Things To Do In Anaheim
THINGS TO DO IN ANAHEIM
The concept for Disneyland began when Walt
Disney was visiting
Griffith Park in Los Angeles with his daughters
Diane and Sharon. While watching them ride the
he came up with the idea of a place where adults and their children could go
and have fun together, though his dream lay dormant for many years. He may have
also been influenced by his father's memories of the
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in
Chicago (his father worked at the Exposition). The
there included a set of attractions representing various
countries from around the world and others representing various periods of man;
it also included many rides including the first
a "sky" ride, a passenger train that circled
the perimeter, and a Wild West shows. Another likely influence was Benton Harbor, Michigan's nationally famous House of David's Eden Springs Park. Disney visited the park and ultimately bought one of the older miniature trains originally used there; the colony had the largest miniature railway setup in the world at the time. The earliest documented draft of Disney's plans was sent as a memo to studio production designer Dick Kelsey on August 31, 1948, where it was referred to as a " Mickey Mouse Park", based on notes Walt made during his and Ward Kimball's trip to Chicago Railroad Fair the same month, with a two-day stop in Henry Ford's Museum and Greenfield Village, a place with attractions like a Main Street and steamboat
rides, which he had visited eight years earlier.
Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.
The present-day site of Disney California Adventure was acquired by Walt
Disney in the 1950s and functioned as the parking lot of Disneyland for over
40 years. After succeeding with the multi-park business model at Walt Disney
World in Florida, the Disney Company decided to turn Walt Disney's original theme park into a multi-park resort complex as well. In 1991, Disney announced plans to build WestCOT, a west coast version of what was then known as EPCOT Center, on the site of Disneyland's parking lot. The high price tag of the proposed park as well as the company's financial and public relations problems with the newly opened Euro Disneyland (now Disneyland Paris ) led Disney to cancel WestCOT in 1995.
In the summer of 1995, Michael Eisner, Disney's CEO at the time, gathered company executives in Aspen, Colorado to think of another idea for a second theme park in California. From those meetings, Disney decided it would instead build a park themed to the history and culture of the state of California. They wanted to make California into a theme park, hoping to create "precise reproductions of California landmarks, charming streets, and gorgeous landscaping that simulates the state's forests and farmlands" and celebrate the California dream. It was intended to appeal to adults while Disneyland was intended to appeal to children. Construction of the park began in 1998; the park's construction was accompanied by Downtown Disney and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, in addition to renovations of the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland Pacific Hotel.
Downtown Disney is a lively walking promenade featuring outdoor shopping center, dining and entertainment located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened in 2001 as part of an expansion of the resort from one theme park (Disneyland) to a multi-park resort complex.
Downtown Disney lies between the Disneyland Resort's two theme parks and its hotels. It is considerably smaller than its Walt Disney World counterpart, which is now named Disney Springs. No admission ticket is required for the area. Downtown Disney was designed to attract local residents and to encourage extended stays in the resort district. One side of Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and one side of the Disneyland Hotel's Adventure Tower face Downtown Disney, providing a view of the area.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
originally known as Anaheim Stadium and later Edison International Field of Anaheim,is a modern-style ballpark located in Anaheim, California. Since its opening in 1966, it has served as the home ballpark of the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB), and was also
the home stadium to the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) from 1980
to 1994. The stadium is often referred to by its unofficial
nickname The Big A, coined by Herald Examiner
Sports Editor, Bud Furillo. It is the fourth-oldest active
Major League Baseball stadium, behind Fenway Park,
Dodger Stadium. It hosted the 1967, 1989, and 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star
Angel Stadium and its surrounding parking
lot are roughly bounded by Katella Avenue to the north, the Orange
Freeway to the east, Orangewood Avenue to the south, and State
College Boulevard to the west. Located near the eastern boundary of the parking
lot is the landmark "Big A" sign and electronic marquee,
which originally served as a scoreboard support. The halo located near the top of the 230'
tall, 210-ton sign is illuminated following games in which the Angels win (both
at home and on the road), which gives rise to the fan expression,
"Light up the Halo!"
The Anaheim Packing House
is a 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m
2) gourmet food hall
in Downtown Anaheim, in Anaheim,
California, United States. Along with the Packard Building, a renovated 1925 Mission
Revival style building, and a farmer's
market, it makes up a shopping
center called the
Anaheim Packing District. The Packing House opened in 2014 and is located in a renovated 1919 former Sunkist citrus packing house
built in Spanish Colonial Revival style. It is one of the few remaining packing houses in Orange County, and the only
one in Anaheim. The packing house was added to the National Register of Historic Places
as the Anaheim Orange and Lemon
Association Packing House in 2015.
The Anaheim Convention Center is a major convention center in Anaheim, California. It is located across from the Disneyland Resort on Katella Avenue. The original components, designed by Adrian Wilson & Associates, opened in July 1967—including a basketball arena followed shortly by the convention hall. It holds many events, like VidCon, BlizzCon, Anime Expo, WonderCon, NAMM Show, competitions, etc. In addition to hosting various types of conventions, the Anaheim Convention Center was used to host the wrestling during the 1984 Summer Olympics.
The Escape Room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at
hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by "
escape-the-room" –style video games. Games
are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and
space stations, and are popular as
team building exercises.
Escape rooms became popular in the United States, UK, Canada, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China in the 2010s. Permanent escape rooms in fixed locations were first opened in Asia and followed later in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and South America.
Escape rooms have amassed a small following of people commonly known as Escape Room Enthusiasts.
Knott’s Berry Farm is a 160-acre amusement park in Buena Park, California, owned by Cedar Fair. It was the twelfth most visited theme park in North America in 2015. The park features 35 rides including roller coasters, family rides, children's rides, water rides, and historical rides.
The theme park sits on the site of a former berry farm established by Walter Knott, Cordelia Knott, and their family. Beginning around 1920, the Knott family sold berries, berry preserves, and pies from a roadside stand along State Route 39. In 1934, the Knotts began selling fried chicken dinners in a tea room on the property, and the Knotts built several shops and other attractions to entertain visitors. Cordelia Knott's efforts in the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant were essential to putting Knott's Berry Farm on the map, and the ensuing crowds prompted the creation of even more tourist attractions. In 1940, Walter Knott began constructing a replica Ghost Town on the property.
Knott added several other attractions over the years, and began charging admission to the attractions in 1968. In 1983, Knott's Berry Farm added Camp Snoopy, which began the park's present-day association with the Peanuts characters.
In the 1990s, following the deaths of Walter and Cordelia Knott, their children sold the theme park to Cedar Fair and the family's food business to ConAgra Foods, which subsequently sold it to J. M. Smucker. Cedar Fair has continued to expand the theme park, adding Knott's Soak City in 1999 and adding new rides to the original park.
The park's annual Knott's Scary Farm has drawn crowds since 1973. The idea for this event was presented at one of the regularly scheduled round table meetings for managers by Patricia Pawson. The actual event was created by Bill Hollingshead, Gary Salisbury, Martha Boyd and Gene Witham, along with other members of the Knott's Berry Farm Entertainment Department as documented in the DVD Season of Screams. Initially fake corpses and other static figures were rented from Hollywood prop house, but Bud Hurlbut, the creator/concessionaire of the Mine Ride, Log Ride
and other rides at Knott's, decided that this wasn't enough. He dressed up in a gorilla suit, and started scaring guests on the Mine Ride. Halloween Haunt was an instant hit, and by the next year, the event sold out nightly. During this special ticketed event, the entire park (or major portions of it) re-themes itself into a "haunted house" style attraction in the form of mazes and "scare zones" in the evening. Over a thousand specially employed monsters are also scattered – often hidden out of view – throughout the park at this time. Some of the characters have become well-known, such as the green witch, which has been portrayed by Charlene Parker since 1983, the longest of any performer. Several attractions are decorated for the event including the Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Train and there are 13 mazes of various themes. Elvira (actress Cassandra Peterson) was introduced into the Halloween Event in 1982 and was prominently featured in many Halloween Haunt events until 2001. According to postings on her My Space page, Cassandra was released from her contract by the park's new owners due to their wanting
a more family friendly appeal., although she returned for one night in 2012 for the 40th anniversary of the event and has returned as a regular performer throughout the run of the event for the last several years.
Winter Coaster Solace is an event that takes place in the first or second weekend of March every year when roller coaster enthusiasts can come before the park opens and stay after the park closes to ride the rides and eat at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. It is intended to provide "solace" to visitors from other parts of the country where theme parks and roller coasters are seasonal, not year-round operations like the Southern California parks. Knott's Berry Farm also used to give attendees behind the scenes tours of the rides.
Every year since 1991, Knott's has offered free admission to veterans and their families during the month of November. Though this was originally started as a tribute to returning Gulf War veterans, they subsequently expanded it to include all veterans and have run it every year since.
A Christmas event known as "Knott's Merry Farm" also happens annually. Previous Merry Farm events have included manufactured snow, handcrafts exhibits, and a visit with Santa Claus. This event was originally created by Gary Salisbury in the Fall of 1985.
Praise (festival) has been a Christian themed celebration presented many years as a mix-in special event of music and comedy on New Year's Eve.
The Honda Center (formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) is an indoor arena located in Anaheim, California. It stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. In addition to the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, the arena is also home to the Big West Basketball Tournament. Honda Center annually hosts top name concerts, exciting sporting events and family favorites such as the Harlem Globetrotters and Stars on Ice. In just the past few years, capacity crowds filled Honda Center for world class acts such as The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, Ariana Grande, Twenty One Pilots and more. Since opening, the arena has hosted over 3,500 events and more than 35 million guests have walked through its doors.