Once upon a time in a land far away Walt Disney created this ultra-exclusive private membership club, called Club 33. Now open at Walt Disney World, each venue is themed to represent Walt and Lilian’s adventures around the world. BUT…you’ll need more than money to get in.
That is you’ll need LOTS of money, some social standing, and a lot of Luck to get into Disney’s private membership Club 33.
What is Club 33?
The creative concept of Club 33 comes from Walt Disney himself. An exclusive club. Reserved for those people who need to and deserve to get away from the crowds. This idea was the result of an overcrowded park at Disneyland and too many regular folks mingling with the elites. Walt Disney liked to do business at Disneyland with investors, film folks, and special friends. All were made more difficult by the regular theme park visitor. Thus Club 33 was born. With a special location reserved just for Disney and his invited colleagues, he’d be able to share his dream with those who could help him achieve it. Since the best business deals take place over dinner and drinks, the physical embodiment of Club 33 is essentially a lounge, restaurant, and bar. Consider it the private parlor or smoking room if you will for prestigious people closing billion-dollar deals, celebrities, Industry VIP’s and the like.
But Why is Club 33 So Special?
As an exclusive membership-only “club” for Disney fans, Club 33 brings with it an air of secrecy, elitism, and the BEST concierge-level services and care available.
Essentially a fancy restaurant and bar, and once only operating at Disneyland, Club 33 contains authentic movie props from some major films like Mary Poppins and The Happiest Millionaire as well as artwork from all over the world. Now, with Club 33’s open all over the world, the same attention to detail, elegance, and luxury is key. The Club’s special-ness comes from its exclusivity. Walt Disney wanted the club to be a sanctuary for the elite, and a marker of success at the highest level.
There’s also a sense of understood anonymity. Disneyland entrances have a Club 33 door that is Fake….perfect for photo ops. While the real door, requiring you to scan in can be found around the corner. As a result of the 2014 renovation of Disneyland Park, Walt Disney World locations have the same setup.
Where is Club 33 Located?
Before you get too excited about having access to the Club 33’s of the world, let us tell you, membership is not shared. While a Club 33 membership at Walt Disney World will get you access to all four park locations, it won’t get you into Shanghai’s club.
Club 33 at Disneyland
- Disneyland, 33 Royal Street, New Orleans Square- Original Location
Club 33 at Tokyo Disneyland
- Tokyo Disneyland, Center Street, World Bazaar
Club 33 at Shanghai Disneyland
- Shanghai Disneyland, Mickey Avenue
Club 33 at Walt Disney World
New to Club 33 membership is the collection of Walt Disney World Club 33 Locations.
- EPCOT, Walt Disney World-Constellation Club, American Adventure Pavilion, World Showcase
- Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World- Captain’s Quarters, Adventureland Entrance
- Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World-Spotlight Lounge, Behind The Brown Derby
- Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World- Harambe House, Near Festival of the Lion King
What Does Club 33 at Disney Look Like?
In line with the elegant and exclusive theme, Club 33 features architecture appropriate for the location of the club. As expected those locations style varies. And while the original Club 33 in Disneyland, as well as Tokyo and Shanghai, are each called Club 33, the Walt Disney World locations all have different names, and don’t all offer full-service dining either. Here’s what you can expect at each.
Animal Kingdom Club 33 Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World’s Club 33 in Animal Kingdom is called Harambe House and is located in Africa, just near the Tusker House Restaurant adjacent to the bridge leading to Pandora. The building’s sign reads Harambe House thelathini na tatu ( Harambe House 33). This club features large windows, revealing sprawling modern spaces decorated with African modern African decor.
EPCOT Club 33 Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World’s Club 33 in EPCOT is located in the America Pavilion and is called Constellation Club. Keeping in line with the general look and feel of the Colonial Style architecture and decor, this club includes dark wooden interiors with modern elements, complete with classic black and white photos from the Disney archive.
Hollywood Studios Club 33 Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World’s Club 33 in Hollywood Studios is located on the second floor of the Brown Derby Restaurant and is called Spotlight Lounge. Honoring classic Hollywood, this space is decorated with Mid-Century modern decor and features a classic lounge feel with chestnut wood elements and a long bar area.
Magic Kingdom Club 33 Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World’s Club 33 in Magic Kingdom overlooks Adventureland and is called Captains Quarters. Located inside a multicolored building this building is discreetly camouflaged in the structures of Adventureland.
Disneyland Club 33
In Disneyland, the interior decor is a 19th-century New Orleans square style, with light blue wallpapers, and parquet wood floors. Decorating is also meaningful in ways to honor the Disney legacy, even after the extensive refurbishment in 2014. And it all begins in a grand courtyard.
Court of Angels
The entrance area of Club 33, is a grand courtyard space, complete with a swirled staircase, and balconies above. The cobbled floor leads guests to the bottom of a blue iron staircase. As the central welcoming area, one could imagine a member of the Disney family awaiting the arrival of important guests. Next to the staircase is a muraled glass ball, with the number 33 on it. It is here that members can scan in and enter the foyer.
The foyer area includes luxurious decor, and antiques, accented by large windows overlooking Disneyland Park. From here guests can access two main areas; the Salon Nouveau Lounge, and the Grand Salon Dining Room.
Le Salon Nouveau Lounge
The Salon Nouveau Lounge is artistically matched to the art nouveau style and includes stained glass and intricate woodwork. Le Salon Nouveau Lounge is open to non-members ONLY when escorted by a member. And if you’re enterprising enough you can surely connect with someone on socials. As a cocktail lounge, this Club 33 Lounge is the epitome of grandeur, featuring a $28 California Caviar Appetizer and a $75 signature Hamburger entree, paired with champagne.
Le Grande Salon Dining Room
Complete with marble-checked flooring and wicker dining chairs from days of yore, this restaurant hails a New Orleans theme featuring elegant chandeliers and everything you’d expect from a “fancy” restaurant. Disneyland’s Club 33 offers up a 5-course dinner over $100 a plate and serves things like diver scallops, steak tartare, duck, lamb, and a variety of salads, and vegetarian options. Desserts change seasonally but include layer cakes, select cheese plates, and mousse.
Club 33 Gift Shop
One of the stranger elements of the Disney Club 33 experience is the Gift Shop. While the elite surely is not looking for souvenirs of their trip, the commoners sure are, so be prepared to leave through the gift shop on your way out. So, if you want to grab a Club 33 shot glass, Pandora bracelet of Dooney and Bourke Bag, who’s stopping you?
How Do You Get into Club 33?
The easiest way to get into Club 33, no matter which location you’re hoping to visit to become a member. But, if you don’t have the cash or celebrity at your fingertips, there are a few other ways too!
Make Friends with a Club 33 Member
It’s all about who you know! So simply investigate by searching #club33 on any social media to see who you can scope out as your host. While those posting their magical Club 33 evening out may just be guests, you can definitely reach out to see who they know and go from there. Club 33 Members can make lunch and dinner reservations for non-members, so it’s your best way to get access without the hefty membership price tag.
How much does a Club 33 Membership Cost?
Club 33 Membership Fees At Walt Disney World
- $33,000 Initial Membership Fee
- $15,000 Annual Dues
Disneyland Club 33 Membership Fees
The Club 33 Disneyland Cost is higher as it features the original and “more prestigious” club. This requires a $40,000 initial investment, $25,000 annually, and $10,000 annual dues.
What do I get with a Disney Club 33 Membership?
With a Membership to Walt Disney World’s Club 33 You Get:
- Passholder Status to Walt Disney World and Disneyland for yourself, your spouse, and any children under age 26
- Passholder Perks
- 365 days of admission to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland
- no block-out dates
- unlimited PhotoPass downloads
- free standard parking
- discounts on table-service dining, merchandise, recreation, and guided tours
- 50 one-day park hopper tickets
- 5 daylong VIP guided tours
- An undisclosed number of instant FastPass+ reservations
- Access to private concierge services
- Access to all four Club 33 lounges found at Walt Disney World
How Do You Get into Club 33 Disney’s Exclusive Club?
How do you get invited into Disney’s Exclusive Club? The key word here is “invited”. There is generally a waiting list for new memberships. Disneyland reportedly has a waiting list decades long. And then sometimes you just get lucky. Residents of Orlando’s Golden Oak community were invited spontaneously to the Constellation Club at Epcot’s Club 33 this past year. And we’re expecting a high-level DVC invitation for some members also popping up. While Walt Disney World’s Club 33 will probably have no problem recruiting new members, seeing that Disney is reaching out to committed members of the Disney community is no surprise.
How do you get invited to Club 33 at Walt Disney World?
There have been instances where you can enter the Club 33 restaurant along with other members as a guest. Though this is rare.
If you think you are ready for the challenge of obtaining membership in Club 33, you can email Disney at this address: Club33(at)WaltDisneyWorld(dot)com. We can’t speak to specifics since we’re not a part of this membership club but due to the exclusivity of this group, we imagine there would be financial, social, and professional things that will be thoroughly reviewed. So double-check all those social channels before emailing the most prestigious club on the planet. And Good Luck!