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» Dis­ney­land Re­sort

Walt Dis­ney would hardly rec­og­nize his orig­i­nal “hap­pi­est place on Earth” to­day. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy took over the for­mer Tower of Ter­ror drop ride at Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture in 2017, and Pixar (for­merly Par­adise) Pier is slated to open this sum­mer with an In­cred­i­bles-themed roller coaster and four neigh­bor­hoods in­vok­ing Pixar sto­ries. Mean­while, a chunk of Fron­tier­land is grad­u­ally mor­ph­ing into Star Wars Land, to open in 2019; ad­ven­tures in­clude a se­cret mis­sion on the Mil­len­nium Fal­con and get­ting caught in the thick of a bat­tle be­tween the First Or­der and the Re­sis­tance.

› dis­ney­land.dis­ney.go.com

» Or­ange County Great Park

The 1,300-acre park slowly evolv­ing from the for­mer El Toro Marine Corps Air Sta­tion is al­ready a pop­u­lar fam­ily des­ti­na­tion. In ad­di­tion to 2017’s open­ing of the first phase of a 194acre sports park (sta­dium, soc­cer fields, ten­nis and vol­ley­ball courts; base­ball and soft­ball fields to come), 200 acres al­ready were oc­cu­pied by the now-iconic or­ange Great Park Bal­loon ris­ing 400 feet into the air, a hand-painted carousel, a Kids Rock play area, a hands-on Farm + Food Lab, Palm Court Arts Com­plex gallery and stu­dios, walk­a­ble his­tor­i­cal time­line, and a weekly farm­ers mar­ket.

› city­ofirvine.org/or­ange-county-great-park

» Lot 579, Hunt­ing­ton Beach

Just south of “Surf City’s” down­town, steps from Hunt­ing­ton Beach Pier and the city’s fa­mous sands, the side­walk cafés and mar­kets of this wa­ter­front food hall of­fer a de­li­cious va­ri­ety of tow­er­ing gourmet sand­wiches, fresh fish, au­then­tic Aussie meat pies, gelato on a stick and other treats. Lot 579 is an an­chor of Pa­cific City, the two-yearold shop­ping, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex whose Crafts­man-style bun­ga­lows pay homage to the early ocean­front vil­lage that be­came Hunt­ing­ton Beach. The com­mu­nal space up­stairs of­fers plenty of seat­ing and a killer ocean view.

› gopaci­fic­c­ity.com/lot-579

» La­guna Beach and Pageant of the Mas­ters

Art lit­er­ally comes to life in the unique Pageant of the Mas­ters, in which liv­ing ac­tors take up po­si­tions against painted back­drops to re-cre­ate world mas­ter­pieces in eerie 3-D fi­delity. It’s the pièce de ré­sis­tance among the fes­ti­vals, work­shops, gal­leries and pro­lif­er­a­tion of pub­lic art in the pic­turesque beach town that be­gan life in the early 1900s as a small artists’ colony.

› vis­it­la­gun­abeach.com

› foapom.com

» Old Towne Or­ange

Not to be missed in this square mile of Early Cal­i­for­nia homes, sport­ing hand­some Vic­to­rian, Crafts­man, Bun­ga­low and Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture, is the Old Towne Or­ange Walk­ing Food Tour. The county’s old­est op­er­at­ing bank and soda foun­tain can also be found among the lo­cally owned shops, gal­leries, foun­tains and pretty side­walk cafés. › iheartold­tow­ne­o­r­ange.com

› old­towno­r­ange­walk­ing­food­tours.com 2018

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