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Review: D23′s “Off the Map” Event with Dinner at Club 33

When I heard about D23′s Off the Map event, I made sure to be home when tickets went on sale. A visit to the Disneyland Dream Suite, touring Walt’s Apartment, a ride on the Lilly Belle, and a super surprise dinner at one of the resort’s most unique restaurants (hmmmm, wonder where that could be)? Sign. Me. Up. 

I sat down at my computer at about 9:50am, tickets would be available starting at 10:00am. I literally sat and refreshed for 10 minutes straight. Yes, I’m that nerdy.  It paid off, because at exactly 10:01 (according to my computer’s clock) I had two tickets in my shopping cart and was checking out, credit card in hand.  By the time I finished checking out, the event had sold out. I was surprised that they went so fast, but I then realized that it must be a very small and obviously sought after event.

NOTE: This review is long and has lots of pictures of awesome things. There’s a whole meal and a snack in the write-up (of course, this is the Disney Food Blog), but we couldn’t help including pics of the rest of the tour as well! I hope you enjoy!

Checking In

We checked in at 9:00am on a Tuesday morning and were put into groups. We soon met with our uber fabulous D23 guide, Jeffrey (you may know him as the Disney Geek)!

Guess Who???

This is where we learned that there were only 72 tickets sold for the event and that it sold out in 30 seconds. Wow, so lucky to have scored two!  The crowd was very mixed, the age range spanned from teen to senior and some people traveled from across the country to be here.  We had 11 people in our group; most were southern California Disneyland locals, others were from Las Vegas, and there was one all the way from Georgia (Hi Andy!).

Off the Map Check In

Our group was scheduled to go to Walt’s Apartment at 10:30, so we had a bit of time to kill. Disneyland had just opened at 10:00, so it was fun to watch the park “wake up” as the horse drawn carriages emerged, characters came running from backstage, and the Disneyland Band marched right in front of us.  We met our apartment tour guide outside of the Disneyland Fire Department promptly at 10:30.

Disneyland Fire Department

Touring Walt’s Apartment in Disneyland

After given some history of Walt’s Apartment, we walked backstage and headed up the stairs (holding the handrail like we were asked) and entered the Victorian style apartment. Immediately I noticed the musty smell and got goosebumps knowing that I was in a room that Walt Disney spent many a night in, entertaining friends, playing with his grandchildren, and looking out the window smiling down on all of his “guests” enjoying what he’d created.

A photo we were given by D23, recently found & added to the Disney Archives.

I look at that lamp in the window from the street below every time I enter the park.  And there I was standing right in front of it, only this time, from the inside.

Walt's Lamp, From the Inside

We were told there would only be one photo op in the apartment, near the lamp, which stays lit in honor of Walt’s “presence” at the park.  I so wish I could’ve taken more pics to share with you, because it was just amazing to see this very personal side of Walt Disney. 

The apartment is only about 500 square feet, and consists of a living room with two pull out sofa beds (one was Walt’s and one was Lillian’s). There is a small kitchenette with a mini bar type fridge, and cupboards/counters containing the following kitchen supplies (I note these, because we all love food and would want to know what Walt had stocked):

  • Original glassware,
  • PINK frying pans,
  • a clear glass water pitcher,
  • white coffee mugs, and
  • two glass baby bottles that were used for the grandchildren.
  • Walt’s original sandwich maker (looked like a panini maker), cloth cord and all. Apparently he made himself his favorite sandwich with it quite often: a simple grilled cheese.
  • A “Tom and Jerry” drink serving set. Not the cat and mouse you’re thinking of, but a holiday drink invented in the 1850′s consisting of egg, rum, milk, brandy & other spices. AJ says it’s still very popular where she grew up.
  • An old metal orange juicer, because Walt loved fresh squeezed orange juice.

We were told that even though cast members kept him stocked with fresh oranges, he still preferred to go down to the Sunkist Citrus House to use the fancy automatic squeezer they had.  This was also an excuse for him to go and mingle with guests! 

After being shown around the living room, we headed out to the balcony that overlooks Town Square, and then peeked into the tiny dressing/shower/bathroom area.  If you want to take a peek for yourself, there are images online, but I’m not a rule breaker, so you’ll have to find those own your own. In the photo below you can see Walt’s pull out couch.

Our Only Photo Opp

Besides the obvious foodie facts, my favorite story about Walt’s apartment was why the hole for the fire pole was plugged up.  Originally the fire pole went from the apartment down to the fire station so that the grandchildren could use it to get into the park quickly.  …That was until one day when a young guest shimmed up into Walt’s apartment for a surprise visit. Can you imagine???

Bengal Barbecue Snack

We had about 30 minutes in between our tour of the apartment and the Dream Suite, so we stopped for a little snack at the Bengal Barbecue.  The snack was not part of the D23 event; we decided on our own to kill the time here. 

I am excited to say that I finally had my first Jalapeno Cheese Stuffed Pretzel, while my husband munched on some bacon wrapped asparagus.

Jalapeno Cheese Filled Pretzel & Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Normally I am not a spicy fan, but the cheese in this is more of a creamy cheese, not nacho type cheese; and it’s not at all too spicy. It’s really flavorful actually, and I loved the baked Parmesan cheese on the pretzel surface as well.

We weren’t huge fans of the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus (GASP!). The bacon was undercooked and tasted sort of like liquid smoke.  Look for my full review of Bengal Barbeque coming very soon.  Ok, you still with me? On to the Dream Suite…

Ready. Set. Dream Suite!

Disneyland Dream Suite Tour

The Dream Suite entrance is actually not at the sign shown above. There’s an elevator, which you may have seen in the Pirates of the Caribbean queue, that takes you up to the suite. 

Once you exit the elevator, there is a door that leads to a hallway, which leads to another door. Complicated right?  Anyhow, when you first enter, the master bedroom is located directly on your right.  This room is “Adventure” land themed and featured a gorgeous bedroom set complete with a canopy bed and a “Goodnight Kiss” surprise.

Master Suite Bed

Bedside Table & Lamp

Master Bedroom Vanity

Now for that goodnight kiss. Our guide told us that Walt was very fond of good night kisses, so each room in the Dream Suite has a special “Goodnight Kiss” switch that makes something magical happen. 

"Goodnight Kiss" Button

In this room, when the button is pushed, you start to hear waterfall noises and slight giggles, and the painting above the bed turns from scenery to a mermaid-filled lagoon. 

Pre "Goodnight Kiss"

Mermaids in the Lagoon

The lighting also changes and you see some special Pirate Ship shadows on the walls. It’s amazing.

Shadows on the Wall

How could it get better than this? Well it does. Let me take you to the bathroom where you will find a giant tiled tub, a beautiful stained glass window, and the Good Night Kiss that gives you the ultimate bath time: 30 minutes of night sky with twinkling stars above you! There’s even a Mickey Constellation (which I didn’t get a pic of, sorry).

Stained Glass Window Above the Bathtub

Tub Tiling

 

I was too busy exploring the nearby Main St. closet, which was inspired by the decor of Main St. USA. This closet is my dream closet. Just beautiful.

The Main Street Closet. I want.

Shelving Complete with Hats and Extra Bedding

Me in the closet. Isn't' the wallpaper gorgeous?

On to the parlor for more fantasticness. The parlor is very “princess” based. The room is a lovely blue color and features glass figurines, a pretty glass slipper, a gorgeous painted mirror, and murals of the two castles that inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland: Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and the Chateau d’ Usse in France. 

Panoramic Parlor View

Figurines including the lit up glass slipper, in the Parlor.

Neuschwanstein Castle Mural

Chateau d' Usse Mural

In this room you will also find a gorgeous chandelier, a magical fireplace, and one of the “birdcages” that inspired the tiki room and other animal animatronics.

Parlor Chandelier

Magical Fireplace with "Digital" Flames & Fireworks

Reverse Painted Mirror; painted like an animation cell, small details first, mirror coating last.

Antique "Animatronic" Bird Cage

There’s also a clock that magically turns from “plain” to themed when you press the “Goodnight Kiss” button!

Parlor Clock Pre "Goodnight Kiss"

"Goodnight Kiss" Cinderella Themed Clock

"Goodnight" Kiss Tiki Room Themed Clock

After the gloriousness of the parlor, we headed to the second bedroom in the Dream Suite: The Frontierland Room.  This room features two twin beds and is decked out in wild west decor that comes to life when you press the Goodnight Kiss button. 

Frontierland Room Panoramic View

Frontierland Room Beds

Bedside Table with Lamp & Phone

Surrounding the entire perimeter of the top of the room is a fun shelf filled with themed decor — the most obvious being a train framed in a display box.  Once the goodnight kiss starts, the train takes off and travels along the shelf all the way around the room.  As it passes different objects they come to life while you enjoy the Disneyland Railroad soundtrack! The same music plays in the room that plays on the ride. Simply amazing to see.

Frontierland Train Coming to Life

From here we went out onto the balcony of the Dream Suite, as it is connected to this room.  The balcony has an amazing view of Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. I so wish I could watch Fantasmic from it!

Wouldn't this be a PERFECT place to view Fantasmic?

After the balcony view we were taken to our final spot of the tour: the enclosed courtyard area.  Here there are lounge chairs, a lovely fountain that features the Disney Family Crest, and fun outdoor lighting that includes “fireflies” like those of the Pirates of the Caribbean.  So, at night, it looks like there are fireflies buzzing about. 

Courtyard Fountain featuring Disney Family Crests

Courtyard Lounge Chairs

In fact, our guide told us that guests often request the lounges be made up into beds so they can sleep in the courtyard. YES, PLEASE. How amazing would that be?

Courtyard Lighting: I can only imagine how pretty it is at night!

At this point, it was time to leave the Dream Suite and go back down the hallway into the real world.  I must find a way to spend the night here. Must.

Exit. Back to the real world.

Lilly Belle VIP Parlor Car Ride on the Disneyland Railroad

Next up is our ride on the Lilly Belle VIP Parlor Car on the Disneyland Railroad. 

The Lilly Belle

Named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian, The Lilly Belle train car can be found making its way around the Disneyland Railroad on most days of the year (she’s not brought out if it’s raining to preserve the carpeted interior from becoming muddy). The Lilly Belle is the former “Grand Canyon” observation train car from Disneyland’s earliest days.  It was converted to this beautiful Victorian Parlor style VIP car during the 1975-1976 American Bicentennial and re-christened the Lilly Belle in Lillian’s honor. 

Boarding the Lilly Belle

Our Lilly Belle Guide, Fred

Lilly Belle Interior

The car features velvet seats, including a “love seat” for two; images of Walt & Lillian; glass knick knacks; flower arrangements; books; and even one of Lillian’s robes displayed on a hanger.  There are beautiful light fixtures, and there’s even a guest book you can sign, which of course we did!  A cast member stays in the car with you and talks about the train’s history while you circle the park.

Walt & Lillian's Photo

Light Fixtures and Stained Glass Windows

Beautiful Light Fixture, Love the Detail.

Me looking like a total dork, but that is Lillian's Robe hanging there!

Guest Book

The Lilly Belle IS open to the public. In order to ride, you must head straight to the Main Street Train Station at park opening to ask about getting a seat (it’s pretty popular). If the car is out for the day, you can sign up for a time slot to come back and ride. There is no extra fee and you even get a cool souvenir if you ride: Lilly Belle tickets!

Lilly Belle Souvenir Tickets

What a morning, right? The trifecta of Disneyland gems! 

Once our ride around the park was complete, most of our group disembarked the Lilly Belle to break for lunch and spend a few hours touring the park on their own. The cast member told us we could stay on and take another spin around the park. Ummm, yes please! I couldn’t believe everyone left but my husband, myself and two others from our group. We had a pretty good chunk of alone time to kill until the surprise dinner meet up at 6:00, so I was happy to stay on the Lilly Belle until someone forced me off.

Club 33 Dinner

At 6:00, all 72 of us promptly met back at the Mark Twain on the Rivers of America for a walk to our group photo spot.  We still weren’t officially told where dinner would be, but due to the “dress code” and fact that there would be “adult” beverages involved with dinner, I was 99.9% sure we were going to Club 33

All day long we had a running joke that Corn Dog Castle would be our destination for dinner, since that was the “On the Map” favorite place I chose during group introduction that morning (yes, I was the only one to pick food over an attraction for my favorite spot). 

Photos shot, we walked just around the corner where our lovely D23 reps rang “the” doorbell. Yep! It’s official — dinner at Club 33. It was pretty awesome to see the excitement on the faces of those who have never been behind the mysterious green door. 

Club 33 Sign

Club 33 Doorbell

We were just a few minutes early, and if you know Club 33, that is a no-no. So we waited outside until it was 6:30 on-the-dot and then we were let in.  Most of the restaurant (the entire main dining room and the corridor where the bar is) was reserved for our group.  The only seating are we did not use was the Trophy Room, which was reserved for members that night. You can see a detailed tour of the restaurant and the Trophy Room here.

Once inside, up the stairs to the main dining room we went.  The first thing I noticed (besides the 5,000 glasses placed on each table) was that the table settings had a special little something extra on them: A fun booklet describing our day as well as a souvenir Club 33 wine glass filled with yummy Club 33 mint chocolates.

Place Setting

You think this is enough glassware?

Booklet Tour Info Pages

AND…. In the booklet was also our menu for the night, which included wine parings.  Just to mix it up and be able to have a variety of food photos, I went “Off the Map” for the vegetarian option.

Dinner Menu

The seating was not reserved, so it was nice that we could choose our own tables and sit with our new buddies from the day’s events. Our group chose one of the long dining tables and 9 of the 11 of us sat together for a really fun meal.  Bread service was already on the table and the wine was immediately flowing.

Bread Basket

I passed on bread tonight, but I’ve had the bread and butter here before; it’s fantastic. AND I love that the butter isn’t served cold and hard, so it’s very easy to spread. 

First up was the Amuse Bouche: a pistachio crusted scallop with aged goat cheese and candied Kalamata olives.  My husband is not normally a goat cheese fan, but he said the flavor was actually quite mild and he really enjoyed the scallop dish.

Pistachio Crusted Scallop

My vegetarian option came out with the scallops and I was super excited to hear it was an artichoke puff dish. I love artichokes!

Artichoke Puff with Asparagus & Candied Olives

This dish was fantastic. Smooth and creamy with sides of asparagus tips that were cooked to perfection.  Normally I do not eat olives under any circumstances. I had a very bad experience (ate a whole can of black olives, that’s all I will say) with them as a child and cannot stomach them to this day. 

However, when the dish was put in front of me I did not realize that these were olives. The were hard and crunchy and I really didn’t know what they were, so I ate them.  To my surprise, they were actually quite good. Crunchy and salty, they accompanied the rest of the dish well.  I remain solid, though, on my decision to never eat a black olive again.

Artichoke Puff Close Up

Our first course was already vegetarian, so we all had the same dish: Local asparagus croquette with Oregon mushroom ragout and caramelized fennel froth. My best words to describe this dish? It was like a warm, crispy, asparagus-filled Twinkie…and it was delicious. 

Asparagus Croquette

Asparagus Croquette Close Up

The croquette was also served with a bundle of white asparagus that was really interesting.  It was served cold and was held together with a gelatin like substance.  Also very tasty, but I am an asparagus lover.  There were several people at are table who weren’t going for this portion of the dish. 

A glass of Fess Parker Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2009 was served with out first course.

White Asparagus Bundle Close Up

Up next for the second course was Cabernet Braised Short Rib with Confit of Cipollini, Peruvian Potato, and Red Beet Quenelle, which I really didn’t get a great photo of.  Although he did enjoy it, I think my husband would have rather been eating Club 33′s famous Chateaubriand!

Cabernet Braised Short Rib

The vegetarian option for the first course was some sort of layered veggie dish with beet, potato, onion, and green beans.  Honestly, when I asked the waiter, he told me it was a “Beet Dish.”  I’m still not sure what the veggies on top were, but all in all the dish was fantastic. 

The sauce was sweet and the mixture of textures and flavors was very nice. I even ate my pearl onion, which was a perfect match for the green beans. 

Our second course was served with a glass of Summerland Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2010.

Beet Something or Other...

The dessert served up for our third course was absolutely amazing. Valrhona Chocolate Terrine, Aerated Banana Panna Cotta with Caramel Fleur de Sel Sabayon.  Sounds heavenly, right?  Well it was. Here you go, from the frontside to the backside.

Valrhona Chocolate Terrine Frontside

Valrhona Chocolate Terrine Backside

This dessert was SO rich; the chocolate was amazing and smooth. In fact, it was so rich, I could only handle a few bites. I know, I know. (Editor’s Note: We have to give Heather a break since she’s not a “chocolate girl.” Had I been there, that plate would have been clean. But I wouldn’t have eaten the beets, so she gets props for that.)

The Aerated Banana Panna Cotta with Caramel Fleur de Sel Sabayon situation, though? I could’ve eaten a whole plate of that. I really would have been ecstatic with a bowl of it. 

I love anything banana, and this was seriously an amazing accompaniment. The candied walnuts also rocked my world. So delish. 

Valrhona Chocolate Terrine Close Up

Dessert came with a very sweet glass of Batasiolo, Moscato d’Asti, Italy 2008. If you’d like to see even more Club 33 food photos, you can see them here.

Ending the Event

After dinner, it was time to head out.  By now it was after 9:00 and the park was closed.  Back down the stairs we went, but the magic of this D23 event was not over yet. 

A special goodie bag was waiting for us at the door: a Club 33 bag with a treasure inside. Some new photos were recently discovered at the Disney Archives, and one of them features Walt Disney looking down from his apartment window at his guests below.  Along with our chocolate-filled wine glasses, this photo was matted for us to take home as a souvenir.

A Parting Surprise

Off the Map Guest Gifts

Because Disneyland had already closed for the evening, we had to have a Club 33 Cast Member escort us out of the park. Walking through Disneyland while closed was amazing. The lights lit, the music playing, but not a person in sight.  Very cool.

Main Steet USA. Empty.

As we exited the park and walked past the Disneyland Fire Station, I looked up at the light shining in Walt’s Apartment and thought to myself, “I’ve been up there! How freaking cool is that!?!”

Overall

The Off the Map event was truly a magical day.  I feel so lucky to have been able to purchase 2 of those 72 coveted tickets.  And in all honestly, the price of $250 was a steal.  Dinner at Club 33 alone, especially with drinks, sets you back at least $150 a person. Dinner, plus the gifts and all of the amazing places we got to visit? Priceless. 

One person in your party must be a D23 member to purchase event tickets.  For more information on becoming a member of D23, you can visit their websitePlease note that we paid for our own tickets, and I was not compensated by Disney in any way to write this post or review this tour.

Here’s our group picture, which, by the way, is totally embarrassing. Those two jerks throwing up “23″ hand signs? That’s my husband & me. Seriously, they took like 10 pics and I SWEAR we were not doing that in every photo.

Group Photo (Just noticed that the date says January, but last Tuesday was March!)

D23 is hoping to offer the tour again in the future, and although my guess is that prices will rise a bit, D23 will do it’s best to make this event somewhat affordable for its loyal fans.

Are you a D23 member? Have you had the chance to attend any of their special events? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

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33 Comments

  1. venessa says:

    I have no words for this amazing article. NONE WHAT SO EVER! Thank you for posting it!

  2. Matt says:

    this was amazing, thank you for sharing your wonderful experience!! How I would love to have the chance to see all of those sites first hand

  3. Sara says:

    That seriously sounds like the coolest experience ever!! Thank you for sharing all of the parts of your tour!

  4. Bill White says:

    I’m sure every comment will consist of people raving about how amazing this tour is, and mine will be no exception. Incredible.

  5. Sounds wonderful, and like D23 has finally really gotten the hang of holding events.

  6. What an incredible day!

  7. Alice McNutt Miller says:

    What an amazing day you had! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. marcellina says:

    Wow!!!! What a perfect Disney day! The dream suite?!? I *love* the goodnight kiss buttons! I’m with you.. I HAVE to stay there someday.. and all that gorgeous, amazing food?! Thank you for sharing!!!

  9. Summer says:

    How awesome! How far in advance of the event were the tickets available? I’d be willing to get a D23 membership just for a chance at this…but I’d have to travel for it so would need a decent amount of planning time :)

  10. Heather Sievers says:

    @Vanessa – Glad you enjoyed it!

    @Matt – It was incredible to see those places in person!

    @Sara – It was! So happy you liked the post!

    @Bill – Thanks for your kind words!

    @Beth – It was awesome and very well organized.

    @Deej – So incredible!

    @Alice – You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it!

    @Marcellina – The goodnight kiss buttons/effects in each room were so incredible!

    @Summer – The event was announced a bit further out, but the tickets went on sale just a month before the event. Totally worth a trip out here!

  11. Tom Bricker says:

    We were in town for “One More Disney Day” and debated extending our trip a day to participate in this. But, the OMDD trip was already a spontaneous trip and taking another day off of work might have been pushing it a bit. We’ve been to Club 33, so the big draws were Walt’s Apartment and the Dream Suite.

    I’m almost disappointed that I saw this review. I now wish we would have extended the trip!

  12. Shayne says:

    What an amazing day!! How does one get to stay overnight in the Dream Suite?

    The Lily Belle looks incredible. I’d love to ride it one day and have made a note to try to do so on our next trip.

    We used to be D23 members, but living in Texas, we didn’t have easy access to any of the events, so let our membership lapse. :(

  13. Michele says:

    I actually had a ticket to this but ultimately had to give it up. I couldn’t make it work though I longed to!

    The review is wonderful and so are the pictures. I’ve only been on Lilly Belle, so the rest of it would have been a dream come true. :-)

    Thank you for writing it!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Great review, everything looks wonderful!

    Now on to more important matters…what color nail polish are you wearing in these photos?

  15. Tracy says:

    Fantastic review. I got goosebumps just seeing the photo of Walt looking out the window and reading your descriptions. What a nice little slice of history they keep there in his apartment.

  16. Dawn says:

    I have to ask… Were there “single riders” at this event. I didn’t even attempt tickets because I didn’t want to feel like an odd man out. My husband would LOVE to go but someone has to watch the littles :)

  17. Mike says:

    It’s nice that your group got the photo opportunity. Our group didn’t. We were allowed one group picture and that was it. I wish D23 would get their act together and make sure everyone on their tours gets exactly the same thing. Other than that we were happy with the event. But, sure would have liked a picture of just my wife and myself in the apartment.

  18. Heather Sievers says:

    @Tom – Hopefully you can make it out to the next one!

    @Shayne – You will love the Lilly Belle, hope you get to ride it on your next trip.

    @Michele – What a bummer! Maybe you can come to the next event!

    @Elizabeth – Glad you liked it! HAHA! The nail polish is by Essie, not sure of the name though. Just picked it out at the nail salon ; )

    @Dawn – YES! There were actually several people there alone. One in our group came all the way from Georgia alone.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Heather…I will be on the lookout! :-)

  20. Heather Sievers says:

    @Mike – After hearing all of the other groups talk about the photo opp in Walt’s apartment, I think we just got “lucky.”

  21. Jenny says:

    What a wonderful experance. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    :)

  22. Heather Sievers says:

    @Elizabeth – Good luck with your nail polish hunt!

    @Jenny – Of course, glad you liked the post!

  23. JoAnn says:

    What an awesome event. Did that price include park admission?

  24. Heather Sievers says:

    @JoAnn – So glad I could share it here on DFB! Unfortunately it did not, but most attendees were annual pass holders.

  25. Essie says:

    I’m pretty new to this site, but I’m really enjoying it. This article alone is such a treat. the tour of Walt’s apartment, the Dream Suite and the Lillie Belle train were wonderful to see. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with others.

  26. Heather Sievers says:

    @Essie – Welcome! Glad you found us!

  27. Amy Daniels says:

    What a fantastic day! I’m so jealous!

    The last photo of the lit lamp actually bought a tear to my eye!

    Amazing!

  28. Wow, that sounds like an awesome day! I have to tip my hat to you for giving such a wonderful review of the dining experience at Club 33. I’m bummed that the “buzz” around Club 33 is the whole “the one place you can get booze in Disneyland” thing. I’ve been there a few times and the food is out of this world! Thanks for showing that side of it!

  29. Heather Sievers says:

    @Amy – Thanks for your kind words! It was a fantastic day!

    @Derek – The only bummer about the night was a prefixed menu, but I definitely understand why this is necessary with a large group. I LOVE the mac n’ cheese there, would’ve ordered it in a heart beat. You are right, the food IS fantastic.

  30. Nicole Parfinovics says:

    Oh my word, this was SUCH an amazing post!! Thank you so very much for letting us live vicariously through you!! (Those of us with 18 credit hours and 2 jobs sometimes just don’t have the time to do all of this and to get to experience it this way is ALMOST just as good. You described everything that I would have wanted to see and hear…especially the parts about the Goodnight Kisses in the suites!!) Do you know if the Disney Fan Club has ever done an event like this before with the Club 33 thing?? It’s been my dream for as long as I’ve known about Club 33 to dine there for my 33rd Birthday, which is coming up this summer and I’d totally join the club if they did this again! (I live in Arizona). Again, thank you so much for your awesome pics and experience!! Coolest EVER!! Totally going to take a ride on the Lilly Belle next time I’m at the park!

  31. Heather Sievers says:

    @Nicole – Glad you enjoyed the post! This was the first time that D23 had a member event at Club 33! It was really a fantastic day. Although I don’t have dates, I was told that they would probably be having another “Off the Map” event in the future. My advice to you is to purchase a membership, only because if the event tickets become available, you want to be able to easily sign into your account. I heard that people who had newly purchased memberships were not “in the system” yet when tickets went on sale and therefore were not able to log in.

  32. Nicole Parfinovics says:

    Oh, wow, good to know!! Did you have to be a certain level of member (i.e. was it available only to Gold or above) to be eligible for the Off the Map event? And I know you mentioned that the Lilly Bell was available to anyone, I had heard (quite some time ago so it may not be true anymore) that anyone could also tour Walt’s apartments, you just had to know to make the reservation for it! Do you have a Twitter account I could follow?? If you don’t, you totally should!! :o) TYSM!!

  33. Heather says:

    @Nicole – Any level D23 member can purchase tix for their events. The Lilly Belle is still available to anyone, but you have to go to the Main Street Train Depot at park opening to sign up for a time to ride. Walt’s apartment is not available to the general public at all. And I am on Twitter! ; ) You can follow me at @DiningInDisney

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