Anaheim & Buena Park Highlights
Two fallacies persist about Anaheim: it’s known as the town that Disneyland built, and is often referred to as part of Los Angeles. However, Anaheim (named for the nearby Santa Ana River and the German term for “home”) was actually founded in 1857 by a group of Bavarian grape farmers, and lies about an hour south of L.A.
The second-largest city in Orange County, Anaheim’s sprawl of hotels, motels, chain restaurants and shopping malls (like the hopping GardenWalk) is largely designed to accommodate the Magic Kingdom’s 15 million annual visitors. Just off the 405 freeway, Disneyland has been delighting humanity since 1955, all the while turning its formerly sleepy farm town into a travel destination with the West Coast’s largest convention center, three home sports teams (the Angels, Ducks and Bolts), and a reputation as (adjacent to) the Happiest Place on Earth.