Club 33 in Disneyland. What’s the Deal?
Club 33 is one of Disney’s best kept secrets and most elusive attraction. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s not a restaurant, ride or hotel. Club 33 is an exclusive members only club that is home to the most elite Disney fans and supporters. If you want to learn more, check out these fun facts below!
Club 33 was originally designed and built by Walt Disney himself. His purpose for the club was to make a special place for close friends and investors to come to in the park. Unfortunately, he died just five months before the club was ready to open. There are two main stories to how the club got its name. The official reason Disney gives is because of the address of the club. The unofficial speculation is that the club was named for the 33 sponsors that invested in the Disneyland parks in California.
Location, location, location
The club is in a discreet location at 33 Orleans road in Disneyland. If you look above the French Market and Cafe Orleans, you’ll see it from the street. The secret nature of the club and it’s mysterious location certainly adds to the exclusivity of the membership there. There are also international Club 33 locations in Shanghai and Tokyo, both on the Main streets of the respective parks.
Membership to Club 33 is very exclusive. At one time applications were accepted, but the popularity of the club has caused it to become invite-only. According to some Club 33 members, it costs between $25,000 and $100,000 just an initiation fee. After that, depending on the level of membership, the annual dues can be anywhere between $12,000 and $30,000.
With the hefty membership fee come many perks with a Club 33 membership. Members can expect the most phenomenal dining experiences with some of the best chefs in the business. Guests with higher levels of membership can also share this experience with non-members with the use of passes. In addition to the dining, alcohol is also served inside the club. It’s the only place inside the park where you can purchase an alcoholic beverage. Behind the scenes tours and special merchandise are also made for members.
Curious? Me too! If you want to see more exclusive inside information about Club 33, there’s a member who posts to Instagram (even though there is no photography allowed). You can check the page out for yourselves! @disneyland33member
Special thanks to Molly Kelly for writing this article! Molly Kelly is a loyal Disney fan of 22 years who aspires to become every Disney princess combined into one. She is a recent graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh in Upstate New York with a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Marketing. Some of her lifetime goals include being an annual pass holder to Disney, to own many dogs, and to incorporate Disney magic into her day, every day.