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, essentially making 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 97.3 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 of L.A./Ontario International Airport (ONT), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Once in Anaheim, event attendees 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 1.8 million square feet of space, including over 1 million square feet of exhibit space, 99 meeting rooms, one 38,000-square-foot main ballroom and two additional 100,000-square-foot ballrooms, and a 7,500-seat arena. Add to that the Grand and Arena Plazas, two impressive, palm-tree-lined outdoor event venues featuring 200,000 square feet of open-air meeting and event space.
There are also numerous hotel venues in Anaheim, ranging from world-renowned resorts to family-friendly accommodations. Among the largest properties with event 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 1,00,000 square feet of meeting space. Both the Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott are located immediately adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. Also adjacent to the ACC, the seven-story Westin Anaheim Resort, opening in 2020, will feature 613 guest rooms, including 101 suites; three restaurants; two bars, including a rooftop lounge overlooking Disneyland's nightly fireworks; a resort-style pool; and a marketplace. The hotel will also feature 11 meeting rooms totaling 42,000 square feet of customizable and high-tech meeting space, including a 16,000-square-foot grand ballroom.
While the Disneyland® Resort 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's Anaheim Ducks and a perfect venue for group events and rentals, and Angel Stadium is home to MLB's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The City National Grove of Anaheim, a versatile, flexible space for up to 5,000 guests, hosts more than 250 concerts, shows, and private events each year.