Club 33

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  1. ljcastro18

    ljcastro18 Earning My Ears

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    I was invited to buy a membership from club 33, the only membership they are offering is a platinum which is 25k initiation fee and 10k annual fees, any members out there who could tell me if it is worth it?, is there also a similar club in WDW? or only in Disneyland?


    thanks for your input!


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  3. Micca

    Micca Where there's a will, there's an heir

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    Wow, you have a rare opportunity indeed. I'm not certain what all comes with a membership but DW and I were able to eat at Club 33 once as a guest of a member. The food was wonderful, the service fantastic, and the chance to be in a place where Walt entertained his guests? To Die For!

    If you are near DLR and young enough it might be worth it. The opportunity to go there for us was likely once in a lifetime. I know when we went as guests of a member the park admission was waived. Just getting into the park certainly has value, but I don't know how often a member can exercise that option.

    If we were young and had the bucks, the 25K has some appeal, but the 10k dues each year is very steep. Any chance to write some of this off as a biz expense?

    For lottery winners it's a no-brainer. :earsboy:
     
  4. ljcastro18

    ljcastro18 Earning My Ears

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    This is the letter I got naming the benefits



    Thank you for you interest in Club 33! Below is an overview of the Platinum Membership.
    Please note: depending on your Membership initiation date, some benefits and annual dues will be prorated.

    Platinum Membership:

    *Personalized itinerary planning with Club 33 Member Services
    *Exclusive and spécial accès expériences within the Disneyland Resort
    Club 33 Restaurant in Disneyland Park exclusive
    1901 in Disney's California Adventure Park exclusive
    Magic Mornings
    Five VIP Tours per year
    Hotel upgrades & concierge lounge access
    Six immediate use FastPass tickets per visit to Disneyland
    Complimentary valet parking

    *Four Disney Premier Passports
    Providing Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort access
    includes all eight theme parks across both properties
    No block out dates
    Applicable dining and merchandise discounts

    *Complimentary tickets and discounted tickets
    Fifty complimentary tickets
    20% discount on additional Disney Premier Passports or Premium Annual Passports
    20% discount on additional tickets for guest use

    *Club 33 Merchandise

    *Acces to spécial évent dinners and events
     
  5. Sammie

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    It's only at Disneyland. Did you get in on your recent October visit to Disneyland? I know you had asked about buying a reservation for dinner for a sick relative.
     
  6. dis-happy

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    We had a family membership several years ago, but the costs were quite a bit less then. After awhile the annual dues weren't worth it for the number of times everyone went, so the membership was dropped. College friend of mine said it was the same for her family. GL!
     
  7. bumbershoot

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    Oh you are so lucky! I've only been a guest of a member once, but wow if I had the means, I'd jump on it.

    "Fifty complimentary tickets"...that's per year, by the way, from what I understand.


    Even if you don't use it constantly, you can make trusted friends and family happy by letting them dine there. I know I sure was happy when my friend let me! Just make sure all the adults in the party know the cost; it nearly made my husband faint. I'd *told* him it's the price of a one day ticket to Disneyland per person, but he had a VERY outdated idea of how much a one day ticket was worth, LOL.
     
  8. RSi

    RSi "Think, think, think."

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    To determine if the initial investment of $25,000 plus the pro-rated $10,000 (and then another $10,000 at the end of this year for the next year's dues) is worth it really depends on how you plan to use the Club 33 benefits. Currently, virtually all of the Club 33 benefits are available only at DLR. There are some perceived benefits at WDW, but those benefits and discounts are from having the Premier Passports. Still, if you were to add up the total dollar value of all of the Club 33 benefits, it could be worth more than the current annual dues.

    So, here's a few questions for you:

    1. Can you use all four Premier Passports? If it's just you and your spouse or significant-other, you'll only be using two of the four Premier Passports, unless you know two other close friends or family members that could use them. The Premier Passports are also good at WDW, giving you all of the benefits and discounts that a regular Premium Passport would. One cool benefit of your Premier Passport card is its uniqueness (the front is black with the Club 33 logo in platinum in the center.)

    2. Do you live close enough to DLR (or have business trip opportunities) to make use of most of the special events and dinners? Will you be satisfied with dining at Club 33 or using the 1901 Lounge the few times you're in town?

    3. Will you use all five VIP tours offered per year? You could always allow anyone you invite to use your VIP tours, even though you're not in DLR with them.

    4. Do you think you'll use all 50 complimentary park-hopper tickets offered per year?

    5. When you visit DLR, do you typically stay at an on-site DLR Hotel? If not, you will not be making use of the hotel upgrades and concierge lounge access. Even if you don't stay on-site, you will still have complimentary valet parking, available early magic morning entry, and the six immediate use FastPasses per visit.

    And the most important question: Will you be satisfied even if you DON'T use ALL of the benefits offered?

    Of course, only you can answer these questions for yourself and your family. Hope this helps you decide if the Club 33 membership is worth it.

    Please post what you ultimately decide to do. Good luck!
     
  9. MrShiny

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    It really depends. I know they are having trouble selling the platinum level to the waiting list because of the cost.

    Most of the benefits can be purchased. For instance concierge guests at the hotels get reserved seating for WoC.

    I'd add up what you think you'll use in say the next 3 years and assign a dollar value to each item.

    Would I do it? If I had no debt and an extra $25,000? Probably.
     
  10. Micca

    Micca Where there's a will, there's an heir

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    Not that I'm suggesting or encouraging this...BUT:bitelip:

    Could a member sell/auction some "guest" invitations to folks to help defray costs?:rolleyes1

    When we were guests of a Club 33 member she simply made a reservation with our names and we checked in at guest services to get park admission and entrance to the restaurant. We didn't know her personally, but through a common biz contact she was kind enough to get us in.

    Just askin':)
     
  11. Sammie

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    According to this thread, no, and the member could lose their membership if they did.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=44246666#post44246666
     
  12. ljcastro18

    ljcastro18 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks everyone for your comments I have decided that I am going to do it!!
     
  13. taaren

    taaren "There is more treasure in books than in all the p DVC Gold

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    Tell us about your first visit; we all want to live vicariously through you! (I am among those who if I had the resources to spare, would sign up in a heartbeat!)
     
  14. lilpooh108

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    I know people that have 1 membership and share it. It's not publicized, though of course. Yes its forbidden, but to be honest if they offered me a chance to "buy in" I would as well.
     
  15. jdubs808

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    The benefits are very attractive. If you have the means and the desire, do it. Congratulations on moving forward on it. I want to become a member one day too. :thumbsup2
     
  16. bwvBound

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    Congratulations! That is awesome -- enjoy it! :woohoo:
     
  17. worldfamous

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    I want to be ljcastro18 when I grow up!

    Congratulations!
     
  18. M4travels

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    Welcome to the club!
     
  19. DannysMom

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    I'd be satisfied with just being ljcastro18's good friend! Enjoy your new membership OP!

    Sent from my iPad using DISBoards App, please excuse any typos.
     

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