It’s difficult to imagine that in such a beautiful and bright place that’s home to a magic kingdom, land was once purchased for a mere $2 an acre. Back in 1889 that’s exactly how it began when two German settlers acquired their “home by the river” to grow grapes and produce wine, which began a thriving agricultural industry that carried on until shortly after the second World War.
In 1955, Walt Disney introduced Californians to the world’s first Magic Kingdom, one that predated its “worldly” Floridian brethren by 16 years, and was the start of a string of successive developments that would include the former Anaheim Stadium, currently Edison Field, where the Angels baseball team plays, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, the home to the Mighty Ducks hockey team, and the creation of the monumental Anaheim Resort, an 1,100-acre garden district that also includes the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland Resort.
With a population of nearly 330,000, Anaheim is the second largest city in Orange County next to Santa Ana. It is located approximately 28 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, 31 miles southeast of Los Angeles International Airport, 90 miles north of San Diego, and 400 miles south of San Francisco. Anaheim is also neighbored by several popular Orange County cities and coastal towns such as Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna, Irvine, Costa Mesa and others, and is less than an hour drive from the Hollywood and Beverly Hills.