This is what it's like to eat at the secret club in Disneyland that has a 14-year waiting list
The INSIDER Summary:
- Club 33 is the not-so-secret club hidden in plain sight in Disneyland. Unless you're a member (and there's a 14-year waiting list for membership) or know one, you can't get in.
- Lilian Disney designed the interior of Club 33, but Walt died before it was constructed.
- We spoke with three lucky guests who recently had the opportunity to dine there.
Right in the middle of New Orleans Square in Disneyland, located across from La Mascarade d'Orleans, is the inconspicuous entrance to one of the most-whispered-about spots in Disney parks across the globe: Club 33.
Club 33 is a secret five-star restaurant that the regular public cannot access. There are only two ways to get into Club 33: being an exclusive member, or being invited by one.
Membership costs up to $100,000 annually, with a reported $12,500 to $30,000 in additional annual fees. As of 2012, there was a 14-year waiting list for membership applicants.
The club was the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, who, after the 1964 World's Fair, envisioned opening a secret apartment for entertaining corporate sponsors and special guests near his own apartment, which was above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Unfortunately, Walt Disney never saw his idea come to fruition, as Club 33 opened in 1967, about six months after his death. Originally designed by Walt Disney's wife Lillian, Club 33 underwent extensive renovations and expansions in 2014, and now looks completely different than it used to.
INSIDER spoke with three lucky diners who got the rare opportunity to visit Club 33 about their experience. Lily Hopkins dined there with her brother Max and his girlfriend Christina Martini in June 2017, during the club's 50th anniversary celebration. They got reservations through Max's co-worker.
Keep scrolling to see what it's like to eat at one of the world's most exclusive clubs.