I would be interested in hearing everyone's opinion, members and non-members.
First, the definition per Merriam-Webster:
noun,often attributive\ˈkləb\: a group of people who meet to participate in an activity (such as a sport or hobby)
: the place where the members of a club meet
: a sports team or organization
For the many years we have been members, I will wholeheartedly admit we have dearly loved and enjoyed Club 33. My answer to the above question would have been 'yes', the ol' place was a true club. A place where Disney/Disneyland enthusiasts met, private banquets were held to celebrate special occasions and it was highly enjoyed by friends, family, and our guests. This is based upon the club prior to 2012 and the recent revision.
Now, however, my personal opinion is the club has become an extremely peculiar form of high grade annual passport. Restricted access based upon membership level (exactly like the park's AP's), inability to easily share and at least so far, unquestionably overpriced food which we personally don't enjoy. Yes, I miss Marcel! Sorry gang, Andrew is a terrific chef but I tend to prefer a slightly heartier fare without so much, shall I say, 'fanciful poofery!' But they've only been re-opened since July 18th and they're still getting their feet wet, so naturally there will be a learning curve. Perhaps when Andrew and Justin begin to truly know the members and what they enjoy, the menu will graciously change. I'm getting off track, sorry.
It is true that Club 33 has been turned into a major profit center since being taken over by TDA, but based upon it's popularity, this was inevitable. But the changes, good or bad, to me at least, have truly changed not just the face of the club but also it's heart and soul.
I'd like to hear your opinions, I'm sure they will be quite different from my own, but please keep in mind, the club was a place my kids grew up enjoying, where my friends and family have shared an almost countless number of wonderful occasions and sharing the club was truly the greatest benefit of membership. Wow, has all that changed! I walk into the Main Dining Room now and I want to put a jacket on as it's so cold and stark. And yes, we live close to the park so we frequented very often, not just the occasional visit from afar. I had planned on not renewing for 2014 but the club management promised me the changes would be wonderful and we would have full access to the lounge. So, I renewed. That, my dear friends, is an entirely different story.
So, there you have, what's your opinion? Is Club 33 an actual club?