Anaheim Information

Anaheim, California is probably best known for being the home of the original Disneyland. It was a town before Disneyland was built in 1955. A group of 50 German families from Bavaria settled Anaheim in 1857 to grow grapes and make wine.

The German settlers named the town Anaheim because in German it means "home by the Santa Anna River;" the word "heim" means home. Insects wiped out the grape crop in the 1880s, but crops of oranges, lemons and walnuts replaced them. Anaheim is in Orange County and it is named that for the obvious reason.

The railroad arrived in 1886, helping the economy and bringing new residents. Anaheim remained a rural community of orange groves until the arrival of Disneyland. Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s in the Mission and Art Deco style eras. By 1954, he was building the biggest amusement park in the world.

Disneyland now has 22,660 employees, making it the largest employer in Anaheim and Orange County by a wide margin. It is the driving force of the local economy, of course, and likely rates high in the state's economy as well.

Anaheim acknowledged Walt Disney's contribution to the city in the 2007 sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday. The new Walk of Fame near one entrance to Disneyland contains his name on the first star of the walk. The city has also created the Anaheim Resort to include Disneyland, the Honda Center and home of the NHL Ducks, the Anaheim Convention Center and Angel Stadium, home of the major league baseball team.

Founder's Park has non-Disney history in the Mother Colony House, the oldest museum open to the public in the OC. Built by founder George Hanson, it also has a carriage house for visitors to explore. The Stoffel House next door is a preserved Victorian that reflects the lifestyle here before 1900. This grouping is original Anaheim history. These historic sites are only open the first Saturday of the month from 9:00--12:00.

Adventure City is a small, less expensive theme park for those who want to skip the wallet-sucking tendency of the fabulous Disneyland. With outdoor live theater and puppet shows for children and a rock-climbing tower, it does have something different to offer.

Having said that, the new World of Color nighttime show at Disneyland is worth a look: fountains and lasers, yes. Anaheim has it all. Come see it.

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