Updated on December 6, 2018
Anaheim is located in Orange County, California on the West Coast of the United States of America. It covers an area of fifty square miles and has a population of almost three hundred and fifty thousand people. The city is the second most populated city in the county and also the second largest in terms of land area. Anaheim is known for its sports teams, convention centers and theme parks. The city limits of Anaheim stretch from the Riverside County line in the east to Cypress in the west. The economy of the city is based largely on tourism. Walt Disney is the city’s biggest employer and Anaheim Convention Center hosts many special events and conferences. In the Resort district of Anaheim, the hotels serve visitors to the theme parks and also services convention attendees.
Anaheim was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Bavarian wine makers and grape farmers. Over fifty German families originally settled in the area and they voted to call the colony Anaheim, which means “Home on the Santa Anna River” in German. During the 1880s, pest infestation destroyed the grape industry, and other agricultural products had to fill the void. These include crops of walnuts, oranges and lemons. During the first part of the twentieth century, Anaheim was largely a rural community that contained acres upon acres of orange groves. In 1954, Walt Disney constructed the Disneyland Theme Park. The area on which it was built was originally one hundred and sixty acres of walnut trees and orange groves, some of which are still within the park to this day. The park was an instant success, and as a result hotels started being built around it to house the influx of tourists. Today, the city has re-imagined itself into as a major tourist destination. In 2007, Anaheim opened the Anaheim Walk of Fame at the entrance to Disneyland Resort. The first star to be placed on the walk was Walt Disney.
The most popular attraction in Anaheim is Disneyland Resort. This resort is owned and run by the Walt Disney Company and consists of two theme parks, three hotels, an entertainment area and venues for shopping and dining. Originally it was known as Disneyland, when it opened in the 1950s. It consisted of a theme park, one hundred acre parking lot and a hotel. But, an ambitious expansion of the property was undertaken during the 1990s and 2000s and it was called Disneyland Resort. Disneyland Park is used to refer to the original theme park. The properties that make up Disneyland Resort include Disneyland Park, Disney’s California Adventure, Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Downtown Disney.
Disneyland Park was opened in July of 1955 and has had over five hundred and fifteen million people visit it since then. In 2007 alone, more then fourteen million people visited the park, making it the second most visited park in the world, after Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The public areas of the park inhabit eighty-five acres and the park is divided into nine realms. These realms provide a total immersion in a fantasy world, and when a visitor is in one realm he can’t see or hear anything from the other realms. Realms of the park include Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Holidayland, New Orleans Square, Bear Country and Mickey’s Toontown.
Downtown Disney is the outdoor shopping and dining venue for Disneyland Resort. It was opened in 2001 and contains restaurants and retail venues. Restaurants located here include Wetzel’s Pretzels, Catal, ESPN Zone, Uva Bar, La Brea Bakery Cafe, Haagen-Dazs, Compass Books and Cafe, Jamba Juice, Rainforest Cafe, Tortilla Jo’s, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria, House of Blues, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Napolini. Retail outlets include Anne Geddes, World of Disney Store, Disney Vault 28, Quiksilver Boardriders Club Store, Compass Books, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Travelex, Disney’s Pin Traders, Basin, Marceline’s Confectionery, Something Silver, The LEGO Imagination Center, Island Charters, Sunglass Icon, Kitson Kids, Rainforest Retail Shopping Village, Sephora and Fossil.
A popular section of the Disneyland Resort is Fantasy Land. This themed section of the resort contains castles and rides that are based on Disney movies. Attractions in this section of the park include Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Grotto, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Disney Princess Fantasy Faire, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Mr.Toad’s Wild Ride, Pixie Hollow, Alice in Wonderland, King Arthur Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Sleeping Beauty Castle and Peter Pan’s Flight. Restaurants and retail stores in this area include Village Haus Restaurant, Enchanted Cottage-Sweets and Treats, Le Petit Chalet, Castle Heraldry and Fantasy Faire Gifts. Attractions that are slated to open up in the 2012/2013 seasons include Cinderella’s Chateau, Sleeping Beauty’s Cottage, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Adventure, The Beast’s Castle and Fairytale Garden.
Adventure City is another popular attraction in Anaheim. This theme park contains many rides and attractions which include Rescue Ride, Mount Adventurous, Giggle Wheel, Drop Zone, Express Train, Arcade, Carousel, Freeway Coaster, Balloon Race, Petting Farm, Children’s Theater, Crazy Bus, Thomas and Friends, Crank ‘n’ Roll, Barnstormer Planes and Tree Top Racers. Other popular attractions in the city of Anaheim include Flightdeck Air Combat Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim Garden Walk, Honda Center, Anaheim Plaza, Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim Hills Golf Course, Yorba Regional Park, Muzeo, Anaheim Farmer’s Market, Hobby City Doll and Toy Museum, Anaheim Convention Center, Flight Deck Air Combat Center, Center Street Promenade and The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk.
Anaheim is also home to a number of fabulous restaurants and hotels. Restaurants in the city include Mr Stox Restaurant, JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brew, Anaheim White House, Ma’s Islamic Restaurant, Millie’s Restaurant, Luigi’s D’Italia, Roy’s Restaurant, Sheraton Anaheim Hotel, El Torito Mexican Grill, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Coco’s Bakery Restaurant. Hotels in the city of Anaheim include Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, Red Lion Hotel, Anabella Anaheim CA Hotel, Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort, Sheraton Park Hotel, Hotel Pepper Tree and Anaheim Ramada Hotel Maingate at The Park.