Anaheim

Overview

Introduction

Anaheim, the 10th largest city in California, is located southeast of downtown Los Angeles in the middle of Orange County. It's synonymous with Disneyland, which opened in 1955 on the site of a former orange grove and changed the city's profile forever. Disney's Magic Kingdom soon became the most-visited place in all of North America. It is continually expanding and updating its facilities. Disney's California Adventure debuted a US$1 billion renovation and expansion project in 2012. Together, the two Disney parks draw nearly 50 million visitors a year.

Still, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Anaheim. In the late 2000s, the city completed a US$5 billion investment anchoring Anaheim to Downtown Disney and The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk shopping, dining and entertainment districts, as well as the Anaheim Convention Center. Investment in Anaheim has continued at a brisk pace. Knott's Berry Farm, a few miles/kilometers northwest in Buena Park, adds another dimension to the theme park motif.

Sports fans will also find favor in this city that is home to two notable professional sports teams: the MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and perhaps the quirkiest team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks.

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