There’s a secret dining room at one of Disney’s resorts, and while you don’t need to be a member of Club 33 to get in, you’ll definitely need a little luck and a lot of patience, as the venue only seats 13, and as the waiting list for is usually about 12 months long.
It’s no secret that hidden and disguised things are scattered throughout the and . Ok, so maybe they begin as secretive, but it doesn’t take too long for Disney superfans-turned-supersleuths to discover the hidden items at a . At , lightning rods are disguised as a weather vane at the Hall of Presidents attraction at and as spires atop the Hollywood Tower Hotel at . One rod is even disguised as Mickey’s ear at the top of the tower that extends from the Crossroads kiosk at .
At the , there are secret doors that Guests pass by every minute of every day at every inside both Disney Parks Resorts, never knowing they’re there. But they are, and and at it costs Guests tens of thousands of dollars to walk through them.
But Park, and it’s the perfect venue for Disney Foodies of any age. is hiding something else in plain sight at Disney’s
is home to the super-exclusive, super-expensive private, membership-allowed-by-invitation-only Club 33. If you want to visit, you’ll just need to blaze through the Court d’Anges and race up the stairs. You’ll also need an invitation and about $25,000 to get in the door.
Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and sit outside on the private balcony to take in ‘s 21 Royal is another exclusive experience that’s perhaps slightly easier to access; Guests can enjoy a 5-hour, 12-person private dinner inside the apartment suite over the Fantasmic! when it returns.
But another exclusive experience at –though hidden and not well-known–doesn’t cost Guests an arm, a leg, or a membership fee. There’s no entry fee either. But enjoying this experience will cost you some time and patience, as the waiting list to get in this door is about 12 months long.
Disney’s has long been a Guest-favorite spot for “artisanal cuisine inspired by artists” and creative cocktails. fans love the venue’s , but even those who visit often don’t usually know about the secret. at at
Hidden within the walls of the is a tiny place called “The Office,” which opened in 2018 after the refurbishment of and the former Ariel’s Grotto was completed. The Office is hidden behind a door that opens to the back of the restaurant. Through that door and down an old industrial-style hallway, there sits an old bank vault. Guests who want to get a table at “The Office” have to unlock an elaborate mechanism on the vault and crank it open to get inside the venue.
Somehow we ended up in some special secret room called “The Office” at the Lamplight Lounge in California Adventure that normally has a year long waiting list. Walls covered in original drawings by Pixar artists. So cool. pic.twitter.com/RSTMjOcFii
— Dave Lack (@DaveLack) February 27, 2022
According to SFGate, “The Office” is tiny, but it’s uber-interesting:
“Once in, you’re treated to a private dining space that fits up to 13 people. The centerpiece of the room is a large, wooden rectangular table that’s nestled in the corner, surrounded by cozy booth seating and chairs, all outfitted with brown leather. The room’s rusty red walls are adorned with dozens of original black and white sketches by notable Pixar animators, arranged in an only-at-Disney-style gallery wall.
“On the other side of the room is a sitting area with large, leather armchairs and a small table for drinks. Retro board games, like Chinese checkers, are hung decoratively on the wall, but Guests are encouraged to take them down to play. A private balcony, visible from the pedestrian bridge along , is complete with views of the Incredicoaster’s launch. The entire space is intimate.”
But it’s darn near impossible to score the venue. How do other Guests get in?
“I truly lucked out on my first visit to The Office,” shares Beci Mahnken, a regular visitor and a Club 33 member. “I had heard of a secret room from a friend, so when we showed up for our reservation, I simply asked if it was available. To our delight, it was!”
Mahnken says her favorite part of the experience is cracking the code before gaining entrance to the venue.
“You have to crack the code to gain entrance, making it a fun, interactive experience, setting the stage for the story unfolding in front of you,” she explained. “It’s like discovering a speakeasy and knowing the password.”
Miranda Lee couldn’t believe it when she was able to visit in 2018.
“I was visiting  with a group of eight, and we had ,” Lee says. “When we went to check in, they confirmed we had eight people and then escorted us to The Office. It wasn’t until we were walking into a back area of Lamplight that we were told where we were going. We had no idea this special area existed!”
Lee says her favorite thing about The Office is the ability to take it easy on the private balcony and watch the sunset while hearing the sounds of delighted Guests enjoying the park.
Casey Maute visited the and luckily scored a visit to The Office with her party of 10. Hers was one of the first big groups of the day, so she got lucky in that respect.
“Our server recommended the special cocktail that is served only in The Office,” Maute said.
“The Office” is a specialty cocktail, and it’s only available at the exclusive and hidden venue. Guests report that it’s made with Tito’s vodka, watermelon liqueur, berry smoothie mix, and agave. It’s then served in a martini glass with fresh raspberries.
The Office sounds like an amazing place inside ; that is, if you can get in the door.