Thursday, June 7, 2012

Disneyland's Club 33 Private Restaurant

A discreet 33 marks the location of Disneyland's Club 33.
Welcome from a Disney Cast Member.
Unbeknownst to most Disneyland visitors is the legendary Club 33, a private restaurant located in the park's New Orleans Square. Members must be invited to join in addition to shelling out a $25,000 initiation fee and $10,000 in annual dues.

Disney is sending embossed invitations to the first 100 people on the club's 800-name waiting list, the first time in over a decade. All members will also gain access to 1901, a private lounge named after the year Walt Disney was born, which is set to open June 15 at Disney California Adventure. Membership also offers access to use VIP tour guides, itinerary planning services, valet parking and complimentary hotel upgrades. Member names are kept strictly confidential. But celebrities reported to have gone to the club include Tom Hanks, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera and Elton John.

The club, which opened in 1967 six months after Walt Disney's death, was created as a place to entertain corporate sponsors and dignitaries. Since then the club has gained a mythical status. Club 33 serves alcohol setting it apart from all other restaurants in the park. It is reported that cell phones are prohibited in dining area along with lewd conduct and inappropriate attire.

A second Club 33 is located in Tokyo, Disneyland and located off the park's World Bazaar. Members of Club 33 do not have reciprocal benefits between parks. The origin of the name Club 33 is reported to be associated with the club's address of 33 Royal Street at Disneyland's New Orleans Square.

A harpsichord sits across the club's bar.
The formal main dining room.
The china is marked with the club's emblem.
The ornate interior of the restaurant.
View of New Orleans Square from the Club 33.
Appropriate attire is required for members dining at Club 33.
(photos: Joshua Sudock/Orange County Register)


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