Did you ever wonder what happens behind the locked doors of an exclusive private club? Are there million dollar business deals taking place over lunch? Is the 1-percent discussing presidential politics. Maybe the very well-to-do are just talking about a football game or maybe they are talking about their child’s choice of colleges.
New York City has its Metropolitan Club and the equally exclusive California Club has a home in Los Angeles. But did you know that on June 15, 1967, 6-months after Walt Disney’s Death, Disneyland opened an exclusive club of its own?
Welcome to Club 33
Press the buzzer outside the doorway, speak into the intercom, and announce your presence to the receptionist inside. You don’t have to give a secret password, but you do have to tell the receptionist who you are. Members and their guests will be welcomed and the door will be unlocked. Step inside and you’ll find yourself in a rather smallish, but beautifully appointed lobby.
Once inside, take the old-fashioned glass elevator or walk up the winding staircase to the second level. Enjoy a delightful early afternoon lunch break or, depending on the time of day, a gourmet dinner with a glass of wine. Club 33 is the only place in Disneyland Park where alcohol is served. You can also get off your feet and relax in the very comfortable lounge area. Finally, don’t miss the impressive view from the outdoor balcony!
Club 33 Membership
Visitors eating lunch at the Blue Bayou restaurant in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland are only steps away from Club 33. The official address is 33 Royal Street. If you want to have a more upscale lunch at Club 33, you have to be a member or an invited guest of a member. Becoming a member is not simply a matter of being able to afford the $27,000 initiation fee and approximate $11,000 in annual dues. The Club limits membership to somewhere around 500 and currently there is a waiting list of more than 10 years. Current members are not anxious to give up their memberships and the status that comes with being a Club 33 member.
What Do You Get for Your Money?
Membership has its privileges. In addition to being part of a very select group of Disney devotees, your membership includes the following free benefits and services.
• Unlimited access to Club 33 during normal operating hours
• 4 Annual Passes that can be used any time of the year at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
• 50 day passes that will get your guests into the park for free
• Valet parking at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
• 6 FASTPASSES on each visit that can be used on any attraction at any time
• Access to a private lounge over in Disney’s California Adventure
• Ability to reserve the entire club for parties, business functions and other special occasions
• Take a train ride on Disney’s private presidential parlor car, the Lily Belle
• Request a special appearance by any Disney costumed character
• Participate in wine tasting parties and other regularly held special events
• Purchase fine collectibles
Guests at Disneyland can get a little taste of Club 33 by participating in the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour. Your guide will take you inside the lobby and give you a short history of Club 33, including an explanation of some of the artifacts you’ll see around the lobby. Tour participants do not have access to the private member rooms on the second floor, but you can take a picture inside the lift. If you don’t take the tour, be like everyone else and take a picture standing next to the iconic “33” at the entrance to Club 33.
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