Hi folks! So I will do my best to make a large overview of pretty much everything you're going to need to know about Anaheim. Several of us are intimately familiar with the area, so we are here to answer any and all questions about Anaheim. Now I know it's too early to book hotels and plane tickets, but I know lots of you, like me, are already thinking ahead. Anaheim, CA Anaheim is roughly 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. What started as an empty orange grove has boomed into one of the largest tourist destinations in California thanks to a little place called Disneyland. You're going to see me mention Disneyland a lot. Well, that's because when I say that Disneyland is just across the street, I'm not joking. Disneyland is LITERALLY ACROSS THE STREET. So not even joking. The Anaheim Convention Center itself is the largest convention center on the entire West Coast. I know people were worried about space, but remember that this is a place LARGER than the San Diego Convention Center, which hosts over 130,000 people a year for Comic-Con. So trust me, we're good. TRANSPORTATION There's a handful of airports relatively close to Anaheim, but sadly none IN Anaheim. Your best bets for airports are either LAX - Los Angeles International, SNA - John Wayne Airport Orange County, or ONT - Ontario Airport. For all international flights, LAX will be your best bet. John Wayne is much smaller, but also closer. ONT is a bit further out of the way, but don't let that fool you; it will probably take less time to get there than from LAX due to Los Angeles traffic. For anyone wanting to go by train, you're actually in luck! There's an Amtrak stop just about a mile away, next to Angels Stadium. http://www.amtrak.com/home Now, the smartest thing to do would just be to take the train from the airport to the Anaheim stop, right? Well that'd be too logical and sadly Southern California transportation doesn't work that way. There is no train or railway that stops at LAX. Or John Wayne, for that matter. Getting from Airports to Anaheim There's a handful of ways you can get to Anaheim. You can get a taxi (pricey) or private shuttle service, you can rent a car, OR you can take advantage of the fact that Disneyland will be our next door neighbor. Buses run daily from LAX and SNA to the Disneyland resort and Anaheim hotels. They use Greyline Anaheim and are quiet affordable. By affordable, I mean round-trip to and from the airport will only be $30. Here's information on the Disneyland Express shuttle: http://graylineanaheim.com/docs/DRE Brochure.pdf You also can use Super Shuttle, which includes Ontario airport. http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/DisneyLandAirportShuttle.aspx Anaheim Transportation Getting around Anaheim is actually very easy. The Anaheim Resort Transportation (or ART) has a very nice, very thorough service that runs to all major Anaheim destinations (Disney, the malls, Knotts, Angel's Stadium, etc). It also conveniently stops at the Amtrak stop, so you have that option if you train in. HOTELS Celebration's already opened up their hotel reservations. but here's the main ones. Right next to the Convention center are the main 4-5 hotels: During other conventions, I've stayed at both the Hilton and the Marriott. Convention rates are usually like $130 a night, so that's a major plus. Disneyland Resort also has their own hotels, which are a bit pricier, but also really nice. You've got three: The Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, or the Grand Californian. All are nice, but pricy. They're about a 10-15 minute walk to the convention center (like 10 from Paradise Pier, 15 from the Disneyland Hotel). Then there's all the smaller hotels and motels to choose from. You've got options. RESTAURANTS Harbor Blvd. & Katella both have tons of options for dining out. Fast food, cheaper meals, and even much more pricey expensive places. Katella has Gardenwalk, which is full of some of the nicer chain restaurants like CPK and Cheesecake Factory. Plus, there's also Downtown Disney, which has a huge variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment. So with that, let's plunge into Disneyland. DISNEYLAND So here's where I get to put in my disclaimer as to why Disneyland is an important factor in this entire convention: Disneyland Resort DAILY has about 40,000-60,000 guests. That's more people than most of the Celebrations brought in. So that being said, all hotels, restaurants, parking, and just space in general will ALSO be occupied by people just going to Disneyland. This isn't Orlando in August when there's nobody around; we're competing with amusement park guests for space. That being said, Disneyland is pretty much the coolest place ever. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/ Disneyland is divided into 3 areas; 2 parks and Downtown Disney. Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure are the two parks where I can seriously guarantee that you'll have an amazing time. There you can ride Star Tours, explore Cars Land, meet Mickey Mouse, and just spend an amazing few days. If it's your first time at a Disney Park, I'd recommend taking 2 days to explore everything. April usually isn't too crowded, and if you go during the week, it's pretty nice (unless that week is Spring Break still...). Downtown Disney is absolutely free to explore and is filled with dozens of restaurants, shops, and nighttime entertainment. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney-district/ I could write a book on Disneyland, so whatever questions you have about the place, I'd be more than happy to answer. Other Amusement Parks Southern California has a lot to offer. If you're looking for Roller Coasters & Attractions, you'll want to check out Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain (a bit further up on the map), and Universal Studios. If you're looking for a place to take your younger children, then Legoland is in the north part of San Diego. If you want water parks, then check out Knott's Soak City, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Raging Waters, or Aquatica. If you're looking for animals and Aquariums, then you'll want to check out Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the LA Zoo, San Diego Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld. However, GETTING to some of these places may require a car. Unlike Orlando, all of our parks are unfortunately not close to each other. On the map above, the distance between Aquatica and Six Flags is 168 miles. There's shuttle buses that can take you to the big parks, like SeaWorld and Universal, but anything else may require a car. WEATHER April is one of the weird months where the weather is extremely bi-polar and just does whatever it wants. However, the drastically changing weather is drastic by California's standards. Which, for the rest of the world, means it's just really nice weather. Here's a chart of what this year's April weather looked like in Anaheim. The average is the mid 70s. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/anaheim-ca/92805/april-weather/327150 As you can see, the weather can sometimes go from being in the high 60s to the 80s and 90s just a few days later. The weather will also drop back down to the 50s or low 60s each night, so layering is necessary for weaklings like myself and other Californians who get cold below 68 degrees. The good news, though, is that even if it ever does get muggy or humid, it will not nearly be as bad as Florida. Most of the time we have a dry heat, and when we do have humidity, it's not too bad. It might rain. It might not. Again, our version of rain is not equal to hurricane rain. That's it for now! Any and all questions are welcome!