Hotel at a Glance: Cortona Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort
Guests staying at the AAA Three Diamond Cortona Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort can get to Disneyland with ease—the Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel is just down the road from the iconic theme park. If you’d prefer not to hoof it, you can ride the Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) shuttle for a small fee.
- Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast served daily from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms and suites come with a 39-inch flat-panel TVs, free WiFi, refrigerators, and microwaves.
- Take a break from the crowds and midday heat at the outdoor pool, or relax in the hot tub.
- Kid friendly: The one-bedroom Toscana kids’ suite is outfitted with a set of bunk beds, a sofa bed, and a king-size bed.
- Newly renovated: All of the rooms and suites included in this deal were renovated in 2014.
- Grab a bite to eat in Downtown Disney, a lively, pedestrian-friendly strip of restaurants and boutiques adjacent to the theme parks.
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 Park 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 Park 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.