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Welcome to California, Shohei Ohtani! Let's Get to Know the New Los Angeles Angels’ Pitcher!

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It’s officially baseball season, and Los Angeles Angels fans are in for an exciting season! Fans attending games at Angel Stadium here in Anaheim this year will experience new food options and updated scoreboards and displays, but perhaps the most exciting addition to the Angels is rookie, Shohei Ohtani, who joined the Angels for the 2018 season after deciding to leave his career in Japan for one in the United States.

Japanese residents in Southern California are excited to see Ohtani begin his career with the Angels, and so is Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel! The president of our management company, Ken Yanagisawa, thinks the addition of Ohtani on the roster is going to increase the number of Japanese tourists in Orange County. We hope to see Ohtani fans near and far come out to Anaheim for games this season!

There has been a lot of buzz about Ohtani’s move to the Angels and for good reason. Not only is Ohtani a great pitcher - he’s accomplished 624 strikeouts and 200 walks in 543 innings during his run in the Japanese major leagues - but he is known for his performance at the plate as well, which is something not many major league players have achieved.

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The Family-Friendly Guide to Disneyland® Resort’s Food & Wine Festival

Springtime at the Disneyland® Resort is an exciting time as the parks fill with spring breakers, cast members transform the park with fresh springtime colors, and of course, the Food & Wine Festival is underway!

The Food & Wine Festival offers guests and their families the perfect opportunity to visit the Disneyland® Resort and Disney’s California Adventure® while enjoying incredible cuisine, drinks, and entertainment. While the festival does offer its fair share of adult-only events and tastings, there’s plenty to do that’s fun for the whole family!

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25 Questions to Ask When Talking to a Wedding Venue

When you’re planning a wedding, you and your partner have a lot to think about. Perhaps one of the biggest decisions that you’ll make for your wedding day is the location. Your venue really sets the mood for your guests, and it’s where you’ll spend the day. It can be expensive and is a huge undertaking in your wedding planning. So, how do you find a wedding venue that will make your guests happy, and how will you know you’re making the best decision? There are a lot of boxes to check off when you’re touring wedding venues to make sure you’re making the best decision for you and your partner.

To make your search easier, we put together a list of wedding venue questions to ask so that you don’t miss a single detail! We’ll share some of our best tips, things to look for in a wedding venue, and things to watch out for. As you start to gather information, break out your wedding planner, or put together a Google Sheet or an Excel Spreadsheet to keep everything in one place!

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Disney bound this fall? Look out for Disneybounding at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Disneyland has specific rules about costumes in the park. It’s fine for kids, but not for adults unless you have a golden ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party, now officially sold out for 2017. But the rest of the year, only kids under 14 can enter the parks in costume. This restriction has given birth to a whole new way for adult Disney devotees to wear their Disney character hearts on their sleeves – Disneybounding.

The official term comes from a Tumblr account Disneybound created by blogger Leslie Kay. The feed offers suggestions for putting together fashion reminiscent of a Disney character but in regular attire. A red polka dot dress with bright yellow sandals, white pants and bright blue motto jacket finished off with yellow Keds for Donald Duck. Are you getting the idea? From the seven dwarfs to Moana, there are suggestions for all kinds of outfits. You can find more on Kay’s Instagram account @leslieakay.

What started as an underground movement among Disneyphiles is gaining more public notice with stories appearing in online magazines like Popsugar and in mainstream media like Travel + Leisure.

Extend October costume fun throughout the year next time you’re “Disney bound.”

Book your stay. The Fall Fun special at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is good through November 2017.

 

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Planning your Spring Break in Disneyland

Disneyland is always a popular destination, and to make the most of your vacation time this spring we wanted to offer up some tips and must-do events going on in the Magic Kingdom and at our castle for spring break 2018.

Easter is April 1 this year, but the Disneyland starts the fun early with its Egg-stravaganza scavenger hunt that runs from March 16 -April 1. Pick up a map and stickers for $5.99 (plus tax) at select merchandise locations throughout Disneyland Resort then the hunt is on as you search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney and Pixar characters. Record your finds on the map and then redeem your map for a special surprise at the following locations, Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park; Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

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5 Reasons to Host Your Daughter’s Quinceañera at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Choosing a venue is an important step in planning the perfect Quinceañera. While there are plenty of locations to choose from, Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel rises above the rest. From unique décor, a wide variety of amenities, and nearby theme parks, your daughter and guests will feel right at home at our resort. Here are five reasons you should choose to host your daughter’s special Quinceañera at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel!

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How to Spend a Magical 3 Days at the Disneyland® Resort!

It’s time to plan a family vacation, and you’ve started to narrow it down to a few options, including the Happiest Place on Earth! You know that your family will love traveling to the Disneyland® Resort, but where on earth do you start? How do you know you’ll fit it all in?

As avid Disney lovers and frequent visitors to the Disneyland® Resort, we wanted to share some insider information and tips on how to make the most out of three days at the Disneyland® Resort with your family.

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We think it goes without saying that every trip to the Disneyland® Resort should start with Disneyland® Park. It’s where the magic begins!

One of our favorite details of the park is the plaque above the entrance tunnel, which reads: “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” Entering Disneyland® means leaving the real world behind. And just like that, you’re encompassed by the music of Main Street, U.S.A., smelling fresh churros, and wondering what to do first.

Main Street, U.S.A. is a themed area of its own. You can see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in the distance, we know you can, but take the time to experience classic Disney and all of the history and fun around you before you get there. Walt Disney’s apartment - his real apartment - is still on Main Street, U.S.A. You know that Walt is always there in spirit because of the candle lit in the window. Among the shops, bakeries, ice cream shops, and restaurants you’ll find tidbits on the history of Disneyland®. Grab a snack and enjoy the shops as you make your way towards the castle!

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How to Make Your Daughter Feel like a Princess on Her Quinceañera

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When it comes to planning a Quinceañera, you want everything to be perfect for your little girl! She’s a princess in your eyes, and you want the rest of the world to see her that way too. Here are a tips to help your daughter feel like a princess as she celebrates her Quinceañera and enters adulthood.

Find the perfect dress.

Nothing says “princess” like the perfect ball gown. Other than her wedding dress, it may be the most important and beautiful gown your daughter ever wears! We recommend you begin shopping at least nine months ahead of the Quinceañera celebration to allow adequate time to find a dress and make any necessary alterations.

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Plan Ahead: New Attractions and Events Coming to Southern California Theme Parks in 2018

socal preview for pinterestFrom beach activities to theme parks and sporting events to hiking and music venues, there’s something to do, see, eat, or attend  every day here in Southern California. Whether you’re a frequent visitor to the area, or even a local, you’re bound to have your favorite places to go and events to attend, but sometimes you need a little extra excitement in your life, right? An exciting weekend away with the kids or a surprise date day with your significant other calls for something extra, and we think we’ve got the perfect list of places you need to see and things you need to do in 2018. You might already know and love some of these events and theme parks, but we bet you haven’t experienced all the new magic, thrills, and excitement coming to these Southern California attractions!

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5 Spooktacular Reasons to Visit Disneyland Resort This Halloween

In just a little over a month, the Happiest Place on Earth will transform into the Spookiest Place on Earth. With themed attractions, food, and a decorated park, Halloween at Disneyland is sure to be a spooktacular time for your whole family. Although Disneyland is magical all year round, seeing the haunting transformation it makes in September and October is something you should add to your bucket list. We have outlined just a few of the reasons we think you should visit Disneyland this Halloween!

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As if Disneyland’s attractions were not cool enough already, during the Halloween season the park transforms Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion into a spooky experience of a lifetime. Try not to flinch as you soar through Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy with ghostly screams, eerie sound effects, and the occasional phantom popping out at you. Riders be warned, this haunted holiday attraction will leave you shaking in your boots.

If that is not enough, head on over to Haunted Mansion Holiday to experience the Christmas/Halloween mash-up inspired by Tim Burton's, A Nightmare Before Christmas. As you follow Jack Skellington through the mansion, make sure to stop in the ballroom to see (and smell) this year’s custom gingerbread house.

After smelling that gingerbread house, we know you are probably pining for some sweet treats. No need to worry, Halloween in Disneyland has you covered!

Spooky Sweet Halloween Treats

Take a break from all the Halloween time fun and enjoy some of the spooky sweet treats that fill the park during the holiday season. Disneyland seriously steps up their game with their scary delicious desserts. As you are walking around the park, we bet you won’t be able to resist the Halloween-themed caramel apples, cupcakes, and rice crispy treats around every corner. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or something more savory, you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Disneyland Resort.

As you enter the parks and make your way down Main Street USA, you have quite the variety of treats and drinks. The sweet smell of Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor will have the kids begging for a Halloween Premium cone, but what’s even harder to resist are the pumpkin beignets at the Mint Julep Bar. Don’t worry, that’s located in New Orleans Square, so you have some time to finish your ice cream first!

There are plenty of options for kids, teens, and adults alike to indulge on sweet and savory goodies during Halloween in Disneyland Park, but adults have some extra treats located in Disney’s California Adventure, just across the way from Disneyland. If you have park hopper passes that give you access to both parks, the Poison Apple-Tini, located at both the Carthay Circle Restaurant and the Cove Bar, is a must for adults after a long day (or a short day, we’re not judging you) at the park.

Limited Edition Halloween Merchandise

Just as Disneyland brings out their 'A' game when it comes to Halloween treats, they also do not disappoint with their limited time holiday merchandise.  You’ll find Disney park staples like a pair of boo-tiful Mickey and Minnie ears and Halloween-themed apparel, but the fun and unique souvenirs specially brought out for the holiday are what you want to keep an eye out for.

Rumor has it that merchandise shops, like The Emporium on Main Street USA, have some new Halloween merchandise items for 2017, including home décor items like jack-o-lantern candleholders and Mickey-shaped wood signs. In addition to new items, you’ll have a wide variety of home décor options to make your home a bit spookier – and magical – when you return from vacation. We know your kids will love eating their breakfast from a plate featuring Mickey dressed as a vampire.

Meet the Characters

Of course, when you visit Disneyland, you are bound to run into Mickey and Minnie Mouse with their friends, and many other Disney characters as you wonder the park. If you take your trip during the spooky holiday season, you will get to see all of your favorite characters dressed in their Halloween best. Don’t be mistaken, the ghosts, ghouls, witches, and vampires walking around the park could be any number of Disney's cast of characters. Grab your camera and take advantage of the special photos you’ll only get this time of the year.

As if that wan’t enough, Disneyland also calls up friends from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas and you might bump in to Jack and Sally Skellington while roaming around the park.

Meet the Villains

Halloween is your only chance to meet some of Disney's most infamous villains. During Mickey's Halloween Party (separate entry ticket required), head over to Villain’s Square to meet some of your favorite bad guys, like Cruella DeVille, Captain Hook, and Maleficent. The villains are there for special photo opportunities and may even have a few surprises up their sleeves during the party. We know one thing for sure; this is a party you will not want to miss!

Each year, the Disneyland Resort undergoes a magical transformation, creating a ghoulishly delightful experience for all those who visit from the moment you walk through the gates, you’re immersed not only in the magic of Disney, but in the spirit of Halloween. And to make your stay even more magical, you can purchase tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Disney calls is the “mouse-ster of scare-emonies” and is perfect for the whole family! From sweet treats (don’t forget about that Poison Apple-Tini) and thrilling attractions to run-ins with Disney villains, there’s something for everyone at the Disneyland Resort.

Book your spooktacular Halloween family vacation today at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel!

Dapper Days, Christmas Cheer, Disneyland in fall

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Christmas in Disneyland starts in November. In fact, decorations will be in place starting Friday, November 10 and stay up through Sunday, January 7, 2018. What can travelers expect from Disney Christmas Magic?

According to the Disney Parks blog, your Disneyland favorites with be sprinkled with Christmas pixie dust.  Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle will be shining for the season, “it’s a small world” Holiday highlights Christmas around the world, the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay carries over from Halloween, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade marches down Main Street, U.S.A., Santa Claus and his reindeer show up in Critter Country, and the evenings end with “Believe…in Holiday Magic fireworks, with a snowfall finale.

At Disney California Adventure get into the food of the season with Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, watch World of Color – Season of Light, and check out the decorations in Cars Land. Disney is also offering a “A Merry Passholder Perk!” with an exclusive photo location, activities for the kids, and special button distribution.

Before the holidays officially take over the biannual celebration of vintage wear Dapper Day is scheduled for Nov. 5 this year. It’s an unofficial event that takes place in the fall and spring when stylish park goers dress up in their best vintage attire and visit the parks. It’s also a chance for Disneybounders to go all out.

Start your family holiday celebrations with us this November and take advantage of our Fall Fun rate

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Enchanting Weddings at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

 

Pinterest is filled with boards dedicated to the idea of magical weddings. Walt Disney World just opened a dress shop with princess-inspired cocktail dresses for wedding goers. And with the live action release of Beauty and the Beast, Disney inspired weddings are sure to enjoy an uptick in 2017.

Kimberly Cords, Wedding PlannerKimberly Cords, wedding specialist extraordinaire and senior catering manager at our castle, knows how to hit just the right notes when it comes to wishing upon a star for your perfect princess day at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. The royal treatment begins with first contact and brides and grooms rave about the level of attention Kimberly provides.

With the castle backdrop for photos and the garden gazebo or rose garden providing an intimate setting for the ceremony, couples can plan all aspects of their wedding day on property. The hotel also enjoys one of the best spots for fireworks viewing outside of the parks, so couples can end their magical day with a fireworks celebration in the background.

Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel’s location, right next door to Disneyland, allows couples to express their love of Disney and have some funds left over for the honeymoon! For couples who book before May 1, 2017 for 2017/2018 weddings, they can enjoy 50 percent off a ceremony in the garden and 10 percent off reception packages for Sunday through Friday weddings. Call 714.559.3889 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention this offer today!Kensington Ballroom Wedding

 

Photo credits: Jeff Dow Photography, Damaris Mia Photography

 

Foodies Give Thanks for Disneyland Thanksgiving Choices

Halloween officially gives way to Christmas at Disneyland on November 10, at least in the decorations department. You won’t find many embellishments that shout out, “It’s Thanksgiving!” in Disneyland Resort or Disney’s California Adventure, but you will find all the Thanksgiving savory and sweet trimmings. Yes, you and your family can enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie on Turkey Day, ala Disney style.

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Start the New Year- Anaheim Majestic Hotel Blog

New Year’s resolutions are top of mind this week and Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel would like to offer up a few ideas for your 2017 list.

  1. Travel more! According to Bankrate.com, more than half of U.S. workers don’t use all their paid time off. Don’t be in the wrong half in 2017, use those vacation days and plan some family getaways.
  2. Find the fun every day and while you’re at it, create lifelong family memories. Sure, kids remember the big things growing up, but most of all they remember the time we take to make everyday moments fun & magical.
  3. Spend more time with the people that matter the most.

It’s a short list, but we think it has real potential.

What better place to start finding the fun than a family vacation to Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and a visit to Disneyland® Resort?  New Year’s Eve in the parks is a must do experience. Both California Adventure and Disneyland will have extended hours and special events going on Dec. 31. Read more here on Disneyland’s blog. It is also your last chance to take one more terrifying ride on the Tower of Terror in California Adventure. The ride will close Jan. 2 for its transformation into the new “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!” attraction which is expected to open next summer.

We will be cooking up a special menu in the Garden Court Bistro for you and your family on New Year’s Eve and you can always catch the fireworks spectacular with us. Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel has one of the best views outside of the park.

Come stay with us and experience the best of Anaheim New Year’s Eve celebrations. Start your New Year's resolutions off right away and book our Winter Stay & Play package starting as low as $109/night

Happy New Year!

 

A Princess’ Guide to Playing the Part at Your Quinceañera

Your Quinceañera is one of the defining moments of your young adult life. You’ve probably been looking forward to it for years and want it to be as special as possible! When you put on that dress and celebrate with your friends and loved ones, you should feel like the princess that you are. Here are a few tips that can help your inner princess shine on your special day!

Find the Perfect Dress

The dress is one of the most important parts of helping you look and feel like a princess at your Quinceañera, so it has to be perfect!

Before you shop you should spend time looking at blogs, magazines, and Pinterest boards to find the styles, trends, and colors that you like. Whether it’s a more traditional ball gown or something cool and casual, having an idea of what type of dress you’re looking for will make it easier when you actually head to the stores. You’ll also want to have a conversation with your parents about budget so you know what price range you should stick to. 

Once you’ve got a clear vision and budget in mind, it’s time to shop! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you hit the stores.

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Christmas at the Castle

Just like our neighboring Magic Kingdom, the castle halls and grounds are decked for the season at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. We also have some sweet holiday deals to match the décor. Jingle your way to a December family vacation with our Jingle-Jestic Package, with dates through Jan. 3, 2017. With traditional rooms starting as low as $129 a night, and breakfast for two along with a free cookie and craft decorating kit for kids under 14, it’s a present worthy of any Christmas wish.

The hotel’s annual festival of trees is on as our team members get in the holiday spirit of giving and help raise money for their favorite local charities. Guests can help by voting for their favorite tree with anything from a dime to a dollar. Money will be collected until Jan. 4 when the winning tree and charity will be announced. 

Besides all of the holiday magic to be found next door at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim’s Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is home to the Muzeo Express: Holiday Model Trains exhibit through Jan. 8, 2017. The display includes themed layouts such as Thomas the Train, California landmarks and a vintage department store window sponsored by Macy’s Department Store. The exhibit is brought to you by Toy Train Operating Society Train Collectors Association, the former creators of the Nixon Library display.

Spend Christmas with us and feast in the Garden Court Bistro. Our chef is whipping up some delightful treats and a special savory dish for the occasion. December is a magical time at the Anaheim second most favorite castle so make plans to come see us.

Make your Holiday memories shine this year and take advantage of the hotel’s Jingle-Jestic Package with rooms starting at $129 a night.

 

5 razones para celebrar la Quinceañera de su hija en el Hotel Anaheim Garden Majestic

Fireworks over AMGHElige el lugar para planear una Quinceañera perfecta de su hija es un paso importante. Mientras que hay un montón de localidades para elegir, el Hotel Anaheim Garden Majestic se eleva por encima del resto.  Con una decoración única, una amplia variedad de instalaciones y parques temáticos cercanos, su hija y los invitados se sentirán como en su casa en nuestro hotel. Aquí están las cinco razones por las que debe elegir acoger una Quinceañera especial para su hija en el Hotel Anaheim Garden  Majestic! 

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Get Spooked in Anaheim this Fall

Halloween is right around the corner and Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is dressed up in its spooky best for the occasion. Not only that, but all our Hotel Associates will be getting in on the fun and displaying their decorated Halloween pumpkins from October 27-31. Guests get to choose their favorite and cast their vote. The winning pumpkin carver receives a prize and Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel bragging rights for an entire year!

What other place can you experience so many versions of Halloween from the tame to jump out of your bones thrills?

Disneyland® Park is festooned with all elements of the season for “Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort.” From the costumed characters to an ode to “Dia de Los Muertos” in Frontierland, and the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, guests will find the “Happiest” haunted place on earth offers seasonal surprises around every corner.

Knott’s “not so scary” Spooky Farm runs every weekend in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special limited- time event, geared for kids ages 3-11, serves up live entertainment, trick-or- treating, a costume contest and exclusive festivities honoring the 50th anniversary of the classic Peanuts animated TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” And for those looking to literally jump at their Halloween thrills, Knott’s offers a nighttime version for audiences 13 and up, titled Knott’s Scary Farm.  Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” packs seven terrifying mazes, the newest “Walking Dead” attraction, a Terror Tram and scare zones into your admission to the park.

Besides Halloween thrills Anaheim offers some serious NHL hockey action in October with the Anaheim Ducks at home: Oct. 23 against the Vancouver Canucks, Oct. 26 battling the Nashville Predators, and again Oct. 28 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center. Or join Orange County’s biggest Oktoberfest party at Old World Village Huntington Beach. This massive German inspired party includes Dachshund races, live music, imported German beers, the “best bratwurst” in California and more.

Take advantage of the hotel’s Spooky-Jestic Package with rooms starting at $131 a night and make your plans to trick-or-treat with us.