Published September 13, 2013
Disneyland’s super-exclusive Club 33, where it costs $25,000 to join and membership fees are $10,000 a year, is reportedly undergoing a major renovation.
According to the unofficial Disney blog, Inside the Magic, the famous restaurant in the Anaheim theme park will get a new layout, including a makeover of the entrance, lounge and kitchen, as well as a whole new menu. The number of seats won't increase in the dining room, but it will get new chairs and china.
The secretive entrance, marked only by a small, simple "33" address plate, will remain, but it will no longer be used for guests –who used to press a buzzer hidden near the door.
Opened in 1967, the club was conceived as a hangout for Walt Disney and his corporate and A-list guests, although it opened shortly after his death. Today, it still hosts the rich and famous, guests which reportedly have included Tom Hanks, Christina Aguilera and Elton John. It’s believed that there’s an 800 hundred-person waiting list.
Club 33, which is located in the heart of the New Orleans Square above The Pirates of the Caribbean ride, will reportedly close for about six months beginning January 2014 while it undergoes renovations.
If you’re thinking about plunking down the cash so you can eat there, you may soon get a shot. Disney says it is planning to open up memberships after the club renovation is complete, but the club will still likely remain exclusive.
And just in case you want to keep abreast of all the changes, Disney is setting up a website that will show real-time progress -- but alas, you’ll have to be a member to see that.