The Trophy Room
information and photos was obtained from an original Club 33 prospectus. To view
the Trophy Room as it is currently decorated please
No British men's club ever
enjoyed a more masculine atmosphere than the Trophy Room. And the stories spun
here are likely to be taller by far than those that fill a big game hunter's
The walls of the Trophy Room (the rich wood look and touch of natural finish
cypress) are lined with samples of the hunter's skill. Over a period of years,
friends of Walt Disney had given him a prize collection of princely value:
African antelope, mountain goat, native spears, masks and plumes. And the room's
most valuable decorative showpiece, a nine-foot long, solid ivory mammoth tusk.
Forty-two guests dining at pub-like, natural oak tables will find their
attention drawn not only to these treasures, but to several other seemingly
passive birds and animals around the room. Above the fireplace, an owl and two
magpies. Nearby, a raccoon. Across the room, a leering, hungry vulture.
This is no ordinary menagerie. For when the feathers begin to fly, and the tall
tales are spun back and forth across the Trophy Room, the voices may not be
those of your luncheon companions alone. To the contrary: these Audio-Animatronic
performers are as talented as the marvelous Macaws in the Enchanted Tiki Room,
and as talkative as "mother" in the General Electric Carousel of Progress. And
the wise old owl on his fireplace perch has one more extraordinary talent; for a
tuppence or two, he can talk directly for you. He may even know your guests by
The Trophy Room has sadly changed a great deal. During the management changes of
the park, many of the hunting trophies were removed by the Disney family. The
ivory mastodon tusk was removed as well. The room remains the same beyond that.
Unique photos of Walt Disney now adorn the heavily paneled walls. The
animatronic vulture stills sits perched in the corner but the animatronic
features were never used. Microphones can still be seen in the chandeliers, a
wonderful remnant of Walt Disney's imagination. The Great Horned Owl has long
been removed and several small California Quail have taken his place. Raccoons
and Magpies were also taken out
It saddens me dearly to think what this room
would have been like had Walt lived long enough to see it's final completion.
Perhaps in time someone will step forward and help complete the dream.
If you look closely at the mastodon tusk, you'll notice two, long wooden clubs,
one on each side. Those are Fijian War Clubs, a rare and very dangerous weapon
of the South Sea Islanders.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you may recognize
them as Gaffi Sticks, carried by the Tusken Raiders aka Sand People (though not
the original film used clubs).
LucasFilms added a finned tube to the handle with a small spike at the end.
From Club 33 to a galaxy far, far away, the
imaginative vision of Walt Disney seems endless.
If you are a SW fan, you may also
enjoy the relatively unknown Jabba The Hutt Easter Egg sculpted at the bottom of
the new Tarzan's Tree House.