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I Went to Club 33!! Wow!

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1munchy1 Jul 23, 2009 08:45 AM

I had planned to go to Disneyland with a Birthday pass. My Husband took the day off to come with me, and he looked very grinny about it. We got to the park in the morning, and he drove right up to the Grand Californian, whispering something to the guard. A valet parked my car. The walk to the park was so short!

He went to the guest relations window and whispered something to the lady there, who gave us free park hopper tickets, took my birthday pass and gave me a cool pin. We both got in free!

We rode a few rides till lunch time. I was famished. My husband took me to New Orleans. I thought we were going to Blue Bayou, and got all excited, 'case I read about the Monte Christo. We stopped before we got there at this little door with some bells and speakers-I never knew it was there. He pressed the buzzer, said our last name when the person "Charlie Brown Adult" mumbled, and we were let into a pretty Foyer with stairs, an elevator, and a nice lady who called someone, then said "go on up." We took the elevator.

Upstairs was an elegant floor. A hostess walked us through a corridor, and to a wonderful room. We had a nice table by the window, and watched all the hot people outside. We got cocktails! And Wine! INside Disney?!

There was an appetizer buffet and killer looking dessert buffet, and I was told to order an entree.

I had monkfish with lobster bisque and potato,, with arugala. My husband ordered lamb chops and polenta. Then they unleased me upon the buffet! Cheese! Potato Borccoli soup in cappuchino cups! Shrimp, Crab and lobster tails! Pastas, salads, fruit, bread, roasted veggies-all divine! I had a glass of Dr Loosen to start, a gewurtz with the entree, which came out cooked perfectly.

Right before I went to mow down the desserts, our wonderful server Brenda brought me a special dessert looking exactly like Mickey's head. It was a mouse Mousse bomb thing. It was amazing.

Promising myself I'd run around the park the rest of the day, I went to the dessert bar, where I sampled mottled white and milk chocolate cigarillos, lemon cream puffs, tiramisu, raspberry mousse, little chocolate cupcakes that ended up being creamy and moussy inside, lemon tart, and some little jelly thing. We split them and all were good. I liked the little cupcakes best. They brought my husband the bill, and I got to keep the pen! I was going to get the Club 33 Mouse ears, but the pen was cool enough for me.

We went out, hit splash mountain, and then hopped to California Adventure.

It was an amazing day.

My husband says he met a vendor through work who is a member, and when this ANGEL of a man heard we were going to Disneyland for my birthday (I set it up ages ago) he offered to get us in with his club benefits.

THANK YOU, WONDERFUL MAN!!!!

  1. ipsedixit Jul 23, 2009 09:09 AM

    Yeah, Club 33 is nice. But take it out of Disneyland and what do you have? A nice hotel-type restaurant serving food of equal ilk.

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      eeka Jul 23, 2009 10:28 AM

      Sure you want to throw all that cold water on a still glowing ember?

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        1munchy1 Jul 23, 2009 11:05 AM

        wow, thanks a lot. I found the food better than that, especially the desserts. Plus the service and the special feeling make it taste all the better.

      2. LA Buckeye Fan Jul 23, 2009 09:57 AM

        That sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. Glad you enjoyed your birthday.

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          namstermonster Jul 23, 2009 11:37 AM

          i'm utterly jealous!! the extreme exclusivity factor is what makes me so frustrated that i haven't been able to go there yet.. hopefully someday soon?! :)

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          mrsantora Jul 23, 2009 12:07 PM

          Congrats! I've been once. It was pretty incredible. Just found out that they plan to open a similar "hidden" restaurant in California Adventure when they're done with the refirb. Hopefully I'll meet someone who belongs because I don't have $3000 /year dues to join the place!

          1. mrshankly Jul 23, 2009 12:32 PM

            Wow!!! What a cool birthday!! I've never heard of this Club 33... can anyone reserve a table there or is it only Disney affiliates?

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              sku Jul 23, 2009 12:40 PM

              It's a private club in the park. You have to be a member or guest of a member to go and membership price is steep. I also believe there is a waiting list for membership.

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                wutzizname Jul 23, 2009 02:02 PM

                Per wikipedia (for whatever that's worth) the waiting list is 14 years long, and they stopped adding new names to it back in 2007.

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                  1munchy1 Jul 24, 2009 08:23 AM

                  I think you can still get on the wating list. IF you have the $$$

            2. Jennalynn Jul 23, 2009 12:39 PM

              What a perfectly perfect birthday!

              And a perfectly perfect husband.

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                1munchy1 Jul 24, 2009 08:23 AM

                He is! I'll tell him you said that!

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                schrutefarms Jul 24, 2009 03:26 PM

                I thought my SO was awesome for getting me seats to the last showing of Dirty Dancing:The Musical for my Bday. But I don't know, Disneyland/Club 33? Close call. Nobody puts Baby in the corner? Or Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me, while buzzed?

                1. johnnyshungry Jul 24, 2009 04:12 PM

                  As a native angelino who has been to disneyland more times then I can count I am so happy for you that is so awesome. I went recently just to the mall section and thought meh don't think I need to come back here but if 33 was on the menu I would feel 10 years old again.
                  Getting beyond the velvet rope is always exciting and being able to have a civilized lunch with drinks in the park must be wait for it....................................Magic.
                  What a great gesture.

                  1. Funwithfood Jul 24, 2009 04:57 PM

                    Wow, what a fantastic birthday--I LOVE Club 33!

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