ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) --
Club 33 is the most exclusive place at
Disneyland. For years, they haven't allowed cameras inside or
new members to join, but we got a behind-the-scenes look.
Club 33 is located in Disneyland's French
Quarter, next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride exit. It's a
place that Walt Disney himself envisioned at the 1964 World's
"He recognized they had private clubs for
dignitaries and corporate sponsors and he thought that would be
a good thing to have at Disneyland," said Kim Irvine, director
of concept design at Walt Disney Imagineering.
In the entrance is an elevator that was there
when the club was created back in 1967. Walt had the idea when
he was in Paris and saw a similar elevator he wanted to
replicate, so he sent imagineers there to create the elevator.
The set designer from "Gone with the Wind"
drew out the concepts of two main rooms. One is a masculine
trophy room. The other is a Napoleon-style dining room, which is
just as elegant today and filled with gourmet food. It's the
only place at Disneyland serving alcohol. The most popular drink
is fruit punch, and the most popular desserts are the Mickey
Disneyland Resort President George Kalogridis
said he is opening up the waitlist to the club for the first
time in more than a decade.
"As we broaden the amenities and benefits that
are offered, we're able to add new members," said Kalogridis.
The biggest added benefit is that you also get
into a club called 1901, which doesn't open until June 15. The
upscale bar and lounge highlights plenty of Disney history and
is located at Carthay Circle in California Adventure. With
membership, there comes access to a sort of Disney concierge as
"There is one person you have to call, one
phone number. From that point, a cast member will arrange
whatever it is that you'd like," said Kalogridis.
Although the list is opening up, the price
will keep membership pretty exclusive. An individual membership
costs $25,000 for an initiation fee and $10,000 a year in dues.
For corporations, it's $40,000 at the start and then $10,000
dues. And with all that, it doesn't cover the cost of dinner.
Still, Club 33 visitors said it's worth the price.
"I think the amazing thing to me is that Walt
Disney grew up, and his dad said, 'You know what, you need to
get a job, stop doodling.' But look at the magic that was
created because he followed his dream. I think we become a small
part of that when we come to Club 33," said visitor Lupe Ortiz.
Guests who are interested in membership should
send an email to: email@example.com.
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