Welcome to the Anaheim meeting and event planning guide – a city guide written with meeting planners in mind. This Orange County city is often styled as "The Anaheim Resort" for its family-friendly attractions. It's also home to some of the nation’s leading industrial and technology companies, which essentially makes the city a hub for business – disguised as a vacation destination. Either way, planners can take full advantage of Anaheim event venues that are purpose-built for group capacities.
Anaheim is centrally located just 30 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. Four area airports serve the destination, the closest being the John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA), which is located just 20 minutes outside of Anaheim. The city is also located within an hour’s drive from LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), Long Beach Airport (LBG) and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Once in Anaheim, visitors can choose from several public transportation options, including the Anaheim Resort Transit buses, which are available to all area visitors.
The city’s largest and most architecturally impressive venue is the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC). As the largest convention center on the West Coast, the ACC features more than 1.6 million square feet of space, including over 800,000 square feet of exhibit space, 51 meeting rooms, 38,000-square-foot main ballroom and 7,500-seat arena. The center has recently become the first convention center on the West Coast to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the entire building. In January 2013, the ACC is slated to debut the Grand Plaza, an impressive outdoor event venue featuring 100,000 square feet of open-air meeting and event space.
There are numerous hotel venues in Anaheim, ranging from world-renowned resorts to family-friendly accommodations. Among the largest properties with meeting space is the 1,572-room Hilton Anaheim, which offers a variety of meeting rooms totaling 100,000 square feet. The 1,030-room Anaheim Marriott offers 82,000 square feet of meeting space. Both the Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott are located immediately adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center.
While Disneyland is chief among Anaheim event venues for leisure and family activities, it also provides strong team building and leadership programs at the Disney Institute. The park can also host groups in its many dining venues or organize an after-hours buyout of the original park or California Adventure Park.
Anaheim is home to many premier entertainment and sports venues: the Honda Center is home to the NHL Anaheim Ducks and a perfect venue for group events and rentals, and the Angels Stadium is home to MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The City National Grove of Anaheim, which is a versatile, flexible space for up to 5,000 guests, hosts more than 250 concerts, shows and private events each year.