From: Carol Koster
Subject: Pt. 21 - Club 33 Inside 1 of 3
Date: 1993-10-10 17:27:31 PST
(This is from Carol:)
Continuing with reports from the 2nd Official Disneyana Convention,
held in Anaheim CA at the Disneyland Hotel, September 14-19, 1993.
Our impressions and experiences of Breakfast at Club 33 at
Disneyland's New Orleans Square.
We gathered at the Disneyland Hotel, hopped a tram, and waited next
to Town Square's City Hall at Disneyland to be escorted foot-parade
style to breakfast at Club 33, tickets in hand, IDs around our
necks. The park was otherwise deserted. It was 7:30 am. My
journalism skills took a holiday, but judging from my photographs
of the interior when people were seated I'd guess approximately 100
people paid /each to be in that number to go marching into the
Happiest Place on Earth for the first meal of the day.
The Disney Channel video crew was there bright and early to capture
every smile, every footfall, and later, nearly every mouthful of this
magic morning. We waved to them and took their pictures, and they
waved back and posed for us as we documented each other for posterity.
Club 33 is next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant. Do you notice all the
plaques with sequential numbers which might be address numbers? Number
33 is Club 33!
The entry foyer is small, but richly decorated with elegant draperies,
wallpaper, a few paintings and some antique furniture. There is a
reception station where guests check in before going upstairs to the
club. A glass elevator (not used for that day's ConventionEARS)
provides access to upstairs for those who find stair-climbing difficult.
Upstairs after you ascend the stairs, you'll see a landing area which
contains the glass elevator stop for that floor and opens into a long
corridor-type room called The Gallery, containing a beveled leaded
glass public telephone booth with telephone inside trimmed in oak
(does a just OK job of shutting out ambient noise for privacy, but
very pretty to look at) and as you face the stairs from The Gallery,
to the left is The Trophy Room, a dark red room which at one time had
been filled with hunting trophies and is one of two dining rooms used
for our brunch. Leaving The Trophy Room, as you walk down The Gallery
a short ways you'll find the rest rooms on your left and Lounge Alley
on your right (a wide foyer where the food buffet was served), and
beyond Lounge Alley is The Main Dining Room (or banquet room), the
other dining area of Club 33.
This dining room had the look of an elegant French Quarter townhouse
parlor. On two walls were a series of floor to ceiling windows which
could open to the balcony facing the park, over which were still more
decorative windows with leaded glass designs. This is typical New
Orleans architecture. The purpose for the windows and the walls
beneath them to open as they do is for increased air circulation in a
tropical climate and to provide access to the outside balcony to enjoy
panoramic views and catch outside breezes. At Disneyland, due to
forced perspective, these windows are not as tall as what you'll find
in New Orleans, and the exterior balcony is somewhat narrower. Inside
the dining room, wall sconces provided soft yellow light. Paintings,
many of them original, grace the walls.
There were several tables of eight diners each. We were seated and
coffee, tea and juices were served. The orange juice was fresh
squeezed. At each place setting was a black plate, edged in gold and
with the Club 33 insignia in gold. Several of us picked up the plates
to inspect the back side, but I didn't record the name of the china
manufacturer who supplied the plates. Rich noticed that this
ceremonial plate had a warning on its back to not eat from it, probably
due to something like lead in it or else to keep its finish looking
good. At each place setting were some small token souvenirs: A Club
33 matchbook and a Club 33 ball point pen, still wrapped in plastic.
The matchbook is black, trimmed with gold scroll work and a small Club
33 logo on the left fold of the opening cover, and a larger gold logo
one the back with gold lettering "Club 33 Disneyland ®" (R for
registered trademark). The ball point pen is slim, black, gold Club 33
logo and gold pocket clip, you twist the barrel of the pen to get the
ink point to come out or retract.
The wait staff removed the ceremonial top plate, and we were told it
was our section of the dining room's turn to help ourselves at the
buffet, done to prevent crowded conditions at the food tables and make
the business of getting breakfast as smooth and comfortable as possible.
We enjoyed our conversation with our table mates, two other couples
from rec.arts.disney (Michael and Judith Tuchman of Washington D.C.,
Kevin and Karen Healy) and another couple with whom we all chatted
pleasantly about varied Disney and Disney collectible topics (on
collectibles subjects, we mostly listened).
The food and service were terrific. Certainly the food was as good
as anything comparable in the great restaurants of New Orleans. It
was unusual to see lamb chops and vegetables on the menu so early
in the morning, but otherwise everything was very well presented and
flawlessly cooked. We treated it as the brunch it was meant to be
and didn't eat again until quite late that night.
(Continued in next message.)
* "A dinner here is never second best!"