While I was at the Mahaloween Luau last month (September 29) at the Disneyland Hotel, I received a surprise message on my phone asking if I would like to go tofor lunch or dinner with my girls that same week! Are you kidding me? Club 33 was on my bucket list as a huge Disneyland fan and I was always thinking of ways to find someone who was a member that could make a reservation for me! I gratefully answered that I would love to and that lunch would be better for us, as I hadn’t packed dressy clothes for myself for this trip and I knew that the dress code for dinner was much stricter and would be better saved for a date night with my husband. A few messages later, and I had a 1:50pm lunch reservation the very next day, Tuesday, September 30 for myself and my daughters, ages 6 and 9.
Like most Disneyland goers who are also Walt Disney and Disneyland history enthusiasts, I have taken many pictures outside of the old 33 placard in New Orleans Square wishing I could go inside. On July 18, 2014 the new and improved Club 33 was unveiled to members and their guests. The new entrance is now deeper in New Orleans Square and the placard is smaller and more discreet. The once public Court de Angels is also only available to Club 33 members and is closed off by large doors to anyone walking between shops in the area.
We rang the doorbell and were greeted by a castmember with a clipboard who checked our names and reservation time. We were ushered inside and out into the remodeled Court de Angels where we were given cold towels (it was 100 degrees that day!) and fruit infused water. We waited in the courtyard for a few minutes taking pictures and a castmember descended the staircase and took us upstairs to Club 33.
Once upstairs, we were taken inside and to our table, which was across the main dining room and right next to the balcony. We were able to go outside several times throughout our 3 course meal and people watch and take in the scenery from this quiet balcony.
Our meal consisted of 3 courses – appetizer, main course and dessert. The girls chose off of the Club 33 children’s menu and I was given the lunch menu.
The food was delicious and after we ate, we took time to go back on the balcony for a bit to relax. We also visited the ladies room and the fainting couch was a HUGE hit with my girls.
We walked back out to the main lobby and I bought some exclusive Club 33 souvenirs including a small Dooney & Bourke purse with Club 33 lining and hangtag, Club 33 suede baseball cap, Club 33 Tommy Bahama Polo for my husband and Mickey Mouse ears with the Club 33 logo on them for my girls. After paying for my goodies, we took out time leaving. We walked around the inside of the lobby and slowly descended the stairs into Court de Angels again and took more pictures in there before exiting.
I am so grateful and thankful for my Fairy Godmother who allowed us the experience of Club 33 and look forward to taking my very jealous husband, who was back in Arizona working (he calls himself the Pixie Dust Enabler), on a date night there very soon!
I hope you enjoyed my article. Have you ever been to Club 33? I would love to compare notes – leave a comment below!
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