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Club 33

Disneyland: Anyone have any personal experience with this exclusive club?

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM
My friends recently got back from a Cali trip and brought me a Club 33 pen from Disneyland. Our friend in Cali has membership.

I was curious if anyone on the site is a member of the club, or if anyone knows a member and has experienced the club. If so, what are its benefits? What's the hype?


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From steve lee
Posted February 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM
The first rule of Club 33 is you do not talk about Club 33.

The second rule of Club 33 is you do not talk about Club 33.

The third rule of Club 33 is "try the veal, it's delicious!"

From James Rao
Posted February 24, 2009 at 3:55 PM
Josh, I want you to hit Steve as hard as you can....but not in the ear! ;)

Never been to Club 33, Josh, but you can check out a menu and some photos at allears.net.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 25, 2009 at 2:11 PM
Ha. How could I forget about the first rule.

From Ben E.
Posted February 27, 2009 at 6:27 PM
I heard about this on SNOPES urban legends website.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted February 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM
Club 33? An urban legend? Considering my buddies have pictures of themselves eating there and brought back Club 33 pens and a special map given to them indicating the club's location, I think there's enough proof it exists.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted February 28, 2009 at 7:44 PM
Snopes.com confirms the exsistance of Club 33 in Disneyland and denies there is one at Disney World. Maybe are you 23 is the new one?

From Mike Johnson
Posted March 15, 2009 at 7:48 AM
I haven't been since the early nineties. My mom worked for Bank of America and was able to get reservations there.

We'd usually go for Sunday brunch, because it was about $50 per person, and it included admission, which was about $40 at the time. So lunch was basically $10.

There's a discreet green door to the right of Pirates & Blue Bayou, with the number 33 on it. There's a little intercom panel on the door jamb. You buzz in, they ask your name, and if you have a reservation, they let you in.

You enter into a little lobby, with a steep staircase and a small elevator leading up to the restaurant. The cast member is dressed up in old timey Victorian clothes.

On the walls are sketches and plans of the park, and cels from some of the films. When you look out the window, you see people looking back up at you wondering how you got up there. I never visited the women's restroom but I hear it's posh.

Brunch was a buffet, with roast beef and crab and so on. Sometimes they had lobster tails. The food was good; the desserts particularly so. Dinner had a menu, and it was good, but not as good as the buffet, in my opinion. And it cost more.

They had pens you could keep, as Joshua mentioned, and also chocolate coins in gold foil with 33 embossed on them.

You can buy a membership but it's $10,000 and there's a very long waiting list. Sometimes a member will auction off the chance to eat there, with the proceeds going to charity, and bids will reach into the thousands. It's neat, but not that neat.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted March 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM
It does seem to be ridiculously expensive for what you get. Still, might be worth a visit someday ...

From Matt Coker
Posted March 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM
I went there for lunch a few years ago and it was pretty much how Mike Johnson describes it. We took our host's advice and hit the buffet. We ordered hard drinks, too. One thing we had been told about was a robotic bird near our table that was supposedly bugged and microphoned to listen to our conversations and chime in like he was following along. But our waiter told us the bird was broken. I believe our host had a couple Club 33 in's from work and family.

From Tim S
Posted August 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM
I ate lunch there once in the mid 90's. I worked for Nestle when they had a corporate tie-in with Disney. Carnation baby center, Stouffer sponsored the french restaurant, Friskies pet center, etc. Food was good...REALLY good, though I don't remember what I had.

The microphones are hidden in the middle of the chandelier. The CM told us that Walt was a tad paranoid, so he would disappear during dinner and eavesdrop. If he wanted to have fun, then the bird came to life. Can't prove it, just what we were told.

From J. Dana
Posted August 4, 2009 at 3:48 PM
I actually ate there last year. A friend from WDW worked some networking magic and got us reservations on July 4. What a GREAT respite from the crowded, sweaty parks that day. The minimum cost to eat, though, is equivalent to an admission into the park -- therefore, our lunches were around $65 plus tip. You can't eat for less.

I had Alaskan Snapper -- very tasty. But the real treat was the dessert bar and the bread-and-olive-oil bar. Mmmmmm.

We took tons of photos. And yes, the women's restroom has a "throne" for the ladies. Very posh, but very funny.

And about those microphones in the chandeliers: yes, they exist, but not in the main dining room. They're only back in the group dining room, and according to the host, Walt had them installed not because he was paranoid, but because he wanted to be able to hear and respond to every desire of the guests. For example, when the staff heard a guest say "I'd sure like some ice cream," the ice cream would magically show up a few minutes later, much to the surprise of the guests. Or if someone said to a friend, "Wouldn't a Brandy be good right now," the Brandy would show up -- which brings us to the obvious observation: Club 33 is the only place where alchohol is served within the Magic Kingdom.

The restaurant itself is VERY large -- if you're in New Orleans Square, nearly the entire upper level on the buildings (with all the balconies) is the restaurant. It's definitely a special occasion place -- but not nearly as high-style as one would think. Heck, we were in shorts and t-shirts (typical Disney wares) and we didn't feel out of place at all.

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