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Aug 6, 2008 09:06 PM

Club 33 at Disneyland

Have any other Chowhounders had the experience of dining at this members-only club inside New Orleans Square at the Magic Kingdom? After visiting the club last week, I do recommend it -- if not solely for the food, then for the absolutely unique dining experience. It's not that the food is bad -- and the service is certainly attentive and on par with finer restaurants elsewhere. It's just fairly typical California-inspired fare -- salads, steaks, fish, and chocolate mousse shaped like Mickey Mouse for dessert (of course).
I'm curious what others on this board who have had the Club 33 experience thought of it.

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    1. Had many dining evenings there. I actually have a history with that site as I was a guest of Mr. Disney as a very young child (my father knew him). The service is very attentive and I think it is a fun and unique experience. But as a foodie, I found the cuisine heavy and not at all inventive. If I had not been on a corporate expense account, I don't think I would ever go back unless it was to take guests to such a unique place. Sorry.

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      1. re: foodiechick

        foodiechick: no apology needed. I don't own Club 33 so I'm not offended that you found the food less-than spectacular. I was just curious what others thought, and it sounds like we more or less agree. I was being treated there too by a member, so the price was right.

      2. Did you go during the buffet or for ala carte dinner?

        The last time I was there, my companion had soft shell crab with lavender in a tempura-style crust. I think I had a venison dish. Well beyond what you're describing.

        The buffet that I went to was more like a very good hotel, although I do recall no-limit lobster.

        This was probably 4-5 years ago.

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        1. re: mlgb

          both times we've been, we've ordered a la carte meals. I had the New York Strip that had a really nice charred creamed corn on it. I also had the nice field greens salad. So maybe I was too harsh in my initial assessment of the food. I thought it was very good food and overall a great experience that is hard to find anywhere else. It's just that among chowhounders, I know the stakes are high, so while I found the meal was fine, I was curious if it met the elevated standards often found here.

          1. re: encinitaseater

            There was a 2005 post with some menu descriptions. This is quite similar to what I remember. You probably could have tried something a bit more creative than steak and been pleasantly surprised.


        2. I have had the pleasure of eating here twice; once for dinner and once for brunch, as guests of my Sister-in law. I thought the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious.
          I agree though; it's less about the food than it is about the 'event' of eating here, from the minute they open the 'secret door' and whisk you upstairs in the amazing elevator, to the service, then to the incredible bathrooms!
          Then, when you leave and walk back out the 'secret door' people always ask 'What is in there?".
          I thought it was kind of magical.....

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          1. re: CEfromLA

            CE, you're so right. On our first visit last year, I "accidentally" (wink) left with a couple Club 33 matchbooks from the men's room. When we walked out into New Orleans Square through the "secret door," a lady wearing at least 100 pounds of Disney paraphenalia was excitedly trying to take pictures inside the little lobby area inside. I asked her if she wanted one of the matchbooks, she said yes, and it was like I'd made her day! I felt like a rock star! Anyway, it's been a fun experience and we'll definitely return if/when given the opportunity.

          2. DS (law school student) was invited to go to club 33 this past winter. (I would LOVE to get invited, but alas)
            What I remember vividly about his review of the evening is that the restaurant required long pants and the guys had on long shorts. California boys who have been going to Disneyland all their lives.

            They went to the shop across the way and got some ugly green or pink (or something) jogging suits and were accepted into the restaurant. They returned the attire after dinner and got their money back. They were told "it happens all the time"

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            1. re: laliz

              the dress code is sort of hit and miss. Some people dress up (slacks, suit jackets, women in formal dresses) and some dress down (jeans, collared shirts). But you're right: No shorts are allowed, even during summer.

              1. re: encinitaseater

                That's strange, I've been to Club 33 a few times and never heard of the no shorts rule? Here's a few picturse of me and my family at Club 33, and I'm wearing shorts. Maybe it's a somewhat new rule? These pictures are from last year.


                1. re: kingkong5

                  I think it depends on when you eat.
                  If it's brunch/lunch I think you can wear shorts (walking shorts, not Daisy Dukes!).
                  Dinner is long pants only.

                  1. re: CEfromLA

                    It may be something they've started enforcing. Looks like kingkong WAS there for dinner. (Nice pics BTW). For those interested in what is on the dinner menu, you can also look at kk"s photos.