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    Smile Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Greetings Micechaters! Just got back from Disneyland and thought I’d put up my first trip report!

    I’ll start off with Club 33. As you might know, the Club has been limiting the number of guests that members can make reservations for, as some members have been (tongue in cheek) overexercising this privilege by making reservations for hundreds. The result is that it is now easier to make reservations for members, and the dining rooms look like ghost towns during what is normally a busy time of year.

    Nobody home. The Chandelier in the middle is the original one Walt bought, the other two are exact replicas.

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    Make sure that prime cut of meat is well done.

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    Is all this desert buffet for me? Well I guess since there aren't that many guests up here . . .

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    Here’s the two-way mirror built into a china cabinet that Walt planned on using, (with the microphones hidden in the chandeliers) to spy on guests.

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    A bouquet of flowers hides the key hole for the panel behind the two way mirror. Walt would have simply close the doors to the trophy room and open up the panel and covertly watch the guests. I should have brought a screwdriver and told the manager that I probably get it open, who knows what's hidden in there? Walt's secret plans for a villain's theme park?

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    You might not think that Walt ever dined at Club 33, but in fact, according to Jack Lindquist’s new book, In Service to the Mouse: A Memoir, Walt entertained the Anaheim City council at Club 33 before it was officially opened. Being able to see and hear what the City Council thought of the park when Walt wasn't in the room certainly would have been valuable information for the company. Maybe Walt's encounter with the Anaheim City Council prompted him to order the installation of the two-way mirror and microphones in the chandeliers. Prior to Club 33, the Red Wagon Inn was used for business dinners.

    Picture of Walt eating breakfast at Club 33 inside of Club 33.

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    What this, an exit in the dining room?

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    Where does it go?

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    Oh, I see, near where they do the portraits. Good thing to have if Cafe Orlean’s kitchen catches on fire.

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    As some of you might know, the twinkle lights at the entrance to Disneyland in front of the flower bed Mickey Mouse have been changed to LED blinkers, instead of the classic 258 blinkers used on trees in the hub. Similar LED blinkers can be found on Peter Pan’s park on Storybook land Canal boat.

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    I think this change is for the better, as the LED twinkle lights produce a more subtle effect for the smaller entrance/photo area in front of the Mickey Mouse planter, whereas the 258 blinkers, which are used in the hub, trees on Small World Plaza, on the rose archway on Storybook Land Canal Boats, and on Small World, (and elsewhere) are more plainly visible from a long distance. Though the LED twinkle lights on the tree on the left are bunched up in the middle of tree and need to be spread out more.

    Being incandescent blinkers, the 258's use more energy than LED, but are easy to setup, I've got a similar setup in the trees in my front yard. Though I wish they could do something to hide the black low voltage wires which standout against the white bark.

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    Below is a picture of exposed wiring on a spotlight in a flower bed in front of Peter Pan’s flight. Normally the blue wire nuts would be enclosed inside of a junction box. If these lights use low voltage, it is not that big of a deal, though if this is regular line voltage, a guest could be electrocuted if they fiddle with this during a rain storm. I first noticed this last spring.

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    Sadly, this lamp at Peter Pan has been missing a pane of glass for months.

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    The railings near the Disney Gallery on Main Street needed some paint years ago as they are now rusting away.

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    I asked a castmember at Oswald’s Filling Station about Oswald ears and was told that they will be coming, “maybe in November.

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    We also were fortunate to do the tour of Walt's Firehouse apartment. One interesting tidbit was Walt's shower which had four showerheads, the CM tourguide said that this was because Walt wanted to plus everything, but I think it was because of Walt's polo injury. Sadly, photos were not allowed, and the plaid giving the tour didn't look like she wanted any argument. I will say I got a chill up my spine when I heard the sounds of the Jungle Cruise from the patio.

    We had a great time at the resort, but of course, couldn’t avoid the saddest sign in the park on the way out,

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    Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    The new LED lights, they look in the picture to be more yellowish, more like traditional white lights, correct?

    The earlier "white" LEDs were more bluish and I never cared for them..

    Great Club 33 report; color me green--for ENVY!!!!!

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Quote Originally Posted by skoolpsyk View Post
    The new LED lights, they look in the picture to be more yellowish, more like traditional white lights, correct?

    The earlier "white" LEDs were more bluish and I never cared for them..

    Yes, the new LED twinkle lights are more "yellowish" in color, closer to the incandescent twinkle bulbs still used in the hub. They've had them for years on the London Park miniature trees in Storybookland Canal boats.

    When LEDs first came out the closest that got to an incandescent bulb was a sort of whitish-blue color, they still use these for the castle Christmas lights as the look more like icicles. Years ago they put Tinker Bell along with some bright bluish-white or "cold white" LEDs along with some "warm white" bright LEDs in the Mickey Mouse flower planter . . . we've come a long way since then!

    Pixie Hollow uses various LEDs extensively for special effects.

    I kind of still like the old fashion incandescent blinkers as they slowly fade out and give a full spectrum of color a little bit better than the "yellowish" LEDs, though the difference doesn't show to many.

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Thank you for sharing the pics, as well as your knowledge about the Park. I enjoyed reading.....

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    I seriously hope the ears are for sale by November. They're quite possibly the only souvenir I'd have to have before I die

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    When I went to Oswald's Filling Station about a month ago, a guest went up to one of the CM that was working there and asked if they had any Oswald ears. She told him that they were all sold out, and she wasn't sure when more will arrive. I was surprised she lied to him since I knew they never even sold Oswald ears. I guess they got tired of telling guests that they didn't sell Oswald ears. I suppose it's a much easier explanation too.

    But glad to hear that they will be having them soon!

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    wow I never knew they had that hidden exit, thanks for sharing!


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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Thanks for the great pics and your wonderful insight.

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    I had no idea about that exit up there

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Quote Originally Posted by mratigan View Post
    I had no idea about that exit up there
    me neither, but I will be sure to look for that door next time I'm there! (the exit, not in the club, I'll never make it in there

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    I adore the painting of Walt dining with the Mark Twain sailing by. Thanks for sharing. I always wonder how people get into Club 33 and Walt's apartment. What an amazing experience!

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Thanks so much for the detailed look at the new LEDs. I, too am not completely sold on them because they don't fade in/out as well as incandescents but I'm willing to give them a chance. Disney should have had these on the shelves of the Emporium decades ago.
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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Excellent story and photos. I was especially surprised to see a photo of the "Back Door" staircase. Did you note who painted Walt at the table?

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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Nice TR and added info, thanks


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    Re: Trip Report: The Day Walt Dined at Club 33, new LED Twinkle Lights, Oswald Ears

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneybyMark View Post
    Excellent story and photos. I was especially surprised to see a photo of the "Back Door" staircase. Did you note who painted Walt at the table?
    Here's some more info about the picture of Walt's Breakfast at Club 33, hope it helps,

    Walt's Club 33 Breakfast

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpectroMan View Post
    Thanks so much for the detailed look at the new LEDs. I, too am not completely sold on them because they don't fade in/out as well as incandescents but I'm willing to give them a chance. Disney should have had these on the shelves of the Emporium decades ago.
    Interestingly, Pixie Hollow at Disneyland utilizes yellowish LEDs which are programed to fade in and out, a little bit fancier than the LEDs which just blink on and off. I'm sure Disney could design smallish LEDs which have the fade away, which I agree is more magical. I'm actually working on a prototype myself as LEDs can save in terms of electricity and lifespan. Here's a YouTube video of Pixie Hollow at night:

    Pixie Hollow Night at Disneyland - YouTube

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