I’ve got a trip to Disneyland coming up in a couple weeks…my first time there in over a decade. We will be taking the little one..and a babysitter. One thing we won’t be taking is a reservation to 21 Royal, the new restaurant at Disneyland that runs $15,000 for dinner.
I have a confession to make: I’ve been on the Club 33 Membership waitlist for seven years. I could not afford it then and I cannot afford it now, but I always figured by the time I clear the waitlist (sometimes it takes more than a decade) I might able to. Club 33 is an exclusive club inside Disneyland created by Walt Disney himself. It’s called Club 33 because (at the time) it was the only restaurant in Disneyland that had a liquor license and in order to get one, the restaurant had to have an address. That address was 33 Royal Street in New Orleans Square.
Membership runs $15,000/year…plus a $50,000 initiation fee. Yeah, I just need a reader to invite me instead…
But now Disneyland has outdone even Club 33 with 21 Royal, a new hidden restaurant located above Pirates of the Caribbean.
- A seven-course dinner
- For 12 guests
The fee includes park entrance for 12 guests, valet parking, and gratuity. Dinner starts with cocktails in the salon. That is followed by dinner in the dining room and ends with dessert on the balcony overlooking the evening fireworks show.
Want a reservation? Call (714) 300-7749 and leave a message. I can’t vouch for whether you will get a call back.
I realize this is somewhat tangentially related to travel, but I figured it relates in this way: 1.) Disneyland is a huge travel destination and 2.) part of the game of miles and points is enjoying aspirational venues — like this exclusive “lounge”. There does not appear any miles or points strategies to get this, but I put it out there for us to discuss. Any tricks to make an obscenely-priced dinner affordable?
The reality is that many companies and families will not consider this price obscene and I anticipate it will steadily rise in price each year as demand exceeds supply. Why else have Disneyland admission tickets doubled in price with no reduction in crowds and I’m on a decade-long waiting list for Club 33?