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    The Legend The Club's Name

    Why did Disney pick the number 33 for Club 33. I'm guessing that it was because when you turn 33 on it side it is mm for mickey mouse. is that right?
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    33 is for the street address. The entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at "33 Royal Street" .

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    There have been a few urban legends that have sprung up about the origin of the name, including the "mm" connection. But Stitch is right, it's just the club's address. Walt Disney wanted a private club where he could serve alcohol to his guests, but the county needed a precise street address for the liquor license. So the buildings in New Orleans Square were all assigned addresses, and the club's just happened to turn out to be 33. For the record, the Blue Bayou's address is 35 Royal Street.
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    Some of the other "legends" Brian mentioned are:

    - Club 33 was named for Disneyland's 33 sponsors at the time.
    - Walt Disney chose the name simply because he liked the way that "33" looked.
    - According to the employee,s "33" was chosen because Walt's lucky number was 3.

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    I don't know about that last one Stitch, I have always heard that 13 was Walt's lucky number
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    I pulled that off the web, so it could be incorrect, or that could be why it is an urban legend.

    13 huh? Good taste in numbers he had!

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    The Address Walt picked for Disneyland was 1313 since he had several blocks of Harbour Blvd he could have chosen any odd number (even is on the other side of the street) between something like 1200 and 1700

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    I found a website that has a great deal of info on club 33. It says that the liquor License actually simply has the regular Disneyland shipping address on it. The reason for the name is explained:

    Club 33 was intended as a place where Walt would entertain friends and business associates (including the park's forty-seven participants), but Walt died before the club was finished. It was left to others, therefore, to decide what to do with the club; with Walt gone, the club's original reason for being no longer made sense. The forty-seven participants were polled, and thirty-three of them opted for turning Walt's club into a private club, one in which the general public could obtain membership for a fee. Thus this private club came to be called Club 33, and the address 33 Royal Street was assigned to it. (It had been the intention all along to assign addresses to the shops, restaurants, and other structures on Royal Street, but the address of 33 Royal Street was not given to Club 33 until after the club's name had already been decided upon.)

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    Another tidbit, the kitchen for Club 33 is attached to where Walt's new apartment would have been had he lived. This is now the Disney Gallery.
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    Zar333,

    It appears you got that from Snope.com. That's usually a pretty reliable source, but I believe it's wrong in this case. Not only do the CMs who work in Club 33 relate the liquor license story, I also found this on the Theme Park Detective web site, which is the site for the book Disneyland Detective: An Independent Guide to Discovering Disney’s Legend, Lore, & Magic, written by a woman who personally interviewed several Imagineers:

    How did Club 33 get its name?

    Some people thought that there were 33 lessees to the club. Not true. Others thought that there were 33 original investors to Disneyland. Also not true. Still others thought that 33 turned on its side looks like mm. While that may be true, that is not how Club 33 got its name.

    Club 33 was named for its liquor license. According to Disney Legend Bill Martin who is credited for naming Club 33, the club needed an address that was separate from Disneyland since it would not be appropriate for Disneyland to register for a liquor license. New Orleans Square was numbering the building facades and Club 33 was located at 33 Royal Street. The restaurant was called the 33 Club until the name Club 33 stuck. Club 33 was just inches away from being named Club 35.
    By the way, there's an error in my previous message. The Blue Bayou is at 31 Royal Street, not 35.
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    Thank you for the clarification sir. Sometimes I really dig it when the answer is a lot more simple then legend makes us think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiggerguy View Post
    Another tidbit, the kitchen for Club 33 is attached to where Walt's new apartment would have been had he lived. This is now the Disney Gallery.
    And if you look behind the service counter in the Disney Gallery, you'll see that the cash register is sitting right over a sink that was installed for Walt and Lillian's personal use. There's also a small refrigerator back there which the CMs now use for their own personal storage.
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