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Anaheim, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 100
Total Sleeping Rooms 18,885
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,572
Committable Meeting Rooms* 87
Convention Center Space 1,600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,013,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 221,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $173
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $160
*Maximum for a single hotel

Anaheim, CA Meeting Planning Overview

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 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 from LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT), Long Beach Airport (LGB), 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, a 38,000-square-foot main ballroom and a 3,800-seat arena. Add to that the Grand Plaza, an impressive outdoor event venue featuring 100,000 square feet of open-air meeting and event space. The center was the first convention center on the West Coast to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the entire building.

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 1,00,000 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 Angel 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.

About Anaheim, CA / Additional Info

After the work is done, meeting travelers can enjoy swinging away on one of Anaheim’s beautiful golf courses or allow the sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets of the Orange County coast to ease away the stress of a long day indoors.

Orange County’s inviting beaches, lively art districts, historic landmarks, and ultimate family attractions all contribute to the region’s wealth of leisure options and spirit of hospitality. What’s more, the county has a sterling reputation for safety; Anaheim is the safest city of its size according U.S. Justice Department statistics and one of four U.S. cities to have a specialized Tourist Oriented Policing team.

Orange County and Anaheim’s rich culture and diverse population date back to its first Native-American inhabitants and 1776 founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the area’s first permanent European settlement. After silver was discovered in the Santa Ana Mountains in 1887, scores of settlers arrived via the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads, while the 1904 completion of the Pacific electric railway, connecting Los Angeles with Santa Ana and Newport Beach, made Orange County an accessible retreat for Hollywood’s elite. The county’s population skyrocketed in the 1950s after World War II servicemen came to the area after the war, while it really made its mark on the family entertainment map in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland.

Today, Anaheim is home to a number of group and family-friendly attractions. Groups can tour Angel Stadium of Anaheim to get a glimpse at many ballpark areas normally restricted to the public, such as the press box, press conference room, clubhouse, and dugout. Anaheim’s K1 Speed indoor go-kart racing arena is the perfect place to enjoy tight, challenging hairpin turns and speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, as well as team-building activities and corporate events. In addition, Downtown Disney’s House of Blues hosts concerts and features a contemporary Southern menu created by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. At the kid-friendly Adventure City, enjoy exciting rides, including a mini roller-coaster and Ferris wheel, as well as a vintage 1946 carousel.

Many of Anaheim’s fine-dining restaurants also serve as fantastic group gathering spaces. Located within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center, Morton’s Steakhouse specializes in USDA prime-aged steaks served in a stately, sleek atmosphere. Also near the convention center, Anaheim White House is known for its Northern Italian and seafood fare, as well as its variety of banquet and private dining spaces. Nearby, THE RANCH Restaurant and Saloon features true American regional cuisine, the rustic style of wine country, the freshest flavors of the farm, and of course country music and dancing. Across the street from Angel Stadium of Anaheim and the City National Grove of Anaheim, The Catch has served fresh, hand-cut fish, chops, and 28-day aged steaks for more than 30 years. Finally, Clancy’s Clubhouse is a sports-themed eatery known for its American comfort food and perfect setting for catching the big game.

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