Disney to Let 100 People Join Super-Secret Club
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Membership at Disneyland's secretive Club 33 is so sought-after that no new names have been added to the 800-person-strong waiting list in a decade. But now, for the first time in 10 years, the membership rolls are being opened up once again, and 100 people on the waiting list will be invited to join the fewer than 500 who are estimated to be members.
What will they get for their $25,000 entrance fee and $10,000 yearly dues? Access to Club 33, a hidden restaurant in New Orleans Square, as well as a new private club at the neighboring California Adventure theme park.
Named 1901, for Walt Disney's birth year, the new club opens June 15 and aims to conjure up images of a 1930s lounge "where the animators would've hung out, swapped stories, doodled on napkins," says an Imagineer. In addition to the restaurants -- Disney(DIS) originally imagined Club 33 as a place to woo investors, and it has been visited by many VIPs including presidents -- members also get other perks like sneak peeks of upcoming attractions.
Membership is being reopened to celebrate Club 33's 45th anniversary as well as an expansion of California Adventure, the Los Angeles Times notes.
--Written by Evann Gastaldo of Newser