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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Are you kidding me . . .

    Want to go to Club 33?

    WTH . . . "let me know what you have"

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Beeper View Post
    Are you kidding me . . .

    Want to go to Club 33?

    WTH . . . "let me know what you have"
    The listing of Club 33 access on Craig's List is an embarrassment and should never be encouraged or allowed.
    The club has already lost most of it's prestige and dignity, this is merely kicking the deceased equine and should be stopped.

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    I've always wanted to get dressed up and go to the club but sadly the only members i know are here. I wouldn't want to go without an actual member either, doesn't seem classy for some reason. I'm not judging those that do i would just prefer to go with a member.

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Anybody know if they have made it through the original wait list yet? I know of several people that were thought to be towards the end that received invites, just wondering if anyone has received an invite since they reopened the list?

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by ParkHopper1 View Post
    Anybody know if they have made it through the original wait list yet? I know of several people that were thought to be towards the end that received invites, just wondering if anyone has received an invite since they reopened the list?
    My understanding from someone in upper management is that they have worked through the list. I do not yet know of anyone that was not on the list that was offered membership. I was told that they did not fill the 100 positions and that new offers would be going out in the near future.

    I did also confirm that anyone on a purchased VIP tour can dine at Club 33 on a space available basis. This was originally discussed by Malcon10.

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaGirl12 View Post
    Add me to the list of potential club members who are very grateful for this thread. As many others in the "potential" member category, it has been a dream of mine for years to have the opportunity to join Club 33. Although the new platinum membership includes many perks that are "better" for me personally than those previously enjoyed by members, what this thread has really brought home is the risk of joining based on the current perks. Based on how I think I will use the club, I can justify the $10k per year dues. I think I could get my money's worth with the perks as described today. But what this thread has helped me see is that it's the $25k that is at risk. Basically, I'd be paying a huge initiation fee for no guarantee of anything after year one. That's hard to stomach. One would *think* that Disney would not do something to so violate the "trust" of their members who have joined with certain perks in mind, but as this thread has pointed out, to many people they have already done so.

    I want to thank all the members who have come on this thread to post their opinions--no matter what "side" they are on. If I am given the opportunity to join, this thread will help me make an informed decision either way.

    P.S. And don't worry, you will never get a private message dining request from me!
    Im thinking about joining as a new member and this thread has been very helpful to detail out the actual benefits and issues. It seems that while they periodically do erode benefits I think it is unlikely that they will dramatically water down benefits in a way that is actually overall negative for the members. The gold pass is the same as it was except with a limit on guests. For most members this makes no difference, for a few members this is a radical change. For members who let in thousands of guests, I agree that is abuse of the system that was not against the rules. For many members it is actually a benefit because it means less waiting times.

    My wife worked at an OC law firm that had a corporate membership. They have about 1000 or more employees. Any of those employees could make a club 33 reservation. I have no idea what kind of membership they had, if they were abusing it etc. I think the cap is a reasonable compromise, although as some people mentioned it may be too low (although I suspect they set it based on actual usage patterns). I personally went to club 33 five times in one year on her companies membership.

    If disney is trying to resource plan reservations, 500 members with a sub group of members that randomly invite thousands of guests each year is much harder to plan for than a larger number of members that are only allowed 50 guests per year. My guess is that they selected the number based on actual usage patterns. Moreover, as a fees paying member I would rather be surrounded by other dues paying members and their friends as opposed to random people off the street.

    True they could have kicked out the people abusing the system (my wifes company either lost their membership or the company leadership withdrew the perk except for much higher level employees due to abuse) but technically they werent doing anything wrong. In changing the rules disney is also not doing anything wrong and I do believe that it benefits a majority of the members (who arent posting on here).

    The rise of the internet over the last 10 years has made it much easier for people who dont know each other to connect. It is possible that the abuse was much lighter before the internet made it so easy to meet people with the same interests. Widespread adoption of the internet has probably enabled members to give away thousands of guests passes, which would have been virtually impossible before.

    Anyway, I only recently heard that the waitlist opened up so I signed up. Im prepared to wait years - plus Ill be able to see how the membership changes over time.

    Personally I would rather have access formyself and family to WDW rather than unlimited access to give passes to guests at disney land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    flynn if the end goal is dramatically increased profits then how can the path getting there not be seen as a money grab?

    Yes there is "free money" on the table, but said money pales in comparison to the patrons waiting at the door ready to walk in. Disney doesn't seem to care about the loyal Silver or Gold member who has been with them for decades. They don't care if said member can't bring in more then 50 people. Why? Because if Disney gets 2 new platinum members then they covered the "loss" of the Gold member's party based on initiation fees and dues alone. In fact they make more because now they have 2 new members who can also bring up to 50 people each. Do the math flynn... it's a pretty straight forward money grab.

    This also explains why they're in a rush to beef up the waiting list. They're expecting to burn through it and want to make sure they have the new members to cover the turnover. It's literally playing out as we speak.
    Disney parks and resorts makes 1.5Billion profit each year on 11.8B in revenue. Like a poker room in a casino, club 33 is not about making money, it is about creating atmosphere. Reducing the number of random people who are able to go will increase the mystique. Limiting it to people that actually pay the outrageously high dues (and their close friends) increases the value. My wife doesnt want a fake chanel purse because she wants to know that she paid 15K for her purse (I dont agree, but I do get it). The loss of guests has to be balanced by new members. you are making the argument that the goal is revenue from new members and reducing guests is the path to get there, while another likely goal is to increase the mystique by raising the bar for members.

    None of us will ever really know what the answer is and so anything you believe is just an opinion based on your trust/mistrust of management.

    ---------- Post added 07-17-2012 at 03:20 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminee View Post
    I posted earlier that I had recently received an invitation to join Club 33. After much research and several calls with Club 33 staff, I have decided to join. I am definitely in their target audience, and from my perspective and how we would use the club, I see value in the membership:

    -50 Park Hopper tickets (Value $5k)
    -5 VIP Tours which I would use since it's basically a FastPass for all rides (for Club 33 members there isn't a time limit, and can be used all day--for others it is $275-$300/hr with 6 hour minimum) (Value~$7k)
    -4 Premium Annual Passes (Value~$2500)
    -Concierge Upgrades (Value~$1k)

    Most of us probably wouldn't book VIP tours left to our own volition, but even so, there is value in the $10k annual fee (at least for us) and if the VIP Tours are included, I'll definitely use them. The above is purely from a financial perspective. There are obviously several other intangible benefits that have been well documented here (access to the club, entertaining family/friends & colleagues, VIP experience, special events etc.).

    For how we will use the club, there is no downside in them limiting the number of guest passes. I fully understand the argument (and see your point) whereby current members feel they have been bamboozled. I further understand Disney can change these benefits at any time, but I see the business rationale as to why they made the changes. While my comments may be unpopular with several of you, it's simply one man's perspective. It will be interesting to see how this evolves over the next several years.
    The VIP tour is one of the big things Im interested in. I was just complaining to my wife that for 10K I should get a fastpass to everything. Based on the fastpass I would definitely get the membership. The big things for me are

    1) club 33 itself
    2) VIP tours
    3) 4 passes that also include Disney world
    4) 50 free passes for friends

    Are the VIP tours good for disneyworld?

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    txdisney, your post is very well said!

    It is my understanding that the VIP tours are for Disneyland only.
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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    does anyone know how to confirm if you are on the waiting list?

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by txdisney View Post
    does anyone know how to confirm if you are on the waiting list?
    It's old school, but send a letter to:
    Club 33 Member Services
    1600 S. Disneyland Drive
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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Letters work. I put my name on the list in 2005; and sent a letter in 2009 when we moved to update our address.

    But, if you wanted to try & speak with someone, call the main number for the GCA and ask for the Club 33 office.

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Forgive me if this is an entirely inappropriate place to make a Club 33 plea, but I'm a young man on a mission to give my lady a birthday she'll never forget.

    My lady is devoutly Disney. Worships at the alter of Walt. We watch the original Mickey shorts every morning at breakfast. She started a blog about romance in the Parks. (See my sig.) She even got herself a job as a Jungle Cruise Skipper. She's talked about wanting to go to 33 with such wide-eyed awe that I'm dead set on trying to make it happen.

    Why now? The urgency of my dedication now comes with a recent turn of events: financial difficulty and career opportunity have led to an out of state job she will be taking in the new year. Heartbroken as I am that we will be apart, I know it means the best for her.

    As this is the last birthday we are guaranteed to celebrate together in the same state for an indeterminate amount of time, I am hell-bent on giving her a celebration worth remembering! I've put out the Club 33 query to friends and family, and now I humbly extend that to MiceChat.

    From reading threads here and elsewhere over the years, I understand what a pressure it is on the Club 33 member to sign in guests; but I can guarantee we are a well mannered, enthusiastic pair that would inexpressibly appreciate this experience.

    I know it's a long shot, and I'm honestly embarrassed to be posting here about it, but it's a shot I have to take:

    Would any members here be willing to give us the opportunity to dine at Club 33?

    I can't offer much in return, but I do a fair bit of graphic design and would be very willing to offer up my services in return. (This probably doesn't sound like much, but you never know where there might be a need! Christmas card photo manipulation, retouching, typography ... you name it!)

    Lastly, here's a shot of us this Halloween:



    Thank your for reading and, again, apologies if this is entirely inappropriate.
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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by MagicKingdomBoy View Post
    I am told the elimination of the +1 sign-in benefit is member-wide. Neither Gold nor Platinum will be able to sign in a friend to the park. The complimentary parkhopper allotment is also the same for both Gold and Platinum members. The only difference in allotment is between individual and corporate memberships. (Corporations get more.) But no membership level offers unlimited comps anymore.

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    Carthay Circle will have a public restaurant and lounge. There will be a private Club 33 Platinum members-only lounge, with a separate entrance, Called Club 1901.
    A friend of mine is a rare $3,600 a year member (grandfathered in although Disney is trying very hard to get rid of these members with all their new price changes). He told me that Disney tried to get him to upgrade to what will be the "lowest" membership which is the $10,000 a year.

    He also mentioned to me that Club 1901 which is next to Carthay Circle, will only serve drinks. I find this very interesting as you can already get alcoholic drinks in DCA..it doens't seem like it would be wroth upgrading if that's all they offered over there.

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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by DLR1955 View Post
    He also mentioned to me that Club 1901 which is next to Carthay Circle, will only serve drinks. I find this very interesting as you can already get alcoholic drinks in DCA..it doens't seem like it would be wroth upgrading if that's all they offered over there.
    Many members did upgrade (I know a few.) 1901 is a lounge. It serves drinks and appetizers. It is actually pretty nice. But the value isn't in 1901, that is just a small perk. THe value is in the other options offered to the members.
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    Re: Club 33 Membership Changes for 2012

    Yes, the 1901 Lounge is only a lounge and does serve appetizers, nothing too overly fantastic, but it's a nice inside with some terrific photos of Walt and the ol' gang that started it all. Disney did a terrific job with the nostalgic design aspect.
    Very, very few gold members actually upgraded, the majority retained their Gold Membership, not opting to upgrade as the added benefits were not quite justified by the increase in dues.

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