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  • KellyMcG86
    started a topic Trip Report Club 33 and Dapper Day Feb 2013

    Club 33 and Dapper Day Feb 2013

    Hello, again! For this trip report, I'm going to be spreading it over several posts, so try and hang in there.

    Originally, my husband and I had book Saturday and Sunday nights at the Grand Californian (at the smokin' Dapper Day price), but after some consideration we decided we wanted to drive up Friday night so we could get early entry Saturday. The Grand Californian and many other local hotels were sold out by the time we decided this, so we booked Howard Johnson. Mind you, this was not the Howard Johnson near the park (which is what I thought I had booked), but the HoJo on Katella near the 55. It was AWFUL! And no where near the park. My bad, I should have done more research, but we only had to spend one night there. So we checked into our hotel around 6 and took a taxi ($35 one way!) to the park. Ouch.

    I had worked the overnight shift the night before, so at this point I'd already been awake over 24 hours and was rather frustrated with how the trip was going so far. Luckily, as soon as we got to the park all of the negativity was wiped away.

    When we first got to the park we got in line for Aladdin, but after standing there for 10 minutes we realized we were STARVING! So we got out of line and headed to Flo's. We had never eaten there before, and we're always trying to find new food to try at the park. We ordered the strip and pork. Sorry for the awful quality of the photos. I promise the food isn't really this blue:





    The food was tasty and the portions were very large. I'd eat there again.

    After Flo's we stopped by Tower of Terror to grab fast passes. There were signs on every machine, a CM warning everyone to come back during the printed time, plus a new warning on the fast passes:



    Enforcement has begun!

    We decided to head to Tow Mater's Junkyard Jamboree until our FP window opened, and stopped for a picture with Tow Mater himself on the way.



    I got bored in line so started taking random photos in the queue:







    We hadn't been on the ride at night, and I really loved how it looks with the lights and all!! I love taking pictures of us during the ride because they always turn out so funny



    After we were done with the Jamboree (which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine), we headed over to Tower of Terror.







    Thanks to a thread on this site, I now notice the face on this thing ^^^^ And yes I know it's totally obvious but I am not the best at picking up on things like that! Haha

    My husband earned a rider swap pass from a CM because he helped a woman in a wheelchair transfer on the ride. I was proud of him. We never ended up using it... it doesn't have a date on it so I'm hoping to maybe use it another day?



    Our photo might be my favorite one ever. We try to make the funniest faces possible on all the ride photos. This one is a gem:



    You're welcome.

    I think that's enough for now. I'll finish up our first night there when I get a chance, then it really starts to get good!

  • KellyMcG86
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    Thanks, Trumpet!! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  • Trumpet
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    A fantastic trip report, lots of detail, and some fantastic pictures. I love that you and your husband dress up when going ino the parks. It makes this trip reports extra special

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  • KellyMcG86
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    Haha thanks for the comments, Maren! That toilet was really neat, I'm glad I was told to check it out! Need to find one for my house!

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  • MarenBoBarren
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    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post

    The member who made our reservation reminded me to check out the ladies restroom, so I made sure to!


    Hehe I'm glad I'm not the only one who decided it was a necessity to take a picture of the toilet in there

    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Yeah next time we need to hit some rides! Brandon and I are planning to get you on ToT, so start preparing! :evil:
    Do it!!!! Best ride ever Knowing Brandon he should be able to convince her!

    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post


    You guys totally look like you were made to be there with him!!!

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  • KellyMcG86
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    Originally posted by disneylandfan8 View Post
    Truly, an awesome trip report! What a magical weekend! I was there for a few hours on Dapper Day (had to leave at 2pm to attend an Oscar party), but I was amazed on how many people were dressed up! Can't wait for the next one in September!

    Loved your hairstyle and outfit for DD, too! Patterned after a certain mouse, maybe? I did see so many dresses in polka dots that day!

    Club 33 is so awesome. I've never had dinner there yet, but I'm still dreaming!
    Thank you! Yes my dress was a Minnie dress, I actually bought it in the park back during an October visit. I saw at least one other girl with my exact dress (though I had a bow added on to the back of mine), and like you said MANY girls with other styles of polka dot dresses. I thought about trying to find a more unique dress, but didn't have much luck finding vintage dresses that fit me well, and my dress is just so comfy!

    Club 33 is the best dining experience I've had in my life!! I'm soooo grateful to the person who allowed me there!!

    Originally posted by Stormy View Post
    Kelly, your pics are just great! Looks like we did have pretty much the same thing at Club 33, with a few minor adjustments for my gluten free-ness. And Shelly (BFF) had the Vinter's. It looked really delish, except for the 'squid' course. I'm just not a 'fish' person, other than lobster or shrimp. She wasn't much for the cheese, either, which looked great to me. But because of the crackers on the plate, I didn't want to chance trying it.

    And I did the 'bathroom mirror thing', too, except mine was the full length mirror in the 'powder room area'. I didn't think to take one in the stall door, but I woulda if I'da thought of it! LOL. I did take a picture of the 'throne', but who doesn't? I actually texted the picture to my son who texted back 'That throne is legendary'. Ha Ha, in more ways than one! Shelly & I really had a good giggle about it. To think that we all dress up nice and (try) to act like ladies, but then we all take pictures of a toilet & then send them to everyone. LOL.

    You looked so cute on Dapper Day. We were there that afternoon (got to DL around 2:00) and everyone looked so great! How did you handle those heels all day? Your look kinda like 'dancing shoe' heel height, but I saw some in stilettos. If I'd done 'Dapper' I think I'd have to dress as a bobby-soxer, so I could wear flat saddle oxfords!

    Shelly was the official photog for our trip. She got some amazing ones, especially of World of Color. Once I get the flashdrive from her, I'll have to add more to my trip report!
    The squid was great!! I am not a seafood fan at all, but it wasn't fishy and with that bisque on it... to die for! Although I'm not sure if the breading would have agreed with you? I'm not very knowledgeable about what contains gluten.

    The heels I had on were in fact character/dance shoes. I bought them off Amazon at the last minute. They were as comfortable as the flats I had planned to wear, so my feet were killing me after about 8 hours. I loved how they looked, though, so I thought it was worth it.

    I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures from your trip! Thanks for stopping by to check mine out!

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  • Stormy
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    Kelly, your pics are just great! Looks like we did have pretty much the same thing at Club 33, with a few minor adjustments for my gluten free-ness. And Shelly (BFF) had the Vinter's. It looked really delish, except for the 'squid' course. I'm just not a 'fish' person, other than lobster or shrimp. She wasn't much for the cheese, either, which looked great to me. But because of the crackers on the plate, I didn't want to chance trying it.

    And I did the 'bathroom mirror thing', too, except mine was the full length mirror in the 'powder room area'. I didn't think to take one in the stall door, but I woulda if I'da thought of it! LOL. I did take a picture of the 'throne', but who doesn't? I actually texted the picture to my son who texted back 'That throne is legendary'. Ha Ha, in more ways than one! Shelly & I really had a good giggle about it. To think that we all dress up nice and (try) to act like ladies, but then we all take pictures of a toilet & then send them to everyone. LOL.

    You looked so cute on Dapper Day. We were there that afternoon (got to DL around 2:00) and everyone looked so great! How did you handle those heels all day? Your look kinda like 'dancing shoe' heel height, but I saw some in stilettos. If I'd done 'Dapper' I think I'd have to dress as a bobby-soxer, so I could wear flat saddle oxfords!

    Shelly was the official photog for our trip. She got some amazing ones, especially of World of Color. Once I get the flashdrive from her, I'll have to add more to my trip report!

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  • disneylandfan8
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    Truly, an awesome trip report! What a magical weekend! I was there for a few hours on Dapper Day (had to leave at 2pm to attend an Oscar party), but I was amazed on how many people were dressed up! Can't wait for the next one in September!

    Loved your hairstyle and outfit for DD, too! Patterned after a certain mouse, maybe? I did see so many dresses in polka dots that day!

    Club 33 is so awesome. I've never had dinner there yet, but I'm still dreaming!

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  • KellyMcG86
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    Originally posted by mre200200 View Post
    I think your photos from Club 33 were awesome!

    And your Dapper Day clothes were great too! My group had such a great time walking around we're already thinking of the Fall event. It was so fun walking around and complimenting all the other people who were dressed up, and taking fun photos all over the place.

    I can't believe you guys went on Splash Mountain all dressed up!
    Our APs expire in early September, but I'm hoping maybe we'll get lucky and be able to do the fall event. We definitely plan to at least make it once a year for Dapper Day. We had SO MUCH fun!!

    Splash Mountain was especially fun dressed up!! It was just kind of a pain having to change out multiple times, but worth it!

    Originally posted by Tinkbelle View Post
    Your trip reports are always so much fun. And as always, I love that you show the food :thumbup:. That is great that you found someone who could style your hair that way. I also like your shoes. How did your feet feel by the end?
    Thank you!! Yes, we love us some foods. Another girl actually set it all up, it was so fantastic of her. It worked out so well! I really want to use those stylists again next time we attend Dapper Day.

    I bought those shoes off of Amazon at the last minute. They're character shoes. They didn't make my feet any more sore than my flat would have. I can't walk in heels, but I really loved how they looked. These were a great compromise. I lasted a good 8 hours before I really couldn't stand it anymore!

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  • Tinkbelle
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    Your trip reports are always so much fun. And as always, I love that you show the food :thumbup:. That is great that you found someone who could style your hair that way. I also like your shoes. How did your feet feel by the end?

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  • mre200200
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    I think your photos from Club 33 were awesome!

    And your Dapper Day clothes were great too! My group had such a great time walking around we're already thinking of the Fall event. It was so fun walking around and complimenting all the other people who were dressed up, and taking fun photos all over the place.

    I can't believe you guys went on Splash Mountain all dressed up!

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  • KellyMcG86
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    On last thing: Souvenirs!



    Our waiter gave us a goody bag with pens, chocolates, napkins, and cocktail stirrers with the logo on it. He was awesome! I bought the lapel pins, one of which is now on my work badge. We also bought a shirt for Sean, and a shirt and hat for my father.



    Sorry its sideways. The small button pin is from the Dapper Day people. The Mickey Barbershop pin is from Disney, in celebration of Dapper Day... unofficially.

    The other pin I got for being a Disney VISA holder, but since I bought it at the same time I included it in the picture.

    Gotta love souvenirs!!

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  • KellyMcG86
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    Due to my complete lack of hair and makeup skills, I met up with a great group of girls to have stylists do our hair and makeup for us! I wish I had taken a group picture with the ladies during the day, but we were all having so much fun we didn't get a chance to make it happen. We all met from the Dapper Day Facebook page, and have remained friends since... and we're all trying to figure out plans for the next Dapper Day!

    Anyway, my hair and makeup wasn't done until around 8:30 or 9, so I drove one of the girls and I back to our hotel (GCH), changed into my Dapper Day duds, and went to meet the boys who were having breakfast at the Carnation Cafe.

    On my walk there, I had lots of stares and some compliments shouted out at me. This was going to be an amazing day.

    Here's the hubs and I at Carnation Cafe.





    In front of Partners



    Castle with the hubs



    Castle with my friend



    There weren't a ton of other Dappers out yet, but we came across a few. We had a lot of people asking why we were dressed up, and sooo many compliments. I can't even describe how amazing this was to me, because I'm not the kind of gal used to getting compliments from strangers.

    Since my husband had surprised me with a copy of Peter Pan a few weeks ago, this was my current obsession. Our first ride for the day was to be Peter Pan!!



    In this line, there was an adorable little girl with her mom in front of me. She kept staring at me and I'd wave and she'd shy away. Her mom eventually turned around and said "My daughter told me that you're so pretty and she wants to be just like you one day when she's big". I had to fight the tears!! I knelt down and told her daughter that she's beautiful and that she just made my whole day feel so special. Seriously... favorite Disney moment. Now I know how the princesses feel!

    Anyway, we're off to Neverland (after the CM operating the ride compliments our attire)!



    Feeling like a million bucks, I wanted a shot at the sword in the stone



    Sean gave it a go, too



    We both were unable to free it, but my real mission was to find the light that I had read about that turns green if it can be pulled. Here it is:



    We watched it for a minute but it didn't change, so we moved on. This means that pulling the sword free is still on my bucket list!

    We crossed over to DCA and saw the News Boys were singing. The song they sang was about Dapper Day!! For an unofficial event, Disney sure seems to embrace it.





    While walking through Bug's Land, we came accross Flik!! I was so excited, I had never seen him!!



    Then we of course had to go on Tower of Terror:



    The boys were supposed to be doing "fistycuffs", old timey boxing. I love it.

    At some point we headed to Trader Sam's, then I received a text asking if we would like a ride on the Lilly Belle. Um, YES!!! Sean and I had been once before, but Matt had never gone, so we were all ridiculously excited to go! Since Main Street station was closed, we met up at Tomorrowland station for our ride.

    Matt's first ever look at the Lilly Belle



    Our amazing host made sure to point out the hidden Mickeys in the carpet



    We made sure to sign the guest book this time, as we didn't on our first ride.



    We even got to use our host's super fancy Club 33 pen!

    All of us, still mostly not believing where we are:



    The hubs and I



    Out front:





    Then we saw Donald as we were unloading. Yay!



    So now is where our day gets a little weird. In exchange for our reservation at Club 33, we promised the member we would take a spin on Splash Mountain in our formal attire. We had planned to go right after dinner, but we were all so full and tired, and the boys had planned rather poorly on what to wear so we would have had to go back to the hotel and back to Splash, we decided to hold off until tonight. This worked out better picture wise, because now my hair and makeup were all done. My husband and I went back to our hotel, switched out of our Dapper gear, got into Club gear, then headed to Splash Mountain.





    We had ponchos on our laps. It didn't help much. We got soaked!

    We quickly went back to the hotel and changed back into Dapper duds to walk about DCA at night.



    And one last photo for the night.



    I wish I put my flower in earlier! I wore it to my wedding, and it fit perfectly. Oh well. Next time!

    I hope you all enjoyed!! It was probably the most memorable weekend at Disneyland I've ever had. Thank you so much to all of you who helped make it magical!!!

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  • Poisonedapples
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    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Thanks, Sara!! I love that you did a little TR on ME! You are pretty awesome and adorable yourself! Plus you're like pocket-sized! LOL

    Yeah next time we need to hit some rides! Brandon and I are planning to get you on ToT, so start preparing! :evil:
    haaa "pocket sized" .. nice!! LOL )

    oh heeeck no no ToT for me, i will just sit that one out and watch you guys while i sip my wine..LOL

    Originally posted by KellyMcG86 View Post
    Thank you! That means a lot! I really appreciate that, and that you're following my TR. )

    Right?! Somehow Club 33 made taxidermy ever so classy and wonderful! Only Disney...

    And yeah... I'm not a lobster nor calamari fan, but that stuff was heavenly.
    oh im sorry that whatever it was with the lobster bisque on top looked delish!! i am drooling!!

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  • KellyMcG86
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    After dinner, we HAD to get out on the balcony. This proved to be a bit complicated, since the doors are actually the windows, which all the tables in the main dining room are next to. A CM saw us looking around and showed us a table that was empty so we could get out on the balcony.

    I wasn't able to get very good pictures out here due to the lack of light, but you get the idea.







    This was one of my favorite moments in the Club. We had the balcony to ourselves, and looking out over the park from that view just gave this feeling of "dream come true". I can't remember how many times I've looked up at this balcony, wondering how or if I'd ever get up there.

    The balcony is much larger than I realized, it wrapped around the front and side. I also noticed all of the second-story sets that I don't think I'd really paid much attention to before:









    After the balcony, we had to head out of the club. We of course took a few photos on the way out.









    I ADORE this painting of the Mark Twain.

    So, that wraps up our visit to Club 33. Again, a billion thank yous to the member who gave this opportunity to us. We are all SO grateful to have had this experience!!

    And a good transition to Dapper Day:



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