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What’s Club 33?

June 1st, 2017


Now in its 50th year, Disneyland’s exclusive, members-only Club 33 is celebrating its golden year in style. Just how stylish? Well, you have to be a member to find out. Oftentimes, it’s only the most earnest of Disney fans who even know about this club within the park. It’s nestled above The French Market’s Café Orleans in the New Orleans Square section of Anaheim’s park. Here, you’ll find only five-star restaurants, and membership is highly exclusive.

Although Disneyland does its best to keep the details under wraps, a few of the secrets have slipped. Most renowned for the world-class dishes, all prepared by some of the best chefs in the business, this is Disney dining at an entirely new level. It’s been said that A-list actors, Presidents, foreign nation leaders, and Fortune 100 CEOs are just a few of the guests who have seen the inside of this one-of-a-kind club.

How Can I Get a Membership?

Unfortunately, anyone who has to ask probably won’t be able to snag this particular members-only jacket. Club 33 was originally intended as a private place for Walt Disney to entertain his guests. However, he passed just five months before it opened. There is a waitlist that opens and closes as demand fluctuates, and it’s rumored that the initiation fee ranges from $25,000 – $100,000 with an additional annual fee of up to $30,000.

Supposedly, there are various membership levels, but it’s safe to say that even the “bottom rung members” are treated like royalty. You can spy a few insider sneak peeks online, though nothing has been verified by Disney.


Walt Disney Concert Hall

May 1st, 2017


Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall is renowned for hosting premium classical, contemporary, jazz and world music. The building itself is a work of art, designed by Frank Gehry and famed around the world as one of the best acoustic endeavors available. Visitors instantly recognize the steel curves of the building, and the interior features hardwood paneling in the auditorium.

A massive structure encompassing 3.6 acres, it’s a Los Angeles landmark and a short drive from Anaheim. The Los Angeles Master Chorale, visiting orchestras and artists, and of course the Philharmonic all consider this one-of-a-kind structure home. It was the vision of Lillian Disney that brought it to reality.

Visit WDCH

In May, numerous events are scheduled at the gorgeous concert hall, starting with Yo-Yo Ma with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile on May 3rd. Get tickets for the Schubert Symphonies featuring Mahler Songs every Friday and Saturday of the month, with each evening offering a different highlighted composition.

On May 9th, the Chamber Music features an all-Schubert performance you won’t want to miss, and Bartók Cycle with Dudamel and Yuja Wang takes the stage May 26 – 28th for Piano Concerto No. 1. Keep an eye on the , and don’t miss out on this incredible Los Angeles experience.

Make Mickey Your Man This Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2017


Disneyland knows how to do every holiday right, including Valentine’s Day! The decorations are stunning with the entire park decked out in pink, red and hearts galore. If you’re looking for a truly magical day with your special someone (or family!), head to Disneyland, and take in the festive, outlandish decorations that only Disney can pull off.

The walkway near the It’s a Small World ride is always one of the most romantic areas in the park, with a tree-lined street and lanterns along with twinkle lights surrounding you. Surprisingly, the Storybook Land ride is incredibly romantic, whisking you under the light-covered rose arches on an intimate boat ride.

Sweet Things

Many sweethearts come just for the special Valentine’s Day food and desserts, and Disney doesn’t disappoint. In the morning, get the strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes at Carnation Café, and at Café Orleans you can get the “Bouchee of Love,” a puff pastry with savory delights.

Check all your favorite restaurants for surprise treats and special dishes throughout the month of February. Disneyland is one of the most romantic places in Anaheim and southern California if you plan your trip right. Where will your first romantic stop be?


Star Wars Half Marathon at Disney: Register Now!

January 14th, 2017


Sign up early to head over to the dark side at Disneyland in April for a full weekend of the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side. You’ll be racing through Darth Vader’s neighborhood while white uniformed stormtroopers cheer you on. The Galactic Empire Sith Lord and Darth Vader have a full weekend of surprises planned for this epic run, live entertainment and special events.

All ages are welcome for the half marathon, 10k, 5k and, of course, Disney Kids Races. Whether you want a fast fun run or a serious training race, this is the race for you. However, only participants who register before January 17 will get their full race swag on the big day. If you’re a frequent traveler to Anaheim, get a jump start on this spring event!

Early Planning

The races take place April 20-23, but they always sell out. You can sign up to run for the dark or light side, but the dark side is always the one that’s the toughest to get into. Registration is open now, and if you register before January 17, you’ll get a personalized bib, official digital event guide, your size choice of a tech shirt—and of course, that brag-worthy medal.

Register online or in person at the park. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple takes place throughout the day at Tomorrowland. Check out The Bootstrappers at New Orleans Square, or head to Frontierland for The Laughing Stock Co. Whether you’re here in January, April, or both, the fun and options are endless.

Star Wars Half Marathon Registration Now Open

June 24th, 2016

Come to the dark side—and be one of the first to register for the popular Star Wars Half Marathon! Planning ahead is critical for one of the most beloved races in Anaheim. The race is scheduled for January 12-15 at Disneyland Park, but with registration opening in June. The bibs always sell out, and if you know you want to run this bucket list race next year, now’s the time to get your (Donald) ducks squared away.


If you prefer a shorter run, there are also 10k and 5k options available, and fun runs for kids of all ages. The runDisney Kids Races are an amazing way to instill a love of running in your little ones as you take on your own course. The chipped, timed run takes you through the streets of Disney before spilling out into Anaheim streets and avenues, all while spectators, hosts and of course Star Wars characters cheer you on.

A Weekend of Fun

Arrive early on race weekend, and don’t miss out on the Health Expo where you’ll get swaddled with oodles of goodies, hear celebrity guest speakers and fitness experts, and learn tips for having the best, fastest and most enjoyable race possible.

You can also register for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge in tandem with the half marathon or 10k, ensuring you battle to victory along the course, and receive your special finisher medal.

Register for the Disneyland Half Marathon

May 15th, 2016

Wait, isn’t the famous Disneyland half marathon in September? Yes, but registration begins now and these bibs always sell out. If you plan to be in Anaheim September 1-4, plan early and make sure you get your bib for the half marathon, 10k, 5k, or kids’ run. The half marathon weekend is hosted by Mickey and Goofy, featuring special appearances by Aladdin and the Genie, Pluto, Dumbo, and the Country Bears, who will all cheer you on.


First, you’ll maneuver down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Disneyland park before making your way onto the Anaheim streets. No matter which race you choose, there will be plenty of live entertainment and energy-fueling snacks along the way. Prefer to spectate and cheer on the runners? You’re in for a real treat because the party never ends!

Run for Fun

There are games and prizes galore throughout the long weekend, like the Dumbo Double Dare, and stages with family friendly fun post-race. Anaheim hotels are all accessible to the race and many offer transportation to and from the festivities.

For a lot of runners, the Disneyland half marathon is on their bucket list, and 2016 is the year to make it happen. Whether you run competitively, for fun, or you’re a total newbie, this magical course is an Anaheim must.

Plan Spring Break in Anaheim

March 2nd, 2016


Anaheim is one of the country’s top spring break destinations for a reason! There’s Disneyland of course, which is a must for thrill seekers and Disney lovers. However, Knott’s Berry Farm is also on the agenda for many adrenaline junkies. Spend your break checking out the myriad of beaches along the golden coast, taking surf lessons, sunbathing, SUPing, or indulging in a sandcastle building battle.

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Shopping is another favorite activity this time of year, with the malls, boutiques and designer regions, like Rodeo Drive, offering up the latest summer lines. You can tour celebrity homes with a star tour, and enjoy an afternoon atop a double decker bus to take in the scene in style.

Break Like a Local

As a foodie town, many travelers head to Anaheim for the treats alone. Here, you’ll find the next best thing to authentic Mexican fare. There are vegan and vegetarian options aplenty, as well as a number of pizza joints and healthy choices. Top Michelin star rated restaurants are available, and the nightlife is unparalleled.

Try out a local vineyard or winery and taste the real southern California. Craft brews are also gaining in popularity. No matter what you have planned for your break, Anaheim has something for the whole family.

Unique Leap Day Options

February 21st, 2016

Congratulations—you’ve earned an extra day in February! That’s 24 hours that you can fill with whatever you like. In southern California, the options are even more enticing. The famous 24-hour Leap Day Celebration at Disneyland is a one-of-a-kind event that only happens (you guessed it!) every four years. If you’ve ever wanted to ride the Pirates of the Caribbean at 3am, this is the year to do it! However, be forewarned: It can get very busy, so plan accordingly.

Many stores have special Leap Day sales, so you might want to see if that boutique in Beverly Hills is offering up anything spectacular. Since Leap Day falls on a Monday in 2016, it’s also a great day to see if your local coffee shops are helping to put even more “leap” in your life. Discounted drinks, special concoctions, and even giveaways can pop up at a moment’s notice.


24 Extra Hours

If you’re traveling on business, embrace Leap Day as a way of showing your clients or boss what you can do with an extra 24 hours. Make this the day to go above and beyond. Come up with some new pitches, deliver that report early, or otherwise knock everyone’s socks off.

No matter how you plan to celebrate Leap Day, make it count! You won’t get a chance like this again until 2020.


Disney’s Best Kept Park Secrets

January 14th, 2016

See Disneyland like you never have before, even if this is your twentieth trip to Anaheim! In Cinderella’s castle, there’s a secret suite that was originally created as a getaway for Walt and his wife. It’s gilded in 24k gold, has a “Magic mirror” that’s also a hidden television, and features stunning stained glass features. Look for the window above the fire station on Main Street—it used to light up to let visitors know that Walt himself was on site!

Take a closer look at Cinderella in the fountain—adults should crouch down. She looks poignant or sad to most adults but from a lower angle you can see (and kids always can!) that she is actually smiling. See if you can spot the secret “smellitizers” that blast appropriate aromas around the park, such as sea smells near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

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The Magic of Disney

If you keep an eye out, you might spy one of the many feral cats that call Disneyland home (although they most often come out at night). Try to count the steps between garbage bins in the park. Walt found that it took him 25 steps to eat a hot dog, and that’s why he dictated there be a bin every 25 steps no matter where you go.

From the real human skull on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride to the Club 33 in New Orleans Square, Disney is brimming with secrets eager to reveal themselves to you.




Halloween Party at Disneyland

August 13th, 2015

Halloween Party at DisneylandThere is still some time left before fall is here but tickets for the best Halloween party around sell out fast and you don’t want to be left in the dark this Halloween season. Disney’s Halloween Party is all thrills and no chills for families throughout the Halloween season. Select nights in September and October, the park is open to party guests as they enjoy exclusive access to rides, games, trick-or-treating stations, dance parties, live music and so much more. Kids get to enjoy photo ops with their favorite characters and parents can make memories with their kids in a safe, family friendly environment. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy the season.

This is a popular event and tickets sell out fast so get your tickets today. Tickets can be purchased online and you can find more information about dates, times, costume guidelines and more.

Make it a family fun weekend and book your Disneyland hotel with us. We have great rates, clean rooms, friendly staff and we are as close to the park as you can get. Check out our specials page for even more savings and reserve your room today. We look forward to having you visit with us for Disney’s Halloween Party this year.