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Visiting the newly renovated Club 33 and Club 1901

September 26, 2014

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the ultra exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland! I was invited by a wonderful Disney dining columnist who saw my artwork at my Four Seasons residency back in June. The Club has just recently re-oped as it’s gone through complete renovations. How exciting! I feel like such a lucky guest to be able to be one of the first to experience the new Club 33 with such wonderful people.

Club 33 was at the top of my bucket list. The absolute top. Walt Disney built this amazing private club in the 1960′s. After travelling to New York World’s Fair in 1964, Walt Disney noticed the fair had executive lounges and wanted Disneyland to also possess these top notch amenities for visiting dignitaries. He created this alluring and secretive setting, featuring fine cuisine paired with upscale Disney decor. In April 1966, he and his wife Lillain Disney travelled to New Orleans to hand-pick beautiful antiques and furniture. Also still showcased in Club 33 is gorgeous furniture from the actual Walt Disney Company, such as ‘Mary Poppins’ and musical ‘The Happiest Millionaire’.

If you are like me and love Walt Disney history, then visiting Club 33 is like an overwhelming roller coaster ride of the senses. The new Club 33 has been completely renovated and rebranded. When I say they have “rebranded”, I am not just referring to their new logo, I am also referring to their new colour palette which is a lovely, muted shade of blue (I wish I knew the name or even the PANTONE code). This shade of blue is notable because it can be seen from the beginning of the Club 33 experience—the the very front door to the miniature wildflower bouquet on each dining room table. Yes, Disney found a flower that was the exact shade of their new brand colour(!!!) Incredible! If you thought Disneyland was detailed, they have turned it up in Club 33. I was extremely impressed with this brand consistency. The attention to detail is incredible, and I need to emphasize this plays into why I keep on going back to the Disney Parks. Gorgeous detail and beauty for no particular reason, save for that wonderfully important reason that those qualities are the very thing that sets Disney Parks apart from any other park or holiday destination. It’s so important for me as an artist to experience gorgeous atmosphere and the beauty of discovering the little details.

I should also mention that I brought along my new Cheshire Cat paining ‘Seeing the Invisible’. I wanted to show my friend my painting and, well Cheshire Cat kept on photobombing Club 33!

My Cheshire Cat painting, photobombing the guest book. Can you see my signature?

My Cheshire Cat painting, photobombing the guest book. Can you see my signature?

I hope you enjoy my pics of the dining room and the new expansion above the French Market Restaurant—the Jazz Lounge. We also had the chance to visit Club 1901 in California Adventure Park! This Club was even more exclusive and had a 1930′s authentic feel of what it would be like to be Walt in the 1930′s. They even had Walt Disney’s fav drinks at the ready! Club 1901 is only open to those with Platinum Memberships and their guests.

Grand staircase at the Court of Angels

Grand staircase at the Court of Angels

Lillian Disney's antique harpsichord.

Lillian Disney’s antique harpsichord just outside the dining room.

One of the pieces that Walt and Lillian Disney picked out in New Orleans for the club!

One of the pieces that Walt and Lillian Disney picked out in New Orleans for the club!

Original artwork of Disneyland before it was even open.

Original artwork of Disneyland before it was even open.

This talking Turkey Vulture saved from the old Club 33 refused to speak to me.

This talking Turkey Vulture saved from the old Club 33 refused to speak to me.

 

The entrance to the Washroom

The entrance to the Washroom

Nothing wrong with a washroom selfie

Nothing wrong with a washroom selfie

 

The main dining room window

The main dining room window

 

 

I am loving their new logo

I am loving their new logo

 

Watermelon salad to start

Watermelon salad

 

Entering the jazz lounge

Entering the jazz lounge

Jazz Club clearly inspired by Princess and the Frog

Jazz Club clearly inspired by Princess and the Frog

Do you recognize this? Train station next to Haunted Mansion

Do you recognize this? Train station next to Haunted Mansion

Haunting paintings with the gorgeously, rich colour scheme, are everywhere

Haunting paintings with the gorgeously, rich colour scheme, are everywhere

Walt's lift he had made for the original Club 33

Walt’s lift he had made for the original Club 33

Original Marc Davis sketch (I'm excited now!). Must be of Alice - his wife!

Original Marc Davis sketch (I’m excited now!). Must be of Alice – his wife!

Wonderful bartender Beth is making us an Absinthe cocktail

Wonderful bartender Beth is making us an Absinthe cocktail

 

This is Club 1901 in California Adventure Park! This is my fav bar in the world now. We were the only ones in the entire bar.

This is Club 1901 in California Adventure Park! This is my fav bar in the world now. We were the only ones in the entire bar.

Pictures of Walt are everywhere. It is beautiful and haunting

Pictures of Walt are everywhere. It is beautiful and haunting

More Walt photos and his belongs perhaps

More Walt photos and his belongings on the shelves above, perhaps

Maquettes from Fantasia on display for Platinum members

Maquettes from Fantasia on display for Platinum members

Original Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals

Original Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals

James, the bartender teaches a lesson in physics with his compressed ice trick!

James, the bartender teaches a lesson in physics with his compressed ice trick!

Charging my phone. Phone chargers at every chair!

Charging my phone. Phone chargers at every chair!

This shadow is a depiction of Walt Disney. It moves and walks around so you can see his height and profile and characteristics of his movement. Very lifelike!

This shadow is a depiction of Walt Disney. It moves and walks around so you can see his height and profile and characteristics of his movement. Very lifelike!

Do you have any questions about Club 33 or 1901? I’d love to help address any questions or curiosities you may have!

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