What We Got Right in 1984

Orange Coast has chronicled life in O.C. for more than 40 years. What did we predict 32 years ago?

Club 33 DisneylandThe August issue of Orange Coast ran a piece called “Club 33: Exploring Uncle Walt’s Inner Sanctum,” about Disneyland’s exclusive restaurant/club. Even then, it was considered Disney’s best-kept secret. Pete Eckel, its assistant manager then, responded to Orange Coast’s call with, “We like to keep a low profile here. We’re a private membership club, so I can’t give you any information. I’m sorry.” Three of the original 33 members were Coca-Cola, Carnation, and Kodak.

The gem is still there, hidden inside New Orleans Square, and most people can only dream of what it might be like. Today, blogs and fans on social media attempt to share Club 33 secrets, but it’s still mostly a mystery. A few things about the club haven’t changed: it has a steep membership fee; it’s the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol; and only a fortunate few know what goes on behind its door.

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