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

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News! 2012 Opening for Ghirardelli Soda Fountain at Disney California Adventure

As we reported way back in June, the Old Mission Tortilla Factory shuttered its doors to make way for the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney California Adventure.

It looks like this sweet location is set to open in late spring 2012 with delicious sundaes and free chocolate samples slated to please visitors to DCA! The recently released concept art gives us a sneak peek at the shop in its Pacific Wharf location!

Concept Art

What’s in store for your sweet tooth? On a recent visit to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain in Downtown Disney Orlando, I indulged in The Gold Rush.

Gold Rush Sundae

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: November 27, 2011

Turkey Leg Treat

We hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving!

Now it’s time to look toward the rest of the holiday season with all of its sugary treats and savory meals!

Latest Disney Food News

After a relaxing holiday, we’ll get you caught up on the latest info!

Check out our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Dining Adventures e-Book Now Available

We’ve had lots of reader requests for pre-planned dining strategies that can be dropped right into your Disney World vacation plans, and we thought that was a pretty good idea, too! So we took it one step further and added some extra FUN!!

Our very first DFB Dining Adventures e-Book is now available! Use code “adventure” at check-out for $2 off!

And we’ve made your holiday gift-giving even easier by creating Disney Food Blog e-Book Gift Certificates! Don’t forget to use code “holiday” at check-out for some great discounts!

On to the Round-Up!

Road Trips for Beer has one of the best posts we’ve seen this week! An awesome perspective on “What Beers Would the Muppets Drink”!!! Find out how they match muppets to brews!

DisneyContemporary.com features the Bay Lake Tower Villa Kitchens – with a complete list of cookware!

Gastropod Travels reviews the Palo Champagne Brunch aboard the Disney Dream. Cheers!

Main Street Gazette peruses one of our fave vintage cookbooks – Cooking with Mickey around our World.

Eating (and Drinking) around the World makes an Epcot Food and Wine Festival dish – Singapore Shrimp Cakes!

990square reviews dining aboard the Disney Dream.

A Taste of Wonderland dines with a special diet at Citricos at the Grand Floridian. See the gluten-free delights!

Dining in Disneyland: New Holiday Desserts at Disney California Adventure!

I know I am not alone in believing that there is nothing like a visit to the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season.

Their spectacular decor adorns every nook and cranny of the parks. The sights, the scents, the holiday cheer; it’s really an amazing experience. The Disneyland Resort goes above transforming both parks into “The Merriest Place on Earth.”  They transform everything from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to the menu boards at many of their eateries.

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

This year, I had the pleasure of meeting two very special people that help create the magic that happens on those menu boards.  Karlos Siqueiros & Mechelle Miller both play important roles in Disney Food & Beverage Concept Development.  This past Saturday night, I attended a special event (courtesy of Disney) that showcased their latest holiday delights.

Karlos & Mechelle from Food & Beverage Development

After enjoying an amazing dinner, fun activities, and special photo opportunities, Karlos & Mechelle took the stage with Chef Goofy to share the Resort’s special holiday dessert menu items.

Holiday Chef Goofy

Brand New Holiday Desserts to Be Revealed at Disney California Adventure Restaurants

Although I know both Anaheim resorts offer special holiday menu items, these particular goodies are brand new to the parks and are only available at California Adventure.

The presentation was creative and fun, and as each item was described Cast Members dressed in their holiday best pranced out to show off each dish.

Almond Cookie Sandwich Presentation

When the dessert “show” was over, we turned around to find that some Disney Magic had taken place behind our backs and a beautiful buffet featuring all of the presented dishes had been set up! I decided an organized right-to-left situation was necessary so I wouldn’t miss anything… [Read more…]

Dining in Disneyland: Dulce Aventura at Disney California Adventure

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers reviews a brand new candy store in Disney California Adventure!

I guess I’m a little late to the fiesta, but I finally made it over to Dulce Aventura at Disney California Adventure.  Located in the Pacific Wharf area directly next to Cocina Cucamonga, Dulce Aventura opened this past July.

Dulce Aventura

Eats

A cute little counter service treat stop, Dulce Aventura offers a limited but tasty menu.  When we stopped to browse the menu, my boys and I were immediately offered samples.  Samples? I questioned; Disney rarely gives samples.  Of course we wanted samples!

Dulce Aventura Menu Board

We had the option of tasting the Snickerdoodle, a Chocolate Dipped Pretzel, or a piece of the Large Mickey Chocolate Chip cookie.  I tried the Snickerdoodle, which was pretty tasty but a bit dry. I definitely prefer the [Read more…]

Review: Disney California Adventure Caramel Popcorn

I’ve made some great friends through this blog, and one of them sent me to Disneyland with a fantastic suggestion — “Get the Caramel Popcorn in DCA!” he said.

As it happens this caramel popcorn isn’t all that prevalent in Disneyland. From what I can gather, they only have it at Disney California Adventure, and only at two or three locations in the park! This one is by Mickey’s Fun Wheel on Paradise Pier. There’s also one by Soarin’ Over California.

Popcorn Stand by Mickeys Fun Wheel

Menu - click image for larger version

What else is interesting about this snack is that there isn’t a long process to adding the caramel after the popcorn has popped. They use a special contraption that pops the corn and adds the caramel all at one time! Genius!

Scooping Popcorn

Caramel Corn

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Dining in Disneyland: Paradise Garden Grill

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers checks out one of Disneyland’s newest additions!

After a few months of being open, my family and I finally made it over to check out the Paradise Garden Grill at California Adventure.  I’d actually been hearing pretty good things about the food there, and I’m excited to say that the things I’ve heard are true!

Atmosphere

Nestled in between Goofy’s Sky School and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, the Paradise Garden Grill is a small counter service restaurant featuring Mediterranean eats.  This place seems to be a hidden gem.  I’ve never once seen a crowd lined up to order, but the folks I’ve talked to that have eaten there rave about it (except for the baklava, we’ll get to that later).

"Teaser" Sign Upon Entrance to the Paradise Pier Dining Area

The outdoor seating at Paradise Garden Grill is shared with Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, so there are tables aplenty.  We’ve never had a problem finding a nice spot to sit in this area, even on a [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 7, 2011

Kevin Kidney's WDW ceramic paper cup

Two words sum up this past week: Free Dining! It’s now available for the rest of 2011 and Spring 2012! See more details below.

After you book your vacation package, make sure to reserve your ADRs early! Any time free dining is offered, table service restaurants tend to be in high demand and often fill to capacity.

Latest Disney Food News

Reminder: The DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book Now Available!

Our friends over at Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups were inspired to create a list of their top five Magic Kingdom snacks after checking out our newest e-Book, the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks! Many thanks, WDWFG!

You can get your own inspirational copy of our new mini-guide here! ;-)

On to the Round-Up!

Progress City, U.S.A. shows us a coaster from World Showcase! Hint: It’s not a thrill ride.

Studios Central helps us stay cool with refreshing beverages at Hollywood Studios. Bottoms up!

Bonnet Creek Blog shows Florida’s largest cupcake created during Cupcake Lovers Weekend at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World salutes National Tequila Day!

Main Street Gazette visits the Anandapur Local Foods Cafe this week!

The AllEars Blog takes us up close to the new restaurant complex at Disney California Adventure. Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill serve up yummy eats at Paradise Pier!

All Fare’s Food Blog shares a personal experience with obtaining Disney’s Advance Dining Reservations for dining. And she even uses The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for guidance! Woo-hoo!

Dining in Disneyland: First Look — Bayside Brews

Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers snuck in a quick trip to the brand new Bayside Brews in Disney California Adventure before leaving for her Disney cruise! Thanks, Heather!

If you are looking for beer other than Peroni or Bud Light, which you can get at Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, check out the new Bayside Brews stand!

Bayside Brews

Bayside Brews

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Dining in Disneyland: DCA’s New Eats — Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

Disneyland food guru (and our Dining in Disneyland columnist), Heather Sievers, fit a visit to the brand new Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta at Disney California Adventure into a packed weekend! Check out her review!

Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta Entrance

Last Friday, three new establishments opened up at Disney California Adventure and, honestly, I didn’t think I was going to be able to check them out until August. Why am I gone for a month you ask?  Well, as you read this, my family and I are on our way to Barcelona to board the Disney Magic for an amazing Mediterranean cruise (yes, you will hear much more about this at a later date!).

The new eateries are located in the Paradise Pier section of DCA and include Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, Paradise Garden Grill, & a beer vendor called Bayside Brews (Editor’s Note: A first look at Bayside Brews is coming up later today).

Anyhow, in between packing and preparing, I just HAD to squeeze in a trip over to DCA to check out the new food.  Unfortunately, I was only able to eat at Pizza Omm Mow Mow’s replacement: Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta.

Atmosphere

When we first walked up, I noticed immediately how amazing the new dining area was.  Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta is right next door to the Paradise Garden Grill (formerly known as Burger Invasion, aka McDonald’s).  So, the enormous seating area is shared by these two establishments.

First View Upon Entrance

We loved the openness of the area and also appreciated that there were options for [Read more…]