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The longest wait in theme park history

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Published: June 21, 2007 at 11:41 AM

The L.A. Times' Kimi Yoshino takes a look at the most gruesome wait at Disneyland -- the wait to get a Club 33 membership. (See article.)

The good news? Disney's adding tables to the club, allowing it to take maybe an extra 13 applicants off the wait list. The bad news? That wait list is already 1,000 people long. And Disney's not even letting people on it anymore.

The 500-member club is the oldest and most exclusive "premium" in the theme park industry, topping Legoland's $1,000 (soon to be $2,000) lifelong Ambassador membership and Six Flags' $250 one-day VIP experience. Pay $9,500 to join and $3,175 a year after that and you access to Club 33 for yourself and guests, as well as free admission to Disneyland on days when you dine at the club.

And, yes, I would join that wait list is a heartbeat if I could get on. And I'd pony up the cash immediately if given the chance to join. And, yes, I am fully prepared for you to call me an idiot now....

But you better not, 'cause if I do get in, I won't invite you to go with me. ;-)

Readers' Opinions

From rafael g on June 21, 2007 at 6:12 PM
im in, where do i sign?
From Anthony Murphy on June 21, 2007 at 7:53 PM
I wouldn't, I would be waiting in line for this place as well! This is considered one of the highest "order" of any theme park fanL Being a member of the 33 Club. I would really like them to open one up in Disney World because I think they could really do well there and I would think many of us could then try!

Still, I would love to go to the 33 Club! I think its a dream for any Disney or Theme Park Fan!

From Phillip Florendo on June 22, 2007 at 12:42 AM
Your best bet to get inside would probably be to become one of the best friends of a current member.
From Cynthia Damiano on June 24, 2007 at 7:28 PM
Well, I'm going to Club 33 this Saturday evening, June 30th, for the 3rd time! It is a wonderful dining experience. Not cheap and they now have started really enforcing the dress code...no more cut-offs, sweat pants, t-shirts and tennies...so if you see "well-dressed" folks wandering through Disneyland Anaheim, they're probably Club 33 diners.

PS... If you do go, be sure to 1) ride the 'lift' to the upper floor; 2) visit the trophy room with the memorabila and 'talking' vulture (he's never been used to mix it up with guests because Walt died before the Club was finished); 3) don't miss the bathrooms!! 4) buy a pin at least! 5) walk out on the balcony with a drink in hand to watch people below...that's the only place in the park that serves alcohol!

I'll be thinking of you! °o°

From John Smith on June 26, 2007 at 8:15 AM
is the food really THAT good, for the price?

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