Hotel at a Glance: Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort
Situated less than a half mile from Disneyland, the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort is an official Disney Good Neighbor Hotel; you can even purchase tickets to the theme park at the front desk at check-in. To get to the mouse’s kingdom, either hoof it or take the Anaheim Resort Transit shuttle, which whisks guests from the hotel to Disneyland’s doorstep for a small fee.
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool, open year-round
- Kids eat free: Children aged 12 or younger can dig into free breakfast and dinner; be sure to ask your server for more details.
- Grab a bite at the Palm Tree Cafe, a casual restaurant, or toss back a brew and root for the home team at the onsite sports bar.
- In-room amenities: refrigerator, coffeemaker, and free WiFi
- In the neighborhood: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Convention Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Shopping, and Dining are all just steps from the hotel.
Anaheim, California: Magical Play Land About a Half Hour from Huntington Beach
Less than an hour from Hollywood and Universal Studios, Anaheim is perfectly situated for making the most of a Southern California getaway. But most visitors never make it that far, as Disneyland has long dominated the city’s tourism scene. As Walt Disney’s original park, it has a handful of classic attractions that, though upgraded over the years, have been around since the park opened in 1955. You can ride the Mad Tea Party spinning teacups, hop on the King Arthur Carrousel, or sail in the Storybook Land Canal Boats (Walt Disney personally planted the small pine near Geppetto’s home).
Disneyland has plenty of modern rides too, including Cars Land, one of the newer additions to Disney California Adventure Park and a life-size re-creation of the town from Disney Pixar’s Cars. The highlight here is the slot-car attraction, which puts you in an automated vehicle that swerves around animatronic characters before engaging another car in a high-speed race.
If you’re in the mood for thrills, ascend the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before dropping in a heart-pounding free fall, or climb aboard the roller coasters thundering around Paradise Pier with sweeping views of the park. Alternatively, trade fairy dust for white sand in Huntington Beach, where you’ll find 3.5 miles of free-to-the-public beaches filled with surfing, pickup volleyball games, and countless stalls hawking flip-flops and seashell-themed wares.