With more Gold Members declining to renew their memberships and the membership list for Club 33 being essentially wide open, it will be interesting to see if Michael Coldglazier will be able to assist in salvaging what prior TDA management has reeked upon the once grand old club of Disneyland.
Even now, an upcoming event regarding Marc Davis is being presented in several versions, the most elite package including a dinner meeting with Marc's wife, she, also a Disney Legend. Gold Members are not allowed to attend this particular level, it is only for Platinum Members. Of course, Gold Members can attend as can anyone if joining a Platinum Member. Keep in mind that these same Gold Members were the ones who have been supporting the club since 1967. I really can't see myself or any gold member tugging on the sleeve of some newby Platinum Member, begging to attend like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel! "Please sir, I want to attend the Marc Davis event?" Sorry, not going to happen.
How utterly embarrassing and despicable of TDA to enforce such a low brow tactic with the goal of forcing Gold Members to join Platinum.
Based upon rumor, many believe these types of actions are on purpose, hoping more Gold Members will resign their membership allowing more room for higher paying Platinum Memberships. However, with very few people applying for Platinum Memberships another rumor has arisen that Disney is perhaps trying to eliminate Club 33 entirely due to operating expenses. Personally, I'd like to think this isn't true but one never really knows with Disney, it's pure speculation and conjecture. Someone needs to tell Disney if they would only treat their constituency better, their profits would increase substantially.
Failing to grandfather the original Gold Members into the 1901 Lounge and then disallowing them to participate in specific Club 33 events has proven beyond the moral and ethical comprehension of most Gold Members. This is sloppy management at best and extremely unprofessional. It's as though TDA has some personal vendetta against Gold Members. God forbid we all show up wearing Guy Fawkes masks, protesting outside of 1901. Great idea though, I'll attach mouse ears to mine!
I must give Disney credit, when they shoved that Mickey adorned knife in my back, I didn't feel it at first but the wound is beginning to fester and the pain almost unbearable. It really doesn't help that Disney seems to enjoy poking the wound by promoting separatism in Club 33 functions.
Joining Club 33 is now essentially just writing a check. Give the mouse $35K and you're in. Gone is the 5 to 18 year waiting list, gone is the true prestige which drew most of us to join. And keep in mind, just because Disney did it, doesn't mean it's right or well thought out. They've made plenty of blunders in the past but normally they're pretty quick to repair them.
I'm completely OK with Disney offering only Platinum Memberships to newbies, but don't step on the folks that supported the club all these years past. Give us the same basic benefits and fair treatment as Platinum via grandfathering and don't isolate us, treating us as sub par. For God's sake, is there no reward for loyalty within the Disney Company?
Let's hope Michael can fix this. It's no wonder that business within Club 33 is down substantially.
If you're driving by Disneyland and see a small black rain cloud floating above New Orleans Square, rest assured it's not Winnie the Pooh, it's the black cloud which hangs over Club 33.