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    Talking Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    It's official! After this visit and accompanying photos, my family thinks I'm a total Disneyland geek. At least I know some of the folks here on the boards will appreciate my eye for detail (albeit odd at times).

    Long story short... My friend had a breakfast meeting for her company at Club 33 and invited me to tag along since my birthday was the next day. I couldn't go to the meeting, but could join her afterwords. The views are amazing! Especially with the Christmas decorations in NOS. I had a couple of yummy blueberry scones with creme fresh. Wish I had more time to partake of the lavish buffet.

    After the bill was taken care of (over $4,000!), we were then free to explore the park. It was a blast just the two of us! We were able to leisurely stroll around and go with the flow. At about 10 a.m. we ran into a dream squad behind Rancho del Zocalo. We got Dream Fast Passes! Not that we really needed them on a cold Tuesday, but we were able to get so much more in during the day. We didn't feel like we missed anything!

    The weather was rather blustery for So Cal and the fireworks were canceled, but we saw them as we came in the night before so we didn't feel cheated. We did get snow flurries - still looked great, just not as realistic. I have to say this was probably one of the best times I have had at DL. Gorgeous weather, light crowds, no hubby or 4 year old to look after. Just lovely!

    On to the photos...

    Looking out our hotel window at the parking structure, it seemed like DL was beckoning to us to come.





    I've always wanted a good shot of this...


    Kim and me at Club 33


    Love the views!




    Some decorations at Club 33





    Here I am getting artsy - I loved the reflection of the Christmas tree in the lobby


    The lobby looking down the staircase


    Here's where I get geeky... The ladies room in Club 33! I thought it was simply lovely


    Blurry detail of the swans above the mirror


    Wish this photo came out better. I thought this was an interesting table. I'm sure I could find a book that has the back story about it.


    First ride - Indy! Kim pointed out that it was running very slow and that was disappointing since this was my first time (it was always out of commission prior visits). We were stopped in front of the final Indy for some time so I took a photo.


    Had to get the tourist photo


    Next up - Jungle Cruise


    We were screaming with laughter at this guy. He looks just like our friend, Derek!


    Kim with her Dream Fastpass - came in handy later to ride Indy again. Much faster the second time around!


    Look who we saw in line for the Matterhorn! He was the nicest Santa ever!


    Speaking of Santa, had to tell him what we wanted for Christmas.






    Alright, prepare for some DL geek photos.

    For some reason I always thought this restroom sign was cool. Who can name the location?


    Here's another photo I've been wanting to get... On the right hand track of Autopia. Hungry for some rusted nuts?


    Close up


    Speaking of hungry. Time for a break at the Café Orleans. Here's more geekiness... food pics!

    Pomme Frites


    Monte Cristo - a little slice of Heaven right here!


    Our server noticed my birthday button, and he tried several unsuccessful attempts to light my candle - did I mention it was a blustery day? Mmmm... Mickey bignet


    Just wanted to do a shout out here to all the CM's working yesterday... You guys ROCK!

    After a very filling lunch, it's off to DCA to check out the Grand Californian. I must say they did an amazing job with this hotel. Simply stunning. My photo is a bit blurry, but it give it an ethereal quality I think.


    Dancing bears at the registration desk.


    Screamin'


    Tower of Terror


    Then back to DL for Pirates, Mansion, and Small World (guess we were getting tired)

    Cap'n Jack


    Small World Pics










    Caught Space Mountain & Buzz (with our Dream Fastpasses) before the snowfall and canceled fireworks (more shopping time!)




    The castle is gorgeous! I didn't tell my DS that I was going without him, but I did show him the shaky video I took of the castle lighting. I hope I get to bring him for Christmas next year. Speaking of shaky, sorry for the blurry photo, but it was close to the 12th hour spent at DL.


    Thanks Walt!

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Nothing more special that Christmastime at DL AND a trip to Club33 Thanks for sharing your pictures, the ISAW ones are gorgeous. Glad you had a wonderful trip and Happy birthday!



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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Great picture and great TR
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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Great Pics nice to see inside the elusive Club 33, especially when its all dressed up for Christmas

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Beautiful pictures! Just out of curiousity...did you happen to ride in the nosecone of the Monorail at all yesterday?

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oswald the Rabbitt View Post
    Great Pics nice to see inside the elusive Club 33, especially when its all dressed up for Christmas
    I agree! It's wonderful to see the Christmas decorations inside one of the generally un-seen areas of the park. Thank you!

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Excellent pictures, hope you had fun! Happy Belated Birthday to you.

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!




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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Happy Birthday!

    I can't think of a better treat than Club 33 and Disneyland! Thanks for sharing, it looks like a lovely day.

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Loved your pictures and nice ENDing shot!
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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Wonderful pictures! What a treat going to Club33!

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Happy Birthday and great pics and report!

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Great photos! Thanks very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by DebiTasha View Post
    Wish this photo came out better. I thought this was an interesting table. I'm sure I could find a book that has the back story about it.
    In another past photo thread on Club 33...French25fan posted this photo of the same piece:



    To which I wrote the following:

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy
    You may be interested to know that that table is one of the most valuable antiques in the Club. And it is so intricately carved, that often folks don't realize the cloth that's draped over the top...is actually wood...until they get up close to it! It was selected by Lillian Disney herself while with Walt and Academy Award winning set decorator, Emil Kuri...on a trip to purchase furnishings for Club 33 (as were most of the antiques there). But this one was Lillian's absolute favorite out of all of them. I was told by one of the Disneyland VIP Guides that used to accompany Lillian on trips to Disneyland, that Lillian would always stop at it, "...to say 'Hi' and give it a few little pats." So your hand might very well be touching that beauty right where Lillian used to always greet her favorite piece in the Club.
    It's my understanding that the trip it was purchased on, was one of the ones they made to the real New Orleans, and purchased it at an antique shop on the real Royal Street. It's also my understanding that the entire piece is remarkably carved out of one single block of wood with no breaks. Something very rare in wood pieces such as this, I'm told.

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Great pictures but now I am hungry for some Cafe Orleans munchies.

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    Re: Birthday at DL w/a peek at Club 33!

    Quote Originally Posted by kriskitty22 View Post
    Beautiful pictures! Just out of curiousity...did you happen to ride in the nosecone of the Monorail at all yesterday?
    Didn't get to the Monorail - my friend and I were commenting that neither one of us had ridden it for many years (at least 25 for me), and by the time we thought about it, we were too late. Maybe next trip.

    Oh, and by the way, the little coffee shop (can't remember the name) on the left of Main Street as you are heading out of the park has a Cinnamon Tea Latte that is nectar of the Gods! The GIANT chocolate chip cookies ain't bad, either.

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