Club 33. A seemingly magical, wonderous place that so many dream of getting just a peek within that green door in New Orleans Square. And rightly so, I know from personal experience and have dined there for several important celebrations with friends, it is indeed a wonderful way to escape the crowds wondering the streets below and the food is really very good. In my opinion, Club 33 is worth the cost of dining there, pure and simple. To experience dinner inside that incredible, historic club (in terms of Walt's life) it's very top drawer. This place is on so many peoples "bucket list" , and with good cause.
Each time I visit, I can feel and see Walt and Lilian Disney's touch everywhere, as this was to be HIS place to host important park guests, and join his family to enjoy many wonderful meals together. That is the spirit Club 33 was designed to foster and host.
After Walt's untimely death, the club was opened up to memberships (in pure Disney fashion, and rightly so) as a profit center for the company. It has been said for years "The Club" never breaks even or makes a profit. I find that very hard to believe, but that's coming from a very good inside Disney source. The expected profit and what the true bottom line at the end of the day are two different things.
I know from decades of theme park employment (including Disneyland) that even when a projected attendance is not met, there is still plenty of money brought in.
With all that said, the current mindset of TEAM DISNEY is to forget who has supported them (and Club 33) and that feathered their nests while they have been waiting for their Disney Golden Egg when they leave the company. The current members (Golden level) that waited years to be accepted as members, paid tens of thousands of dollars since being members agreed to a contract that listed the perks of being a PAID member in good standing, and have the rug pulled out from under them.
Truth be told I have been to both Club 33 and the 1901 Club and see less than a handful (5) of other guests in either location several times.
All due to the current Disney greed now , more than ever. The wait staff at Club 33 have lost hours due to lack of reservations, ( and the Club has lost revenue) in the 1901 club, cast members stand around looking at each other with nothng to do! I have seen this with my own eyes. All this because Disney wanted to get rid of the gold membership, and have, it's no longer offered. Seems like the $35,000 to join the "Clubs" has backfired in Mickey's face. And Mickey has gotten too big for his little red shorts and popped his big yellow buttons !!
Funny how you see "articles" (ads) all over the media about 1901 and Club33. How exclusive they are and difficult to gain access. Used to be that way with Club 33, there was a waiting list so long Disney stopped accepting applications. Now these articles are everywhere to lure new members in, but that is not happening.
The 1901 Club (Pretend Club 33) and really just a bar, kinda like at a medium grade hotel. If you want more than snacks and "smaller plate" meals go next door and eat. All this for what? The club used to be booked all the time, but with enough lead time you could get a reservation without question.
I for one am fine with the limited 50 tickets per year allowed to Club 33 members, people did take advantage and yes, as with any other "membership club" you shoud have to pay for your meals. Even with the Disney pricing, and it's not inexpensive to eat at Club 33, that's part of the deal. Look at the prices of the stuff they call food in the park. The best deal is the Plaza Inn Chicken Meal. The sad thing is the Suits at Disneyland don't seem to understand the park guests and current Club 33/ 1901 member are not stupid and even the name Disney has only so much value before anyone realizes they are getting gouged big time. Wake up Mickey, in today's world there are many options with better price points than you offer. Smart business leaders know that value is only a value when it's a VALUE. Yes, quality costs, but todays consumer are better informed, educated, and spend where they are considered important, and valued (there goes that word again)
Disneyland, don't cut off the big white gloved hand that fed you all these years, Shame on you for treating long time supporters of your Magic Kingdom and Club 33 so poorly.
Social media is watching you Disney and spending accordingly!