Disneyland was born in the flat lands of Orange County and draws millions of vacationers each year. However many of Anaheim’s visitors hardly venture outside. These dedicated business travelers spend hours attending meetings in the expansive, glittering convention center or many of the neighboring hotels. Outside, the adjacent streets of the Anaheim Resort district tempt with adventures that could refresh and invigorate. Every meeting attendee deserves a break and conventional wisdom recommends exploring the area by foot is a fine way to burn off coffee break and buffet line calories.
Walking this district with its large hotels and plethora of restaurants is easy enough with comfortable shoes and the time to stroll. Traffic can be heavy at times but the streets are wide and the sidewalks generous. With the Anaheim Convention Centers detailed walking map, the route is safe and easy.
Disneyland, its hotels and the Anaheim Gardenwalk mall can be reached in twenty minutes from most of the resort area hotels. The walking map loop originates from the convention center and can be leisurely covered in less than two hours. Walk from the hotels bordering the Convention Center up through the Anaheim Gardenwalk with its shops, restaurants, movie theaters. It even houses a bowling alley. Don’t miss the bronze statues of Kate and Ella Rea, daughters of the early ranching family who named their ranch and subsequently the main resort street, Katella. One family busy taking pictures with the statues mentioned that they “take the kids out of school early in September every year to visit Disneyland when the park’s nearly empty.”
One long block west from Gardenwalk is the entrance to Disneyland. Weave through the park-hopper ticket holders along the wide lane between the two parks. If you can resist the temptations of Downtown Disney, the diversions at the Paradise Pier Hotel and the palatial Grand Californian, you can be back at the hotel with time to rest up before a well deserved dinner.
The Convention and Visitors Center is developing an app outlining a great running route through the area with its graceful tree lined walkways. It might be best to schedule jogging for the early morning when convention crowds are lightest and to avoid the summer heat. The detailed walking map is available from the Anaheim convention and visitors bureau at www.anaheimoc.org
Elaine Masters, 2011 – Travel writer, trip wellness specialist and author of Drivetime Yoga and Flytime Yoga – Helping travelers get where they’re going feeling great. For books, audio and other travel ease products visit: www.DrivetimeYoga.com