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July 2017

Build a Memorable Experience With Visit Anaheim

Anaheim, Orange County remains a distinctive, vibrant and evolving destination for conventions, tradeshows and meetings. Centrally located in Southern California, Orange County is accessible from four major airports so guests have plenty of arrival options. Plus, the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the West Coast, is about to open an additional 200,000 square feet of flexible, carpeted space which will include 100,000 square feet of column-free space on the top level and finished ceilings with movable air walls offering a variety of meeting room layout options. With our new flexible meeting space, your set-up can be as creative as you are. We can give you small and intimate spaces or hugely impressive ones—all at the same time!

If you had a venue along our 42 miles of coastline in mind, the Visit Anaheim Visioneers can help you create an extraordinary local experience steeped in Southern Californian charm in a heartbeat. For Visit Anaheim, it’s all about surprising and delighting your imagination and making you, and your guests, feel special.


Visit Anaheim offers pre-meeting services guaranteed to build excitement among your exhibitors and attendees with complementary customized marketing, welcome programs and tailored destination information.


Leverage our knowledgeable, local team to help you create an effective bid strategy to maximize your room blocks, saving you time and money. Visit Anaheim will also arrange site inspections and provide you with up-to-the-minute details on community events that will impact your meetings, as well as the latest hotel renovations and destination updates.


Once you team up with Visit Anaheim you’ll instantly be given a direct point of contact who you can always count on. As true destination experts we’re excited to be able to assist you in finding the right hotels, venues, transportation, and dining and entertainment options. We’ll help you discover all that Anaheim and Orange County have to offer.

What’s New in Anaheim?

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 2021 opening.

Planned Hotels

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 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
  • Leisuretown

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


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.

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