This is a printed page that the management of Club 33, Royal Street gives to visitors to the club:
Club 33, Royal Street, New Orleans Square, Disneyland
The colorful realism and precise architectural detail of New Orleans Square in Disneyland captures the atmosphere of the 19th century New Orleans French Quarter. Glancing upwards to the second story balconies and the ornate iron railings hung with flowers, one would hardly guess that they surround a little known but quite elegant Club 33.
Years ago, Walt Disney felt a special place was needed where he could entertain visiting dignitaries and others in a quiet, serene atmosphere were superb cuisine and distinctive decor would complement one another. He asked artist Dorothea Redmond to provide watercolor renderings of what such a place might look like. Accompanied by renowned decorator Emil Kuri, Walt and his wife traveled to New Orleans to select many of the beautiful antiques that are on display. After years of planning, Club 33 became a reality on June 15, 1967. Sadly enough it was never seen by its creator because of his untimely death six month earlier.
Club 33, so named after its address, 33 Royal Street, is comprised of two dining rooms and several adjoining areas, all of which hold a wide array of magnificent antiques and original works of art. After ascending in the French lift to the second floor, guests enter into The Gallery. Here they find interesting items such as an oak telephone booth with beveled leaded glass panels adapted from the one used in the Disney motion picture “The Happiest Millionaire” and a rare console table which was found in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In The Gallery, as elsewhere in the Club, are
many original works by Disney artists and sketches done as design studies for New Orleans Square and the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions.
The Gallery leads into Lounge Alley which serves as a vestibule and also the buffet for the Main Dining Room and Trophy Room. One wall displays several conceptual sketches of New Orleans Square, and directly across from these sketches is a custom-designed harpsichord decorated with a hand-painted scene depicting New Orleans harbor in the nineteenth century. The furnishings are a combination of antique and reproduction pieces.
The Main Dining Room is decorated in First Empire, recalling the era of Napoleon and the early nineteenth century. Three glimmering chandeliers and wall sconces illuminate the entire room. Much of the framed artwork on the walls is again, the work of Disney artists. Fresh flowers, parquet floors and antique bronzes create an atmosphere of serenity and warmth.
The Disney Room is the second dining room and offers a more informal atmosphere. The design of the room incorporates the use of microphones in the center of each chandelier and a vulture with the ability to speak. Walt Disney’s intention for this concept was humorous in nature, as the vulture was to converse with guests during dinner. The pictorial time line that blankets the east wall offers an intimate view of Walt’s life and highlights of Disneyland history.
Today, Club 33 functions as an exclusive private club where members or their guests may enjoy a gourmet meal complemented by the finest wines. Tradition, accompanied by gracious hospitality, has been the hallmark of Club 33 since its opening day… and will continue to be for many years to come.
- Emile Kuri
- Born: June 11, 1907 (Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico)
- Died: October 10, 2000 (Woodland Hills, CA)
- Obituary from the Los Angeles Times
- Dorothea Redmond
- Born: May 18, 1910 (Los Angeles, CA)
- Died: February 27, 2009 (Hollywood Hills, CA)
- Disney Legends page
- Obituary from the Los Angeles Times