ABD California Backstage Magic Tour - DAY FOUR (April 16, 2010) Breakfast at Club 33 The History of Club 33 (from wikipedia): When Walt Disney was working with various corporate promoters for his attractions at the 19641965 New York World's Fair, he noted the various "VIP Lounges" provided as an accommodation for the corporate elite. This gave him the idea that culminated in Club 33. When New Orleans Square was planned, this special area for corporate sponsors and VIPs was included. Disney asked artist Dorothea Redmond to paint renderings and hired Hollywood set director Emil Kuri to decorate the facility. While originally intended for exclusive use by Disneyland's Corporate sponsors and other industry VIPs, when Club 33 opened in May 1967five months after Disney's deathindividual memberships were also offered. Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at "33 Royal Street" with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it. When riding Pirates of the Caribbean, just as the ride departs, the Blue Bayou restaurant is visible, but the balconies above it are actually a part of Club 33. Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club's restaurant, and the premises are not open to the public at large. It is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages, though Disneyland has a park-wide liquor license and has set up bars throughout the park for private events. Club 33's wine list includes vintages priced at $200. In addition to beer and wine, Club 33 has a full bar, though patrons may not order directly from the bar and must place orders through their server. We were on a mission to find 33 Rue Royale, the secret address of Club 33. Bill and I had been down this road before and even took our pictures in front of the Club 33 sign last year. So, we knew exactly where the secret door was located. Its honestly not very hidden. It had a BIG 33 on the outside. Outside Club 33 We waited outside for a few minutes and then the door opened. A nice CM named Dan greeted us and waved us in. He didnt have to ask us twice. Everyone headed through the door without hesitation. DISers charging into Club 33. I have seen Club 33 on a couple of travel shows. So, I was excited to see the elevator, trophy room and of course the throne. We were escorted past the breakfast buffet into the main dining room. A server came around taking drink orders. Bill and I just sat for a minute to soak in the atmosphere. Bill and I enjoying Club 33. We waited for the buffet line to die down a bit and then went to get some food. It was the normal breakfast buffet items with a few extras like steak and potatoes. The buffet. My plate of yummy Club 33 food. That steak was yummy!!!! I even went back to get seconds later on. After I took a few bites, I couldnt sit any longer. I can eat anytime. I wanted to explore Club 33. We had the run of the place. We were the only ones in the restaurant. I was snapping pictures left and right. Bill and I in front of the elevator. Bill and I in front of the fireplace in the main dining room. The ladies room. "The Throne" The Trophy Room Walt had microphones installed in the chandeliers to spy on his guests. I noticed a line forming in the hallway. The line was to purchase exclusive Club 33 merchandise. After I took all the pictures I wanted, I hopped into the still long line to place our order. There was a display cabinet in the hallway. A CM was taking peoples order and then having to run out back and gather the items. I dont think they were prepared for this shopping bunch. Bill came and joined me in line. Once our order was placed, we were told to wait at our table and someone would come around to get our payment and give us our goods. That was fine with me, because it gave me time to get that second piece of steak. Initially, we were supposed to be out of Club 33 already by this time. But, I heard an announcement that our time there was extended. A loud cheer was heard around the restaurant. The display cabinet of Club 33 merchandise. Bill and I purchased: (3) keychains (5) pins (2) Mickey ears (1) collared shirt We relaxed for a bit around the restaurant, soaking in our last few moments there. Bill getting comfy on a couch. The view from Club 33 looking down onto New Orleans Square. Our time at Club 33 flew by and sadly we all made our way down the stairs back out into New Orleans Square. The whole experience was surreal. Did we really just have breakfast at Club 33???? It honestly lived up to the hype. What a great experience! Bill and I on the staircase on our way out of Club 33. COMING UP: Time to explore Disneyland Park and some Backstage peaks.