Anaheim Journals

Non-Disneyland Things To Do in Anaheim

An August 2003 trip to Anaheim by E. B.

Quote: I go to Anaheim twice a week for dance classes. I almost never go to Disneyland, although I live so close compared to the rest of the nation. I think I've only been there four times in my life. It's more for kids than adults, so that's not surprising.

Non-Disneyland Things To Do in Anaheim

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Obviously, the thing to do if you've never been to Anaheim is to visit Disneyland. Anaheim is also next door to Buena Park, which is home to Knott's Berry Farm. Anaheim is also home to Nonosina's Polynesian Music and Dance Production. The dancers at Nonosina were recently featured in the TV show Mr. Personality. They also compete in various Tahitian dance competitions and usually place first, so they're very famous in the Polynesian community.Quick Tips: Anaheim is inland and far from ocean breezes. The best time to visit is in the fall or spring. Fall is usually better since Southern California gets rain primarily in late winter or early spring. Spring is a bit unpredictable, so my pick ...Read More

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort

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Attraction | "The Coast Anaheim Hotel"

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I had a hard time figuring out how to enter the hotel. I parked near the coffee shop and couldn't find an entrance. I went inside the coffee shop to ask and was told to go through the coffee shop. Apparently, I parked at the north entrance and the registration desk is at the south entrance. Parking overnight is $8. You get a paper parking pass that allows entry through the parking gate. There are several automatic doors to enter the hotel from the parking lot. Elevators are at both ends of the building. I was in room 827, which is on the 8th floor and faces Disneyland. I specifically asked for a room that faces Disneyland so that I could watch the firework display from my balcony. It w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 750-1811

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Best Things Nearby:Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott's Berry Farm, Movieland Wax Museum, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza, Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum, and a variety of restaurantsBest Things About the Resort:A shuttle goes to Disneyland, there is a rec room where there are resort activities, a pool, and covered parking.Resort Experience:I decided to try out the Dolphin's Cove Resort. I was a little intimidated by reviews that I read online about a problem with ants. My stay was in August, a very hot time of the year for Southern California. I was afraid that I would see ants, but I didn't s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Dolphin's Cove Resort
465 West Orangewood Avenue
Anaheim, California 92802
(866) 722-7401

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Matiki Island Barbeque is owned by Mel and Riki Liufau. They cook Polynesian favorites, like kalua pig, lau lau, macaroni salad, chicken teriyaki, and kalbi. I have had the kalbi on two separate occasions. It was pretty good on my first try. On the second try, it was too salty without much garlic. (I'm very picky since I'm Korean. I know my kalbi!) I'm not sure who made the kalbi the second time, but it wasn't as good as the first time. I tried the lau lau once, but it was a bit salty, otherwise very good. (Since taste is subjective, it leads me to think that the cook is more liberal with the salt than I tend to be.) Sundays they have started serving Samoan food from 11am-4pm. I have not tri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

Matiki Island Barbeque
3070 West Lincoln Avenue
Anaheim, California 92801
(714) 821-5228

Blue Bayou

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Restaurant

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OK, so I did in fact go to Disneyland. My friend wanted to go to the Blue Bayou because he had never eaten there. Neither had I, so we went for lunch. It's better to make reservations, but we waited only about 10-15 minutes for a table for two. When we were seated, it was actually a table for four not too far from the water under the bayou night sky. I ordered a mint julep. It was non-alcoholic. It tasted like a mojito without the rum. My friend tried to order a glass of wine, but alcohol is not served here. He had a virgin mint julep instead. I ordered a pork loin that was marinated in jerk sauce and came with caramelized apples. My friend ordered the jambalaya dish. I tasted his dish, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2004

Blue Bayou
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California
(714) 781-3463

Nonosina Polynesian Music & Dance

Attraction | "Nonosina Polynesian Music & Dance Production"

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Nonosina is an award-winning Tahitian dance troupe. They usually place first in the many competitions that they enter: San Jose Tahiti Fête, Tahiti Nui International, Heiva I Reno, etc. Riki Liufau and her son Mevina are the instructors. They are known for their flashy big style of Tahitian dance. They have fundraisers twice a year, once in the summer (7pm, August 10, 2003 this year) and again around Christmas. This is when the beginning classes can usually perform. "Beginners" at Nonosina are much more advanced than beginners elsewhere. Since the whole troupe is at such a high competitive level, their beginning level is considered advanced at other Tahitian troupes. One warning, on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

Nonosina Polynesian Music & Dance
3070 W Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, California 92801
(714) 527-7003

The Block at Orange

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If you're going to be in Anaheim, you might as well drive to The Block at Orange. The Block is an open-air promenade with stores like Hilo Hattie's, Borders, Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Old Navy, Virgin Megastore, Frederick's of Hollywood, and Skechers. There is an AMC movie theater, a Krispy Kreme store, Alcatraz Brewing Company, and a Wolfgang Puck Café. I usually go to Hilo Hattie's to get any Hawaiian merchandise. This is the only one in California. Wolfgang Puck Café is also very good. Alcatraz Brewing Company is a good place to sip a beer or two. The people who shop at the Block tend to be suburbanites who live in the Orange County area. The atmosphere is very similar to Universal City W...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

The Block at Orange
1 City Boulevard, West
Anaheim, California 92868
(714) 769-4000