Experiencing Club 33 is a once in a lifetime opportunity but I am very grateful that this was the second time I got to experience it. Better yet, we were able to celebrate one of my best friend's birthdays here along with an amazing group of friends! The first time I went was back in December 2013, right before the big refurbishment. I never thought I would be able to see the new refurbishment so when we found out we were going for lunch, I screamed from excitement.
Club 33 is truly an experience like no other. Secluded in New Orleans Square, some might not even notice the door that will let you inside this beautiful place, let alone the doorbell that members/invitees use to enter.
To get in, you must press this doorbell. Here a cast member will ask for your name and grant you access if your name is on the list of reservations. Upon entering, they immediately take you to Court of Angels where you wait for a cast member to come take you up to Club 33.
Before the refurbishment, Court of Angels was a place anyone could go to but now it's the waiting area for Club 33. It's such a beautiful little courtyard and I am so happy I was able to be here again. This use to be the place I wanted David to propose but alas, they closed it off to the rest of us and that was a dream that never happened (it's okay because he ended up proposing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle during the Diamond Celebration but that's a story for another day). There's something just so calming about this area that I've missed and can I just live there forever?
Once it's time for your reservation, a cast member will lead you up the stairs (if you need an elevator to get up to the second floor, they do have one if needed). As soon as you're at the top of the staircase, you're greeted by this wonderful mosaic on the ground.
How gorgeous is it?! I, of course, had to take the obligatory shoefie with the Club 33 mosaic. The colors are absolutely stunning and what a wonderful welcome before you step inside Club 33.
If there's one thing I've loved about the refurbishment is the color change. Everything is so much brighter with the beautiful blue and gold. I wish I could show you pictures of what I mean but for privacy purposes, no pictures are allowed of the dining room (or of the lounge, and only members are allowed in here with their guests). However, you can tell with this mosaic and the merchandise that they went a much brighter route.
Now for my favorite part, the food. I am so sorry if the next couple of pictures make you drool.
I warn you, I do not remember at all the name of this amazing appetizer but it was something along the lines of a salmon puff. And the salmon did NOT disappoint. I should have gotten two of these since you can either get two of the appetizers or an appetizer and a salad/or soup. The puff with the salmon and sauce MELTED in your mouth and everything combined made for such a tasty beginning. This appetizer was not on the menu but I think it should be a permanent option.
After the appetizer, I chose this signature "Lafayette" garden salad that included shaved radish, cucumbers and vinaigrette maison. The salad was very fresh but after haven eaten the salmon puff, I regretted my decision of a salad. It wasn't tasty enough for me and I would not order it again.
Next came this amazing entree and no words could truly explain how DELICIOUS this was. This was the Angus Filet Mignon with taleggio cream and poached onion. It also comes with roasted mushrooms but I have a strong dislike to them so I asked for no mushrooms on mine. The sauce and cream paired together with the meat was so savory. I wish there was a way for you to be able to taste it because it was phenomenal. The meat was cooked perfectly how I like it: medium rare. I have no regrets for this dish whatsoever.
One of the best parts, DESSERT. This is their caramel mousse "Napoleon" with almond brittle and orange currant coulis. I am not a huge fan of having dessert after a huge meal (I eat like a small bird) but WOW. I definitely had some room left for this delicious treat. It wasn't too sweet and the combination of the caramel with the orange currant coulis was a taste I'll remember forever.
You might think this was the end of our meal but oh no. I wasn't leaving without having their cappuccino.
Mostly for picture purposes, I really wanted and NEEDED this cappuccino. The foam comes with the Club 33 burnt on top. I really did not want to stir it at all once I added the sugar and cream to it (maybe half an hour later I did) but it was a cappuccino well made. As many of you know, I LOVE coffee and this one did not disappoint. It gave me the boost I needed to get out of the food coma I was in and ready for the rest of the day of park hopping.
After we were done waiting out the food coma, we headed to the balcony to have a small photoshoot with our friends. It's such a wonderful feeling being able to be on that balcony overlooking New Orleans Square. It's a view for years that I wished to see and now have been lucky to have experienced twice. It's so romantic now too because they have tables for 2 out there! (HINT HINT DAVID). Not sure if that's always been an option but it's the first time I've noticed it.
After our small photoshoot on the balcony, it was time to do even more damage to our wallets. That's right, we got to buy some of the amazing merchandise they have to offer. Not everything is available to purchase as a non-member but we were still able to pick up some wonderful souvenirs to remember this amazing day by.
David and I got matching "dad" hats as we call them and the material it's made from is so smooth and airy! They are very comfortable and have the logo on the front as well as the words Club Thirty Three on the back in the gold embroidery.
Next we got these amazing pins! I love the all gold pin so much and it's a lot bigger than the pin with the blue. However, I love that the smaller pin has that beautiful blue that you see all over Club 33. And no, we will not be trading these, EVER.
I also got this amazing keychain! I love LOVE the sparkly blue background and I love that it has the extra gold Club Thirty Three on it. Not going to lie, I don't think I'll ever put it on my keys because I'm too scared of it ever ripping off. It's just so pretty!
And lastly, this amazing mouse hat. At first, we didn't buy it. I know right? What was I thinking? But after seeing my friend Ashley wear hers and then Kara also get hers, I knew it had to be bought! I'm so glad I did because now it will be right next to my first pair of Club 33 ears I bought years ago. Not a bad haul if I do say so myself.
I know a lot of you are asking: how did you get in? For privacy purposes, I will not say but just a very amazing person that let us experience this with her. We could not be more thankful for such a wonderful experience. As much as it was amazing being inside Club 33 again, the memories are what matter most. We shared so much laughter and stories, and in my opinion, became a whole lot closer. And that is what matters the most. If I never get to experience Club 33 again, that's okay! I have such wonderful memories to hold onto and I hope everyone is able to experience it at least once in their lifetime. Until next time friends!
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of partnering with Outlets at Orange and they were so kind to take me shopping during my visit!
It is a 10 minute drive from Disneyland which is perfect whenever you need a break away from the park crowds or if you ever forget a necessity (unless you're like me and is constantly in need of retail therapy) these outlets are at a perfect distance. Some of my favorite stores are located at Outlets at Orange such as Hot Topic, Forever 21, Victoria's Secret, Old Navy Outlet, American Eagle and Nordstrom Rack, just to name a few. I'll be sharing with you some of the amazing pieces I found for some future Disney outfits I have planned.
At Forever 21, I found this AMAZING crewneck sweater featuring my favorite Disney pals and it was only $22.90, not including tax! As soon as I saw that Daisy was included in this graphic design, I knew I HAD TO have it as she is one of my favorite characters! It's beyond soft as well as cozy and with fall weather approaching, I know it will be the perfect piece to my wardrobe. You can find this sweater here.
I love fun socks (if you know me, you know my dislike for plain white socks), and as soon as I saw these on the checkout lane, they made me laugh and in my basket they went. For only $1.90 (before tax), I think they were quite the steal. You can find the "You are Pear-fect" socks (not in this grey color but a fun blue) here and the sushi socks here.
After Forever 21, I decided to check out Hot Topic and I was not disappointed! I love the amount of Disney items that they have and it's hard for me to ever walk out empty handed. This day was no exception.
Stitch is one of my favorite characters (him and I go way back to my cast member days) and as I was browsing inside the store, I noticed his blue self peeping under a stack of shirts. I love that it says "Stay Weird" because if there's one thing I'm unapologetic about, it's being true to myself no matter how "weird" I can be. I also love that it's a ringer tee since it gives it more of a retro look which I absolutely love! You can find this weirdly awesome shirt here.
One of my all time favorite movies is Beauty and the Beast! My love for it was reborn when the live action film released earlier this year and I have been listening to the soundtrack almost everyday since (does anyone else feel like they just broke up with someone when Evermore plays? My dramatic level rises with that song).
While browsing Hot Topic, the artwork on this ringer tee immediately caught my eye. It's GORGEOUS. I love that it has Belle's silhouette along with the roses and even has Lumiere! I cannot wait to pair it up with my Enchanted Rose Danielle Nicole crossbody and maybe a tulle skirt? We shall see. You can find this beautiful tee here.
Not only did the Outlets at Orange take me shopping but they also went shopping FOR ME. Here are the amazing pieces that they found for me and I am absolutely in love! These items can be found either at Hot Topic or Tilly's. I absolutely cannot wait to style these and share what I come up with!
Again, if you are ever in need of getting away from the parks even for just a couple of hours, this location is ideal! They also have some delicious restaurants! Some of my absolute favorites are Market Broiler (you can never go wrong with any of their salmon or scallop dishes), Buffalo Wild Wings (I love wings so much and recommend the sweet bbq sauce), El Torito (have you ever tried their amazing brunches?), and BJ's, just to name a few!
They also have Lucky Strike if you're a fan of bowling and Dave & Buster's! A perfect way to unwind and have some fun with the family!
Thank you so much again Outlets at Orange for inviting me for a visit! I'll be seeing you real soon!
On our most recent trip to Disneyland, we celebrated my little sister's 24th birthday at Goofy's Kitchen. Every year, we try our very best to make the biggest deal we can possibly make for her. She loves birthdays so much so we knew we had to take her to her favorite dining experience, Goofy's Kitchen.
To say she was beyond thrilled is an understatement. The first character to come around once we were seated was Chip and he gave so much love to Gaby. She loves meeting the characters and she always likes to tell them (in her own way) why she's there. She kept showing off her Mickey Mouse that she carries with her EVERYWHERE.
Minnie Mouse was by far our favorite interaction of the entire trip! She arrived right as they were about to sing Happy Birthday to Gaby and then towards the end of our meal, she brought Mickey Mouse over for a picture. She let us know some of the secret ingredients to the amazing food being served at Goofy's Kitchen before she left. Hopefully we are able to recreate some of the dishes back at home.
If you haven't been to Goofy's Kitchen, one of the cool things about celebrating your birthday or anniversary here is that you get this awesome Goofy cupcake! I love how it has Goofy's hat and yes, it's very delicious.
What we love most about Goofy's Kitchen is the atmosphere. We have always had amazing experiences with the characters here. This time around, we met Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Chip and Dale. The price per person is $39 per adult and this is without an annual pass discount so if you have one, you do get a discount here.
The food was delicious, as always! It's a buffet and there's a huge selection for dinner. I stuck to the Mac N Cheese Pizza because it's one of my favorites! The mashed potatoes are some of the best I've had on property and highly recommend for you to have them if you like some spuddy goodness.
We love Goofy's Kitchen and highly recommend everyone to go here. It's located in the Disneyland Hotel but you don't have to stay here to be able to make reservations. If you've been here before, what's your favorite character to meet? Let me know in the comments below!
Jennifer loves long walks down main street, capturing moments and spending time with her loved ones..