How about dinner at Disney's most exclusive, expensive restaurant?
The Chef's Counter at Napa Rose is great for the Disneyland fan with a taste for fine dining and the bank account to support that. But what if you want more? What if you want an experience that is even more exclusive, in a setting that's more uniquely Disney, with a level of personal service that surpasses even the best of the Napa Rose... or any other Disney restaurant?
Well, if you've got 15 grand to spare, Disneyland's got you covered.
The resort is promoting its 21 Royal private dining experience, located in the former Dream Suite (and before that, Disney Gallery) apartment above Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square. Disney got a story about the experience in Robb Report, a luxury-lifestyle magazine for the one percent of the one percent. It's the perfect PR placement. At this price point, there's no sense wasting time with a post on the Disney Parks blog, or inviting mere newspaper and website reporters for a taste.
If all this sounds familiar, OC Weekly wrote about 21 Royal a couple of years ago. At that point, the experience was in the planning stage and envisioned as an upsell for Club 33 members. (Yep, an upsell for even Disney's most exclusive club members.) Now, it's available to anyone. Well, anyone with $15,000.
The experience accommodates up to 12 guests in the one party that gets it for the evening. Participants are welcomed by valets at the Grand Californian, then escorted into Disneyland and the New Orleans Square apartment for the evening. The experience continues with cocktails before sitting down to a seven-course, customized dinner, overseen by executive chef Andrew Sutton and chef de cuisine Justin Monson. Then it's out to the patio for coffee, desserts, and maybe fireworks (or a showing of Fantasmic!, when it returns).
Obviously, this experience will be out of sight and out of mind for the average Disney guest, for whom a $50 meal at the Blue Bayou downstairs might represent a once-in-a-long-time indulgence. It's an aspirational evening for someone who's grown just a little bored with the routine of yet another dinner at Club 33. Or a write-off for a high-level Disney executive looking to impress a Hollywood dealmaker or prospective corporate client.
Or maybe, just maybe, a thrill for a Theme Park Insider reader who hits the lottery and wants to bring along 11 of her or his closest theme-park-fan online friends. If that ever happens... well, you know where to find me.
If Disney wants to make money off the one percenters, that's fine with me, as long as it's not flaunted in the face of everyone else. I have a problem with closing the Court of Angels, and the oversized windows in Club 33 that don't match the scale of the rest of New Orleans Square, for example. But if the extra money from the rich helps keep the cost down for the regular guest, I'm all for it.
But are drinks included?
Let me guess, park admission not included.
Is the Dream Suite no longer in existence, or has it been replaced by the dining experience?
Does this mean that the Walk in Walts Footsteps Tour will no longer be making a stop at the dream suite?
I could actually see this as being a feasible option for a couple who wants to do a non-traditional wedding celebration with just immediate family.
A signature drink, park admission, and valet parking are included. But do you have to walk through the park with the "regulars" to get there :)
I think that's a great location for a small wedding breakfast, so you can still have a Disney Wedding day in the park after a ceremony elsewhere. It's a much more affordable intimate option.
I'll definitely invite my TPI friends, if I ever win the lottery. Only one problem - I don't play the lottery.
I would seriously consider this, but the price point is just a bit too high. I suspect, because this is very typical, that the listed price doesn't include a mandatory gratuity and sales tax.
15 people eating at the Blue Bayou can reach $1000 easy if ordering the most expensive dishes. This is still 15 times less expensive than this exclusive restaurant. If you have it, flaunt it.
Hey, free Disneyland admission!
Here's what I don't understand...My wife and I have dined at Victoria and Albert's in Fla, their most heralded restaurant. It was good, but does NOT hold a candle to LeBernadin, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Per Se, French Laundry, Mama's Fish House, Lahaina Grill, Alinea, or any of 50 other places I can think of. I have yet to have a single meal in any setting associated with Disney that comes close to those places and at their TOP ( we paid $900 with tax/tip/wine pairings at Blue Hill as a once time splurge it was 20 tasting courses)they are still not that expensive. More power to them if they can charge and get it, but I'd question anyone at any taste level who would pay that and for what reason
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