Located in California’s Orange County, Anaheim is the home of the original Disneyland and is an incredibly popular tourist hot spot as a result. It is also famous for its sport, with both the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks and Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim residing here. As you would expect in any Californian town, Anaheim is drenched in sunshine for most of the year, enjoying warm winters and hot summers. As if having Mickey and co on your doorstep wasn’t enough, Knott’s Berry Farm offers Disney a bit of competition just to keep them on their toes. With over 700 restaurants offering every type of food you can imagine, you certainly won’t go hungry.
A 4x4 is perfect for getting you to and from the various parks in Anaheim and will have no trouble tackling the large freeways.
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Important things to note
Driving conditions in Anaheim are generally problem free, with many of the larger freeways operating a pool car system for those with more than one person on board.
Expect to pay for parking when attending the theme parks. Charges at Disney vary depending on the size of your vehicle, however you should be prepared to pay between $16 and $21.
Highlights & Hotspots
Since its grand opening in 1955, Disneyland has been the stuff of dreams for both children and adults alike. There are two separate parks, the original one being aimed squarely at youngsters where you can expect to brush shoulders with Mickey, Minnie and Donald to name but a few.
Often overshadowed by Walt’s mighty empire, Knott’s Berry Farm is another Anaheim theme park that is most certainly worth checking out. Arguably the best in town for thrill rides, with attractions such as the neck breaking Xcelerator and Boomerang, it also houses many kids’ rides.
If anyone in your party is into sports, try and head down to the Honda Center to watch the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim work their magic on the ice. The hockey team were originally founded and named by Disney after the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks but the franchise was sold on in 2005.
If you’re after something a little different to the standard fast food, try Corn Dog Castle. Situated in Disneyland, this snack is as high in the taste stakes as it is calories. If you want to seek refuge from the sugar coated theme parks and love great Italian food, head up to Baci in the Anaheim Hills.
Anaheim does not have its own airport but is approximately 45-60 minutes‚Äô drive from the sizeable Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
There are two smaller, commercial airports nearby; John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and Long Beach Airport.