Located in the Orange County region of Southern California, Anaheim is a city that is well known around the world not only for its various sports teams and convention center but for its collection of Disney theme parks, better known as Disneyland Resort, divided between the original Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney.
Prior to Disneyland opening in the mid 20th century, Anaheim was simply an agricultural town founded by German wine makers in 1857. Unfortunately the grapes were destroyed in the 1880s by a plague of insects and the city began to transform and grow until it was a major orange grove and farming community. Walt Disney came to town in 1954 and transformed it from simple agricultural community into an entertainment empire that changed the face of America. Once Disneyland opened in 1955, the town became a major tourist destination for visitors from all corners of the globe.
Today, Anaheim is largely a tourist city, with its economy centering around the Disneyland Resort and supporting hotel and hospitality industries. (There are plenty of Southern California daytrippers at Disneyland in addition to overnight visitors.) The Walt Disney Company is the largest employer, but in addition, the Anaheim Convention Center is a major venue for various national conferences throughout the year. Nearly all of the hotels and resorts in Anaheim offer some form of package to Disneyland and the affiliated theme parks, including transportation. In sports, the Angels of Anaheim were the 2002 World Series winners, and the NHL team, the Anaheim Ducks, won the Stanley Cup in 2007. All in all, the city boasts more than just the Disneyland theme parks, although those are by far the main attraction today. Recently, the city underwent a 4.2 billion dollar facelift that not only cleaned up the city but installed one of the first-ever police forces that specifically looks after tourists.
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