Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Journey to Club 33: Part 2

               Part Two: My wife and I were so stoked to go to Club 33. We wanted to dress up for this special occasion. I bought a new tie specifically to wear to the club and my wife bought a  new dress. We were looking pretty suave I must say.
I clean up pretty well. Check out my mickey tie!
My wife in her new dress. This was taken outside our old house in Huntington Beach. What a hotty!
                 Once we were dressed it was off to the park! We arrived at the park and walked to New Orleans Square. We turned down Royal Street and got to the Club 33 entrance... we were pants peeing excited at this point. We stopped to pose for a photo in front of the entrance. The 33 logo plaque is behind my arm.

                   To get into the club you have to press a secret button next to the door and announce your arrival to the hostess. If you have a reservation they will push a button inside that allows the door to open. My wife pushed the intercom button and waited. After what seemed like an eternity we heard a voice asking if we had a reservation. My wife said yes and announced her name and that our reservation was for two. After a momentary pause we heard the magical buzz and opened the door. Once the door closed behind us the noise of Disneyland was silenced and we entered the magical realm of Club 33.

                    Upon first entering the club you find yourself in the lobby. Everything about the club is ornate and beautiful. The carpet, wallpaper, and artwork on the walls was personally picked out by Lillian Disney when she and Walt went antiquing in New Orleans. But the centerpiece of the lobby is a gorgeous antique french lift which takes you up to the main floor of the club. Before we took the lift upstairs we stopped for a photo op.

                     Once we got upstairs we were escorted to our table in the main dining room. Continuing with us taking photos of EVERYTHING we posed for photos with the menus.

My wife is adorable
                 On to the food! For lunch, you choose a main entree and there are buffet style appetizers and desserts. When I say "appetizers" I am not talking about potato skins, mozzarella sticks, or nachos. The appetizer buffet included crab legs, shrimp, lobster tails, California artisan cheeses, and fruit. Sadly, we did not get photos of any appetizers... sorry folks. The menu had a couple different choices but my wife and I ordered the same entree, a Chateaubriand fillet Mignon with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, baby heirloom tomatoes, and blanched green and yellow beans with a Cabernet Sauvignon reduction sauce. It was so delicious!

Even the plates have the 33 logo!

               That is part two of our trip to Club 33. In the next installment I will show you all the desserts we tried and take you on a photo tour of the club. Have any questions about Club 33? Leave them in the comments of this blog or send them to me on Twitter @ReelBigDork. Have a great day!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Goodbye Disney!

                  Mine and my wife's Disneyland passes expired yesterday and we will not be renewing in the foreseeable future. So we took one last trip to Disneyland together. We went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion and made a few last purchases of in-park merchandise. But everything we did had a sense of melancholy as this was our "last" time doing these things. As we left the park my wife started to tear up and as a result so did I.
                We have had passes for the last 4 years and have been going to the parks about once a week on average. We will miss going on Disney dates together for fireworks or Fantasmic. But with the price of passes increased by $200 and a baby on the way it just wasn't feasable for us to keep them anymore. Hopefully one day we can afford to get our passes back so we can take our son and instill the love of Disney in him.  I will miss you Disney!

See ya Later Walt and Mickey