Lid lifted on Disney’s private members club

29th January, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Disneyland boasts a private members club inside its California theme park with annual fees costing US$10,000 a year, it has emerged.

The bar at Club 33. Credit: Pete Hottelet

The bar at Club 33. Credit: Pete Hottelet

With an 800-strong waiting list, Club 33 in New Orleans Square, named after its address on 33 Royal Street, is the only place in Disneyland to serve alcohol.

The name also honors the 33 original corporate sponsors at Disneyland in 1967 when the club opened, including Kodak, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and Goodyear.

Among its previous patrons are Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, singer Elton John and the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.

Inspired by the VIP lounges on offer at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Club 33 opened in May 1967.

Walt Disney wanted a private place to entertain visiting dignitaries in a quiet environment, though he died five months before Club 33 opened its doors.

Among the fizz on sale in the restaurant are Domaine Chandon Brut NV, Moët & Chandon White Star, Dom Pérignon, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec.

A selection of wine at Club 33

A selection of wine at Club 33

On the white front, Club 33 leans towards Californian wines, such as Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc, Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc and Far Niente Chardonnay, but also sells Dr. Loosen Riesling from the Mosel and Trimbach Gewurztraminer from Alsace.

The reds also have a US focus, an include Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Duckhorn Merlot, Grgich Hills Zinfandel and Saintsbury Pinot Noir.

To pair with the wines are dishes such as California corn bisque, seared scallop and king crab soubise, American Kobe carpaccio and a trio of artisan caviar.

Last year, to mark the Club’s 45th anniversary, the membership list was opened up, having been closed for a decade.

It reportedly costs members US$25,000 to join with an additional fee of $10,000 a year.

Members have access to two chandelier-filled dining areas, a bar, and the 1901 lounge decked out with antique furniture sourced by Walt in New Orleans.

Marked only by a small plaque bearing the number 33, guests are taken up to Club 33 via an old-fashioned glass elevator.

On opening up its membership again, Disney raised its prices from $3,600 to US$10,000 a year.

One Response to “Lid lifted on Disney’s private members club”

  1. Mick. E. Souris says:

    Wow, that surely is one healthy door fee.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

European Brands Sales Manager, Field Sales Managers and Executives

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, Brighton, E Sussex/Kent, Cornwall & Devon, GB

Commercial/Sales Manager

Crush Wines Ltd
Bremhill/Home office, GB

Wine Buyer

Adnams
Southwold, UK

Sales Manager - Scotland

Eurowines Ltd
Scotland

Sales Manager - North-West England

Eurowines Ltd
North-West England, UK

Sales Manager - London

Eurowines Ltd
London, UK

Key Account Manager - Grocery

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Key Accounts Manager - Impulse

Australian Vintage Limited
London (Croydon), UK

Business Development Manager

Regency Wines Ltd
North Devon & Somerset, UK

Sales Manager - North East England

Eurowines Ltd
Within 15-20 mile radius of York, UK

National Account Manager

Ehrmanns Wines
London, UK

London Account Manager

The Drinks Club
London, UK

London Sales Executive

Gourvid Limited
London and Greater London, GB

Logistics Administrator

Speciality Drinks Ltd
Park Royal, London, UK

Head of Sales - Hush Heath Estate

Hush Heath Estate
Kent/ London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 3rd May 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 2nd May 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more