Rumor: Will Disneyland’s Club 33 Expansion Include Walt Disney World?

The exclusive members-only restaurant, Club 33, in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square will undergo a major expansion in 2014. Disneyland recently announced that Club 33 members will be able to book reservations until January 5, 2014. Now that members have been given access to a Preview Center, we have more details to share!

Led by Imagineer Kim Irvine, Walt’s original vision for the space will be incorporated with new design elements. Changes will include the relocation of the Club’s iconic entrance (the famous door will stay but not be used), foyer, and Parisian elevator.

Club 33 Door

What does this mean for non-members? The beautiful Court of Angels will no longer be accessible to park guests!

The historical Trophy Room will become the restaurant’s kitchen as it currently uses the backstage facilities at the Blue Bayou.

Trophy Room

During the renovation, the main dining room’s [Read more…]

Vintage Disney Matchbooks Part 1: Disneyland

As much as society has changed, there used to be a time when smoking was much more common (In fact, even Walt himself was a smoker; and more often than not, he’d be seen with a cigarette in hand )…and the activity created lots of opportunities for businesses to promote themselves.

Although smoking is not for me, I DO appreciate the gorgeous matchbooks that used to be distributed throughout the Disney Parks.

Vintage Disney Matchbooks

Nearly every single dining establishment, store, “land,” hotel and lounge had its own matchbook – free souvenirs to visiting guests.  I’ve recently stumbled upon (and won) some online auctions for vintage Disney Parks matchbook collections.  I am completely obsessed with their coolness.

The matchbooks I’ve received include everything from early early Disneyland to Disneyland Paris, to Epcot and Pleasure Island in Walt Disney World.  It was so much fun to go through them and sort out the restaurants and lounges to share here on the blog.

Vintage Disneyland Matchbooks

Because there are so many, this will be a three part series divided into Disneyland, Epcot and “Other.” Let’s start in Disneyland!

Disneyland Vintage Matchbooks

Club 33

The Club 33 match book is one of the more recent matchbooks in the collection.  Not sure that it would be considered vintage, but it’s still pretty awesome.

Years ago, personalized match books awaited you at your table when you dined at Club 33, but when a healthier trend started to spread, the matches were replaced mini pads of paper that looked exactly like a matchbook.  This photo though, is an actual matchbook.

Club 33 Matchbook

Plantation House and Red Wagon Inn

The other three matchbooks are much older.  The one below features two restaurants, The Plantation House in Frontierland and the Red Wagon Inn on Main Street USA.

Both restaurants debuted at Disneyland’s grand opening and were operated by Swift Meats.  The Plantation House served up fried chicken dinners for $1.70.  Meals could be enjoyed on the patio of a plantation style home along the Rivers of America.  The Plantation House closed in 1962 to make room for New Orleans Square.

The Red Wagon Inn and Plantation House

The Red Wagon Inn was said to be Walt’s favorite restaurant at Disneyland.  A lovely table service restaurant, The Red Wagon Inn was the most popular place to dine as well as the only restaurant in Disneyland to serve full course dinners. They also served [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 28, 2013

Another awesome trip to Disney World this week!

Mike and Sully on Spaceship Earth!

The highlights included getting to see Mike Wozowski and Sully announce the upcoming 24-hour Disney Day on May 24th…from Spaceship Earth! You can check out my video of the whole #Disney24 Monsters University 24-hour day announcement here!

But we’ve got LOTS more news where that came from. Like new goodies at the Boardwalk Bakery and in Disneyland, wine dinners, and more.

Disney Food News

Let’s take a look at a few of the big news items this week…

And there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board.

Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Michelle B. shared her first visit to Club 33 in Disneyland — “We had such an amazing time!! The dessert buffet (and all the other food) was fantastic! The s’mores dessert and Mickey macaroons were my favorite!”

Anniversary Lunch at Club 33!

Happy Anniversary, Michelle!

Katie S. sent in this gem from Joy of Tea. “It is a mango green tea slush from the Joy of Tea booth in the China pavilion at Epcot. It has a tangy sweet flavor but it is not very overpowering. It is super refreshing and perfect for hot Florida days. It is a must get every time I set foot in Epcot!”

Mango Green Tea Slush!

Thanks for sharing!

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Enjoy "Be Our Guest" Dinnerware at home!

On to the Round-Up

Mickey Fix tempts us with Be Our Guest Dessert Plates now available!

Kevin Kidney features his new mugs, designed for the Tiki Room Anniversary!

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups visits character meals at Walt Disney World!

Gorillas Don’t Blog finds vintage Disney bottle caps!

AllEars shares a new Hidden Mickey at Karamell-Küche in Epcot — courtesy of Steve Barrett!

Daily News Los Angeles dines at Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure!

Running at Disney highlights Landscape of Flavors at Art of Animation Resort.

Main Street Gazette sips an African Starr Mojito at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa.

Dining in Disneyland: Marc Davis Centennial Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion

I recently attended what I’d consider the most awesome dining experience of my life – eating dinner inside of one of my very favorite Disneyland attractions.

That’s right folks, I got to eat dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion.  Dubbed the “Ghostly Retreat,” this special Club 33 event honoring Marc Davis was truly incredible (see details at the end of this post).

Haunted Mansion: "Restaurant" for a Night

Atmosphere

Dinner started out with a ride down the stretching elevator to where we’d be eating.  As the doors opened, we were awestruck when we saw a long table set for 34 in the portrait corridor of the Haunted Mansion.

I literally squealed with delight. It was the most amazing table setting I’ve ever seen. Fresh flowers, gorgeous vases, elegant table ware, goblets to drink from — it was very overwhelming.

Table for 34

From what I could tell, the table was basically a replica of the table in the Haunted Mansion ballroom. Even the plates, goblets & tablecloth looked the same!

After claiming a seat, I joined everyone else in taking a million photos!  Thankfully, we were allowed to use flash, so please don’t get upset with me for taking flash photography in an attraction — I had permission. ; )

Haunted Mansion Flower Arrangement and Table Decor (plus Alice Davis in Red)

Because this was a special event to celebrate 100 years of Marc Davis, we had some very special guests join us for dinner. Guests included Marc’s wife, the lovely Alice Davis, Animator Andreas Deja, Imagineer Kim Irvine, and our “host” for the evening was Disney Historian Tim O’ Day. And as if that wasn’t enough, Imagineer Bob Gurr joined us for dessert at the end of the evening.

Talk about a star studded dinner party! WOW. All of our special guests were [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland Review: Club 33 Dessert Buffet

Although I do prefer the ambiance of dinner at Club 33, one thing that dinner doesn’t offer is the dessert buffet. The desserts are so pretty that I couldn’t resist sharing some photos of them! Note that the dessert buffet changes up regularly.

Lunchtime Dessert Buffet

Mini Cherry Pies

Fruit Torte

This one was a [Read more…]

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…]

First Look! Carthay Circle Restaurant and 1901 Lounge in Disney California Adventure

Join us with a peek into the new restaurants – Carthay Circle Restaurant and 1901 Lounge – on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. Slated to open June 15, these venues will offer some very unique dining experiences!

Carthay Circle Restaurant

This restaurant transports guests to the opening night of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and celebrates Walt Disney’s achievement through a beautiful post-premiere setting inside the Carthay Circle Theatre. Note that all Disney California Adventure guests are welcome to make dining reservations here starting June 15th.

Inside Carthay Circle

We know the menu here will be California-inspired, upscale dining (think “Hollywood Brown Derby” in Disney World for atmosphere and dress code).

Carthay Circle Seating

And Chef Andrew Sutton from Napa Rose Restaurant is overseeing the menu development here, so you know it will [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: May 6, 2012

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Cheers to the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (cheese) and updated Tutto Italia Ristorante (cheese) in Epcot’s Italy pavilion! We got the chance for a sneak peek at the Grand Opening, and it was (cheese) awesome!

Be sure to check out our photo tours and pics of the new menu items! (Did I mention there’s cheese?)

Disney Food News

We’ve got more food news (including Four Special Dining Options on Mother’s Day Sunday May 13 at Disneyland) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Facebook E-Book Sale Starts Tomorrow!

To thank you for following us over on Facebook, we’re throwing our first ever Facebook e-Book Sale this week!

Starting tomorrow — Monday, May 7th, 2012 — we’ll begin the new e-Book sale on the Disney Food Blog Facebook Page.

Follow us over there for details on the sale AND for a link to our brand new Disney Food Blog Store website!

On To The Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups visits the Tea Caddy in Epcot’s United Kingdom.

Little Lion Baked Goods makes Avengers Cake Pops.

AKLResort.com enjoys poolside dining at the Maji Bar while staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village.

Running at Disney shares a post-race meal at Epcot’s Rose & Crown.

Main Street Gazette suggests a child-size breakfast option at Sunshine Seasons.

Mouse on the Mind investigates bread service options at Disney restaurants.

AllEars.net’s Steve Barrett found a food-related Hidden Mickey.

a Mouse and a Dream dines at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn!

News! A Video Look Inside 1901 Lounge AND Club 33 Invites New Members!

Club 33 Sign

Exciting news announced on the DisneyParks Blog!

Club 33 Invites New Members

Club 33 is celebrating its 45th anniversary by inviting a limited number of new members for exclusive membership!

Walt Disney was inspired to create Club 33 by the executive lounges at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Since 1967, the club has intrigued Disney fans!

Disneyland fans that receive new Club 33 membership will get some extra perks too — sneak peeks to new attractions, VIP tour guides, itinerary planning, valet parking, and comp resort upgrades — for an exceptional concierge experience.

A Peek Inside the Exclusive New 1901 Lounge

Access to the new 1901 lounge inside the Carthay Circle Theatre (opening June 15) is also included in these new memberships.

Check our our earlier reports on Club 33 membership and the 1901 Lounge for details on these exclusive locations AND on the ins and outs of membership!

Check out this video for details and a peek inside the new 1901 Lounge in Disney California Adventure, opening [Read more…]

Construction Update: Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure

The Carthay Circle Theatre is looking gorgeous in Disney California Adventure. Disney Imagineering has worked hard on the replica of this famed theatre in which “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937. Check out these great pics that Heather got!

Carthay

Carthay

We first reported on this construction back in 2009, and then learned at the D23 Expo that this venue will showcase an exclusive restaurant.

Acclaimed Napa Rose Chef Andrew Sutton is creating the menu, and we anticipate exquisite cuisine. The last time we dined at Napa Rose, Chef Sutton let us know that [Read more…]