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Archive for February, 2012

Disneyland’s First-Ever 24-Hour Day! Take our Quiz to Win Tickets

Posted on February 29, 2012 | 1:58pm

In celebration of Disneyland’s first-ever 24-hour for Leap Day, take our quick quiz and the first closest number of right answers gets TWO 1-day Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland!  Winner will be announced at the end of the day today.

1. What year did Disneyland open?
2. How long did it take to build?
3. What item is NOT sold at Disneyland because it leaves “a gooey mess”?
4. Approximately how many “Cast Members” work at Disneyland?
5. How much did Disneyland cost to build?
and just for fun….6. What is YOUR favorite ride at Disneyland?


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3 Things To Do On a Rainy Costa Mesa Day

Posted on February 29, 2012 | 6:00am

Southern California seems to be perpetually blessed with great weather all year round, but every now and again even Orange County suffers from a rainy day. If you are visiting Costa Mesa and your beach day plans are ruined by inclement weather, don’t despair. There are plenty of great, indoor activities with which to fill your newfound free time, and still make the most of your vacation! Read More

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Now is the Time for Whale Watching at Newport Landing

Posted on February 27, 2012 | 6:00am

December through April is the primary grey whale migration period along the Laguna Beach coastline. During their migration, hundreds of grey whales surface within minutes of Newport Harbor! With daily whale-watching tours all year round, Newport Landing Whale Watching has three whale-watching vessels to carry passengers out to sea where they get the chance to see blue whales, finback whales, pods of dolphin that number in the thousands, seals, killer whales, sharks and many other marine creatures.

Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale-watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. The Ocean Explorer is the company’s primary whale-watching vessel. At 70 feet long, this vessel has two full walk around decks designed specifically for whale watching. The Nautilus is their secondary whale-watching vessel, at 75 feet long with two decks and ample seating. The Western Pride is an auxiliary whale-watching vessel and is 85 feet long with a full walk around main deck and an elevated seating platform.

In 2011, Newport Landing Whale Watching groups saw 1,017 blue whales, 19 humpback whales, 6,358 bottle nose dolphins and 263,618 common dolphins, to name a few species of marine life spotted. 2012 seafarers have already spotted 12 killer whales during their trips!

Newport Landing offers individual ticket prices as well as group package prices, and trips are offered two times daily October-May and three times daily June-September. Companies can privately reserve a whale-watching trip for a company event or company team-building activity.

Click here to book your whale watching adventure from Newport Landing Whale Watching!

Newport Landing also offers sportfishing in half-day, ¾-day or overnight fishing trips. If you’re interested in going on a saltwater fishing trip of a lifetime, the Aggressor fishing boat will take anglers to Catalina Island, San Clemente Island, offshore banks such as the Cortez bank or Tanner banks and offshore waters. You’ll have the opportunity to catch yellowtail and white sea bass (weighing 50+ pounds!), tuna, sheepshead and red snapper.  A recent half-day trip yielded 40 perch, 28 sand bass and 10 sculpin for 28 anglers!

Click here to request a sport fishing reservation from Newport Landing!

Newport Landing is a just a few short miles from many Costa Mesa hotels. Be sure to check it out on your next stay in Costa Mesa.

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4 Beautiful Hotels for a Costa Mesa Wedding

Posted on February 24, 2012 | 6:00am

With its year-round sunshine, Southern California is one of the best destination wedding spots in the country! With so many great caterers, photographers, florists, local musicians, dress designers and more to choose from, having a wedding in the beautiful Orange County is nothing short of magical. If you are trying to decide on the right venue for your wedding, here are four great Costa Mesa hotels that can make your special day unforgettable, unbelievable and beautifully romantic: Read More

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Improve Your Swing at a Costa Mesa Area Golf Course

Posted on February 22, 2012 | 6:00am

The great thing about Southern California weather is that almost every day is the perfect day to go golfing! Whether you are an experienced golfer looking to test your skills against man-made and spectacular natural challenges, novices interested in professional coaching or you just want to get your family outdoors for the afternoon, be sure to check out one of the following Costa Mesa area golf courses. Read More

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