Final Look at Disneyland’s Club 33 Before Major Expansion Adding Jazz Club

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Rachel Marie, our new Disneyland photographer is here with photos from Club 33 and this last Christmas season before it goes into a huge renovation to add a new Jazz Club Lounge.

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The exclusive Disneyland Club 33 lies behind this non-descript door in New Orleans Square. Everyday at Disneyland, many people pass by this door either not knowing what it is or wishing they could go in.

disneyland main club 33 door

After the 1964 World’s Fair, Walt Disney wanted to bring some of the attractions that the Disney Imagineers had built back to take up permanent residence in Disneyland. According to In Service to the Mouse, by Jack Lindquist, the first president of Disneyland,  Club 33 was built because of a demand from General Electric.

“General Electric insisted that a VIP lounge, like the one they had at the New York World’s Fair–with a bar–be part of their pavilion at Disneyland. GE was told that alcohol was not allowed in Disneyland, but they insisted. Then a compromise was proposed. Disney would construct a private club in New Orleans Square, a new area that within the park just under construction at the time.”

Walt Disney passed away before he could see the finished club inside of New Orleans Square. Walt passed on December 15, 1966, exactly 6 months before the Club opened.

Join us as we go behind the green door in the photos below or in the video that we posted previously.

(The below three pictures are by fellow member Dan Castaneda.)

club 33 lobby and lift

club 33 alleyway connecting dining rooms

club 33 main dining room

club 33 menu and table setting

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club 33 main dining room wood full room

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club 33 egyptian table disneyland

club 33 egyptian table with decorative upright

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This table was a prop in Mary Poppins. It can be seen in the Bank’s house on Cherry Tree Lane.

club 33 disneyland castle original painting

club 33 painted paino

club 33 painted piano lid

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new orleans square christmas

new orleans square disneyland from above

new orleans square disneyland christmas

new orleans square disneyland christmas time from balcony club 33

new orleans square disneyland

(See our video tour of Club 33 for more views from the club.)

Club 33 To be Expanded

Club 33 has gone mostly unchanged in its 47 year existence. This year is the first time that Disney has closed it down for a large expansion and refurbishment. The club closed on January 5th, 2014, for a 6 month expansion.  With this remodel, the Club entrance will be moved to the Court of Angels, which closed in late 2013.

There will be the addition of a new lounge as well, which is to be named “Salon Noveau”, and will be themed after Princess and The Frog (2008).  The addition of this lounge is the reason for which the entrance is being relocated.  When entering the club, you will ascend the stairs in the Court of Angels, and either go to the right for the main dining room (renamed to “Gran Salon”) or go to the left for the new lounge. More details here>>

Saying Goodbye to the Trophy Room

The kitchen is being expanded as well, which unfortunately leads to the loss of the Trophy Room.  The Trophy Room is a room in the club full of taxidermy animals and interesting artifacts.  Unfortunately, the Trophy Room has changed quite a bit in its 47 year existence, losing many artifacts. Among the losses, was the famous turkey vulture.  Walt thought it would be entertaining to have this vulture, which sat over the door to the trophy room, converse with dining guests.  Above the table nearest the door, was a chandelier equipped with microphones.  A castmember would listen in on the guests conversation and would add in their conversation through the vulture.

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However the structure of the room itself has remained the same.  With the Club expansion of the kitchen though, the Trophy Room is being demolished.  I was lucky enough to be able to dine in  the Trophy Room on the very last night it was open for service, which was January 4th, 2014. Here are pictures of the Trophy Room and pictures from that event:

club 33 over the door to trophy room

trophy room club 33 wall giraffe mask

club 33 disneyland trophy room wall

club 33 trophy room jungle cruise

club 33 trophy room masks on wall

club 33 trophy room paintings

club 33 trophy room display case

Below is the menu from the Club 33 Trophy Room celebration.

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First course, Rabbit Dumpling.

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Second course: Wild Boar Rib and Goose Rillette Gougere

Second course: Wild Boar Rib and Goose Rillette Gougere

Third course: Hunter-style Branzino, Chicken Consomme, Pig Ear Cracklngs, and Black Truffle

Third course: Hunter-style Branzino, Chicken Consomme, Pig Ear Cracklngs, and Black Truffle

Fourth course: Bison Tenderloin over Chimichurri, with Truffled Mac and Cheese.

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Final course: Chocolate Terrine featuring the Club 33 Trophy Room vulture.

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Club 33 is also losing the brilliant Chef, Marcel. January 4th was the last night Marcel was at the Club.  We presented him with a parting gift, a 3 Liter bottle of Champagne.

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All of us at the event signed the champagne bottle box.

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Here I am posing with the amazing Marcel on his last night working at Club 33.

We closed out the Club that night, leaving at 2:30 am.  It was sad, knowing we were walking out of the Trophy Room for the last time, and knowing Marcel was leaving. But, it was exciting as well, knowing what changes will be coming to the Club!

There will be other changes to the club, including the classic bathrooms and the logo.

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See our other articles on Club 33 here and enjoy our full video tour here.

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3 thoughts on “Final Look at Disneyland’s Club 33 Before Major Expansion Adding Jazz Club

  1. I am a WDCC collector and I am looking for the 2014 Club 33 WDCC porcelain Mickey ear hat membership gift. If anyone in this group is a Club 33 member and is interested in selling theirs, I am very interested in getting one. I will pay top dollar. Please send me a private message if interested in selling. Thanks in advance!