VISIT ANAHEIM NEWS
Anaheim Breaks Visitor Volume Record for Fourth Year in a Row: In 2016, Anaheim welcomed more than 23 million visitors capping a nearly 33 percent visitor growth since 2011. Visitors to Anaheim spent 7.2 percent more in Orange County in 2016 than the previous year, contributing $8.1 billion to the local economy. Over the last five years, total visitor spending jumped 74 percent.
Anaheim Convention Center Expansion: Cementing its place as the largest convention center on the West Coast, the Anaheim Convention Center is currently adding 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The expansion will be completed in September. ACCExpansion.com
Four Diamond Hotel Development in Anaheim
Four Diamond Hotel (1030 West Katella Ave.) to be Built Next to Anaheim Convention Center: A $225 million, 634-room property is set to replace the Anabella Hotel on Katella Ave. Located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, the hotel will stand eight stories high with 42,000 square feet of meeting space. Construction begins in early fall 2017, with an opening in 2020.
Orange County’s First JW Marriott Comes to Anaheim: A JW Marriott will be built adjacent to the Anaheim GardenWalk, located in the heart of the Anaheim Resort district. The 12-story $150 million property will have 466 guest rooms as well as meeting space for groups. Construction is set to being in late 2017.
Luxury Hotel (1700 South Harbor Blvd.) to Replace Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites: Located on the corner of Harbor Blvd. and Disney Way, the 580-room property will have two signature restaurants, swimming pools, 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a lounge overlooking the Disneyland Resort. Construction on the $208 million hotel has not begun and is set to open in 2018.
Disneyland Resort Reveals Plans for New Hotel: Disneyland Resort has announced the addition of a luxury hotel to its Anaheim collection. The property will be the fourth in the resort and first new build in nearly 20 years. The 700-room, AAA Four Diamond hotel will offer many luxury amenities including two pools, a fitness center, concierge service and a kid’s play area. Guests will enjoy viewing fireworks at the rooftop restaurant that overlooks the park. Construction on the hotel, located at the north end of the Downtown DisneyÒ parking lot, begins in 2018 with a slated 2021opening.
Hampton Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort and Convention Center: The 178-room limited-service property will stand five stories and feature a second-level pool deck, breakfast room, meeting room and fitness room. The property is located at 100 W. Katella Ave and is set to open summer 2018.
Element by Westin: Anaheim’s first Westin property will open in summer 2018 at 205 W. Alro Way. The five-story, 174-room hotel will offer a pool deck with barbecues and lounge chairs, suites and studio rooms, and a fitness center.
Cambria Hotel & Suites: The new property, located at 1721 S. Manchester Ave., will have meeting space, a contemporary bistro called Social Circle, and a California-themed outdoor space with a pool and movie screening wall. The 352-room hotel will open in November 2018.
Anaheim GardenWalk Hotels:
- Westgate Anaheim GardenWalk: Located next to dining, entertainment and shopping destination Anaheim GardenWalk, a new 392-room timeshare hotel will be built.
- GardenWalk II: Another hotel adjacent to Anaheim GardenWalk, a new 350-room or more property will be underway in the coming years, plans expected by June 2019.
Grand Legacy at the Park Rooftop Bar Now Open to Public: Anaheim’s only rooftop restaurant & bar, The Fifth, is now open to the public. The bar features nightly views of Disneyland Resort fireworks and serves seasonal craft cocktails to go along with live music. The bar becomes 21 & over after 10 p.m. and operates as a restaurant throughout the day. Thefifthoc.com
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: Disney’s upscale craftsman hotel is currently remodeling its guest rooms, pool area, concierge-level Craftsman Club and updating lobby furniture. The renovation is set to conclude by late 2017.
Anaheim Hotel: The Harbor Blvd. hotel is currently remodeling its lobby, ballroom, pool area, guest room and suites, parking lot, façade, and entry. Updates started in spring and will conclude in mid-to-late 2017.
Park Vue Inn: The new property will double its current size to 180 rooms and redevelop its 6,000 square foot restaurant.
Ramada Plaza Anaheim: The 105-room hotel will rebrand as a Wyndham Garden and renovate its lobby, fitness center, meeting space and offices by 2019.
Rivers of America Attractions Relaunch:
- “Fantasmic!”: On July 17, the nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” returns with magical new effects, music and Disney stories. This popular, breathtaking show stars Mickey Mouse and his extravagant dream.
- The Disneyland Railroad: Beginning July 29, the Disneyland Railroad debuts a new route through a beautiful, newly-imagined waterfront and over an elevated trestle above Rivers of America. Guests will hop aboard once again and take a grand circle tour around Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom.
- Other Attractions: The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes all come back this summer as well, bringing in new adventures and new views.
Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland Resort: Disney’s beloved Main Street Electrical Parade continues all summer until Aug. 20. The nightly parade will make its way down Main St. with the original floats from 1996.
Summer of Heroes Touch Down at Disney California Adventure® Park: Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time. Guardians of the Galaxy characters and other Super Heroes are making appearances throughout the park for new exploits and heroic encounters. While some of the heroes will be featured year-round, others will be available only until Sept. 10.
Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Arrives at Disney California Adventure Park: An epic new adventure Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! is now open! Characters from the blockbuster hit movie guide guests through an immersive experience set to a playlist inspired by the movie’s soundtrack.
Disneyland Resort to Build Seven Story Parking Structure, Transportation Hub and Pedestrian Bridge: Disney has released details of a new 6,800-space parking structure and transportation hub where buses, shuttles and taxis can drop-off and pick-up visitors. A pedestrian bridge over Harbor Blvd. will connect the structure to the parks. The project is set to finish by 2018. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Knott’s Berry Farm®
Summer Adventures Await in the Lively Town of Calico as Ghost Town Alive! Returns: Ghost Town Alive! has made a comeback this summer for another action-packed escapade in the town of Calico. Guests can visit the beloved town and indulge in the live immersive entertainment experience by interacting with more than 20 characters including the Mayfields who are trying to takeover the town. The adventure runs seven days a week until Sept. 4.
Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue Debuts: Snoopy’s Magnificent Magical Revue is a jaw-dropping magic show starring Snoopy, showcasing the mystifying and amazing magic of Magician Extraordinaire Greg Wilson. The whole PEANUTS GANG will amaze and confound with their magical exploits and lavish musical production numbers in this family-friendly show. The show runs six days a week, with no show on Wednesdays.
Knott’s Soak City® Opens New Attractions in Time for Summer: New thrill ride Sol Spin places guests on one of six floorless arms that spin and flip. In addition, there are two new water slide towers: The Wedge, a raft slide, as well as Shore Break, which has six different slide experiences.
ANAHEIM BREWERY NEWS
Anaheim is experiencing a brewery surge, with 14 currently open (All American Ale Works, Anaheim Brewery, Asylum Brewing, Backstreet Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewery, Bruery Terreux, Golden Road Brewing, Hoparazzi Brewing Co., Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Legends Craft Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Phantom Ales & Cellar, Unsung Brewery, JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery) and more on the way.
Breweries Planned for 2017
- Silo Brewing
- Towne Park Brewery
Modern Times’ Leisuretown Coming to Anaheim: Opening in downtown Anaheim, Leisuretown will be more than just a brewery, it will be a destination. Located in a craftsman house with the property spanning 31,927 square feet, patrons can look forward to boundary-pushing beer, a café, stalls serving food from Southern California’s best chefs, a swimming pool complete with poolside bar, movie screen, and great coffee. Leisuretown will open late 2017. Moderntimesbeer.com
Brewery Expansion News
Golden Road Brewing Undergoes Massive Expansion – Golden Road Brewing is expanding its facility in a big way. The renowned brewery is planning a massive 56,000-square-foot expansion, which includes three outdoor bars, sit down restaurant, event space, kids play area, dog run, movie viewing areas and outdoor fire pits. The expansion is set to be completed by mid-summer. GoldenRoad.la
Bottle Logic Brewing Expands Tasting Room and Production Facility: Expansion to Bottle Logic is currently underway. The expansion will double the brewery’s size and add an outdoor patio area, as well as private event space. Bottle Logic will also expand its collection of bourbon barrels to triple production capacity of barrel-aged brews. The expansion is set to be complete by fall 2017. BottleLogic.com
Noble Ale Works’ Expansion Triples Footprint: Located within walking distance of Angel Stadium and Honda CenterÒ, this pregame brewery of choice is expanding its current space, adding 10,000 square feet to the beer production facility, including a new 30-barrel brewhouse and expanded tasting room. Noble Ale Works was named best small brewery in the world in 2016 and won three medals, including gold for its I Love It! IPA. The expansion will be completed in 2017. NobleAleWorks.com
MAKE Building Welcomes Another Tenant
Downtown Anaheim Welcomes New Wine Tasting Room: Pali Wine Co. is debuting a tasting room this summer in the MAKE Building, which is a 10,500-square-foot structure that was once an early 1900s marmalade factory. Pali Wine joins MAKE’s other tenant Unsung Brewery and soon to open Jav’s Bar-B-Q, and a yet-to-be-announced whiskey distillery. AnaheimMake.com
RETAIL CENTER NEWS
What’s New at the Anaheim GardenWalk
New House of Blues in Anaheim is the Flagship Venue for all Future Locations: The House of Blues previously located at Downtown Disney, has moved to a larger venue at the Anaheim GardenWalk. The new venue boasts four stages; a 2,200-capacity main concert hall; a 400-capacity-standing hall; a 200-capacity room, The Parish, for smaller concerts and special events; and a 175-capacity Foundation Room/VIP Club. All the rooms are soundproof enabling multiple concerts and events to happen simultaneously. There is also a sit-down restaurant featuring a refreshed menu and bars throughout. HouseofBlues.com/Anaheim
First-Ever Virtual Reality Arcade Opens in Anaheim: Anaheim GardenWalk’s newest exciting addition is Go VR Arcade. For experienced and non-experienced gamers, this arcade offers a wide-variety of VR experiences including scenic getaways, adventures, sports, puzzles, horror and more.
Grasslands Meat Market: Butcher shop-meets-restaurant, guests can either dine-in, get their food to go, or peruse the meat shop to cook dinner at their hotel or home. Featuring an open-style kitchen, Grasslands offers a wide-variety of cuts and styles from skirt steak churrasco and slow smoked beef short ribs to St. Louis pork ribs and pulled pork chimichurri, as well as handcrafted cocktails and local beer.
What’s New at Downtown Disney® District
Splitsville Luxury Lanes are Coming to Downtown Disney® District: Splitsville Luxury Lanes will be rolling into Downtown Disney to replace the former House of Blues in late 2017. The new entertainment venue will feature 20 bowling lanes, a 625-seat restaurant with views of Downtown Disney, two bars and a large outdoor patio. Splitsvillelanes.com
Orange County/John Wayne Airport
New Flights Routes Announced:
- Alaska will offer a daily, nonstop flight starting Aug. 18 from JWA to Albuquerque, N.M. The airline also will add a flight in June from JWA to San Francisco and will be offered three times a day, joining flights already available through Southwest and United.
- Delta is adding flights to Detroit and Las Vegas. The Detroit flight is the only route for the airport and will begin service once daily on Sept. 5. The Las Vegas flight is now offered four times a day.
CITY DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Orange County’s First Shipping Container Food Hall Coming to Garden Grove: SteelCraft Garden Grove will include 20 artisanal retailers and restaurants, including coffee, wine, beer and dessert offerings, all located in repurporsed cargo containers that are 40 feet each. The center will be located at a 1.8-acre lot behind City Hall and is estimated to be completed mid-to-late 2018.
Major Hotel and Mixed-Use Development Coming to Garden Grove: SCG America has begun planning a mixed-use development project located on Harbor Blvd. within the Anaheim Resort district. The development allows a combination of up to three hotels, 39,000 square feet of meeting space, 20,000 square feet of restaurant space and structured parking. Groundbreaking is planned to take place in 2018. SCGamerica.com
Mixed-Use Project Comes to Anaheim Next to Angel Stadium: The $450 million 15-acre LT Platinum Center adjacent to Angel Stadium will have an outdoor entertainment center, a 26-story hotel, retail space and a 30-story residential tower. The project is set for completion by 2022.