Anaheim is a city locatied in Orange County, California, with a population of about 353,643, making it the 10th most-populated city in California. Anaheim is the second most populous city in Orange County (after Santa Ana) and second largest in terms of land area (after Irvine), and is known for its theme parks, sports teams and convention center.
Anaheim's name is a blend of "Ana", after the nearby Santa Ana River, and "heim", a common German place name compound originally meaning "home". It is the site of the Disneyland Resort, a world-famous grouping of theme parks and hotels which opened in 1955, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and Anaheim Convention Center, the largest convention center on the West Coast.
Anaheim Hills is a master-planned community located in the city's eastern stretches that is home to many sports stars and executives. Downtown Anaheim has three mixed-use historic districts, the largest of which is the Anaheim Colony, and is home to the Anaheim White House restaurant, featured in a February 2010 article referring to Anaheim as "one of the top three places in America to find romance," along with Santa Ana and Long Beach. The Anaheim Resort, a commercial district, includes Disneyland and numerous hotels and retail complexes. The Platinum Triangle, a neo-urban redevelopment district surrounding Angel Stadium, is planned to be populated with mixed-use streets and high-rises. Finally, The Canyon is an industrial district north of the 91 and east of the Orange Freeway.
Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, is the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with close to 600 million guests since it opened.
Disneyland has eight themed areas or "lands" that host various shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and attractions:
- Main Street, U.S.A., designed to resemble an early 20th-century Midwest town
- Adventureland, featuring jungle-themed adventures
- Frontierland, illustrating an American Old West frontier town
- Fantasyland, bringing to life characters and places from Disney's movies for children
- Tomorrowland, an optimistic vision of the future
- New Orleans Square, based on 19th-century New Orleans.
- Critter Country, complete with railroads, waterfalls, and singing critters
- Mickey's Toontown, featuring miniature interactive metropolis full of topsy turvy architecture and screwy sculptures
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the professional baseball team of Anaheim, California. The Angels are a member of the Western Division of the MLB's American League. The "Angels" name originates from the city that was their original home, Los Angeles. The Angels have been based in Angel Stadium of Anaheim since 1966. In 2009 they were AL Western Division champions for the third straight season.
Each game begins with the song "Calling All Angels" by Train being played on the P.A. If the Angels are losing or the game is tied during the 7th inning the Rally Monkey makes an appearance on the scoreboard, appearing in various movies that have been edited to include him. Every Friday is Big Bang Friday which is a fireworks display following every Friday home game.
Anaheim White House Restaurant
A landmark jewel that was once nestled quietly among an enormous orange grove in the early 20th century, Anaheim White House is still Anaheim's most famous hidden treasure. In 1987, Italian immigrant, Bruno Serato took over the ownership of the restaurant, which now features Northern Italian cuisine. His award-winning excellence and signature entrees befit the establishment and his philosophy is simple: to treat each and every one of his patrons as a distinguished guests in his home. Simple as it may be, Anaheim's once "hidden treasure" is now recognized worldwide, and is now a "home" to many.
Numerous celebrities such as Danny De Vito, Andrea Bocelli and even former president Jimmy Carter have graced the home's threshold. Likewise, Anaheim White House has also graced catering events for many, including Madonna, and has even traveled as far as Bora Bora, to delight dinner guests with their magnificent fare.