Disney Dreams DO Come True: The Adventures at Club 33!
Last week, I gave you a little teaser for my upcoming birthday trip to Club 33 that is a hidden jewel inside of Disneyland. Some of you may know what a treat it is to be able to walk into this most magical place. If not, here is a little bit of history on the beloved Club 33. This is one Disney Dream I can now check off my list, but I would go back in a heartbeat if I could! It was a very magical experience. My most magical birthday by far! 😉
If you are a true Disney fan, then Club 33 will be a tremendous, once in a lifetime (or hopefully more than once if you are lucky!) experience. It does have a hefty price-tag along with it, but it is SO worth it for the amazing dining experience and special Disney ambiance, and the food is beyond amazing!
Club 33 is located within Disneyland, quietly hiding above the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square. It is a very exclusive club with a limited membership of only 487. Club 33 is not open to the public. Members may however arrange for their friends and associates to experience the club. Which is how I was able to get a reservation, through a Club 33 member who was so kind enough to make me a reservation for this special occasion! Thanks BL! 😉
Walt Disney felt the need for a special place where he could entertain others in a quiet, serene atmosphere where amazing cuisine and magical decor would meet for the most unique and delightful experience for his guests. Artist Dorothea Redmond was asked to produce watercolor creations of what such a magical place might look like. Walt and his wife then traveled to New Orleans to select many of the beautiful antiques that are on display here at Club 33 today. After years of planning, Club 33 became a reality in May of 1967. Sadly though, it was never seen by Walt himself because of his unfortunate death five months earlier.
Club 33 is named after its address, 33 Royal Street. There are two dining rooms and several adjoining areas. Club 33 is filled with an abundance of magical and magnificent antiques and original works of art that were hand-picked for this very special place. Upon entering you will be swept away into the majestic lobby where you will soon be ascending in the French lift to the second floor. As you enter, it’s like you are entering a totally different time and place.
As we entered into The Gallery, we found many interesting items such as an oak telephone booth (seen here, where I was taking a special Happy Birthday call from none other than the Mouse himself) 😉 In The Gallery and around Club 33 you will find many original works by Disney artists and sketches done of New Orleans Square and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.