What? You have never heard of Club 33? Ah, my friend, sit down and I will tell you the tale as we travel to Agrabah...
When Walt Disney was working with various corporate sponsors for his attractions at the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair, he noted the various "VIP Lounges" provided as an accommodation for the corporate elite. This gave him the idea that culminated in Club 33. When New Orleans Square was planned, this special area for corporate sponsors and VIPs was included. When Club 33 opened in May 1967 (five months after Walt's death) individual memberships were also offered.
Club 33 is not open to the public, and the waiting list to become a member is over 10 years. Initiation dues are $10,000, with annual dues of about $3,000 per year. So, if you can get invited to a dinner at Club 33, it is the rarest of occasions, and you should go to this exclusive experience.
The entrance, marked by a large "33", is just a couple doors from the Blue Bayou. Once you enter, mere words cannot describe the exquisiteness, the history, and the exclusivity. There is a beautiful elevator to the dining area which is a replica of one Walt fell in love with in Paris. The owner wouldn't sell, so Walt had his engineers go to Paris, take measurements, and built a replica at Club 33.
Upstairs, the dining room stands as Lillian Disney furnished it. There is a harpsichord with a Renaissance-style painting on the underside of the lid, upon which Paul McCartney and Elton John have played. There are props from Disney movies, such as a marble table used in Mary Poppins. Bric-a-Brac purchased by Walt himself in New Orleans. Antiques galore. Animation cels. Oh, and there is the finest food available.
The secret to the food is the chefs. They're excellent, and they cook like they are cooking for Walt himself. Disney folks are like that. There is fine wine as well as many types of beer. The minimum charge is about $80 per person for dinner, but that is easily met. Figure about $100 per person. But SO worth it.
There is a balcony, which overlooks New Orleans Square and Rivers of America. Go out and get a photo of yourself on it. Also, see if you can look at the "Trophy Room". More history there, as well.
So if you ever get a chance to go here, take it.
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