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  • whoever
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    And I don't know why, but I missed these pics... Doh... I don't feel like redoing the 9th installment of day 2, so here they are..

    There was a pic of Lindsey at the club!!



    And my Scallop which was mysteriously missing.



    And the haul for us from the night (Lindsey got a few items as well).

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
    I had been hoping when you had previously posted about a special "walked out", you had gotten walked out of the park. My daughter's and my last visit to the club, we had dinner at 730p, but we took our time, and there were extra things going on, we ended up leaving about 1am, and got walked out of the park. Happened 2 nights in a row. That is a lot of fun.


    I wish we had. I wanted to stay, but I was feeling really self-conscious keeping the entire staff of the club there just for little old me and my small party. We got walked out of the park on our previous trip though when Katherine and I went for her 11th birthday celebration. That was pretty amazing. I wish they had some other parties in the club that night so I would have felt safe to linger longer we could have been walked out well-past closing time.

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  • Malcon10t
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    I had been hoping when you had previously posted about a special "walked out", you had gotten walked out of the park. My daughter's and my last visit to the club, we had dinner at 730p, but we took our time, and there were extra things going on, we ended up leaving about 1am, and got walked out of the park. Happened 2 nights in a row. That is a lot of fun.

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  • whoever
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    How do you wrap up a night of pure awesome experience just a few minutes before the park closes? Why you hit up Pirates of course..

    The bayou was particularly dark tonight. All the lights were down actually... going to be a hard shoot this trip..



    I haven't figured out how to get a good pic of Ally, the alligator. Can just barely make out her back bumps..



    An empty restaurant over at the Blue Bayou. Love it.



    Another shot of the cabin back in the bayou. Urban legend has that shadow in the window as being a strange beast.



    Hands up for the drop!!



    Nothing like being stabbed in the back..



    Who's steering this thing?



    OK, this show scene was really dimly lit tonight, but I must admit, I have NEVER noticed the guy on the left had a hook before.



    These two are having way too much fun.



    I never noticed that the magnifying glass is studded around its perimeter



    One of these days I'll bring the long-glass and find out what the Captain's been reading.



    Yo Ho Yo Ho...



    More than enough crowns to go around... who needs that many crowns... seriously? And I spy a golden goose..



    I wonder if they will ever sneak the lightsaber back in this barrel of weapons like there used to be.



    I wish they would replace a few of these goblets with those of Ponce De Leon from stranger tides since the captain's quarters is featured so prominently in that movie. I know the Treasure room was more from Curse of the Black Pearl, but still.



    This fabric pattern could make a great obscure Disney Bound...



    The fort's defenders. Spanish vs. the prominent English establishment of Port Royal.



    I wonder why we've not seen this classic scene portrayed in the movie franchise yet.





    I'm really going to miss the auction scene. Ugh..









    One of these ladies seems overly happy about being auctioned off.



    Not a big turn-out.



    As with the auction scene, the chase scene has been PC-ized.



    I'm still not happy about the inclusion of Jack... They better not screw up Jungle Cruise with Dwayne.



    Those cats are NEVER happy.



    I was once stuck right here for about 20 minutes... while It’s a Small World holds the drive you crazy factor, there is too much of a good thing, Yo Ho Yo Ho....



    This guy is so happy to be petting bacon..



    This guy is always just hanging around..



    That dog is NEVER going to move...





    I've always loved this chair.. no explanation but I look for it every time. I remember being scared to death as a child that this was going to all come down on us.



    Again.. why did it have to be Jack.



    I wish we could just go and take a ride on the Twain...



    Nine minutes after Midnight... time to head back. Adventureland after dark with nobody in it is so Magical.



    South Sea Traders all packed up for the night..



    Goodbye Adventureland!!!





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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by Meville View Post
    Funny about the fire alarm, we were eating at the Blue Bayou one eve and the alarm went off. Not wanting to loose enjoyment of eating my hot Gumbo, I asked if I could take it with me to eat outside while we waited for the smoke to clear and was given the go ahead by the waiter. All was good and I was enjoying meal around the sights and sounds of NOS until another member of the wait staff scolded me for bringing my bowl out. Ah well, not like I could take it back in.

    Great looking meal! Another dinner to remember.
    That is an awesome story. Wandering around NOS with a bowl of gumbo from the BB. Love it. The meal was amazing as always. I'm surprised I completely flaked on getting pics of Lindsey inside the club.


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  • Meville
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    Funny about the fire alarm, we were eating at the Blue Bayou one eve and the alarm went off. Not wanting to loose enjoyment of eating my hot Gumbo, I asked if I could take it with me to eat outside while we waited for the smoke to clear and was given the go ahead by the waiter. All was good and I was enjoying meal around the sights and sounds of NOS until another member of the wait staff scolded me for bringing my bowl out. Ah well, not like I could take it back in.

    Great looking meal! Another dinner to remember.

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post

    My granddaughter loves to go and order her "courses", but they are generally the same as Katherine's (except she subs out fries for the rice...)

    My grandson on the other hand (he just turned 3) is already a very adventurous eater. We were dining in the Carthay lounge and sister was having grilled cheese, and I got him hot dogs... He turned up his nose at that and ate my Duck Confit empanadas...
    None of my children has really warmed up to seafood yet other than Salmon and Cod. Victoria has even reverted... she used to eat steak and salmon... now doesn't. Other kids will fight over steak, salmon, lamb. Kids palates are so strange.

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  • Malcon10t
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    Originally posted by whoever View Post

    I think Charlotte might be our first to embrace the adult menus. She's always willing to try new things. Katherine is more "meat and potatoes" in her tastes... even though she doesn't eat baked/mashed potatoes. It was an excellent meal and wonderful time. Loved every second of the experience.
    My granddaughter loves to go and order her "courses", but they are generally the same as Katherine's (except she subs out fries for the rice...)

    My grandson on the other hand (he just turned 3) is already a very adventurous eater. We were dining in the Carthay lounge and sister was having grilled cheese, and I got him hot dogs... He turned up his nose at that and ate my Duck Confit empanadas...

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  • sbk1234
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    Originally posted by whoever View Post

    You too Steve. Sam is quite the beautiful young lady. We all better watch out for the suitors..
    Thanks, but my daughters are both pretty scary. I'm more worried about the suitors.

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by Malcon10t View Post
    Great so far! Katherine will soon be ordering from the adult side!
    I think Charlotte might be our first to embrace the adult menus. She's always willing to try new things. Katherine is more "meat and potatoes" in her tastes... even though she doesn't eat baked/mashed potatoes. It was an excellent meal and wonderful time. Loved every second of the experience.

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  • Malcon10t
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    Great so far! Katherine will soon be ordering from the adult side!

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
    At first glance, I thought that last photo of your daughter was Amy. She's growing up into a lovely young lady. Good luck!
    You too Steve. Sam is quite the beautiful young lady. We all better watch out for the suitors..

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  • sbk1234
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    At first glance, I thought that last photo of your daughter was Amy. She's growing up into a lovely young lady. Good luck!

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  • whoever
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    We didn't have to wait long, and were whisked upstairs promptly. We were taken into the Grand Salon by our hostess and what did we see, but an empty dining room with only one other table occupied. That other table was even finishing up, so we literally had Club 33 all to ourselves!!!! This was AMAZING!!! We were seated at the North East corner of the dining room. This was great for us as we had nearly always been seated at the North West corner or on my last occasion, over by the buffet on the South wall.



    I was on CLOUD 9... private dining.... Imagine my surprise and jubilation when my server showed up and it was no other than Matt!!! He has been my server the past FOUR times we've been to the club, and even remembered me (or at least did a good fake of remembering me). Katherine recognized him immediately and was jazzed as he had taken a pic of the two of us on our last trip to the club. So good. I LOVE this place.

    I had never taken the time to read the Bill of Fare, but I did this time. Here it is:

    Bill of Fare

    Walt Disney's vision of a private space tucked away in New Orleans Square opened its doors in 1967 as Club 33. He envisioned an elegant space where he could entertain business associates, visiting dignitaries, and most importantly... his guests. Almost 50 years later, Walt's vision is still and always will be our guiding light.

    We offer our guests the finest culinary experiences available, highlighting both the seasons and our New Orleans heritage. We have sourced teas, coffees, spirits, beers, and wines from all over the world with the caveat of quality above all else. Most importantly we will deliver these experiences to all our guests through coordinated excellence and a genuine passion for hospitality.

    Wine
    "Complement your dinner at Club 33 with exactly the right selection of imported or California wine. Our wine steward will be pleased to assist you and provide a complete list of outstanding vintages. Those below have been chosen from our extensive list; they are recommended for your particular enjoyment with the meat, poultry, and seafood entrees indicated."
    Opening Menu, Club 33, 1967

    Today we honor our heritage by offering a wine experience, tailored to best suit each of our guests' dining adventures. Choose from either our extensive offerings by the glass or from our selection of over 350 bottled wines from all over the world. Alternatively, place your trust in us to tailor a wine pairing experience to complement each and every dish.

    Wine Pairing Experiences
    Four Course 49 / Five Course 59
    Premiere Wine Pairing 95

    Signature Golden Osetra Caviar
    Served with Crème Fraiche, Fingerling Potatoes, Fresh Lemon 175

    Club 33 is proud to offer one of the finest caviar available anywhere in the world; Golden Imperial Osetra caviar, sourced sustainably from the Caspian Sea. This buttery, nutty, and complex luxury is the perfect accompaniment to our fine selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines, or allow us to introduce you to a flight of some of the most unique and rare Vodkas from around the globe straight from our freezer.

    Ruinart, Champagne NV, Reims, France 32
    Vodka Flight with Three Premium Tastes 18




    I loved the history and original opening day menu references. What it must have been like to be there on opening day... oh how much has changed with Disneyland over those years. I must say I feel even more blessed thinking about this to have seen the Trophy room on my one trip pre-renovation. I remember that visit like it was yesterday and feel so blessed that my Amy and I got to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary at the club. It was a SMASHINGLY good time (pun intended if you read the TR).

    Lindsey was on Pins and Needles... She needed a drink... we all did. I went with a Manhattan, Amy with a Mai Tai, Katherine, a Le Ramon Fizz (if any club members reading this can get the recipe for that for me, Katherine would be eternally grateful), and Lindsey got the J. Christopher Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

    Next up was ordering our food.... so many decisions...

    Le Grand Salon Dinner Menu

    Five Course Menu - 120

    Golden Osetra Caviar sold by the ounce - 175

    First Course
    Sautéed Diver Scallop, Golden Cauliflower, Bayonne Ham, Capers
    Citrus Hamachi "Crudo", Avocado, Teardrop Peppers, Orange Vinaigrette
    Truffled Mushroom Crepe, Roasted Salsify, Sauce Mornay
    Steak Tartare of Filet Mignon, Grilled Sourdough

    Soup and Salads
    Provencal Bouillabaisse, Mediterranean Mussels, Blue Crab, Rouille Crouton
    "Lafayette" Garden Salad, Shaved Radish, Cucumbers, Vinaigrette Maison
    French Frisee Salad, Bacon Lardons, Soft Poached Egg

    Third Course
    Seared Fish of the Day, Leeks, Potato, Shrimp Bisque
    Winter Goose Sausage, Pappardelle Pasta, Butternut Squash Nage
    Pacific Swordfish, Celery Root Puree, Blood Orange Vinaigrette

    Entrees
    Duck a l'Orange, Roasted Cabbage, Sweet Potato Velvet
    Winter Squash Gnocchi, Braised Tuscan Kale, Carrot-Top Pesto
    Slowly Braised Veal Osso Bucco, Sauce Forestiere, Cranberry Gremolata

    Seasonal Specialty
    Rack of Colorado Lamb, Root Vegetable Dauphinoise, Cabernet Jus (Carved Tableside for Two or More 15 per person)

    Dessert and Cheese Course
    Tangerine Vanilla Cheesecake, Local Citrus Celebration and Orange Caramel
    Pineapple Clafoutis, Rhubarb-Strawberry Coulis and Basil Crème Glace
    Valrhona Chocolate Marquise Cake, Hazelnut Brittle, Chocolate Hazelnut Chantilly
    Chocolate Profiteroles, Milk Chocolate Crème Glace and Warm Chocolate Ganache
    Diligently Selected Cheeses, Kumquat Marmalade, Honeycomb

    Chefs:
    Clint Chin
    Andrew Sutton




    Menu
    for guests age 9 and under
    Three course meal 40


    First Course
    Farmhouse Tomato Soup with mini grilled cheese sandwich
    Green Salad with choice of dressing, buttermilk ranch or house vinaigrette
    Seasonal Yogurt Parfait layered with fresh berries.

    Second Course
    Bellflower Semolina Pasta simply buttered, marinara sauce, or cheese sauce
    Southern Shrimp Boil with poached potatoes and sautéed green beans
    Roasted Chicken Breast with Sautéed green beans, rice pilaf, and fruit skewer
    Petit Filet of Beef with sautéed green beans, rice pilaf, and fruit skewer
    Mini Angus Beef Burgers with chips and house-made pickles

    Third Course
    Cookies & Cream traditional Mickie cookie with Strawberry ice cream
    French Beignets with a trio of dipping sauces; chocolate, caramel, and vanilla

    Non-Alcoholic Specialties
    Tropical Storm melody of fresh juices including orange, passion fruit, lime, and pineapple with a fresh mint garnish 7
    Le Raymond Fizz cream, sugar, and egg white garnished with an orange peel 8
    Garden District Lemonade vanilla chamomile, cardamom, and lemon 7
    Roy Rogers or Shirley Temple Coca-Cola or Sprite with grenadine and maraschino cherries 3
    The Mint Julep Fizz a traditional classic! 3
    Abita Root Beer naturally caffeine free, sweetened with Louisiana cane sugar 3.75
    Assorted Fountain Beverages Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite, or Minute Maid Light Pomegranate Lemonade 3
    A Little Ray of Light beverage lighting clip 5


    Such decisions... Amy and Lindsey both elected to get the Truffled Mushroom Crepe. I went for the Diver Scallop (best decision ever), and Katherine went for the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. I elected to get the 5-course wine pairing with my meal as well (but I forgot to note the offerings)

    Before we started with the courses, we were brought an amuse bouche. I'm have to say that I can't remember the specifics. It was good though.

    I neglected to take a picture of the Scallop apparently, but it was GREAT as always. I got to try some of the ladies' crepes, and had a delightfully earthy flavor. There's a place by my work which does savory crepes like this, and I love them. I should honestly do some savory crepes at home one of these days as Amy is a crepe wizard. Katherine enjoyed her soup and sandwich... she's a creature of habit, this is the same thing she got last time (all 3 of her courses in fact).



    The second course found us not too much later.

    Amy and I both went for the Bouillabaisse. Lindsey had the garden salad... and a round of chiding from me over ordering a salad over the bouillabaisse which was simply amazing. I love seafood stews and the giant crouton was amazing for soaking up the stock. Only one pic of this course... it was so good...




    For the third course, Amy went with the Seared Fish (Striped Bass). I don't think I got a single bite. Lindsey got the Goose Sausage over Pappardelle Pasta, and I went with the Sword Fish. I must say my swordfish was extremely buttery, which was a nice preparation. I'm assuming it was oil poached and then lightly browned off? At any rate, the orange sections and blood orange vinaigrette was a nice accompaniment and the celery rood puree was very velvety.

    The winner on this dish I would say was Amy's.



    And the main course...

    Now right as we were presented this course, the fire alarm started going off!!!

    Matt came by and said this happens sometimes from the smoke from Fantasmic! (which the show was going on). He was terribly sorry but everybody had to evacuate the restaurant until the fire guy came and declared it all clear. Seriously.... I've only ever been evacuated off one attraction (Snow White), but to be evacuated from Club 33???? That's one you tell your kids, and Disney friends about. We went to the lobby, and followed the kitchen staff down to the court of angels and out the front door. The kitchen and front of the house staff all met at their pre-determined location in Magnolia Park. We sat and watched F! until given the all-clear to re-enter the restaurant. Matt told us we could stay as long as we wanted watching the show, so we stayed a little bit longer to see the finale before going back to the club and ringing back in. They had taken our food, wrapped the plates, and kept it warm. If you hadn't known it was served 15 minutes earlier, you would have been none the wiser.

    Before our food was brought back out we were served a palate cleanser... I honestly can't remember what it was (consensus was a strawberry with lime/basil rim), but it was great!!



    Katherine went with her tried-and-true filet, medium rare. Lindsey got the Winter Squash Gnocchi. And Amy and I elected for the Rack of Lamb carved table-side. Anybody who's friends with me on Facebook knows... WE...EAT...A..LOT...OF..LAMB. Love the stuff. Always done herb and breadcrumb crusted. A single rack doesn't really feed our family anymore because the kids are devouring more and more leaving little for Amy and I. This was going to be a treat. Matt carved it in double-chops as is the norm. It was PERFECTLY cooked, the previous evacuation having no impact upon the expert preparation. The cabernet jus absolutely DELIGHTFUL and a perfect accompaniment (may need to start making this at home too). None of us tried Lindsey's, but she ate it all so I assume it was great!




    We were in heaven... I love coming to Club 33. The food is great, the atmosphere amazing, and I notice something new every time.



    Our desserts came not too much later and being the Birthday boy, they set me up with the birthday treatment, which is the special chocolate club 33 happy birthday treat AND the hand-signed card, signed by every member of the Club 33 staff. I love this attention to detail at the club. It just feels so personal. I got the Marquise Cake. It's one of my favorites and always get it when it’s on the menu. It's simply amazing. Amy would get the Tangerine Cheesecake. I got but a mere bite, but it was great as well. I would be hard pressed to choose, but would probably still edge to the Marquise. Lindsey got the Pineapple Clafoutis. I don't recall getting any, but she ate it all, so I assume it was amazing. Katherine... her beignets of course. I think her favorite dipping sauce is the vanilla, and she may have drank it..



    After dinner, it was time to relax a bit. Another round of drinks for Amy, Katherine, and I, and an order of coffees for Amy and I, and a Hot Chocolate for Katherine to follow shortly thereafter, but not before we made our way outside to observe a quiet and emptying New Orleans Square from above.



    I just LOVE the artwork in Club33, and have to take pics every time. I would like some prints of these someday.



    Remember my light fixation?



    Coffee complete, it was time to pay the bill... and it was a doozey. Oh well, you only live once right?

    A quick jaunt through the souvenir case, another wallet-crushing merch bill, and it was time to say goodbye to the Club. This is always my least favorite time because you know that you are going back to reality... and that you may NEVER walk through that door again after it closes behind you. It's sobering.

    Amy signed the register...



    We elected to take the elevator down for the full experience for Lindsey. Oh how I love my lighting fixtures.



    One last pose for Katherine on the stairs, and we headed back through that door into the park at 11:50.



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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by BecksyFreemo View Post
    One day we might get to experience club 33, I always look longingly at peoples pictures on those stairs!
    Keep wishing and asking people. Pixie dust happens when you least expect it. I hope you get your opportunity some day. It's truly a magical experience for every real Disney fan.

    Love the long exposure pic - they have a special place in my heart from when I used to live in the outback and the stars would call my name!
    I really need to start playing with some night-time long-exposures for fireworks/carousels/etc. It's just never been a priority for me.

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  • BecksyFreemo
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    One day we might get to experience club 33, I always look longingly at peoples pictures on those stairs!
    Love the long exposure pic - they have a special place in my heart from when I used to live in the outback and the stars would call my name!

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  • mickdaddy
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    Originally posted by whoever View Post
    I much prefer Chef's counter over regular table dining. If you are doing Napa, I think it's the ONLY way to go. I recommend trying it!!




    I've been working on how I will structure this portion of the TR. Its going to be heavy on the story, light on pics, but hopefully still enough to convey the experience. It was an amazing meal and I must say YET ANOTHER PARK FIRST for me. Hint: I've been walked off an attraction, but never from a restaurant....
    Looking forward to that! I definitely am adding the Chefs table to my must do list.

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by mickdaddy View Post
    That Napa Rose dinning experience looked just incredible. I have ate there only once in just the regular part of the restaurant and it was one of the best meals I have had the chef's table looks just insane.
    I much prefer Chef's counter over regular table dining. If you are doing Napa, I think it's the ONLY way to go. I recommend trying it!!


    Looking forward to the Club 33 section, that is a major bucket list for me that I hope to experience once.
    I've been working on how I will structure this portion of the TR. Its going to be heavy on the story, light on pics, but hopefully still enough to convey the experience. It was an amazing meal and I must say YET ANOTHER PARK FIRST for me. Hint: I've been walked off an attraction, but never from a restaurant....

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  • mickdaddy
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    That Napa Rose dinning experience looked just incredible. I have ate there only once in just the regular part of the restaurant and it was one of the best meals I have had the chef's table looks just insane. Looking forward to the Club 33 section, that is a major bucket list for me that I hope to experience once.

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by mpabis525 View Post
    I totally get the feeling of anticipation walking to The Club. I will never forget that feeling and hope all of you don’t either. One day your kids will hopefully (if they don’t already) understand just how magical and amazing that feeling is.
    Katherine "gets" how important it is, but I don't think she feels the way about the club that I do. It's like a first date every time for me. LOVE going and blessed that I've been afforded the opportunity to celebrate so many important milestones at the club (10th Wedding Anniversary, Amy's 35th Birthday, Katherine's 10th and 11th birthdays, my 40th Birthday.). Those birthdays and anniversaries will never be forgotten. I hope my fortune continues and I can celebrate more birthdays for my younger children at the club as they come of age. Many thanks to my gracious hosts out there.

    this TR came at just the right time. It is helping me get through my doldrums before my birthday trip in the fall.
    Glad it could cheer you up and tide you over. This is making me smile daily writing.... I needed some Disney happiness in my life these days.

    Originally posted by lnpowers20 View Post

    I am obviously Maxpassing so that we can plan our next rides!
    touche


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    Originally posted by lnpowers20 View Post

    Dear god, it is on youtube. How embarrassing!
    I'm going to forward it to your entire friend's list.




    Originally posted by Meville View Post
    I was not aware of the ice trick on Indy, what a great effect!
    I wish it was still going. It never ceases to amaze me how great the imagineer's creations and visions were.

    Looking forward to the Club 33 experience. Was you oldest actually looking forward to it? Or does she also have the "too cool to show excitement" that both my kids eventually grew out of?
    She was definitely excited. Not as nervous as her first time though. I don't know that she understands just how amazing and special the fact that she's been THREE TIMES really is.

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