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!
Jennifer loves long walks down main street, capturing moments and spending time with her loved ones..