneyland’s Halloween Party. Kids can dress up in their costumes, enjoy dance parties, trick-or-treating in the park, access to rides without the lines and so much more. Parents, enjoy a safe, family fun Halloween this year at Disneyland’s Halloween Party. With fireworks, parades, photos with everyone’s favorite characters and more, it is a fantastic time for all ages.

Purchase your tickets online and find out more information about dates, times and costume guidelines. Book your Disneyland hotel online as well. Our rates are great, our rooms are clean and our beds are comfortable. We have the friendliest staff around and invite you to crash with us after an evening of hard core celebration. Visit our specials page for even more ways to save and make your stay even more affordable. We look forward to seeing you this Halloween season as you enjoy Disneyland’s Halloween Party.

Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration

May 20th, 2015

For 60 years, there’s been one place where friends and families shine together…smiles sparkle…and dreams really do come true. And beginning May 22, when the Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration gets underway, those dreams will come true in amazing and unforgettable new ways.

Prepare to be dazzled by exciting new entertainment experiences—like the new Paint The Night Parade, Disneyland® Forever immersive street-to-sky after-dark spectacular, and all-new World of Color:

Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney. And that’s only the beginning, because both Parks and the entire Disneyland® Resort will shine brighter than ever with a shimmering sprinkle of Diamond

Celebration “pixie dust” that sparkles both day and night.

So whether you come to relive fond memories or experience the dawning of an exciting new era of Disney magic, now is the time to be here. After all, there’s nothing like a Disney celebration—and there’s no better place on the planet to celebrate than at The Happiest Place on Earth!

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Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland

January 15th, 2015

Star Wars Half Marathon At DisneylandThe marathons aren’t over just yet. This weekend is the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. With fun for all ages, this is the perfect weekend event for the family.

The fun begins with a character-filled welcome party. Buy your tickets today for the Wookie Welcome Party featuring a dessert reception, special admission to select rides and your favorite characters. Both Star Wars characters and classic Disney characters will be in attendance. Hop on Space Mountain without a line and Star Tours (Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster) to add to the fun.

Races are each day beginning Friday morning with the Star Wars 5K. Saturday at 5:30 am is the Star Wars 10 K followed by the Kids Races at 9:00 am. Sunday morning’s Star Wars Half Marathon closes out the events for the weekend. While all races are sold out, there is still room for spectators and members of the ChEAR Squad. Sign up online and get more information about the ChEAR Squad at .

The races are set rain or shine so grab your posters, Mickey ears and line the race route to cheer on the runners.

You won’t find a hotel closer than us. We are proud to not only be your Disneyland Hotel, but your closest spot to Disneyland Park and all of the fun that awaits you this weekend.

Disneyland Spooktacular

October 22nd, 2014

Disneyland SpooktacularWe all love Disneyland and what is not to love about its Halloween make over. With spooky decor and holiday themed rides, it is the perfect time to enjoy a few thrills and chills at Disneyland while getting into the Halloween spirit.

While you are at the park there are many activities for the whole family. Get your dance moves ready for the Monsters U Dance Party at Tomorrowland. With lively music you are sure to find the right beat. Enjoy Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Stop by one of the trick-or-treat stations throughout the park for candy and/or healthy goodies.

Meet some of Disney’s Vilians, Pixar Pals and popular Disney characters while they stroll through the park. Have your camera ready and take a picture with your favorite Disney characters.

Disneyland invites you to wear your favorite costume to the park while you enjoy all of the Halloween activities. Keep in mind that the park has guidelines regarding costumes to ensure everyone has a safe family friendly holiday. Costumes should be kid friendly and should not drag the ground, contain sharp objects that could hurt another guest or have weapons that could be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Disneyland Birthday Celebration

August 26th, 2014

Disneyland Birthday CelebrationThis month is a big month for Disneyland. ‘It’s a Small World’ celebrates 50 years in the park. This beloved ride was created by Walt Disney in 1964 for the World’s Fair in New York. Disney’s goal was to create and display his childlike vision of the world. “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” was also created by Disney for the 1964 World’s Fair. This audio-visual exhibit highlights the largest theme of Lincoln’s presidency, slavery, although the word is only used once in the entire 15 minute display.

‘It’s a Small World’ after its debut at the World’s Fair was rebuilt in Disneyland where it remains today. Capturing the era in which it was created and the hearts of many visitors, this exhibit has had around 300 million people visit this ride. The musical accompaniment is the work of the Sherman Brothers. They also composed music for the hit shows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the ever popular Mary Poppins.

We must also acknowledge the celebration of Matterhorn Bobsleds which turns 55 this month along with the Haunted Mansion which is celebrating 45 years. Big Thunder Mountain is another attraction that has been around for a while, hitting the big three – five next month. Join in the Disneyland birthday celebration and book your trip now. Reservations for your Disneyland hotel can be made quickly and easily on our website. We hope to see you soon!

Little Known Facts About Disneyland

July 12th, 2014

Little Known Facts About DisneylandDisneyland is not only a fun place for a family vacation, it is also an extensive park with lots of history and there are quite a few little known facts about Disneyland that we are happy to share with you. While there are many rumors many are unaware of the simple facts of everyday happenings in the park such as the underground tunnel system that helps employees and characters navigate to and from areas all over the park without having to fight the crowds.

Did you know about Walt’s personal apartment above the fire station on Main Street? Walt was adamant about overseeing work done at Disneyland so much that he would often stay overnight at the park. If you look in the window you will see an ever burning candle/light to signify Walt’s presence at the park. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was the last project Walt personally oversaw during construction before passing away.

Since its opening in 1955, Disneyland has continued to grow exponentially. When the gates were first opened, only 18 attractions existed in the park. Today the park is approximately 85 acres with more than 60 attractions and welcomes 65,000 visitors on a daily basis. This totals 10 to 12 million visitors a year.

While you are enjoying your vacation, look around and see what other small things exist that you might not have noticed before. We are sure you will find a few things that normally misses the average vacationer’s eye.