So, before I go too far into talking about night at Club 33, I should give a little background on what it is and how we came to be invited to eat there.......
....so Club 33 is a private restaurant----very high end---that is located within DisneyLand park here in California. It is not open to the public. The club's history is that it was a special dining room that Walt Disney himself had constructed so that he could entertain VIP guests to DisneyLand there personally. It has remained a very exclusive private club with an extremely prestigious and limited list of members who can eat there or sponsor guests to do so----and apparently over the years has served many important guests from celebrities to visiting dignitaries to American political figures like Supreme Court Justices, Senators and current/former Presidents of the United States....so it's a pretty prestigious place. By all accounts, it is one of the most exclusive Disney experiences available in the world. People who are honored enough to be members of the club are a very select group-----and there is apparently a waiting list that is years and years long to become a new member. All of this adds up to the fact that the place is truly steeped in history, mystique and pomp & circumstance----and it's something that not even all Disney aficionados even know about...much less ever have the opportunity to experience!!
|The four of us at the entrance to Club 33 in DisneyLand.|
As we were preparing for our last big trip (the Med/TransAtlantic cruise over September 2010), we were, of course, getting to know our fellow cruisers on the DISBoards. Well, as chance would have it, I met a really wonderful couple named Marc and Michael online who were in the process of retiring to Mexico (lucky devils!) and who were long-time Disney fans, as well. We emailed back and forth several times...and they helped with providing lanyards for our fellow cruisers and although that trip was so busy that it flew by and we didn't get to spend much time with them, we did have at least one really lovely lunch with them aboard the ship. They are truly a sweet and wonderful couple-----and Jason and I hope that one day we'll be together that long and be able to retire and relocate to a warm climate and take fabulous Disney vacations just like them!! Anyhow, they also happen to be among the elite few people in the world to actually BE members of Club 33....and when they heard that we were planning on being in DisneyLand for a few days this year before our cruise....they offered to get us a reservation at the Club!
This was, obviously, a chance not to be passed up...so we accepted their gracious offer.
So now to talk a bit about our experience: Club 33 is kind of an upscale place and so it was an excuse for the four of us to wear nice clothes---not formalwear....and not even probably as fancy as the outfits we'll likely wear for dinners aboard the ship...but certainly nicer than we would normally wear to a theme park dinner while at a resort!! The setting is also just stunning----nothing like you'd expect to see in a theme park either. Here are some pics of us outside the club at its non-descript entrance:
So, the food? Really wonderful.....especially if you're into fine dining. Now----those of you reading this blog who know me & Jason very well are probably thinking to yourselves: "Fine dining? Erik and Jason? Doesn't Erik usually order off the children's menu on the cruise ship? Isn't he super finicky about food?" And, of course, the answer is yes.....I do and I am...
|Note:This is NOT the menu I ate. Just a pic.|
All in all......our trip to Club 33 was very, very special. We had an amazing time. We ate some amazing food (and, yes, even finicky Erik ate it-----and ENJOYED it!!)...and we got to experience a "something-very-special-Disney" that very few people get to....so that made it all the more worthwhile. We all had an amazing time.....and we couldn't possibly say thank you enough to M&M for making it possible!!