We paused a moment for a picture at a place little known by many visitors to Disneyland, but VERY well-known to Disneyland fanatics like us.
...and this is why today was a VERY good day. Because today, I was able to press the doorbell next to this mysterious green door, announce my name and hear, "You may enter."
Today, we were privileged to join several MiceChatters and others for a special luncheon at Club 33
The elevator is tiny and could only accomodate about 4 adults at a time. One can also take the stairs.
The view from above
Our group was seated in the Trophy Room (above the Blue Bayou) where we were observed by a pair of (formerly animatronic) birds
Here's a view down the hallway
Turn right at the end of the above hallway and you enter another large area that leads to the main dining room. This area includes the full bar and the salad/seafood buffet
The only place in Disneyland where one can imbibe strong drink.
Victoria and I posing at the bar.
The table setting was elaborate. The room filled with vintage photos of Uncle Walt. Circarama takes his own photo of the stuffed birdies.
Above our table hung a chandelier that included a microphone! Look closely at the very center of the fixture. (For those who may not know the story: Uncle Walt had the idea that, if the waiters could listen in on the diners' conversations, they could provide incomparable service. "I wish the waiter would bring some more coffee." ...and, voila, as if by magic, the waiter could appear with the coffee pot! When someone pointed out this also created a monumental invasion of privacy, the idea was abandoned. The never-used microphones, however, remain.)
A view from the balcony outside the main dining room. The New Orleans Square decorations are much more beautiful when you're up high and among them!
On the balcony overlooking New Orleans Square. This may well be our Christmas Card photo this year.
After a leisurely 2-hour meal, I purchased a nice shirt and a wristwatch with the Club 33 logo as momentos. (No Club 33 mouse-ears available today, sadly.) We strolled the park awhile, rode IASW Holiday, then made our way out towards DCA. Main Street after dark is just stunning.
We took a couple of spins on California Screamin' and rode ToT before making our way to the Uva Bar for a final nightcap.
Thanks to the kindness, caring and generosity of a Frog, a Fish and a Sage, today was a special day we'll remember always.