I’ve always been fascinated by rumors among Disney fans about this weird club hidden away somewhere in Walt’s theme parks where celebrities and moguls like Shaq, Kobe, John Lassiter, Michael Eisner and Bob Iger hobnob. It all sounded like an urban myth. Now a new website uncovers the truth about Club 33, the ultra-exclusive secret place that serves alcohol, costs big bucks to join, and offers special privileges to its cardholders. There are two Club 33’s in existence to date: the original in Disneyland Anaheim and the second in Tokyo. In California, the elegant club and its 5-star restaurant is located discreetly above the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square. Providing photographs, menus, and all sorts of trivia, the website says that, years ago, Walt Disney felt that a special place was needed where he could entertain visiting dignitaries and others in a serene atmosphere with superb cuisine and distinctive decor. After years of planning, Club 33 became a reality in May 1967. (But he never saw it finished because of his death five months earlier.) Club 33, so named after its address on 33 Rue Royale Street, is comprised of two dining rooms, a French lift and several adjoining areas. All have a wide array of antiques and original works of art. Interestingly, the website says that members have been seen there dining in shorts, Mickey Mouse shirts, and sandals, as well as three-piece suits, sport coats, and cocktail dresses. Weird gets weirder.
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