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Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau 
Announces What's New for 2013 and Beyond

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2013) – New developments in Orange County continue to add to the area's appeal as a premier leisure and business travel destination. The following is a list of highly anticipated grand openings and new developments in the Anaheim/Orange County area for 2013 and beyond. For a comprehensive list of Anaheim and Orange County news, visit http://press.anaheimoc.org/.


Great Wolf Resorts Water Park Hotel Comes to OC

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.® will develop a Great Wolf Lodge® water park resort in Garden Grove. The project, located about one mile south of the Disneyland® Resort, will be constructed more than 10 stories tall with 600 rooms, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and its own attached water park. The project is expected to break ground in 2013. Contact: Greg Blodgett, (714) 741-5124, Greg1@ci.garden-grove.ca.us.

Nation’s First LEGOLAND® Hotel To Open Spring 2013

The three-story LEGOLAND® Hotel will give guests the interactive family experience that has brought success to LEGOLAND® California. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the 250-room LEGO®-themed hotel will feature brightly colored LEGO décor, a pool area and restaurant. LEGOLAND Hotel will be the first of its kind in North America. Construction began in October 2011 and the hotel is set to open April 5, 2013. Contact: Julie Estrada, (760) 918-5377, Julie.Estrada@legoland.com.


Anaheim/OC Debuts Video Chef Series

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau debuted a new OC Chefs Series on the AOCVCB YouTube channel in January 2013, designed to showcase Orange County's most interesting chefs and serve up greater awareness about the culinary landscape of OC. The series highlights a variety of restaurants, and noted chefs featuring their inspiration, background and culinary creations. Contact: Elaine Cali, (714) 765-8853, ECali@anaheimoc.org.

Virtual Planning Tool Helps Create Imaginative Events In Anaheim

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) recently debuted Grand PlazaVille, a new online application that allows meeting planners to seamlessly visualize their event in the Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza. Grand PlazaVille showcases the Grand Plaza’s flexibility as a meeting and event site and enables users to simply “drag and drop” an array of event elements. Contact: Elaine Cali, (714) 765-8853, ECali@anaheimoc.org.


Pageant of the Masters Celebrates 80th Anniversary  

Lights! Camera! Inaction! Excitement is building for the 2013 Pageant of the Masters, as it celebrates the 80th birthday of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts. "The Big Picture" will also add a cinematic spin to its world-class presentation with classic masterpieces that inspired legendary filmmakers. The Big Picture will travel back in time, around the globe in search of unforgettable art. Contact: Sharbie Higuchi, (949) 464-4282, SharbieH@aol.com.


Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park

Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park plans to add three rides to the amusement park’s “Boardwalk” area. The additions include the Coast Rider rollercoaster, Surfside Glider and Pacific Scrambler. Pacific Scrambler will fill space left open after the removal of the Perilous Plunge rollercoaster ride at the Boardwalk. All three rides will open this summer. Contact: Jennifer Blazey, (714) 220-5131, JBlazey@knotts.com.


The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon has begun development of the 200-seat special event space located on the sixth floor of the Extron building. The sixth floor will also be home to an opulent 50-seat private dining room complete with its own wine cellar, a 20-seat private dining room and an 18-seat classroom kitchen. Completion of the banquet room is slated for Summer 2013. Contact: Melissa Cutter, (714) 780-4042, MCutter@theranch.com.


Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza

The Grand Plaza is a uniquely Southern California outdoor environment that can be utilized year-round for a wide variety of events. Completed in January 2013, groups can now dine al fresco, listen to concerts or attend receptions and exhibitions. The Grand Plaza enhances the open, campus-like space surrounding the Anaheim Convention Center and flows between the Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott hotels. The area also features a special Transit Plaza for efficient transportation flow. Contact: Elaine Cali, (714) 765-8853, ECali@anaheimoc.org.

Anaheim Packing District

The LAB, Holding, LLC has recently renovated a 1919 citrus packing house, the Anaheim Packing House, just two miles from the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland® Resort. Once completed in Summer 2013, the Anaheim Packing House will be a 40,000-square-foot artisan food hall composed of boutique food and beverage purveyors and will feature live music and communal seating. Just steps away, the two-acre Farmers Park will feature festivals and events as well as weekend Farmers Markets. The adjacent 1925 renovated Packard Car Showroom currently houses Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery. All three component will complete what will be known as the Anaheim Packing District. Contact: Jamie Wood, (714) 966-6661 ext. 233, Jamie@anaheimpackingdistrict.com.

“The Source” In Buena Park

A brand-new, highly anticipated retail destination that combines a modern and dynamic urban design, featuring world-class selection of shopping, dining and entertainment has begun construction in Buena Park. The project will include more than 500,000 square feet of retail, office, restaurant and entertainment. Contact: Katie Wanamaker, (714) 521-8580, Katie@glpmanagement.com.

Discovery Science Center Expansion

The Discovery Science Center recently announced a $62 million capital campaign for its expansion. The $18.5 million first phase will include a new 40,000 square-foot Discovery Pavilion, a California Natural Resources Pavilion and Education Wing, and a 4,000-sqare-foot expansion of the Grand Hall of Science. The new building will be designed with LEED® Silver standards to maximize energy-efficient technologies. The multi-phase expansion is scheduled for completion in fall of 2014. Contact: Dan Nasitka, (714) 913-5018, dnasitka@discoverycube.org.

Honda Center Improvement Project

The Honda Center in Anaheim is undergoing an extensive improvement project that features the 12,000-square-foot Grand Terrace. The exclusive indoor/outdoor entertainment space will be equipped with an 80-foot bar, upscale decor, and dramatic views. Also new to the venue will be a 250-seat full service restaurant located on the main level, which will be open to the public for all events. The expected completion of the project is Spring 2013. Contact: Merit Tully, (714) 704-2112, MTully@hondacenter.com.

Irvine's Great Park Continues Development

The Orange County Great Park, with its 1,347-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment. The Great Park’s current 27.5 acres includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing visitors with free and spectacular aerial views of Orange County. A $70 million development plan to expand the Park to more than 200 acres is currently underway and will include a sports park, a 114-acre agricultural area and an arts and culture exhibition space. Contact: Jenn Starnes, (949) 724-6574.


Center Street Promenade

Center Street Promenade is located at the heart of Downtown Anaheim, surrounded by newly constructed residential lofts, the Carnegie Plaza, Muzeo, City Hall and the historic neighborhoods of Colony Park District. The business mix for Center Street has been modeled after a traditional downtown “Main Street, U.S.A.” with a modern twist and an eclectic blend of food and retail establishments composed predominately of local, independent businesses such as Gypsy Den, The Yoga Mat, Home Eco:Nomics, Healthy Junk, 118 Degrees, Heart and Sole, Barbeer and The Good. Also located nearby is Eat Street Culinary School, which offers cooking classes from the “just for fun” to professional levels. Contact: Jamie Wood, (714) 966-6661 ext. 233, Jamie@anaheimpackingdistrict.com.

South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza debuted an enhanced Anaheim Shopping Shuttle in partnership with Starline Tours in 2012. Pricing is $16 for adults and $8 for children. Contact: Werner Esher, (714) 435-2000, EscherW@southcoastplaza.com.


ARTIC Coming Soon To Anaheim

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) continues to move forward after breaking ground in September 2012. The ARTIC project was allocated $29.2 million to fund construction. The project will be an iconic, timeless transportation facility where people will seamlessly move between transit services to reach Southern California activity centers and business districts, and is expected to be completed in 2014. Contact: Ruth Ruiz, (714) 765-5060, RRuiz@anaheim.net.