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GUEST BLOG: PHOTOGRAPHER & DISNEYLAND EXPERT ANDY CASTRO

No one blends brilliant photography and detailed Disneyland Resort information better than Andy Castro. Andy is a Southern California native and has been photographing the Disney parks for years. He also provides insider information on enhancements, refurbishments, remodels and merchandise at the parks. Andy’s weekly blog, Dateline Disneyland, is regarded as one the most visually impressive and informative blogs covering the Disneyland Resort. We are proud to count Andy as a close friend of the Anaheim HoJo!

Andy wrote a recent blog feature about the history of the Howard Johnson. Here is the first part in the series on the long history of HoJo and Disneyland which began in 1965:

 Celebrating 50 Years of Retro Fun at HoJo Anaheim

I’m a big fan of the Howard Johnson across the street from Disneyland. The folks at HoJo Anaheim run a great, affordable property and have been longtime supporters of Dateline Disneyland. Starting today, we’ll periodically be running special featurettes on the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground here in Dateline Disneyland. To kick off this special new feature, we’re taking a look back at HoJo Anaheim’s great history as the hotel gears up for its 50th Anniversary in 2015!

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INNSIDE SCOOP: DISNEY CALIFORNIA STORY GUIDED TOUR

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Hello everyone! I just had a chance to take the brand new guided tour offered at Disney California Adventure entitled “Disney California Story“. It covers the inspiration behind Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle, Cars Land, and many other places around DCA. The tour takes about 3 hours and includes a lunch and a commemorative pin that you can only get by taking the tour. The price is $109 per guest (Park admission not included) and there is a 20% discount for Disney Visa cardholders, AAA, Annual Passholders, and Vacation Club members. The main highlight of this tour is the exclusive look at the members-only 1901 Lounge inside Carthay Circle. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures inside but the place is filled with rare pictures of Walt in his early years. Ready for the tour? Here we go! Continue reading

TRAVEL & LEISURE MAGAZINE’S “MOST COMFORTABLE HOTEL BEDS”

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What a great honor for our hotel to be mentioned in Travel + Leisure Magazine! Our hotel was ranked number nine in the U.S. based on travelers’ reviews. Here is their write up: Continue reading

DISNEYLAND NEWS: THE ADVENTURELAND TRADING COMPANY

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Hello Adventurers! Trader Tommy here with an update on the new adventures available to anyone who dares! The Adventureland Trading Company is open for business at the Indiana Jones Outpost. Guests can go on several different quests to hunt for “juju”, which are little artifacts that they can collect and trade. Below is a quick rundown of the quests. Continue reading

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CATALINA ISLAND

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Hello everyone! Tommy here again with a special trip report for you! Recently, our friends at Catalina Express and the Descanso Beach Club invited us over for the day to take a tour of Catalina Island. This laid-back retreat is just a few miles off the coast and can be seen on a clear day from some of our local beaches. There are several ways to get here from the Howard Johnson Anaheim, so make sure to speak to the front desk so they can help you plan your trip.

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