Planning Your Disneyland Vacation? Stay in Newport Beach!
Did you know Newport Beach is only 20 minutes from Disneyland, making it the ideal getaway after a visit to the happiest place on earth? And if you’re planning to make a trip for the opening of Disneyland’s new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this is just the blog for you.
If a Disneyland vacation is already on your family’s radar, here are the top 5 reasons why Newport Beach, California is the ideal place to stay.
1. Newport Beach and Disneyland are Neighbors:
Disneyland is located in Newport Beach’s backyard, less than 20 miles away from the heart of the city.
You will be close enough enjoy full days at the park while still experiencing the quintessential beach culture and lifestyle of Newport Beach.
And it’s always a good time to visit! Whether you’re thinking winter, spring or summer break, the year-round average temp is almost always at perfection – a mild 70 degrees.
2. Clean and Beautiful Beaches:
This past year, Newport Beach earned ‘A+’ and ‘5 Stars’ by Heal the Bay and the National Resource Defense Council as one of the cleanest beaches in the country.
What better way to balance a busy day in Anaheim than putting your feet in the sand and listening to the surf? The family will love playing in the gentle waters of ‘mothers beach’ at Corona del Mar State Beach. After, play a round of volleyball!
If more action is what you’re after, then head to Balboa Peninsula and check out the surfers around Newport Pier – ideal times are early morning or late afternoon, an easy complement to a day at Disney. If you head to the tip of the Peninsula, you can check out The Wedge, a world-renowned bodysurfing spot where waves can reach 30 feet!
There’s more to explore Crystal Cove State Park, one of nature’s prettiest theme parks. Tide pools will keep kids of all ages fascinated and you will feel transported back time among the quaint beach cottages. Hungry? Trek up the wooden staircase and order a thick milkshake at the Shake Shack.
3. Stunning Selection of Accommodations:
Newport Beach offers a wide-array of lodging styles, which accommodate all family sizes and budgets. Plus, you’ll avoid the frenzy of Disneyland® Resort-adjacent hotels during the summer months.
Lido House, Newport’s newest hotel, has four cottages with full kitchens and plenty of space to spread out. Plus, you can pedal to the boardwalk in minutes using one of the property’s beach cruisers.
Balboa Bay Resort sits right on Newport Harbor and has its own dock, so after the Jungle Cruise, you can enjoy a sunset jaunt in a duffy boat, a beloved electric boat native to Newport Beach.
4. Beach Dining:
After a long day at Disneyland, you have undoubtedly worked up an appetite. Newport Beach presents over 400 dining options, ranging from family-friendly to prestige cuisine. Stroll down Marine Avenue on Balboa Island to get inspired by an incredible range of local options including Royal Hen, an upscale pub, Picante Martin’s for delicious casual Mexican, or Ciao for an easy evening of pizza and pasta.
5. Family-Fun Activities:
Outside of your Disneyland itinerary, be sure to schedule some fun time to explore Newport Beach.
Take the family to the Pirate Coast Paddle Company at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, and take an introductory lesson in stand-up paddle boarding that will teach you the basics of this fun sport in the calm waters of the beautiful Newport Back Bay.
Or head to Fashion Island – an outdoor shopping destination that boasts a Mediterranean ambiance, fountains, koi pond and over 125 specialty shops including a number of boutique’s exclusive to Orange County, as well as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. More than 50 dining options will ensure that there’s something to tempt all taste buds.
A trip that combines the best summer theme park experience with the best of the beach makes for the happiest vacation ever.