Hotel at a Glance: Peacock Suites
Peacock Suites is less than two miles from Disneyland®, where guests whirl about in spinning teacups, ride rollercoasters through space, and cruise through the jungle. As a Disneyland® Good Neighbor hotel, Peacock Suites offers shuttle service to the theme park for a nominal fee, but you can just as easily walk.
- Homelike suites: Each suite has a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, dining table, and queen sleeper sofa, and there are 40-inch flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and living room.
- Soak up some rays: The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, two whirlpools, and a sun deck with couches, padded recliners, and tables.
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.