How Can You Get into Club 33 at Disneyland? Is There a Special Ticket?
Club 33 is the most exclusive Disney membership club in the world, with an extensive waiting list. Featuring a five-star restaurant and lounge, the exclusivity of the club, its Disney lore-filled décor, and its swanky status leave Club 33 as something to be desired by all Disney fans.
The price of the membership is rumored to be in the neighborhood of the average American household income.
Located on Royal Street within New Orleans Square, it is not easy to gain membership to Club 33, and there are no Disneyland® park tickets that will gain you access.
Some Disneyland® Resort fans claim that the number 33 is significant in Disney lore because 33 was the initial number of people who invested in Walt Disney’s Disneyland® Resort and that Disney would entertain these wealthy guests in this private dining area.
Other people suggested that this number refers to the number of people on the board who voted “yes” to keep the Club open after the death of Disney.
Still, others think it might be another one of the famous Hidden Mickeys, which can be found all over Disneyland® Resort. The reasoning is that sideways, the number 33 looks like two pairs of mouse ears.
However, the most legitimate (and least exciting) reason for the name Club 33 may have just been that this property needed a specific address to be eligible to apply for a liquor license.
What is Club 33 like?
From past diners’ experience, Club 33 is a gorgeously decorated and exquisite restaurant filled with Disney-inspired décor and beautiful design work catering to the tastes of Walt Disney himself. There is a balcony from which dinner guests can watch evening shows (like Fantasmic!) or parades in the sky or on the ground.
For dinner, guests can order a five-course prix fixe meal, and as an alternative, there is a more affordable á la carte option. (However, ordering from the á la carte menu does require a minimum payment of the price of a one-day ticket to the park.)
Lunchtime is normally served buffet-style, so some guests agree that it is a better value for their money.
However, diners will also agree that if you choose to dine at Club 33, you are there for the ambiance and the experience, and less for the exquisite meal eaten there.
After your meal, some waiters will offer to give their guests tours of the Club, where you can learn more about the history and lore that went into the creation of this exclusive space.
How Do I Become a Member of Club 33?
To gain access to Club 33, you must first become a member. You must write a letter of inquiry to Club 33 Member Services. There is no guarantee that memberships will be available each year, but if you’re lucky enough you could be placed on the waiting list, which is said to have an average waiting period of more than ten years. On the chance that a membership becomes available, a member of management will contact you.
After you submit your request for membership, a representative from Club 33 will call you if membership positions become available. Once you’ve been contacted, you will need to make at least a $25,000 payment for the initiation fee to reserve your membership. This payment is a one-time fee that will confirm your space at the club, so you will have to pay it once you are notified of your acceptance.
Once your initiation fee has been paid, you will have to pay an additional $12,000-$30,000 per year for your membership dues. You must make the payment in full each year to confirm your membership.
Additional Ways to Enter Club 33
Along with becoming a full-time member, you can also enter Club 33 as a guest of a member or with a corporate pass. Many large companies offer a benefit of membership to Club 33.
If you know a member of Club 33, and they are willing to make a reservation for you, you may be able to access the private and executive restaurant and lounge, but your access will be limited to one section of the lounge.
Is There a Special Ticket for Club 33?
The simple answer is, no, there is not a special ticket you can purchase for Club 33. You must either become a member, have a corporate pass, or hope you have a friend who is a member.
The value of a Club 33 membership lies within its exclusivity, privacy and its hospitality. Celebrities, corporate CEOs, and many business executives have found Club 33 to be an escape from the crowds and a chance to take clients and friends out for a five-star experience.
Established in 1967, just six months after Walt Disney passed away, Club 33 was planned with Disney’s desire to have a VIP lounge for the corporate elite within his park. The club has only grown in reputation and status among Disney fanatics and has become the stuff of legend.
The Club has expanded from the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, California to Tokyo and Shanghai, but each of these three clubs retains their exclusivity. Club 33 is also the only place in the Disneyland® Resort Park except Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, that offers alcohol, and there’s a mandatory dress code. The rest of the park is completely dry.
If you have the financial means to support membership and the patience required to stay on the waiting list, a Club 33 membership will grant you access to a five-star restaurant and lounge and a long list of perks, but unfortunately, it is not a club that can be accessed by anyone at any time. Tom Hanks and Rebel Wilson are rumored to be members.
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