With its two Disneyland Resort Parks, beautiful beaches, outlet shopping malls and all-American experiences – like seeing the Anaheim Ducks ice-hockey team and the Angels baseball team in action – it’s no wonder Anaheim is such a popular destination for Aussie families
Just a one-hour drive from Los Angeles International Airport, on America’s west coast, it’s also super easy to get to. And even if you’ve been before, there’s always something new to entice you back.
Discover Disneyland's new attractions
Visit the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park at Disneyland Park for a holiday of pure fun. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run offers guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customised secret mission. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Visitors can also visit a street market at Outpost Black Spire and meet characters such as BB8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.
There are also several new attractions at Disney California Adventure Park
Visit the Pixar Pier in the nearby Disney California Adventure Park. It is the perfect place for kids, with neighbourhoods inspired by Pixar’s The Incredibles (home of the thrilling Incredicoaster), Toy Story, Inside Out, and other Pixar stories, as well as a new superhero-themed land with an Avengers-themed rollercoaster and an interactive Spider-Man screen attraction.
Knott’s Berry Farm in nearby Buena Park has a rollercoaster called HangTime that all adrenaline seekers can’t miss. It reaches a speed of over 90 km per hour and is the steepest descent in California at 96 degrees.
Where to stay in Anaheim
Anaheim has no shortage of places to stay: the city has more than 150 hotels, with more on the way. The Cambria Hotel & Suites has 352 family-friendly rooms and suites, as well as a large swimming pool, an open-air theatre, a game room, and a putting green. Another excellent option is the JW Marriott, which has 466 rooms and is located near the open-air Anaheim GardenWalk shopping centre. The Westin Anaheim Resort has 613 rooms, three restaurants, and two bars, including a rooftop lounge with views of Disneyland’s nighttime attractions, a resort-style pool, and a market.
Anaheim offers many cute and themed restaurants for the whole family to enjoy
Downtown Anaheim is also being reinvigorated with new additions to Center Street Promenade. Mums will love Decades Bar and Grill – a 1980s and ‘90s-themed restaurant decorated with old movie posters and album covers, with cover bands performing on the weekend. Dads can try Japanese craft beer at the new Bizen BEER BAR, washed down with Japanese pastries and sweets from the connected Okayama Kobo Bakery & Café.
The Downtown Disney District welcomed its first brewery, Ballast Point, in January 2019. The district also has a new ice-cream shop, Salt & Straw, which serves scoops in handmade waffle cones, and an outlet of Tap Craft Burgers & Beer – known for its award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes – is set to open there soon. Farmers Park, between the Anaheim Packing House and the Packard Building, also has a new dim sum eatery called 18 Folds and a new farm-to-table restaurant called Cultivation Kitchen.