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Know Before You Go - Travel Tips for a Magical Anaheim Vacation

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The allure of Disneyland® transformed Anaheim from a sleepy farm community to an international destination. However, those who visit the city for its legendary amusement park will find even more worth exploring in the rest of Orange County. Famously dubbed “the OC,” the area is home to sparkling beaches, high-end shopping centres with exclusive stores, and international cuisines.

Best time to travel

 

Summer brings sunny, dry days with temperatures in the low to high 80s. You’ll experience peak crowds and rates in June through August, particularly at Disneyland® Resort and at the beaches. Disneyland® Resort is typically packed around the December holidays, as Southern California winter temperatures hover around the low 70s with minimal rainfall. The park holds shortened hours during October and November. If you plan to visit March through May, you’ll experience temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s, lower rates, and extended Disneyland® Resort hours.

Not to miss

 

If you plan to visit Disneyland® Park, taking a spin on timeless rides like the Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World is a must for families, or anyone who wants to recapture their youth. Those seeking more grown-up pursuits can explore the craft brews and cocktails concocted by the Anaheim area’s burgeoning beer and bar scene. Prefer to relax under the sun? Orange County’s 42 miles of coastline has numerous white sandy beaches, each beckoning visitors to play in the crashing surf.

 

Getting around

 

While select domestic and international flights land at John Wayne Airport (SNA), located about 13 miles from Anaheim, most nonstop and international flights land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located roughly 32 miles away. Renting a car is essential in Anaheim, especially if you plan on exploring the rest of Orange County. If you’re staying near Disneyland® Resort, you’ll be able to travel to a few local destinations like Knott’s Berry Farm and Angel Stadium by catching a ride on an Anaheim Resort Transit shuttle.

 

Cuisine

 

In the Disneyland® Resort area, you’ll find a wide variety of dining options, from high-end steak and seafood venues with deep wine lists, to unpretentious eateries serving up burgers and bar food. The local craft beer scene is huge in Anaheim, and many places around town pour Orange County’s finest brews. You’ll also find small neighbourhood restaurants specializing in Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, and other international cuisines if you venture a few miles farther from Disneyland® Resort.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Orange County tends to run at a relaxed pace, especially as you get closer to the beaches. People are typically friendly, and you'll be fine as long as you practice general manners. Anaheim's attractions draw people from a variety of nations and religions, and nobody should feel uncomfortable visiting. Tipping isn’t mandatory for all services, but it is customary to tip servers 15 to 20 percent at non-fast food restaurants. Dressing casually is fine in most places, though you'll want to kick it up a notch for an evening of fine dining.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 347000
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  • Spoken languages: English, with some Spanish
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  • Electrical: 110 volts, 60 Hz, plug type A, B
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  • Phone calling code: +1 714
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  • Emergency number: 911