Forty-five years ago, 33 Royal Street became perhaps the most mysterious address at Disneyland Park. Behind the green door in New Orleans Square is Club 33, a membership-exclusive restaurant and lounge.
Inspired by executive lounges at the 1964 New York World's Fair, Walt Disney envisioned a similar concept at Disneyland Park. Sadly, Walt Disney passed away six months before Club 33 opened June 15, 1967.
Club 33 is adorned with artwork and vintage items that Walt and his wife, Lillian, discovered in New Orleans. A replica Victorian-age, French-style lift opens on the second floor to The Gallery. An oak telephone booth adapted from "The Happiest Millionaire" is in the hallway. The Disney Room, or Trophy Room, was to be the setting for a show featuring five Audio-Animatronics figures; two magpies, an owl, a raccoon and a vulture that would entertain Guests and participate in their conversations through microphones hidden in chandeliers. The show never developed- only the vulture remains on his perch in the corner of the room.
Club 33 members are also invited to the new, private 1901 lounge at Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure Park.
As the retired bartender of Club 33, so many great memories....Dr Lee