There are secret doors at Disney Parks around the globe that look about as boring as a door can look. But if you get curious and want to see the other side of any of these doors, it’ll cost you a pretty penny–lots and lost of pretty pennies.
For some Disney fans, it’s a dream they feel they’ll never be able to realize. For other fans, there’s nothing on earth about which they could care less. And for still other Disney fans, it’s a concept with which they aren’t yet familiar.
At Disneyland in California, it begins with this grey door–this mundane, vintage-y looking grey door–located in the New Orleans Square section of the park. Though the door is unremarkable, what lies beyond the grey door is something that “remarkable” doesn’t even begin to describe.
So what the heck is in that door–isn’t it just a facade along one of the main thoroughfares?
While it’s true that Disney Parks do use many facades in their parks, this particular door is very real. It’s a working door, and some say it’s like a completely different world inside that door. After all, it’s the doorway to the members-only Club 33 at Disneyland. Look again.
According to DVCShop.com, Club 33 is wildly exclusive and available at most Disney Parks:
“Club 33 is an exclusive club where members are able to enter private dining and lounge areas in almost every Disney park around the world. According to Disney, the Club is named after the address of the original Disneyland Club 33 location, which was 33 Royal Street in New Orleans Square.”
The magic door to Walt Disney World’s Club 33 is even more “hidden” than Disneyland’s, and it’s even more mundane!
Club 33 is steeped in a lot of mystery as well. Not only is it a highly exclusive club, but Disney reportedly has very specific restrictions when it comes to social media use posts about the club. And it’s not the kind of club where you get in because you’re in good with someone on the inside.
On the contrary, membership in Disney’s Club 33 is not only exclusive; it’s very expensive, even by Disney’s standards. For Disneyland Resort’s Club 33, members pay $25,000 upfront and $10,000 every year after that to maintain membership. For Walt Disney World, the upfront cost is higher. Members pay $33,000 to join and the annual fee after that is $15,000.
And even for Guests who don’t bat an eye at the fees, they might just not be lucky enough to get in. There are a limited number of memberships available each year. Some years have more memberships available than others. Guests who dream of becoming Club 33 members start by emailing Club33@WaltDisneyWorld.com for Walt Disney World, and for Disneyland Club 33 memberships, Guests must submit a written letter stating so to this address:
Club 33 Member Services, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
As memberships become available, Guests are contacted by Disney Parks leadership.
So why do people join Club 33? For starters, let’s be honest: some people just love the thought of exclusivity, simply for exclusivity’s sake. In addition to that “perk,” here are a few more perks for Club 33 members (as of summer 2021):
- Annual Park Passes
- 50 single-day admission tickets
- 5 private VIP tours per year
- Set FastPasses during their visit
- Access to all of the exclusive lounges and restaurants
- Exclusive access to Club 33 merchandise
There are several Club 33 locations–multiple ones exist in just the U. S. Disney Parks:
At Disneyland California
- Le Grand Salon Restaurant – New Orleans Square, Disneyland Park
- Le Salon Nouveau – A Jazz Lounge in New Orleans Square, Disneyland Park
- 1901 Lounge – Disney California Adventure
At Walt Disney World in Florida
- Captain’s Quarters – Adventureland, Magic Kingdom
- Constellation Club – American Adventure Pavilion, EPCOT
- Spotlight Lounge – Above The Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Harambe House – Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
So, will you be paying tens of thousands of dollars to open the magic doors at these Disney Parks? Are you a Club 33 member? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!