Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Club 33, Disneyland - Anaheim, CA

Being Disneyland Resort annual passholders since the hubby and I started dating, we both have always wanted to visit the famous Club 33 in Disneyland.  Every time we stepped out of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, we walked by the mysterious 33 door and have wondered what it was like dining inside the very exclusive club.

Five years ago, my cousin, out of the blue, asked us if we wanted to go...

....and our jaws immediately dropped.  Her former company has a membership and she invited the cousins to visit the Club for the first time and we accepted her invitation with much excitement!!!

Since 2006, we have been fortunate to visit Club 33 four times, including the most recent time, last September 2010 after the hubby and I finished the 5th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon.

After ringing the doorbell and checking in with the hostess desk, I, now, give you the tour of Club 33....

E N J O Y !

[staircase to lead you up to the Club]

[elevator which Walt Disney had replicated from one he loved in a Parisian hotel]

[hallway that leads to the main dining room, cold buffet, dessert bar, and alcohol/wine bar]
 [harpsichord made for Lillian Disney, Walt's wife]
 [bar ... the only place inside the Disneyland Park that serves alcohol]

 [walls of the Trophy Room where they sat our party in 2006, 2007, and 2010]

 [chandeliers in the Trophy Room... do you notice the...]
 [... microphones?]

It was stated that the operators of these microphones would pick up regular conversation from 33 guests and then respond accordingly with the 'animatronic' vultures in the room.  Unfortunately, those statues have been removed a while ago. 

[cool looking toilet]

[Mickey Mouse came to visit us!]

 [33 menu]

[beautiful 33 china]

[fine china made in england]

When having lunch at Club 33, the cold buffet is offered at no additional charge.

[sliced turkey + marinated olives / grilled zucchini squash / caprese]

[fruit + selection of fresh salads]

[breadsticks + olive oil + balsamic / in the corner... the BEST creamy soup]

[chilled crab claws + shrimp with spicy cocktail sauce, tartar, lemon and Tabasco]

[smoked salmon + capers + red onion / marinated mushrooms / fresh melons + berries]

The dessert bar is offered for lunch and for dinner...

* * * *

[first experience - may 2006 for lunch]
... pictures taken by E.K. ...

There were twelve of us for lunch at Club 33 for our first time there.  We were sat in the Trophy Room to accommodate our large party.  Back then, we were required to pre-select what we were going to order prior to visiting Club 33.   

There are only a handful of choices for lunch and the majority of us ordered the same thing.... the grilled sirloin with bearnaise sauce.

[fresh grilled salmon]

[grilled sirloin with bearnaise  + potatoes + broccoli rabe / carrots / cherry tomatoes]

The steak pretty much was one of the best things I have ever eaten at Disneyland.  The meat was cooked to a perfect medium temperature, the bearnaise was sinfully rich and delicious, and my sister's BF, at the time, raved about the carrot, which was really flavorful -- something I never thought a simple carrot would ever taste as delicious as that.  

[lumache fresh pasta : 3 x 3... marinara / alfredo / pesto + crostini]

[roasted chicken breast]

[plate from dessert bar]

 [cute Club 33 square after-meal chocolates] 

* * * *

[second experience - august 2007 dinner]
... pictures taken by E.K. ...

To celebrate August birthdays and our wedding anniversary, my cousin booked another reservation three months in advance for us to have dinner at Club 33 on a summer August evening.  We had another large party so we were put in the Trophy Room once again.  The cold buffet is not offered for dinner.  

The dress code is strict for dinner where we are not allowed to wear shorts, jeans, tennis shoes - basically casual resort wear is prohibited. 

[creamy lobster bisque]

 [petite chateaubriand]

I ordered the petite chateaubriand because of my love for red meat, especially at an exclusive restaurant like Club 33.  It was served on top of a bed of mashed potatoes and green beans.  It was lovely.... and mouthwatering.

[seared jumbo sea scallop]

[seared ahi tuna with potato puree]

[our special anniversary plate of chocolate goodness - so cute!]

* * * * 
[third experience - february 2008 lunch]
... pictures taken by E.K. ...

There were only ten of us for lunch so we were sat in the Main Dining Room - yay!  It is a much brighter and larger room that seats two and more and up to 10 people in a round. 

My sister's BF surprised ALL of us, except my cousin who made the reservation, by proposing to my sister right after we started on the cold buffet items.  Mickey and Goofy came out to assist and suddenly, everyone in the dining room was listening.  Everyone clapped after she said "Yes!" and there were even a couple of ladies tearing up.  It was a very special day!

[lunch menu - 2008]

[lamb top sirloin + polenta]

[pan seared chateaubriand + port wine reduction]

YES, it is hard to pass up the chateaubriand here.  Delicious, as usual. 

[refreshing cocktail from the bar]

* * * * 

[fourth experience - september 2010 lunch]
... pictures taken by me ...

I have ran the Disneyland Half Marathon for three consecutive years and the hubs ran it for his fourth time last year.  It was very nice of my cousin to offer to reserve Club 33 as a celebration lunch right after the race.  We were ecstatic that her family and my sister's family met us at the finish line.  It was my nephew's and niece's first time at Club 33 so it was fun to watch them experience it.

[lunch menu - 2010]

 [my cold buffet plate]

I tried to make my plate neat and picture friendly, but I was so hungry that it was difficult for me to 'organize' my plate.  I wanted everything!  I enjoyed cheese and crackers, chilled shrimp, lobster tails, crab claws, breadsticks, caesar salad, mushroom ravioli, and cantaloupe slices.

My favorite thing on the plate was the mushroom ravioli. It was chilled and it had a creamy dill sauce that was very absolutely divine.

There is something about this creamy soup that is very addictive.  It is the most simplest soup that you pour in these tiny cups.  It reminds me cream of chicken soup but without the chicken chunks. 

[mickey mouse shaped pasta for the kids ... a little under seasoned according to my cousin]

[*smirk* - I may get something different next time]

[halibut with mushroom risotto]

[yummy desserts]

[love the cute candied lemon]

[this chocolate straw was tiny ... such detail these pastry chefs put into their work]

[after dinner coffee + wafer]

[dish full of club 33 chocolates]

Lastly, I leave you with views from the Club 33 balconies of the rest of the park.  Club 33 is situated on the top floor at New Orleans Square after Blue Bayou and expands to the top of Cafe Orleans. 

Club 33 is a special treat and we are very grateful for what my cousin has the ability to do for our family.  The cost of lunch runs a little over $100 per person (with tax and 18% gratuity) and dinner is a bit more than that.  Every guest who visits Club 33 for a meal receives a complimentary day park hopper pass to the Disneyland Park and to California Adventures.  The ticket is only good for that day.  The ticket on the back states "Club 33" so it is a souvenir for guests to keep.  Club 33 merchandise is also sold there... from Mickey ears, to beer glasses, shot glasses, pens, bracelets, and t-shirts. 

We are excited to bring our little one to Club 33/Disneyland when he is a little older to experience what Mommy and Daddy have been fortunate to visit.  Oh, how we love Disneyland!


Mary said...

That is so cool! What a great and special experience to get to go to Club 33!

Janice D. said...

Thanks, Mary - we are VERY fortunate. I never thought that we would ever be able to go, ever! Glad you enjoyed the post! :)

crown lanta resort and spa said...

This is a great addition to the experience at Disneyland. It sure looks cool to eat there at Club 33. The food looks delicious.

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