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Tour Club 33 as the famed Disneyland restaurant temporarily closes to make way for expansion enhancements

in Disney, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Food, Theme Parks

This past weekend Club 33 served its final guests before closing for extensive renovations as part of a multi-month expansion. The private Disneyland restaurant has remained relatively the same in layout and appearance for many years, enjoyed by guests daily while tucked away behind a discrete door in New Orleans Square.

The now ongoing expansion will add a new kitchen, lounge, and entry as well as updated decor throughout the restaurant. But it will do so at the expense of one famous room that’s been there since the beginning. So before the changes take place, take a full tour of Club 33 in the video and photos below, as it has been seen for decades.


Video: Club 33 tour including the Trophy Room, elevator, dining room and balconies


A visit to Club 33 has always begun by approaching the green New Orleans Square door marked “33.” When the expansion is complete, this will no longer be the entrance, instead taking over the former Court of Angels and nearby store.

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

A hidden doorbell signals staff inside to let patrons into the lobby where guests await their dining time. From there, guests may proceed to the second floor either by stairs or by a very special elevator, duplicated from one Walt Disney saw in Paris and wished to have in his park. The future of this lift is unknown as this entire lobby area will no longer be part of the public area of Club 33.

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

Upstairs on the landing, the Club 33 logo is hard to miss, marked on menus and a case full pricey but quite desirable merchandise.

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

Artwork depicting Walt Disney dining at Club 33 is also seen in this hallway, though he never actually saw it competed. The club was created to entertain his friends and business associates in the park.

Club 33 at Disneyland

Club 33 at Disneyland

Also noteworthy nearby is the phone booth, assembled from pieces of a similar one seen in the Disney film “Happiest Millionaire.”

Club 33 at Disneyland

The most famous of dining areas of Club 33 is the Trophy Room. This room features an animatronic vulture and chandeliers housing hidden microphones that, as the story goes, Walt wanted to use to interact with his guests. None of it was ever activated. Now this room is becoming a part of Disney history as it will be transformed into a new kitchen. Elements of the room are reportedly being moved elsewhere inside the restaurant.

6 Comments

  1. Sharon Tagnet

    “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” and to visit would be a Disney Dream come true!!!

  2. Jeff Lynch

    I hardly ever use the “bookmark” thing on my computer but I bookmarked this article. it was THAT good. I loved the pictures. I am going to write a report on Club 33 and I think I am going to use this site as a reference because it is written by experts.

  3. I wish I could visit Club 33!

  4. Todd

    It’s hard to believe with the fees associated with the club, that they can not steam the table clothes.

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