Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Plaza Anaheim
If Ramada Plaza Anaheim were any closer to Disneyland, it would be inside the gates. The hotel is adjacent to the southeastern part of resort—you only have to drive around the block to the main entrance to access the park's whimsical rides, costumed characters, and live entertainment. It's also just a short walk from the open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment complex Anaheim GardenWalk.
- Award-winning: Ramada Plaza Anaheim received both the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and The Best of Ramada Award in 2013
- Skip the lines by purchasing Disneyland Resort tickets at the front desk.
- Freebies: American buffet breakfast, WiFi, and USA Today are all complimentary at the hotel.
- International eats onsite: Gandhi Palace serves up Indian specialties for lunch and dinner.
- Go swimming in the heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
Anaheim, California: Magical Playland 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.