The goal of this blog series is to factually prove or disprove rumors and myths in the Disney-verse. Tonight on TMSM Mythbusters we are tackling the myth regarding Secret Clubs and Felines in the parks.
Secret Clubs In The Parks?
Rumors of secret and private clubs in Disney Parks are always fun. So instead of leaving you to wonder if one coast has a private club and the other doesn’t let’s cover both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s “private club” rumors tonight.
Let’s start with the original park Disneyland. The rumor about a private club in Disneyland is indeed true. “Club 33″ is a private club located in New Orleans Square right next to the Blue Bayou restaurant at “33 Royal Street”. The club opened in 1967 and currently requires a $25,000 per person joining fee and then $10,000 a year to stay a member. These fees seem pretty steep until you realize members receive receive complimentary access to Disneyland and California Adventure, access to the Lilly Belle, complimentary valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel, six FastPasses they can use immediately when they use their club card at the FP kiosk, and they can go in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and engine of the park’s steam trains.
Heading East to Walt Disney World we tackle the tale of “Club 21″. Rumored to be near Pirates of the Caribbean this club is actually a myth. Many think that this myth came to be because of the parks corporate lounges and perhaps because word of “Club 33″ started getting out.
So though the Disneyland Myth is confirmed, the Walt Disney World myth is busted!
Felines on Parade
Rumors of gators in the sewers in Disneyland make me laugh because gators don’t live in California, but the myth about cats in Disneyland always intrigued me. As a cat owner I love my cats (and the beagle is just as important to us) and I always wondered if this myth was true. I was so excited in August 2013 to SEE one of the Disneyland Cats that I even took it’s picture!
Unlike Walt Disney World which was built in open fields and swampland, Disneyland is surrounded by a city which means feral cats aren’t hard to imagine being around the park’s property. But for feral cats to be IN the parks and accepted by CM’s? Yes ladies and gentleman the “Cats of Disneyalnd” are in fact a true part of Disney lore and are very much accepted by Cast Members and Park Management.
They cats have been a facet of the park since 1955 and actually help the park by doing what cats do best, hunt rodents and control the population of pests. The cats are feral and come and go as they wish, usually only appearing at night due to their nocturnal habits. Disney does though ensure having the cats around is a safe situation The cats are caught to be spayed and neutered and Disney makes sure they are up to date on their shots. These four-legged CM’s even have feeding stations back stage away from people to keep them anti-social* to ensure they leave guests alone back stage so they aren’t hungry.
So cat lovers I am sure you are all very happy to see the myth about feral cats being allowed in Disneyland is in fact confirmed!