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(LA Times)   Care to have a drink while at Disneyland? Today's your lucky day, as Disney opens membership in the legendary, secretive Club 33 to 100 lucky people willing to pony up $25,000 + 10k a year   (latimes.com) divider line 83
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2012-05-09 03:03:27 PM
CSB.

Waaaaaay back in the 80s, for High School Senior Night at Disneyland, a couple of us went up the weekend before as just regular tourists and hid 3 hip flasks of Jack Daniels (yeah, I know) in a tied up bag and sunk it in the lake at Tom Sawyer Island and tied it to a nearby spot light. Flash forward a week to Senior Night and we go thorough the pat down and immediately head to Tom Sawyer Island, and the bag was still in the water along with the now cooled Hip Flasks of JD. Amazingly enough nobody threw up that night.
 
2012-05-09 03:05:38 PM
I once had a stock broker that had access to Club 33 through his company. That experience cost me over 50K as the broker churned my account and sold me a "no risk"bond that lost all its value - i.e. the guy was a crook. Needless to say he is no longer my broker; his company no longer has my business; and I no longer have access to Club 33. In retrospect it turned out to be the most expensive meal I ever ate and was most certainly poor value. While I no longer have access to Club 33 I now have an excellent financial manager (for over 15 years) who does not make in commissions more than I make in dividends and profits.
 
2012-05-09 03:18:02 PM

Bag of Hammers: Waaaaaay back in the 80s, for High School Senior Night at Disneyland, a couple of us went up the weekend before as just regular tourists and hid 3 hip flasks of Jack Daniels (yeah, I know) in a tied up bag and sunk it in the lake at Tom Sawyer Island and tied it to a nearby spot light. Flash forward a week to Senior Night and we go thorough the pat down and immediately head to Tom Sawyer Island, and the bag was still in the water along with the now cooled Hip Flasks of JD. Amazingly enough nobody threw up that night.


I'm not engaging in hyperbole when I say that is the greatest story ever told.
 
2012-05-09 03:26:31 PM
I have had dinner at Club 33 like a few others in this thread on someone elses dime. It was cool and the food was good, but probably not $25,000 + $10,000/year cool.
 
2012-05-09 03:35:21 PM

Strategeryz0r: wolfzr2: Strategeryz0r: The wife and I came up with much better ideas.

1) 2 years ago we took incredibly potent "cookies" into disneyland. The gal rifling through our bags at the entrance actually pulled out the air tight ziploc baggies containing 4 cookies in each bag(air tight because these things smelled strongly of herb) and didn't bat an eye. Much more enjoyable to have than a drink, didn't have to worry about my stomach getting upset on space mountain because I had one too many whiskeys.

2) We're planning our next trip to disneyland and intend to bring our good friend molly with us. Lasts longer than drinking, feels better than drinking, and will make the cool lights from the parade and all the other shows 10x more awesome.

None of these options require $25,000 and 10k/year. fark club 33.

Congratulations, you're a stoner. Want a cookie?...of course you do..what am I saying.

Eh I just finished my McDonalds burrito McGriddles :P. But really who wants to spend this obscene amount of money for the pleasure of drinking in disneyland? It's truly for rich people who have waaaayyyy more money than brains. Just sneak in flask, or do what we did. You'll be much happier in the end :P


FTFY
 
2012-05-09 03:47:42 PM

mohron: olapbill: that's what Epcot is for. Playing drink around the world.

olapbill: epcot offer valid at Disneyworld only of course..

I'm no lightweight, and have considered it when I have gone, but the drink prices could almost pay for the plane ticket to visit those actual locales, so I haven't ever completed the journey.

I will say Disney food is pricey, but it is superb.


A basic beer at Epcot is around 9 bux. Actually 8.53 if I recall for a proper pint in the UK pub, prices similar in other countries. So figure 10 bux with a tip if you so desire. 11 countries, so a tad over 100 for a proper DATW. More expensive than your corner bar? Sure. But how much is beer at a ball game?

That aside, good a good friend's fiance has a membership, I will dine there at least once in December before my 14n LAX to MIA DCL Wonder cruise.
 
2012-05-09 03:59:52 PM
our two local amusement parks (kings island and northward, cedar point) both kick the shiat out of disney. The rides are better, you can buy beer, the food is cool and the prices are (amusement park) reasonable. I've been to disney twice, once as a kid and once as a dad. Both times I swore I'd never go back. I'm keeping the promise this time. it's easily the most overrated farking think in the world outside Sofia Vergara or maybe Angelina Jolie.
 
2012-05-09 04:02:03 PM

Gunny Highway: Strategeryz0r: wolfzr2: Strategeryz0r: The wife and I came up with much better ideas.

1) 2 years ago we took incredibly potent "cookies" into disneyland. The gal rifling through our bags at the entrance actually pulled out the air tight ziploc baggies containing 4 cookies in each bag(air tight because these things smelled strongly of herb) and didn't bat an eye. Much more enjoyable to have than a drink, didn't have to worry about my stomach getting upset on space mountain because I had one too many whiskeys.

2) We're planning our next trip to disneyland and intend to bring our good friend molly with us. Lasts longer than drinking, feels better than drinking, and will make the cool lights from the parade and all the other shows 10x more awesome.

None of these options require $25,000 and 10k/year. fark club 33.

Congratulations, you're a stoner. Want a cookie?...of course you do..what am I saying.

Eh I just finished my McDonalds burrito :P. But really who wants to spend this obscene amount of money for the pleasure of drinking in disneyland? It's truly for rich people who have waaaayyyy more money than brains. Just sneak in flask, or do what we did. You'll be much happier in the end :P

You are a dumb ass.


maybe for chatting about it, but his idea is a great one.
it's amazing how nobody even thinks twice about cookies or other "tainted" pastry. probably cause they are too busy feeling my balls for an ak-47 or something.
 
2012-05-09 04:07:08 PM

Mugato: ShamWowofDamocles: I've eaten there a few times, always as a guest of a member

Was it all on Mr. Underhill's American Express card?


He'll be back. He just stepped out for his urinalysis.

/give each other thirty dollars.
 
2012-05-09 04:10:19 PM

Autumn Moone: Something I've been wondering....

If you are a member, is everything else free then? I mean, do you pay your $10,000, then still have to pay for dinner and/or drinks? Do you have to shell out more money for park tickets? What's included with this annual fee?


As a member you get a parkhopper pass and have to pay for your meal. The meal is a cost of a ticket. Yes I have eaten at Club 33
 
2012-05-09 04:13:18 PM

Madbassist1: our two local amusement parks (kings island and northward, cedar point) both kick the shiat out of disney. The rides are better, you can buy beer, the food is cool and the prices are (amusement park) reasonable. I've been to disney twice, once as a kid and once as a dad. Both times I swore I'd never go back. I'm keeping the promise this time. it's easily the most overrated farking think in the world outside Sofia Vergara or maybe Angelina Jolie.


California Adventure was a magical place to my son when he was into Toy Story, Monsters Inc and the other stuff there. I found the place over-priced and clearly over-rated but it was worth every penny to see his eyes light up when he got to meet Buzz Lightyear.
 
2012-05-09 04:14:53 PM

inner ted: maybe for chatting about it, but his idea is a great one.
it's amazing how nobody even thinks twice about cookies or other "tainted" pastry. probably cause they are too busy feeling my balls for an ak-47 or something.


I dont give a shiat about getting stoned at Disney (tripped at 6 Flags when I was a teenager). It was the comment about how people spend their own money that made me call him a dumb ass.
 
2012-05-09 04:23:47 PM

Gunny Highway: inner ted: maybe for chatting about it, but his idea is a great one.
it's amazing how nobody even thinks twice about cookies or other "tainted" pastry. probably cause they are too busy feeling my balls for an ak-47 or something.

I dont give a shiat about getting stoned at Disney (tripped at 6 Flags when I was a teenager). It was the comment about how people spend their own money that made me call him a dumb ass.


meh

you've never heard tale of extravagance and thought "jeeeez... that seems ridiculous." ???

if not, then you don't hear much or have more $$$ than you know what to do with.
 
2012-05-09 04:24:20 PM
I've been -- thanks to a friend whose father is an exec at a huge, huge company with a corporate account -- and can confirm what others have said about price (lunch and dessert for four with about 2 cocktails each was like $450, but admission for 4 on a one-day pass is almost $90 anyway, so that's like an extra $25/each which is nothing). The food was markedly better than typical Disney stuff (which is as good as theme park food gets but is still clearly mass-produced stuff)...33 is a "real" restaurant. It's even a few levels above Blue Bayou next door. It's not on par with like, really high-end actual fine dining, but it's not far off either. And, you know, the whiskey sour was outstanding. Also: instead of appetizers they turn you loose on a huge series of buffet tables including amazing seafood (oysters on the half-shell, pre-cracked crab legs, a few kinds of shrimp), crazy salad bars, etc. They let you lounge around as much as you'd like after, provided it's not packed, and you can walk the balconies outside, take as many pictures as you want (which I did with a pro DSLR, they didn't care), etc. Really a great spot and anyone should go if they can.

I also played the harpsichord that Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney played, saw the bugged vulture that they used to use to spy on guests they may have gone into business with, and we stole a good amount of 33-logo napkins, cocktail stirrers, pens, etc. The best part though is my girlfriend is one of those closet huge Disney nerds (you'd never know to look at her but she loves it) and 33 was always one of those dreams like human flight, or banging Kate Upton's hotter little sister, that she knew would just never ever come true -- but I got to help make it happen. That's the best part. And aside from money-sucking world domination, making dreams come true is what Disney's all about.
 
2012-05-09 04:29:40 PM

inner ted: you've never heard tale of extravagance and thought "jeeeez... that seems ridiculous." ???

if not, then you don't hear much or have more $$$ than you know what to do with.


What he said:

But really who wants to spend this obscene amount of money for the pleasure of drinking in disneyland? It's truly for rich people who have waaaayyyy more money than brains. Just sneak in flask, or do what we did. You'll be much happier in the end

That is an douchey statement in my opinion coming from someone who makes regular trips to Disney. In the end, whatever.
 
2012-05-09 04:38:33 PM

Gunny Highway: inner ted: you've never heard tale of extravagance and thought "jeeeez... that seems ridiculous." ???

if not, then you don't hear much or have more $$$ than you know what to do with.

What he said:

But really who wants to spend this obscene amount of money for the pleasure of drinking in disneyland? It's truly for rich people who have waaaayyyy more money than brains. Just sneak in flask, or do what we did. You'll be much happier in the end

That is an douchey statement in my opinion coming from someone who makes regular trips to Disney. In the end, whatever.


i see your point & agree to a degree (poet & don't know it)

but i still tend to think he has a point as well.

as you said "in the end, whatever" seems to sum it up well enough
 
2012-05-09 04:43:17 PM

inner ted: i see your point & agree to a degree (poet & don't know it)

but i still tend to think he has a point as well.

as you said "in the end, whatever" seems to sum it up well enough


Cheers.

/I would buy you a beer but they are so farking expensive.
 
2012-05-09 04:45:31 PM

Bag of Hammers: CSB.

Waaaaaay back in the 80s, for High School Senior Night at Disneyland, a couple of us went up the weekend before as just regular tourists and hid 3 hip flasks of Jack Daniels (yeah, I know) in a tied up bag and sunk it in the lake at Tom Sawyer Island and tied it to a nearby spot light. Flash forward a week to Senior Night and we go thorough the pat down and immediately head to Tom Sawyer Island, and the bag was still in the water along with the now cooled Hip Flasks of JD. Amazingly enough nobody threw up that night.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-09 04:50:55 PM
The food there is rather good, though I would rather hit Napa Rose. What made 33 really enjoyable was being one floor above the human mass coming off of Pirates or shopping in NOS.

/Not a member, but the wife got me in through a friend of a friend on my 33rd birthday.
 
2012-05-09 05:25:44 PM

Madbassist1: our two local amusement parks (kings island and northward, cedar point) both kick the shiat out of disney. The rides are better, you can buy beer, the food is cool and the prices are (amusement park) reasonable. I've been to disney twice, once as a kid and once as a dad. Both times I swore I'd never go back. I'm keeping the promise this time. it's easily the most overrated farking think in the world outside Sofia Vergara or maybe Angelina Jolie.


You have no soul.
 
2012-05-09 05:44:02 PM

beerrun: Madbassist1: our two local amusement parks (kings island and northward, cedar point) both kick the shiat out of disney. The rides are better, you can buy beer, the food is cool and the prices are (amusement park) reasonable. I've been to disney twice, once as a kid and once as a dad. Both times I swore I'd never go back. I'm keeping the promise this time. it's easily the most overrated farking think in the world outside Sofia Vergara or maybe Angelina Jolie.

You have no soul.


Meh. our kids wanted nothing more than to go back to the hotel and swim in the pool, YMMV
 
2012-05-09 05:49:38 PM

Diogenes: Please, they're called "interns."


What an intern may look like:


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2012-05-09 05:57:52 PM

Lunchlady: California Adventure sells booze after 12.

Just saying that a slushie margarita helps the line move faster.


Came here to say just that. I love walking around the park with a beer in hand. Makes getting hit by all the strollers more bearable.
 
2012-05-09 06:07:46 PM

ShamWowofDamocles: Autumn Moone: Something I've been wondering....

If you are a member, is everything else free then? I mean, do you pay your $10,000, then still have to pay for dinner and/or drinks? Do you have to shell out more money for park tickets? What's included with this annual fee?

You do have to pay for your food at Club 33. Lunch is a bit cheaper than dinner.

You do not have to pay for your park admission (but there is a catch). And you are entitled, depending on your membership level, to a set number of free park tickets each day of the year.

The catch...that free admission is only free because you MUST eat in Club 33 (lunch of dinner) on the day of your visit. If you don't, the membership owner gets a lovely bill for the cost of the park admission and an unpleasant note reminding him or her that free park tickets are only free when the visitor drops some coin for food at the restaurant.

I've eaten there a few times, always as a guest of a member. The food is good and the service is what you would expect in a restaurant where you are dropping $75+ per person. It isn't worth the buy-in and annual membership costs to me, but I don't begrudge anyone with the coin who spends it that way.


You have to pay for the food. There is a dress code that is more srict than the parks. If you get in free, you are obligated to eat there, which according to the site, is at minimum, the cost of admission to the park. Besides status(who farking cares?) what am I getting for $25,000 membership and $10,000 annual fees? I mean, seriously. That makes me want to punch something.
 
2012-05-09 06:32:16 PM
$25k... plus dues!? To hell with THAT! I'll just continue putting my usual reservation in with the Blue Bayou for a lunch that includes a Monte Cristo, Mint Julep, and some dabbling as "Von Ruff The Irreverent Tourist" animatronic to amuse the masses as they pass through Pirates of the Caribbean, thankyouverymuch.
 
2012-05-09 06:37:20 PM
pony, you say?

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2012-05-09 07:11:45 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: That's not that much more than what they charge for water at their parks.


You mean nothing? Free ice water is available pretty much anywhere in the parks.
 
2012-05-09 07:12:04 PM
Eh, Club 33 is okay. The first time I went there it was fantastic, one of the best meals I've ever had. Then, every time after that, the food and service slowly declined. It's still decent, but nothing special. Maybe the first time was a fluke or something, but it isn't special enough to be worth the price. That being said, if you have lots of extra money, it doesn't hurt to have the option to go there if you are planning to go to the park and it is nice to be able to share it with friends who've never been. However, it's not like you can just pop in anytime you want, often times you have to make reservations weeks (if not months) in advance.

I also hate that they'll let people in looking as schlubby as possible (which is understandable since it's a theme park), but then they won't allow you to wear flip flops. While I know flip flops are tacky and all that, I will sometimes wear them when I go to Disney if I plan on riding Splash Mountain while I'm there since I don't like wet socks/shoes. So it's annoying to have to wear different shoes or bring a change of shoes. It just seems like a stupid standard to set if you're letting people in there looking like total crap, but I could be dressed for a cocktail party but be turned away due to my flip flops.
 
2012-05-09 07:12:37 PM

Genju:
Germany for dinner is where it's at.


The German buffet and any of the restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge; Boma's dinner buffet, Jiko, and Sanaa are all terrific.
 
2012-05-09 07:42:12 PM

KhamanV: Genju:
Germany for dinner is where it's at.

The German buffet and any of the restaurants at the Animal Kingdom Lodge; Boma's dinner buffet, Jiko, and Sanaa are all terrific.


Reservations at Biergarten in an hour, getting a kick etc.

/And possibly a heart attack
 
2012-05-09 09:08:01 PM

Strategeryz0r: The wife and I came up with much better ideas.

1) 2 years ago we took incredibly potent "cookies" into disneyland. The gal rifling through our bags at the entrance actually pulled out the air tight ziploc baggies containing 4 cookies in each bag(air tight because these things smelled strongly of herb) and didn't bat an eye. Much more enjoyable to have than a drink, didn't have to worry about my stomach getting upset on space mountain because I had one too many whiskeys.

2) We're planning our next trip to disneyland and intend to bring our good friend molly with us. Lasts longer than drinking, feels better than drinking, and will make the cool lights from the parade and all the other shows 10x more awesome.

None of these options require $25,000 and 10k/year. fark club 33.


+2
 
2012-05-09 09:21:08 PM

Mixolydian Master: what am I getting for $25,000 membership and $10,000 annual fees? I mean, seriously. That makes me want to punch something.


Exclusivity, like any other private club. And the chance to get drunk at Disney Land.
 
2012-05-10 12:03:37 AM
I went several times as a child and never understood why it was such a big deal. I was always appalled that they only gave me a little dish of ketchup instead of the entire bottle I required to consume a hamburger and fries.

/Would love to go as an adult and request a whole bottle of ketchup.
//Not really. Disneyland is depressing.
 
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