What’s new in Anaheim in 2023
What is new in Anaheim, California this year? Anaheim has a landmark year ahead with new openings and fun happenings for residents and tourists alike. With a stellar event line-up in celebration of Disney’s “100 Years of Wonder,” concerts and sporting events to ring in Honda
Center’s 30th anniversary, new luxury hotels to enhance the city’s accommodation portfolio, new diverse eateries and new ground transportation links to make the city more easily accessible for visitors; Anaheim is the base for exploring Orange County and beyond.
In the neighboring city of Garden Grove, three new hotels are expected to break ground in 2023 including a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, the Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort. The new animated resort will feature 600+ rooms, retail, dining, and entertainment spaces including a grand resort pool for families to enjoy. Additionally, Le Meridien by Marriott will have a 400+ hotel room tower and the 4-star Kimpton boutique Hotel will be one of the largest in the nation with 200+ rooms, both set to break ground this year.
At the Disneyland Resort, Mickey’s beloved Toontown will re-open on March 8, 2023 with all new interactive play areas, including CenTOONial Park, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Goofy’s How-to-Play Yard and Donald’s Duck Pond. Guests can also look forward to reimagined attractions, such as Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster, Goofy’s House and Donald’s Boat, as well as returning favorites such as Mickey’s House, Minnie’s House and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
Set to break ground this year, ocV!BE will be a mixed use community with Honda Center and ARTIC Center as the anchor. The community will consist of two new hotels, residential living spaces, office spaces, new indoor and outdoor amphitheaters, countless dining and retail spaces, a new food hall, a wellness park and a sports complex all to be completed by 2028 where Anaheim will host the Men’s Volleyball Olympic games. The project is scheduled to open the first phase in 2026, making its mark to become the new epicenter for locals and tourists alike in the years ahead.
“ocV!BE will transform Anaheim as a destination,” said Jay Burress, President & CEO, Visit Anaheim. “This exciting project will assist Anaheim in attracting and retaining guests, particularly conventioneers; to dine, shop, stay & be entertained in Anaheim, generating significant revenue for the local hospitality industry and the city of Anaheim.”
Events and Anniversaries
The Walt Disney Company is celebrating “100 Years of Wonder” with special events, experiences, and limited-time offerings at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. There will be two all-new nighttime spectaculars, never before seen parades, special food offerings and more. The celebration will take place throughout the resort all year long. Honda Center home to the Anaheim Ducks hockey team and entertainment hub is celebrating its 30th anniversary with several concerts lined up and new food offerings at concession stands, restaurants and suites as well as the food trucks at Puck Drop Patio. Honda Center has also introduced mobile ordering, to avoid the lines and give guests more time to enjoy the games.
First led by Babe Ruth in 1924, Anaheim’s annual Fall Festival and Halloween Parade attracted 150,000 spectators and was televised across Southern California at the height of its popularity. Now, a new generation has taken up the mantle of organizing, float-building and performing the parade route, uniting all tourists and locals alike. Don’t miss the nearly century old festivities as well as the must see “Doggie Costume Contest & Pawrade” in October.
Restaurants & Breweries
Smoke & Fire’s Isaias Hernandez is expanding his local empire and adding to Anaheim’s growing beer scene with Villains Brewery. Formerly where Modern Times Leisuretown was located, Villains Brewery will boast a wide range of beer selections and a menu similar to that of Smoke & Fire with escalations of many classic smoked barbecue proteins such as brisket grilled cheese on Texas toast.
The Anaheim GardenWalk is also receiving a new addition, welcoming Boiling Point to the property with dozens of existing dining, shopping and entertainment options. Boiling Point specializes in Taiwanese style broths augmented with a fermented tofu, a variety of meats and several spice level options.
Anaheim Transportation Network
The Anaheim Transportation Network is launching “Everyone Ventures Everywhere” (EVE), a direct transportation connection to and from the Anaheim Resort area to John Wayne Airport using an on-demand, reservation-based system. This will be a luxury fleet of fully electric vehicles, the first of its kind in California. Reservations will be made on the A-Way WeGo App.
Anaheim will also be unveiling a daily, scheduled, nonstop airport service in luxury vehicles between LAX and the Anaheim ARTIC. Guests can expect modern executive- style mini-buses with comfortable individual leather seats, electronic device outlets, plenty of legroom, luggage storage and professional chauffeurs focused on customer safety and comfort.
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