Anaheim is one of America's most acclaimed holiday destinations that is packed with heaps of entertainment and happiness. This magnificent small town definitely knows how to amuse you with its world famous theme parks, stunning meeting centers, cosmopolitan shopping, beautiful scenery, and desirable weather. Disneyland or catching up a Ducks game, Anaheim has lots to offer.
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Day 1 Anaheim Itinerary!
Breakfast at 8:00 AM
Start your morning with a good breakfast at Storytellers Cafe
(1600 S Disneyland Dr). From fresh Mickey waffles to corn chowder, there are lots of options to indulge in. Rialto Cafe
(108 W Wilshire Ave, Fullerton) is another good breakfast joint that dish out delicious pancake, stuffed french toast and amazing smoked salmon scramble.
Happiest Place on Earth - Disneyland Resort
Spend your first day in Disneyland Resort. Though a day is not enough to fully explore this fantastic venue, you need to stash away sometimes to discover the other attractions of the small town. There are seriously loads to things to see and do in Disneyland and it is not easy to sort out where and what to visit. We will help you with some tips to plan a perfect day here. Listed below are some of the town-go-to-locations.
Disneyland Park at 9:30 AM
Every fun and entertainment began at the original Disneyland Park. and it has been living up to its motto "The Happiest Place on Earth" for the last 55 years. Arriving here you will be transported to the enchanted kingdom o fantasy and dream world of imagination. There are over 60 unique attractions spread over 8 themed lands. The highlights of the Park include Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Critter Country, Frontierland, U.S.A, Main Street, New Orleans Square and Mickey’s Toontown. All these themed lands have their own rides, shops, attractions, restaurants and several live entertainments. The newest editions to the park is 'Princess Fantasy Faire' and "Iron Man 3, Innoventions.' You may also enjoy the history exhibit and antique photos that are stationed just inside the main park entrance offering stories of Great Moments with Mr Lincoln. The best place to be if you have small kids is Mickey's Toontown and kid-focused Critter Country.Tomorrowland:
Welcome to the high-tech world. As you get down at Tomorrowland station from retro high-tech monorail, you will be greeted with laser beams shoot adventure, classic Autopia miniature car rides, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, bumpy 3D ride on a space mission, the underwater volcanic eruption adventure and Captain EO. And you cannot miss Tomorrowland’s signature attraction - Space Mountain. Sleeping Beauty Castle:
Visitors flock at this central landmark for photo op. The wonder of the blue tower is that you can see its towering blue turrets from many areas of the park. Fantasyland:
Wanna meet princesses and other significant character? You must stop by Fantasyland and have a rendezvous with your favorite character or hop on one of its amazing rides - Mad Tea Party, 'it's a small world and Peter Pan's Flight.Address
: 1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802Phone
: (714) 781-4565Website
Lunch at 1:00 PM
Downtown Disney District is flooded with eateries that dish out delicious food of your choice. Galactic Grill
is a multi cuisine restaurant featuring Star Wars-theme. Take your time to decide whether to relish The Dark Side or The Light Side of the menu. For decadent ice cream treat, stop by Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor in Disneyland Park.
Check out Anaheim's top restaurants!
More Fun and New Attractions - Disney's California Adventure Park at 2:00 PM
After the original Disneyland Park adventure, take your fun to new heights at the newly added Disney California Adventure Park. From themed attractions like Pixar and Disney stories, to top dining options, to live entertainment - there is no shortage of amusement and feast here. The facility encompasses notable themed lands, including - a bug’s land, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Paradise Pier, Golden State, Sunshine Plaza, Games of the Boardwalk and Toy Story Mania. Kids and adults love to hop on Mickey's Fun Wheel and the new attractions, such as The Little Mermaid, Goofy's Sky School and Ariel's Undersea Adventure.Cars Land:
If you're a fan of Disney-Pixar film “Cars”, you ought to stop by Cars Land where you will get to meet Car's Lightning McQueen, Mater and many other figures. What's not to love when you zoom into the Ornament Valley of the film through attractions such as the turning, twisting, high-speed thrill ride Radiator Springs Racers. After the race, sit yourself down for a themed dining experience.
Buena Vista Street:
This will take you to California during the 1920s. The area is operated by the Red Car trolley that will take you from Buena Vista Street, to the Hollywood Terror Hotel where you can explore The Twilight Zone.
For some deccadent indulgent, stop by Ghirardelli Chocolate to savor Ghirardelli’s world-famous hot fudge sundaes and many other delicious chocolate goodies.
America's 1st Theme Park - Knott's Berry Farm
This is called a Farm because, in 1920s, it began as a 20 acre farm and today, it has evolved into a 160 acre theme park. You will find the world’s original looping coaster here and also houses 6 theme lands - Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, Camp Snoopy, the Boardwalk, Indian Trails and Wild Water Wilderness. For dining options, you can drop by the massive Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. With over 900 guests seating capacity, this is chicken haven where you can relish diverse chicken cuisine. The Knott's hosts the largest annual Halloween event - Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt is held for an entire month that showcases a series of mazes, monsters and 'scare zones.' For a thrilling kite flying experience join the Charlie Brown’s Kite Flyer. Enjoy a fun spin and ride around the High Sierras with Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies.
Dinner at The Downtown Disney district at 8:00 PM
Take your dining experience to new heights by eating at one of Disneyland's themed restaurant. World-class live music and modern comfort food are what you can expect in Crossroads at House of Blues. For Cajun and Creole cuisine, drop by French Market Restaurant in a lush garden setting in New Orleans Square.
IMAX Experience - AMC Downtown Disney 12 at 9:00 PM
End your Disneyland adventure by catching up a new Hollywood release at AMC Downtown Disney 12. This stadium seating theater features 12 latest releases you can opt from. It serves as one of the premiere entertainment companies in the world. With the most IMAX screens in the world, AMC will let you enjoy an unparalleled immersive movie experience. Address
: Disneyland & Anaheim , Downtown DisneyPhone
: 1 888 262 4386Website
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Breakfast at 8:00 AM
The French toast, Eggs Benedict and Hashbrown and huevos rancheros served in The Filling Station Cafe
(201 N Glassell St) will give a really good morning greet and prepare you for the day's rambling ahead. For Mexican and French's breakfast delight, stop by Anepalco’s Cafe
(415 S Main St)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim at 9:00 AM
Baseball fan or not, a visit at Angel Stadium of Anaheim will be a refreshing experience away from the imaginary fairy-tale world. You can stroll around the stadium to explore its terraced bullpens, multiple restaurants and family & kid's zone. If you want to watch a game, buy the tickets from the Box ahead of the game, but do browse its website to check out all upcoming game schedule. While in the vicinity, you can swing by Music Garden which hosts several concerts before the games.Address
: 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806 Website
If sports is not of your interest, you can always opt to stop by MUZEO museum instead. Many creative and diverse events, exhibitions and programs are hosted by this museum and cultural center. MUZEO also entertains three famous traveling exhibitions annually. Address
: 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805Phone
: 714-95-MUZEO (714-956-8936)Website
: Tues through Sun from 10am to 5pm. Mondays closed Admission
: Adults -$10; children (12 to 4 yaers) - $6' Free for Children (3 years and under) and Group Rates at $9.
Honda Center at 10:30 AM
Up next is The Honda Center - an indoor arena that is home to the (National Hockey League) - Anaheim Ducks. This center serves as a sought for location for film & television shooting; and notable concerts. If you remember the animated series Mighty Ducks, the arena is featured in that. From Hockey to baseketball games, to Katy Perry's world tour, to fight nights, to Professional rodeo events - there is something big and singular happening at Honda Center all year round.Address
: 2695 E Katella Avenue, Disneyland & Anaheim , USAPhone
: 1 800 745 3000Website
Anaheim Convention Campus at 12:00 PM
Your nest stop is The Anaheim Convention Campus that encompasses The Anaheim Convention Center, the new Grand Plaza and four hotels. Anaheim Convention Center is the West Coast's largest convention center and it is worth visiting to admire its 7500 theater seating capacity that hosts concerts, festivals and events of all kinds. It encompasses three Banquet/ballrooms -ACC Grand Plaza, ACC Arena Plaza and ACC Palm Court. The stunning Grand Plaza is a hub for alfresco dining, exhibitions, concerts and more. The venue hosts trade shows/expo, such as NAMM, Harvest Festival, VidCon, concerts, Natural Products Expo and also NCAA sports tournaments. Address
: 800 W Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802-3415Website
Lunch at 1:30 PM
Your lunch break will be fulfilling with a stop at Reunion Kitchen Drink
. From BBQ glazed meatloaf to warm butter cake, this joint will absolutely satiate your palate. At Club 33
(1313 S Harbor Blvd) you can enhoy French cuisine.
Adventure City at 2:30 PM
Maybe you want to take your younger kids to Adventure City as an alternative to Disneyland Resort It comes with a lesser price tag as compared to Disneyland and moreover, with shorter ques, it is ideal for families with little kids. The venue offers Tree Top Racers, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Giggle Wheel mini-Ferris wheel and Friends train-building section and also a children's outdoor theater that highlights educational shows, like live and puppet shows. For an adventurous take, you can take your little ones to Mount Adventurous - the children's rock climbing tower.Address
: 1238 South Beach Boulevard, Anaheim, CAPhone
: (714) 236-9300Website
: 11 a.m to 6/7 p.m
Surf, Dip or Swim - Huntington Beach at 4:00 PM
Time to explore Orange County’s 42 miles of alluring coastline. Just 30 minutes away from Anaheim is the stunning Huntington Beach, fondly known as Surf City USA. Those who loves surfing, must definitely head to Huntington Beach. Here you can venture into surfing California's most epic waves, build sandcastles, light up a beachside fire ring, or just kick back and relax on the the wet silky sand. Address
: 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648Website
Splurge at Downtown Disney District at 6:00 PM
Trust me the interesting themed shops at Downtown Disney District will absolutely awestruck you and your kids will not want to go anywhere further from here. The district is flooded with several charming shops to splurge, eateries to satiate your palate, live music and scintillating night scene. There are a multitude of one-of-its kind shops, including as Acorns Gifts and Goods, Anna & Elsa's Boutique, Candy Place and Candy Kitchen, Cristal d'Orleans, Disney Fantasia Shop, Disney Vault 28, The Lego Store, The Fairy tale Store and lots more. Address
: 1565 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802Website
Open your Taste Buds to Outstanding Beer - Anaheim Brewery at 8:00 PM
Time to kickback - stop at Anaheim Brewery. Here you can sit at the bright tasting room on the 30-foot long vintage wooden bar or you can take your beer adventure outdoor in the beer garden. There are varied options to choose from. A special mention is Anaheim 1888, an outstanding hoppy brew that is prepared using the same century old recipe. The best part about this place is that you can bring your kids along and let them play and meander around in Farmer’s Park while you you unwind with a cold beer in the Beer Garden. Make sure you grab something to eat from the many eateries around to pair with the beer. Address
: 336 South Anaheim Boulevard in downtown AnaheimPhone
: (714) 780-1888Website
: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 9 pm; Friday from
4pm to 9 pm; Saturday from Noon to 10 pm and Sunday Noon to 6 pm
Dinner at 9:00 PM
After the fantastic beer tasting halt, you will be ready to sit down for some delicious food. Enjoy an elegant dining time at Napa Rose (1600 S Disneyland Dr). They serve deliciously crafted dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. The menu offers lots of options to choose from - Pan Roasted Diver Scallops, Sauteed Veal Sweet Breads, Pacific Swordfish, maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, Slowly Braised Angus Beef and beyond.
Kickback and Enjoy Night Scene - ESPN Zone at 10:30 PM
Your last stop is Anaheim's ultimate sports and drinking Mecca - ESPN Zone. With over 175 TVs, video game arcade, amazing drinks, awesome food and lots of high energy entertainment - the venue offers something for everyone. ESPN Zone has two floors, one serving as sports bar and the other is the video game arcade. An ideal venue for both sport nuts as well as families. Address
: Disneyland & Anaheim , USA, Downtown DisneyPhone
: (714) 300-3776Website
: Mon through Thur from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Fri from 11:00 am to 12:00 am; Sat from 9:00 am to 12:00 am and Sun from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm and
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