What’s New in Anaheim and Orange County, California Fall 2016
Discover the latest news in hotels, attractions, development, breweries, transportation, and more!
Four Diamond Hotel Development in Anaheim
Disneyland® Resort Reveals Plans for New Hotel: Disneyland recently announced the addition of a luxury hotel at the Disneyland Resort, the first in nearly 20 years. The 700-room, AAA Four Diamond hotel will offer luxury amenities including two pools, a fitness center, concierge service and a kid’s play area. Guests will also be able to dine alfresco on the hotel’s rooftop restaurant which overlooks the park. The hotel will be located at the north end of the Downtown DisneyÒ parking lot. Construction will begin in 2018, with a slated opening in 2021. Disneyland.Disney.Go
Orange County’s First JW Marriott Comes to Anaheim: The first Four Diamond hotel outside of the Disneyland Resort will be built adjacent to the Anaheim GardenWalk, located in the heart of the Anaheim ResortÔ district. The $150 million property will have 466 guest rooms, meeting space and will rise 12 stories.
Luxury Hotel 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. The $208 million hotel will open in 2018, the hotel brand for this project has not been announced.
Four Diamond Hotel to be Build Next to Anaheim Convention Center: A $225 million, 630-room property is set to replace the Anabella Hotel on Katella Ave. Located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, the hotel will aim to attract discerning business and convention clientele.
Cambria Hotels International Brand Expands to Anaheim: Choice Hotels International will build a Cambria Hotel & Suites in the Anaheim Resort district on the corner of West Katella Ave. and Anaheim Blvd. The new property will have meeting space, a contemporary bistro called Social Circle, and a California-themed outdoor space with a pool and movie screening wall. The 345-room hotel will open in November 2018.
Hotel Menage to Rebrand as a Sheraton: Located a mile from Disneyland Resort on Harbor Blvd. and Ball Road, the 255-room property will rebrand as a Four Points by Sheraton. A renovation of the rooms will begin in fall 2016 to create an environment that caters to families.
Grand Legacy at the Park Debuts Hotel Rooftop Lounge, The FIFTH: A brand new offering for hotel guests, The FIFTH is an open-air 5,000 square foot lounge that features artisan cocktails, craft beer, small plates, live music, fire pits and a front row view of the Disneyland Resort. GrandLegacyHotel.com
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, transportation hub where buses, shuttles, taxis can drop-off and pick-up visitors, and a pedestrian bridge over Harbor Blvd. that will connect the structure to the parks. Construction on the project will begin in 2017 and will be completed by 2018. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Coming to Disney California Adventure® Park: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! will replace the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (scheduled to close in early 2017) with a new epic adventure. The characters from the blockbuster hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” are captured by Taneleer Tivan and Rocket needs help breaking them out of captivity. Guests can look forward to an all-new immersive experience with multiple unique ride profiles that will be accompanied by rock music inspired by the movie’s soundtrack. The attraction is set to open in summer 2017. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Soarin’ Around the World Takes Flight at Disney California Adventure Park: Soarin’ Around the World took flight at Disney California Adventure Park in June 2016. Based on the original Soarin’ Over California, the new adventure offers scenes from locations around the world including: flying over the Matterhorn’s snowy peak, along the Great Wall of China, through the majestic buttes of Monument Valley, hopping over the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and across the spectacular Sydney Harbour. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Star Wars-Themed Land Coming to Disneyland Park: Allowing guests to visit “a galaxy far, far away,” Disneyland has broken ground on the new Star Wars-themed land development. Disney’s single largest themed expansion to date, the Star Wars-themed land will feature two jaw-dropping signature attractions, a thrilling battle experience and an adventure aboard the Millennium Falcon space ship. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Star Wars “Season of the Force” Debuts at Disneyland Park: To get ready for the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, a bevy of new interactive entertainment have arrived in Tomorrowland. The “Season of the Force” Star Wars experience includes:
- Star Wars Launch Bay – An interactive exhibit space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center.
- Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – Offers a cinematic overview of the Star Wars saga.
- Star Tours - The Adventures Continue - Takes guests to one of the locations from the latest film in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Hyperspace Mountain – A reimagining of the classic Space Mountain Attraction.
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple – New characters and villains are added to this popular show.
“Frozen” the Musical Arrives at Disney California Adventure Park: Disney’s blockbuster musical “Frozen” has inspired a new show which debuted at the Hyperion Theater in May 2016. The new show transports guests to the magical world of “Frozen,” and follows the emotional journey of Anna and Elsa with all of the excitement of live theater. Disneyland.disney.go.com
Knott’s Berry Farm®
Knott’s Soak City® to Open Six New Slides Next Season: The first Knott’s Soak City expansion project in 10 years features a 165-foot water tower with four new slides and a second 150-foot tower with two slides. This expansion gives a new look to Soak City with new shaded areas and cabanas. The expansion is slated to begin late 2016 and expected to open in May 2017. Knotts.com
LEGOLAND® California Resort
New LEGO® NINJAGO™ Land Debuting in 2017: LEGOLAND® California Resort will open a new LEGO NINJAGO Ninjaland, based on the LEGO story of four young ninja heroes trained in the ancient martial art of Spinjitzu. LEGO NINJAGO The Ride will feature never-before-seen technology where guests can control the outcome of their adventure with hand gestures, 3D imagery and high-tech sensors that blast animated fireballs lightening, shockwaves and ice. The new land will also offer LEGO building stations, interactive games and experiences, Asian cuisine and a shopping venue. California.legoland.com
CITY DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Mixed-Use Project Comes to Anaheim Next to Angel Stadium: The Anaheim Planning Commission has unanimously approved a $450 million development to be built on 15 acres of land located on Orangewood Ave. and State College Blvd. Called the LT Platinum Center, the project’s plans include a 30-story residential tower, outdoor entertainment center similar to The Grove in Los Angeles, a hotel, retail space and office space. Construction is reported to finish by 2022.
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 begin in 2018. SCGamerica.com
Anaheim Brewery News
Anaheim is experiencing a brewery surge, with a dozen open now (Anaheim Brewery, Backstreet Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewery, Bruery Terreux, Golden Road Brewing, Hoparazzi Brewing Co., Karl Strauss, Legends Craft Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Phantom Ales & Cellar, Unsung Brewery) and more on the way.
Latest Brewery Openings
Karl Strauss Brew Pub: The newest addition to the burgeoning craft beer scene in Anaheim is the famed Karl Strauss Brewing Company which opened its tenth location in August 2016 across from Angel Stadium.
Unsung Brewing Company: Unsung Brewing Company recently opened a tasting room in the Make Building in July 2016. The tasting room has a nano-brewery to brew experimental and other interesting beers, while using its Tustin production facility to brew its flagship beers. Educational classes are available for beer-enthusiasts looking to further their understanding. Unsungbrewing.com
Bruery Terreux: Sour beer specialists at The Bruery of Placentia have debuted a new brewery and tasting room in Anaheim called Bruery Terreux. The new location focuses solely on farmhouse-style ales fermented with wild yeasts as well as oak-aged sour ales. The Bruery Terreux officially opened in July 2016 on North Grove St. TheBruery.com
Brewery Expansion News
Bottle Logic Brewing Expands Tasting Room and Production Facility: Expansion to Bottle Logic is currently underway; the space will double its size into the adjacent building and outdoor patio area. The newly expanded tasting room will accommodate large parties and private events. 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 early 2017. BottleLogic.com
Noble Ale Works’ Expansion Triples Footprint: Located within walking distance of Angel Stadium and Honda Center, this pregame brewery of choice has started a massive expansion project. Noble Ale Works purchased the warehouse next door and will join the two spaces to increase the size of beer production and the tasting room. Noble Ale Works was named best small brewery in the world and won three medals, including gold for its I Love It! IPA, at the 2016 World Beer Cup. NobleAleWorks.com
Make Building Debuts
Brewery, Whiskey Distillery and Winery All Under One Roof in Anaheim:
Located across the street from famed foodie destination, the Anaheim Packing House in downtown Anaheim, the Make Building is a 10,500 square foot structure that was once a marmalade factory dating back to the early 1900s. With a second lease on life, the Make Building now has indoor and outdoor communal lounge space, Unsung Brewery (now open), soon to open Pali Wine Co., Jav’s Bar-B-Q, and a yet-to-be-named whiskey distillery. Tasting rooms will hold educational classes. AnaheimMake.com
New at the Anaheim Packing House
Mix it Up, A Salad Boutique: A fresh and healthy haven, Mix it Up recently opened offering patrons made-to-order salads and stacks or the option to create a custom meal.
I AM: Frozen cotton candy married with a creamy texture and topped with locally sourced fruits, I AM features traditional Korean-style flavors including Mochi or Sweet Red Bean, along with their most popular flavor Green Tea smoothies.
Doggone Soda & Dogs: Doggone Soda & Dogs is the newest food and beverage venture featuring a soda counter. Enjoy specialty crafted sodas and gourmet hot dogs.
New Establishments Debuting at ARTIC: The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, better known as ARTIC, provides rail, bus, taxi and other services for daily commuters, visitors and leisure travelers. Soon travelers will be able to enjoy a curated selection of exceptional offerings including: The Lost Bean Organic Coffee and Tea, The Oyster Bar, a small-batch brewery, bar, a co-branded Auntie Anne’s/Pinkberry, and a two-seat barbershop called The Shop. The first two businesses to open are The Lost Bean Organic Coffee and Tea, which serves espressos, cappuccinos and more for commuters and The Oyster Bar, a live action raw bar complete with fresh oysters shucked in front of you, cajun and creole steam kettle cuisine, a late night menu and full liquor bar. Auntie Anne’s/Pinkberry will open late 2016 on the first floor and three more concepts; a small batch brewery called R.A.D., Medicine (A bar), and a yet-to-be-named ramen shop are expected to open in early 2017. ArtInfo.com
ARTIC Awarded California’s Highest Environmental Honor: Anaheim’s highly regarded train station has been awarded the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in the Sustainable Practices, Community or Facilities category. The award recognizes ARTIC for sustainable business practices and contributions to the region’s economy. ArticInfo.com
Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) Transforms its Style: The Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) unveiled a new and original design for its bus fleet. The wrap features a playful and vibrant theme that meshes with the overall ART concept, ‘The ART of Connecting the Dots.’ The first vehicles to incorporate the new design will be four state-of-the-art electric buses which can hold up to 40 passengers and are zero emission vehicles. RideArt.org
“Polly the Trolley” Transports Visitors between Downtown Anaheim Locations: Downtown Anaheim’s free trolley, affectionately named “Polly the Trolley,” whisks visitors between the Anaheim Packing District and Center St. Promenade. Trolley available Friday – Sunday from 12 – 9 p.m. AnaheimPackingDistrict.com
What’s New at the Anaheim GardenWalk
Anaheim House of Blues Relocation: The House of Blues, previously located at Downtown Disney, has moved to a larger venue at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Set to open November 2016, the new House of Blues will boast an expanded main concert hall, an intimate theater - The Cambridge Room, and a newly designed VIP Foundation Room club. HouseofBlues.com
Mission Escape Games: A new, interactive, fun, and entertainment concept, Mission Escape Games will open in October 2016. A real-life escape experience that is designed for small groups of people, the mission is to escape from a locked room in 50 minutes or less using only your wits to get through locked doors. MissionEscapeGames.com
Sockerbit Sweet & Sweedish: Sharing the Scandinavian candy culture and the amazing selection of “smagodis,” which translates into little candies, this new store will be opening in October 2016. These highly sought after delectables will come in all shapes and sizes with chocolates, fruity surprises and much more. AnaheimGardenWalk.com
Grasslands Barbecue & Churrasco Market: Expected to open in December 2016, the Grasslands Churrasco Market will be a never-before-seen restaurant concept in Anaheim featuring unique barbecue eats. Anaheimgardenwalk.com
Orange County Shopping News
The Outlets at Orange is Expanding: The Outlets at Orange will be adding 60,000 square feet of new retail space and 12 brand-name outlet stores. To be completed by 2016’s holiday season. Simon.com/mall/the-outlets-at-orange
Pacific City Opens in Huntington Beach: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean is Huntington Beach’s newest shopping, dining, and lifestyle destination, Pacific City. Capturing the energy of the areas surf culture, the unique retail and dining 40 stores and eateries are now open. GoPacificCity.com
VISIT ANAHEIM NEWS
Anaheim Convention Center Awarded LEED Gold Certification: The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), the largest convention center on the West Coast, has been awarded LEED Gold certification. A designation reserved for the world’s highest performing and most sustainable buildings, the ACC was awarded the LEED Gold certification by scoring high in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and environmentally friendly practices. LEED certification is the benchmark for buildings, homes, and communities designed, built, maintained and operated for optimal environmental and human health. VisitAnaheim.org
Anaheim Breaks Visitor Volume Record in 2015: For the third year in a row, Anaheim and Orange County have set a new visitor volume record. Anaheim welcomed an estimated 22.5 million visitors, while Orange County saw 47.4 million. Visit Anaheim, the official destination marketing organization (DMO) of Anaheim and Garden Grove, reported that visitors alone contributed $7.3 billion to Orange County’s local economy, up eight percent from the previous year. The biggest gain that Anaheim saw in 2015 was in international visitors, accounting for 2.7 million visitors to Anaheim, and totaling 12 percent of overall tourists. VisitAnaheim.org
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 completion date is projected for summer 2017. AccExpansion.com