Overlooking the hustle and bustle of Disneyland's New Orleans Square, the exclusive (and somewhat elusive) members-only Disney club Club 33 has undergone a major renovation and expansion. The Club reopened this past month to members and their guests and the internet has already been stirring with excitement with all the changes.
|The original sign for Club 33|
Disney fans around the world, including myself, were surprised at the news of the renovation and expansion, which moved the entrance of Club 33 from the nondescript door on Royal Street (designated only with a 33 outside - see pic on the left) to the Court des Anges; expanded the kitchen into what used to be Walt's "Trophy Room" (you can see images of what that room used to look like in Kendra's Club 33 post); and added a jazz lounge that would rival Disney California Adventure's 1901 Lounge. I got the esteemed opportunity to accompany a friend into the newly expanded Club 33 for lunch service and experience the new jazz lounge firsthand.
I'm here to take you on a photo tour of some of the things that remained, the things that changed, and what you can expect if you get the chance to visit this somewhat secret spot at The Disneyland Resort - I'll try to retain some of the mystery because that's what makes Disney so magical. Let's get started!
When you walk past the original 33 door, you'll gaze upon these large Art Deco gates....
|New courtyard doors closing off the Court of Angels|
|The Club 33 entrance doors|
To gain access into the Club, push the new Club 33 buzzer, which will change color:
|The new Club buzzer - changes color!|
A hostess greeted us at the door and checked our reservation. Our lunch wasn't scheduled until 12:30 pm, but the new jazz lounge, Le Salon Nouveau, opens at 11 am and can be visited without a reservation. We were ushered into a small lobby which housed two familiar pieces from the original Club lobby, the jazz musicians of New Orleans Square and the bust of Marie Antoinette
|Familiar art pieces from the original Club 33 Lobby|
|New glass flower fixtures have been added to the courtyard staircase|
|The view of the Court des Anges staircase from the top|
|The telephone booth - outside of the lobby|
|Restroom and telephone booth|
Then the moment awaited us - we entered the new lobby space for Club 33!
|Club 33 Mosaic at the entrance to the lobby|
|The Club 33 Lobby|
|The Lobby Chandelier, brandished with the new Club 33 logo|
|Perched in a corner, the Trophy Room vulture is still here!|
|The harpsichord is still at the Club!|
|Le Salon Nouveau - view from the entrance|
|The French Lift has now become a salon table|
|A view of Le Salon Nouveau's full bar|
|Close-up of the Mark Twain booth - notice the books in the right and the wonderful portrait|
|The French martini and the leather bound Club 33 drink menu|
|The delicious and refreshing Apple Lemonade that's an apple straw!|
|Beautiful petit choux - so delicious!|
|The walkway down to the Grand Salon|
|These beautiful murals take the place of the original Club bar|
|Complete table setting in the Grand Salon|
|Table setting with Club 33 logo|
|Me with the new Club 33 menu|
|The new bar in the Grand Salon|
|New window treatments - the Club feels brighter|
|All the delicious dishes that we shared!|
After lunch, we decided to return back to the Salon and enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to the "self-playing" piano in the jazz lounge!
|The self-playing piano in Le Salon Nouveau|
|Check out the beautiful stained glass ceiling!|
|Close-up of the Salon's bar|
|The Club blend of coffee from Club 33|
|Posing inside Le Salon Nouveau|