Disneyland celebrates 59 years and looks ahead to 60 as Club 33 reopens with major changes

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on July 21, 2014 at 7:03 am with 128 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • delmarjohn

    Wow as I read some of the comments it is hard to fathom anything that Disney does will satisfy anyone,while I agree something needs to be done about the fantasmic poachers(like say rules changes)with the possibility of say world of color approach……to me laying a huge blanket down and sleeping there is rude APer OR not……..Disney is Disney what walt would’ve done no one knows…….Walt would probably be more disappointed in America more than anything else…the lack of vision and greed would have irritated him to no end..you see he was a futurist,he liked to preserve the past but innovate the future…..can we say as a country we have done that,transportation,education,power grid,modernization……we as a group would have disappointed him…so whatever Disneyland does so be it …they try to preserve the past while always moving forward …I truly wish American industries felt that way…..and believe you me if he was alive he would saying to us let innovate and move forward…there’s a great new tomorrow each and every day but we seem to have forgotten that part of Disney…oh by the way as an APer I have no priveges more than anyone else…the only thimg I wish is preserving the family atmosphere THAT IS DISNEY…..just be polite and respectful….

  • lance richlin

    The most appalling thing is that it was completely unnecessary. They could have expanded 33 without closing COA.
    At the top of the staircase, if you went to the left you would enter club 33. If you went to the right there was a very large storage room, hallways and dressing rooms for the musicians. They could have converted all this space into 33 (which is what they did) WITHOUT affecting the Court of Angels or the original 33.
    They would have made the same amount of money.
    A simple iron wrought bridge or an underground corridor could have linked it with the other building. God knows there are plenty of large basements under NOS. These rooms could also have been used to expand 33.
    But don’t take my word for it—just look at the photos-COA isn’t affected now.

  • Tinkbelle

    I know that there are many who say that Disneyland wasn’t meant to be a museum, and to an extent I agree with them, but I believe there are some parts that are special because of what they were and should not be transformed into something else. Club 33 was one of those places. It was rich in its history and going there would be a connection to the past. What next? Give Walt’s apartment a makeover? Renovating Club 33 takes away its intrigue and makes it just another expensive restaurant that could be anywhere in the park. The expansion doesn’t bother me except for how poorly it was done. The new railings and gates in COA look busy, out of place and cheap. The exteriors to the buildings of NOS look unfinished and don’t fit the time period. I truly hope they plan to paint the building with the off center window and put a balcony on it or something… the whole project was not done right. I also agree that all of this could have been done without taking away COA from public access. I didn’t realize the new jazz club was going to be just a lounge. I thought it would be an area with small stage with live jazz music/singers.

    Nashville in Frontierland? Why?! What happened to: “Here you leave today”? What about this show is leaving today? When I go to Disneyland I want to be transported to another time and place. A sleazy soap opera has no place in Frontierland. They have them answering trivia questions? Like what? How many people has this character slept with this season? Not exactly family entertainment. I’m very sad we lost the Billies for this.

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