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  • Trip Report Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

    There are such things as heroes and there is such thing as magic. The spirit of Walt Disney lives in us all, but in some rare few it lives and acts with generosity because that is simply their nature. Such is the case with a Club 33 member I will only refer to as "Mr. Smith."

    Mr. Smith invited me to join him at Club 33, an offer no sane Disney fan could refuse. Initially one would think I'm just singing his praises for the offer of a trip to Club 33 but on Saturday April 6th I got the Disneyland day of a lifetime. I got to know Mr. Smith as a genuine and amazing human being who just enjoys making magic Disney moments happen and in doing so is his own sort of Walt Disney. When a little boy ran up to the Lilly Belle his mother stopped him and told him that was only where the VIPs go. Mr. Smith got out at the next stop and asked them if they'd like to come back and see what it was like to ride in a rather exclusive attraction. A man eager to propose to his girlfriend at Disneyland caught Mr. Smith's attention when he tried to get reservations for the Blue Bayou but couldn't. Smith saved the day by upping his plans to a proposal in Club 33 instead. Not everyone who simply wants free Club 33 fastpasses ( with no time restriction ) will catch his attention but if you've been good and Santa's been watching, a little magic could come your way courtesy of a very generous man whose hobby is making a good day GREAT for Disney visitors. This isn't so much about my trip to Club 33 as it is about publicly thanking a man who has been host to so many people with nothing asked in return. ( But seriously, if you ever know a Mr. Smith, offer to pick up the tab as a simple common courtesy. ) Before I even start this trip report, I want to publicly thank a man who gives to so many, asks nothing in return, and chooses to remain anonymous. If that isn't a Disney hero then I don't know what is.


    Myself and a small group of friends met Mr. Smith at the Grand Californian Hotel at DCA on Saturday April 6th at 7am. We met in the lobby with our Disney Hostess, Angie. He had warned us this day would be so different from anything we'd ever seen before that it would utterly ruin it for us ( in a good way ) and boy, did it ever. Thanks to him, in the next 16.5 hours we would go STRAIGHT ONTO 14 rides within seconds each with no waiting. We would see three shows with VIP seating, ride the Lilly Belle and see both Club 33 as well as 1901.

    Our group consisted of myself, my friend Eric and his wife, and my friend Sean and his wife. We were joined by a couple of other people, most of whom won't be seen in these pictures to respect their privacy since they were ALSO Club 33 Platinum members. On a side note, at one point our tour group had THREE Club 33 Platinum members in it. I should mention that Club 33's own website claims there are only 487 members and those are typically divided over silver and gold memberships. Last July when 100 new members were allowed to join the deal was "Join as a platinum member or not at all." Currently, there are only 100 Platinum Club 33 members. So basically, there's over six billion people in the world, only 100 are Platinum Club 33 members, and three of them are together in one place at the same time. I'll admit, if they were to ever be in the same place at the same time I guess you would expect it would be at Disneyland and yet still, the chances of this are still pretty rare.

    One more thing I want to clarify before I get on with the story is about who a Club 33 member is. For years I have walked by that "33" plaque and admired it, same as many Disney fans, and just imagined that only millionaires get to go past that door. I assumed it was for the ultra-privileged and that commoners would never make it beyond that threshold. While I refuse to say who they are or what they do for a living, you would be blown away to know that at least 3/100 Platinum members are average, everyday working joes like you and me. ( Well, okay, EXCEPTIONAL everyday people. ) You were probably standing by one in the supermarket, they may even have been the person at the counter helping you when you came in. I mean honest-to-God decent, down-to-earth people same as the rest of us. Every one of them were kind, decent people. It might also be worth noting that Disney's screening process for Club 33 isn't as simple as putting your name on a list, getting selected, paying a fee and then you're in. There's an interview and with good reason. Also, Wikipedia claims that members pay $10k to join and annual dues ranging from $3,500 to $6,100. Platinum members don't get off that lucky. Out of respect I won't speak figures but I will say the word "triple" would enter my description of what it takes to get a membership today. Imagine how motivated you would have to be to save money for x amount of years while waiting patiently just to get an chance at it!

    I really feel that things like this need to be clarified, especially on this board, because there's so many people who have said something snide about Club 33 members as if they were self-entitled. Nothing could be further from the truth. From what I've seen they WORKED to get where they're at, no one gave it to them, and you simply don't walk into the park and request a membership by whipping out your checkbook and asking "How much?" It's members are about character. Mr. Smith is about more character than the majority of people I know, and whether in the park or not, you might run into him like others who did him a good turn and got the surprise of a Club 33 trip in their future.

    Character matters.


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    Between 7am and 10am we left the Grand Californian and entered DCA. We went straight onto Mater's Jamboree and then Luigi's tires. After that it was Radiator Springs Racers ( twice ) and then California Screaming and Toy Story Midway Mania. In 3 hours we had been on 6 rides. SIX RIDES! No waiting! To steal a quote from Mel Brooks, "It's good to be the king." We were clearly on a VIP tour and a few ruffled feathers were heard from people in line but after years of seeing one of these tours it was pretty nice to be in one. Now I could understand it. The next time I'm at a park and see a group like this come through I'll choose to be happy for them because I'll understand just what a magic day they're having. Getting jealous is easy, it takes a bit more to be happy for someone else. You haven't seen the park until you've seen it this way.


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    From 10am to 11:20 we went to 1901, the DCA equivalent of Club 33. To say that going in there was "cool" is an understatement. If just going to Disneyland can make some adults feel like a kid again then this "kid" felt like putting his hands in his pockets to assure he didn't break any of the expensive stuff in 1901. When the doors opened we were greeted by a CM behind a counter. Behind the counter was a wall that blocked the view of the interior. Walking around either side of that wall revealed two basic rooms. There was the bar with four director-style chairs at it and a few tables between the bar and the wall behind the concierge. The four director style chairs read Walt, Lillian, Roy and Edna. The other room to the west of the bar was the lounge that looked out onto the circular hub of DCA. I perused the menu and ordered a Scotch Mist, identified on the menu as Walt's favorite drink. I forgot that I wasn't really a drinker, took a sip and my tongue went fuzzy. From what I've learned over the years, this means they didn't cut corners. The bartender, Ashlianne, told us that one of the secrets was using the right ice. Pure water with no bubbles like normal ice. The chunk of ice was put into a heavy aluminum device that clamped around the ice and use the aluminum body like a heatsink to form the ice into a perfect, crystal clear ball within seconds. I've always been a fan of crushed ice in my drinks but now I know I'm a rank amateur who knows nothing about ice. This is ice the 1901 way. This is what it means to be a Club 33 platinum member.

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    The 1901 bar menu:

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    Seated at my table, enjoying the sights. The picture in the upper right is actually a framed LCD of Walt drawing Mickey.

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    Enjoying a quiet, peaceful moment in 1901. There is a certain amount of civilized decorum one must maintain in an exclusive place like 1901.

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    Well, there goes THAT!! Seriously, it was MY seat and I just got up to go to the restroom. Twenty chairs in the place and Eric just HAS to steal mine!

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    Some of the unique sights and pics never displayed outside of the archive.

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    Looking from the bar over to the lounge

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    Absolute class, all the way. No detail overlooked, memorabilia on every surface.

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    Mickey sure changed a lot over the years, this incarnation clearly being a pre-Disney theme park version.

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    Studio memos and a diagram of the steps to making a Disney Animated movie.

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    Walt over the decades at his various desks.

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    Self-explanatory to any true Disney fan.

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    Eric pushed the coveted button and shortly thereafter we found ourselves inside. ( Seriously, that's a button-pushing face if I've ever seen one. )

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    The view outside from the trophy room to Royale Street below.

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    Jungle Cruise and Schweitzer Falls.

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    Lower right, Indiana Jones on vacation.

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    Club 33 souvenirs.

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    The famous harpsichord that Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney have been known to play. In the background, Sir Sean works Sir Cameraphone with great success. ( Success-Sir? Too many puns? I'll stop. )

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    You came all this way to see Club 33 and then NOT have one of these eclairs? Of course not.

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    From the main Club 33 outside patio overlooking Royale Street and the Trophy Room.

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    A view from the balcony overlooking the Rivers of America.

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    After the ride, a quick stop out back to see the oft-overlooked Pet Cemetery.

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    Last edited by fifthrider; 04-25-2013, 07:10 PM.

  • #2
    Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

    I haven't had time to read the whole thing, but I am glad you got to experience this.

    I went with a certain "Mrs. Smith" once, she also lined up the Lilly Belle, but 1901 wasn't open yet.

    Hats off to you Fifthrider.

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    • #3
      Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

      I am so happy for you! To get to experiance all that because of the generosity of someone, man. I only hope my husband and I get to have half the experiance you did, one day.

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      • #4
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        What a wonderful experience! The world is a better place because of people like your Mr. Smith! Thanks for sharing your magical day!
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        • #5
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          I will also agree that 'Mr Smith' is indeed a generous and giving person. He has made Disney Magic happen in more than a few lives. Isn't it great to know that such people still exist in the world?
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          • #6
            Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

            Great pics and report!
            For the love of Disney....:yea:

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            • #7
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              Since I know your Mr. Smith, I will say he is a very generous person. I am glad you enjoyed your tour!
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              • #8
                Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

                Simply amazing. Never underestimate the generosity of others. I don't understand why anybody would show malice toward C33ers, because anybody who loves Disney THAT MUCH to make the financial investment in the membership must share some pretty similar values to Walt, who just wanted to see joy in the faces and hearts of all. Cool to see the inside of 1901 outside of the articles I've seen, and Daveland. I'd love an opportunity to peek inside one day myself. Simply something you'll never forget.
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                • #9
                  Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

                  ...oh, "Mr. Smith"...I have had the pleasure of chatting with him at length about those jackets. He is a great guy!

                  Glad you had a blast and got to experience some Disney Magic! Sounds like an unbelievable day!
                  Last edited by MickeyMaxx; 04-11-2013, 08:02 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

                    If ever there was a dream trip...I think this qualifies. How wonderful, absolutely wonderful, for you and the others to have these amazing experiences! And how wonderful as well that generous people such as "Mr. Smith" are out there. That is what Disney magic is all about.
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                    • #11
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                      I just realized that I never understood what "six immediate fast passes per visit" meant. It is six passes per visit to KIOSK, not the park in total. That really just floors me. never understood that benefit. WOW.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by whoever View Post
                        I just realized that I never understood what "six immediate fast passes per visit" meant. It is six passes per visit to KIOSK, not the park in total.
                        It is 6 passes per day, total for both parks.
                        Fifthrider skipped lines by having a Premium VIP Tour Guide.

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                        • #13
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                          WOW what an amazing report!!! I was completely captivated the whole time! Thank you for sharing your awesome experience!!!
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                          • #14
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                            Wow, amazing trip report! Yes, it's nice to know there are people like "Mr. Smith" out there and I'm very happy for you that you got to have such a wonderful day and live out your dreams. I bet you'll never forget that day

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                            • #15
                              Re: Fifthrider's trip to Club 33 and 1901

                              Mr. Smith is great! I got to ride with him on the Lilly Belle a couple months ago. He's an incredible guy!!

                              Your VIP tour looks amazing!! I hope to one day participate in one. Thank you so much for sharing!

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