Dining in Disneyland: Review of 1901 Lounge in Disney California Adventure

When standing in front of Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure, you will notice three entrance doors. The two on the left lead you into the restaurant while the one on the right takes you somewhere very, very special.

Carthay Circle Restaurant Marquee

Atmosphere

1901, a private lounge reserved for Club 33 Platinum Members and their guests, is perhaps one of the most tranquil spots in all of Disney California Adventure. A variety of eats and treats are served here, which are also served at Carthay Circle Lounge (a spot that all park guests can access — no membership needed there).

With a simple 1901 plaque at its entrance, behind the door is a spectacular space filled with historic mementos that Walt himself would’ve probably chosen to put on display.

1901 Entrance Plaque

As with Carthay Circle Restaurant, when you walk into 1901, you are immediately taken back to the 1930’s. The colors, decor and furniture are inviting, almost as if you are walking into someone’s home. 

The lounge is divided into two areas.

The hallway that divides the room in two.

On one side of the room you’ll find comfy couches surrounded by some chairs, loveseats, and a few little [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 27, 2012

Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bars at Clarabelle's Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure

We’re so excited for the latest Disney Food News, and for the news we KNOW is coming!!

Can’t wait to share some great info with you this week; but in the meantime, check out the great news we heard about last week — including a sneak peek at the sweet treats that will be offered at Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street when it opens June 15th!

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest happening in the Disney Food World this week!

  • The Epcot Food and Wine Festival will end on November 12 (not the 11th!), according to the latest schedule. We’ll watch for further updates!
  • A new Vegan Marketplace will debut at the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World this year!
  • Enter to win great prizes in our new DFB Guide Contest! Details here…
  • Buena Vista Street will open in Disney California Adventure with lots of new shops, including some sweet treats at Clarabelle’s Ice Cream and Trolley Treats!
  • The Mad T Party debuted in Disney California Adventure on May 25th. We’ll have a review on the DFB soon!
  • The construction walls are officially down on Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure!

We’ve got more food news (including a NEW food tent at Typhoon Lagoon) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast Episode 4 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce that the fourth episode of our brand new podcast has been released! You can catch it over on itunes, stitcher, or on DFBPodcast.com!

In this episode of the Disney Food Blog’s DFB Podcast, we cover the latest Disney Food News, discuss some Disney restaurants with exceptional atmosphere and themeing, answer a few reader questions, and reveal the answer to our controversial Episode 3 trivia question (as well as give you a brand new trivia question)!

And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

On To The Round-Up

StudiosCentral.com names the top five pool bars at Disney World!

DisneyContemporary.com visits the Outer Rim for a cocktail.

Main Street Gazette has some pub grub at Rose & Crown.

WESH takes you on several Downtown Disney date night options – great for any budget! And, written by yours truly. ;-)

Mouse on the Mind shares breakfast at an unexpected location – Pizzafari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Etsy sells Disney Parks Treats Inspired Printable Art Designs. Adorable 8×10 designs ready to customize for WDW and Disneyland fans!

Stuff From The Park shares a vintage menu from Disneyland’s Red Wagon Inn.

Disney Parks Blog gives us a peak at new cocktail glasses at Disneyland Hotel’s Trader Sam’s!

Club 33 Policy Changes…and Introducing Club 1901

Club 33 Sign

The Mouseplanet column in USA Today recently brought to my attention some proposed Club 33 policy changes, along with the mention of Club 1901, the new VIP lounge that will be built into the Carthay Circle Theater in the new Disney California Adventure revamp.

Club 33 Policy Changes

Proposed changes for Disneyland’s famously exclusive, members-only Club 33 are causing a stir. The Club offers different levels of personal and corporate membership, and most of the policy updates center around changing the levels.

According to the article, the Gold membership (estimated $3,600 annual dues) for the club will be phased out in 2012, leaving only the new Platinum membership (estimated $10,000 annual dues). The differences in the membership levels are significant not only in price, but also in what you get for your money:

Reported Platinum Membership Benefits
Premier Annual Pass (admission to all parks at both Disney World and Disneyland)
Four Additional Premier Annual Passes for family and friends
Access to Club 1901, the new VIP lounge in Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure (see more details below)
Book up to 5 VIP guided tours per year

Reported Gold Membership Benefits
Annual Pass to Disneyland Resort
(These members LOSE the past benefit of admission for a guest into the park for the day when not dining at Club 33)
(These members do NOT receive additional annual passes)
(These members do NOT have access to Club 1901)

Existing Gold level members will have the chance to upgrade to Platinum. All new Club 33 members will be required to join at the Platinum level.

In addition to the membership level changes the following policies may also change in 2012:

  • Free valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel is now offered only when the member is dining at Club 33
  • When dining at Club 33, members may still request guest passes for those dining with them. However, regular members are now limited to 50 guest passes per year; corporate members are limited to 100 passes. Once the allocated guest passes have been used, members can purchase additional tickets at a 20 percent discount.

The official club member booklet will be released in a few days. Until then, these changes are just “proposed” and may or may not come to fulfillment.

Club 1901

Over the past two years, we’ve reported about a VIP Club/Restaurant in the Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure; and Disney execs mentioned [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 21, 2011

Cupcakes at the D23 Expo

We’re having a great time gathering all the news from the D23 Expo! See some of the latest below…

Latest Disney Food News

We’ve got more news coming out today, so stay tuned!

Reminder: The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Now Available!

Our guide includes over 130 pages of information about this year’s Festival! It’s written as a planning guide for veterans of the festival and those visiting for the first time!

One of our favorite bonus items is a daily schedule to help you plan your most delicious adventures!

You can get your own copy of our new mini-guide here! Remember to use code CHEF for $2 off the regular price! ;-)

On to the Round-Up!

Daveland takes us back in time to the Contemporary’s Top of the World. See more photos here.

Main Street Gazette reminds us that ordinary WDW food is special too! Root beer floats!

Gorillas Don’t Blog show us vintage popcorn boxes!

MSNBC Food And Wine gives a culinary shout-out to Disney dining! You might want to check out the slide show to see some familiar photos from one of your favorite food blogs… ;-)

The Disney Blog shows us the changes made in the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue song due to a copyright issue.

Disney Parks Blog begins a new series highlighting the beautiful cakes made at WDW. Yes, bake me a cake, too!

Carthay Circle Restaurant and More Food News From D23 Expo

Some exciting (and, unfortunately, vague) news came out of the D23 Expo Disney Parks and Resorts event today! Here’s what we heard about food and restaurants:

Carthay Circle Restaurant
As we reported back in 2009, the Carthay Circle Theater replica, which will soon take center stage in Disney California Adventure, will house an exclusive restaurant. Acclaimed Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton is in charge of menu development for this new dining spot, and we expect it to be extremely high end.

Carthay Circle Theater Will House a New Restaurant

Possible Club 33 Program Extension
In fact, in that long-ago reporting, we mentioned that Disneyland was looking to extend its exclusive Club 33 membership program and that the Carthay Circle Restaurant could be a new exclusive club option (“The Carthay Circle Club”, or Triple C). Today, Disney execs again mentioned a teaser about [Read more…]