Walking For a Good Cause in the Rain

On Sunday, August 20, Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground once again participated in the yearly CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by Disneyland Resort. It was the first time since 2019 that the popular event returned as an in-park 5K to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a pediatric healthcare system […]

68 Years Ago, Something Big Was About to Happen Across the Street

As you can see above, even the vintage city mascot of Andy Anaheim was ready to herald the arrival of Disneyland, which opened on Sunday, July 17, 1955. The opening was broadcast across the nation on ABC, putting our mutual hometown of Anaheim in the spotlight to an estimated 90 million viewers in what was then the largest live television broadcast up to that time.

Beat the heat! Take a “Peak” at Something Chilly!

The “Mattercam” also allows for fun viewing of other visual highlights of the Disneyland Resort, such as Sleeping Beauty Castle, Space Mountain, Incredicoaster, Pixar Pal-A-Round, and more! You can view all the fun here: https://www.hojoanaheim.com/webcam/.

Beat the Summer Heat at Disneyland in Three Simple, Fun Ways

If you’re like us, you like to take an entire day (from opening to closing) to squeeze every bit of magic out of your visits to Disneyland Park and Disney California Park. However, summer days can be long and hot, so we have three simple, fun ways to stay cool at the parks.  

How to Still Have Fun When Disneyland is Crowded

It seems like it doesn’t matter what time of year you plan a trip to the Disneyland Parks, it is always crowded. Which we totally understand. We love going to the parks all the time too. Even though the parks may be crowded when you are on your trip, these tips are sure to help […]


RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY Did you know there used to be a helicopter service to Disneyland? From 1956 to 1972 there was a helicopter service between Disneyland and Los Angeles (and points in between). You could fly into LAX and then take a quick helicopter trip directly to Disneyland. Initially one would land near Tomorrowland and […]


Disneyland opened in 1955 and since opening day, each cast member has worn a name tag. Some without an actual name printed, but all wore a tag. Here’s a great set of photos taking you through the basic name tags of the past and present. They have certainly morphed, but more or less have kept […]


RETRO DISNEYLAND HISTORY Remember the Viewliner? Very few do! This narrow-gauge, miniature train ran along parts of the Disneyland Railroad main line and made loops through Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. It only ran from mid 1957 to late 1958 when construction began for the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage. It was billed as both the “fastest […]