Monday, November 8, 2010

Trip Report - November 6, 2010 - Inside CLUB 33~!

After literally decades of dreaming about Club 33 at Disneyland I finally had the opportunity to go inside Walt’s private club. A huge thanks to “you know who” for making this happen, I was more exiting than a pig in @#$%....

Dinner at the club was set for 8:00pm, arriving at park a few hours beforehand I was able to see the flag retreat ceremony; I haven’t seen that it since 54th anniversary, very classy.

Three fences is not doing well, look at the ground, gross! This isn’t even a smoking area. New rule, no smoking in Disneyland!

Time for one “Now & Then” shot.

From Daveland’s excellent post last week (link).

Time to hop on the train; I gotta get to New Orleans Square!

A quick stopover at Main Street Station. Do you notice something odd about those doors? This photo was taken from the train, yet the reflection in the “glass” appears to be from the Town Square side??? Upon closer inspection, these aren’t doors at all, they are some kind of plastic cover that was printed on, why????

Let’s take a trip on the shortest segment of the Disneyland Railroad, bound for New Orleans Square and Club 33!!!!

This little door is just to the right of the Blue Bayou restaurant. I’ve been looking at that door since the early 1980’s, I’ve heard all the stories, even seen some great photos, but I’ve never been past that door!

Push a button, say your name and just like magic, the door opens and you enter Disneylands truly magical land.

Once in, it’s just an entry way of sorts, the real club is upstairs.

My friends and fellow bloggers, this is the back side of the Club 33 door!

I figured this antique elevator was just for show and or wheelchair access, its actually neither! We got to ride up three at a time and since there are stairs leading to the elevator I don’t think it’s used for wheelchairs.

The C33 cast member called up to check on our table, that old phone actually works too!

During the call someone else showed up at “the door”, they insisted they had a reservation, and they did, at the “Blue Bayou” – “That’s next door” and with that the door was promptly closed.

What initially sounded like bad news (our table would not be ready for about 20-25 minutes) turned out to be the icing on the cake. When they told us there would be a delay, they asked, “what attraction would you like to ride, we’ll get you right in”… After not much thought we picked “Peter Pan” (since it had at least a 45 min. wait). A few minutes later we were whisked in thru the exit and flying over London – WOW!!!!!

It took longer to get to and from Peter Pan than it did to ride the attraction! Back at Club 33 – the table does not resemble anything I’ve ever seen in Disneyland. They used more silverware just for my setting than I own in my entire silverware drawer at home!

The menu seemed a small, but there were quite a few choices. Those prices aren’t like anything I’ve ever seen in Disneyland either.

The Contemporary French Onion Soup was to die for, and that “cracker” on the top is actually toasted parmesan cheese – OMG is was so good.

Chicken eater that I am I ordered the Certified Organic Free Range Chicken with Muscat Apricot Glaze, it was the best darn chicken I’ve ever had! Tender, moist, ultra flavorful, oh man I could get used to this quick.

One of the great "lively" girls in our party was celebrating her birthday – Nice touch!

The balconies are truly amazing. They are somewhat narrow and full views of the river are blocked by the tress, but just being out there, it’s hard to explain but boy does it feel great looking down on all the common folks!

The dining room is very original and in fact, some of the chairs could use refinishing.

This is a very odd sight for Disneyland – A full bar! I can only imagine what a mixed drink costs – If you have to ask you can’t afford it.

This is the one spot in Disneyland that requires this sign.

Mary Poppins set piece, yes I touched it!

Not sure where this is from, but it sure looks old.

Yes we are going into the men’s room, ladies close your eyes.

Are you sure this is Disneyland? The water actually keeps running unless you turn it off?

Well, that something you don’t see everyday.

Those “33” towels are obviously just there for the taking…

Nice artwork!

Even though we were in there for over 2 hours, it sure went fast….. I must admit, it’s the best 2 hours I’ve ever spent at Disneyland.

Getting into Club 33 is odd, even though I got this ticket, it was not presented at the Club 33 door, if you don’t have a reservation you aint getting in, ticket or not.

The ticket itself is admission to the park, which was unfortunately wasted since I used my Annual Pass to get into the park.

These came with the bill. Since you can’t smoke in Club 33 they don’t give matches anymore.

I have no idea what you would use these little note pads for, but they are cool!

What do you know a hand towel!

In summary, it was an amazing night that I will NEVER forget. It’s a rarified atmosphere up in Club 33, I was so lucky to experience it!


  1. Very cool that you finally got to go! Thanks for all the great photos. I've heard that once you've been to Club 33, cops will never give you a ticket again! So the food was good huh? Seems I've heard so-so things about it in the past, but my tastes are probably not as sophisticated as most city folks. I was surprised when you said that trees block the view of the river... I always assumed that people could watch Fantasmic from up there. Guess not!

    I'm very glad that the guy with the "Support Swollen" shirt did not get in!! Does the club try to enforce any dress code at all, or have they given up?

    "Lively girls", I'm trying to guess what that means!!

    Great report...

  2. Great trip report....and congratulations! I'm so happy that you finally got to go!

  3. when i went to club 33 about 18 months ago there was one guy there in shorts and another guy who wore his hat all through the meal! i guess it is Disneyland after all, so dress codes aren't a priority. shame. especially when you see pics of how people used to dress up back in the 50s and 60s just to go to the park!

  4. Tim - They have put a "fake" print of a door on the RR Station before; it means they are refinishing the originals. I remember the first time I saw it - had to do a double take! Great trip report - congrats on 33!

  5. I'll let Lydia know that she's the "lively" one.

    Your dinner companion

  6. I believe I had read from various sources that the elevator in Club 33 is from the movie "The Happiest Millionaire".

  7. I was at Club 33 thirty years ago. Time goes so fast.
    Glad you got to go! :)

  8. Don't worry about touching the harpsichord, it's not that old, but I wonder if you could play it? They go out of tune just by looking at them.