There’s A 14-Year Waiting List To Join This Secret Club Inside Disneyland
It's the only place on the grounds that sells booze.
Everyone knows that Disneyland is the most magical place on Earth. But for members of an exclusive club housed inside the amusement park, it’s also one of the most expensive and opulent. Club 33 is a secret five-star restaurant hiding in plain sight across from La Mascarade d’Orleans.
Not just any regular Joe can walk up and snag a table at the luxury dining establishment. In order to gain entrance, you must be a member, which costs up to $100,000 a year, or be a guest of one. In addition to the six-figure membership fee, there are additional annual fees that range from $12,500 to $30,000, depending on the level of membership. Here’s a shot of the striking lobby from a member’s Instagram:
And here’s one of Le Salon Nouveau, a lounge located inside the club:
So what’s it like to dine at the lavish and storied establishment?
Lily Hopkins got the chance to eat there along with her brother and his girlfriend during the club’s 50th anniversary celebration earlier this year. They scored reservations through her brother’s colleague.
“My family goes to Disneyland often, so Club 33 has always been a fun mystery/myth,” Hopkins told Business Insider. “We would pass the secret door making jokes about all the celebrities that must be inside. It was really exciting to finally be able to see it for ourselves after talking about it all these years.”
The menu is just as impressive as the decor, offering items such as filet mignon and chicken schnitzel. It’s also the only place within Disneyland that serves alcohol, and it offers up an expansive wine and cocktail menu alongside its cuisine. Here’s a shot of a scrumptious-looking lobster Rockefeller dish:
Walt Disney himself dreamt up the concept of the club as a way to entertain corporate sponsors and special guests. In fact, legend has it that the club was named after the 33 original corporate sponsors of Disneyland. As such, the number 33 figures prominently throughout the restaurant’s decor.
Walt Disney never saw his idea come to life, as Club 33 didn’t open until 1967, six months after his death. His wife, Lillian, designed the original club, but it was extensively renovated and transformed in 2014. For more information on Club 33, visit its dedicated fan site.