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In Photos: Club 33, or, The "Secret" Restaurant at Disneyland


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In Photos: Club 33, or, The "Secret" Restaurant at Disneyland

kevin h | | Oct 24, 2008 04:24 PM

Recently, I had the rare opportunity to dine at Club 33. Club 33 was built by Walt Disney in order to have a place within Disneyland where he could entertain visiting dignitaries. The Club was completed in May 1967; however Walt was never able to see the fruits of his vision, as he had passed away five months earlier. Today, Club 33 operates as an exclusive private club with a very limited membership (several hundred persons). Membership is available to both individuals and corporations, at a cost of several thousand dollars a year. Even so, there is still a multi-year waiting list to become a member.

The lunch cost $105, and included a choice of entree and access to a nice buffet spread (with an especially nice dessert selection). The three entrees I sampled were:

New York Steak, Curried Banana Ketchup, Kennebec Steak Fries
Alaskan Halibut, Meyer Lemon Risotto, Minted Tabbouleh
Pan Roasted Chicken, Mac & Cheese Croquette, Pickled Sweet Carrot

None were particularly impressive, so food-wise, Club 33 certainly isn't going to be winning any awards. Though certainly not atrocious by any means, the cuisine is rather tired and really only a notch above typical "hotel fare." But if you're focusing on the food, you're missing the point. The point of the Club is the exclusivity, the experience, and by that criterion, Club 33 certainly measures up. I'll definitely be back if I have the chance.

Has anyone else been as of late? I haven't been to Club 33 for dinner; how does that compare to lunch (hopefully the food's a bit better)?

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