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Anchor Motel
Anaheim, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Anchor Motel features an anchor image as it lights up the boulevard.

 

 

Silver Moon Motel (Demolished)
Anaheim, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

One of the best neon signs around Orange County, the Silver Moon Motel still lights up the sky alongside Beach Boulevard at night.

 

UPDATE : The Silver Moon is no more after being torn down.

 

 

Riviera Motel
Stanton, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Riviera Motel has a nice looking neon sign that also catches the attention of passersby along busy Beach Blvd.

 

 

Don's Turf Motel
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

The Don's Turf Motel shows off its tall marquee as its sits near the racetrack.

 

 

Villa Motel
Stanton, CA
Photo courtesy Michelle K

The Villa Motel is another of Orange County's signage that received the backlit plastic treatment.

 

 

 

Samoa Motel (Now the Fantasy Inn)
Anaheim, CA
Photo courtesy Georg Balandran

Here's a shot of the Samoa Motel off Katella in Anaheim. There used to be a tiki out front, but it has since been removed.

 

UPDATE 07/08 : Around 2003, the Samoa changed the name to the Fantasy Inn and took down the neon sign. A couple years ago, when they became part of the America's Best Value Chain, they stuccoed over the rockcrete out front and cut down the tropical foliage inside. Now it looks like a boring old Motel 6 type of a place with nothing to indicate its tiki pedigree. Many thanks to Matthew Yates for update. 08/07

 

 

Magic Lamp Motel (Demolished)
Anaheim, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Magic Lamp Motel sports a genie that actually glows at night. Unfortunately, this genie no longer glows. The sign was removed during the Disneyland Resort expansion.

 

UPDATE 10/13 : The Magic Carpet Motel saw its genie marquee removed back in 1999. The motel was redone and the motel there is now called the Anabella. 10-13

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