- Disney parks are home to some exclusive spots that even the most die-hard fans may not have seen.
- Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World is home to the Cinderella Castle Suite, a private gated community called Golden Oak, and a fancy restaurant called Victoria & Albert’s.
- Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is home to the famous Club 33, as well as a private apartment built just for Walt Disney.
Disney parks have no shortage of devoted fans and followers, but even the most die-hard Disney aficionados may have never seen some of the most exclusive areas in the parks.
Both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, house many areas that are only available to a select lucky few.
From the members-only Club 33 lounge to the lavish Cinderella Castle Suite, here’s a look at some of the most exclusive spots in Disney World and Disneyland.
Cinderella Castle is one of Walt Disney World’s most iconic landmarks.
Most people don’t know that there’s a secret hiding at the top of the castle.
The top of the castle is home to the exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite.
Guests are first met with a grand lobby as they enter the door and head inside the private elevator.
Once guests make their way up the elevator, they are met with a grand bedroom.
The bedroom contains two queen-sized beds.
The beds have luxurious canopies along the wooden headboard.
A “C” for Cinderella can be found on top of the headboard.
The bedroom also features a desk area next to the beds.
If you look closely at the desk, you’ll notice that Cinderella left something behind.
Cinderella’s glass slipper is placed at the center of the bedside desk.
The opulent suite features multiple rooms.
The suite breaks off into multiple areas that are small yet luxurious.
The bedroom leads into a living area, with a cushy couch and intricate ceiling decorations.
The living room has windows that provide an excellent view of the park.
The windows are adorned with Cinderella-themed stained glass designs.
The characters Jac and Gus can be found in the living room.
The walls are lined with Cinderella-themed memorabilia.
According to Disney Tourist Blog, some celebrities invited to stay at the suite are gifted with their own glass slipper.
A sparkling tiara and wand are also on display.
The bathroom includes two sinks and a separate vanity setup.
You’ll find a stained glass window above the sinks.
The inviting bathtub has a simulated sky effect on the ceiling.
Disney Tourist Blog shared a thorough look at the lavish bathroom, which is surrounded by colourful Cinderella-themed artwork.
The lights can be dimmed for an extra relaxing effect.
Dimming the lights adds a dramatic touch to the starry sky effect on the ceiling.
The bathroom setup also has a small shower for those who aren’t a fan of baths.
It features a swirling gold design along the walls and matching gold shower curtains.
The bathroom brings a new meaning to calling the toilet a “porcelain throne.”
The room is fully carpeted with wooden walls and an ornate lighting fixture at its center.
Another exclusive spot is Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort.
Golden Oak is a gated community located just four miles outside of the Magic Kingdom.
The community has 300 homes within its eight neighbourhoods.
Currently available single-family homes start at around $US2.3 million.
Many of the homes feature subtle Disney design elements.
This kitchen has a scene with “Peter Pan” theme above the stove.
You might even find Minnie Mouse hiding in stair railings.
Details such as these add some subtle Disney magic while maintaining an elegant feel.
The Summerhouse is the center of the community’s events and special amenities.
The private clubhouse holds a gym, pool, and community dining area.
The Summerhouse also features a lounge area with a big screen television.
It seems like the perfect place to watch classic Disney movies.
The clubhouse is also home to an exclusive restaurant called Markham’s.
The restaurant is only accessible by residents of Golden Oak.
Entrees range from $US24 to $US40.
The kitchen aims to use local and sustainable ingredients as much as possible.
For a distinctly Disney touch, the restaurant sometimes offers a Ratatouille-themed dessert tray.
The tray has a hand-painted figure of the character Remy made entirely out of white chocolate.
An adjoining bar called Tyler’s offers a private place to grab a drink.
It’s an intimate setup with a full bar available to its guests.
The Grand Floridian Hotel is also home to one of the most sought-after restaurants on Disney property.
The hotel itself is also one of the most beloved resorts by Disney fans.
Victoria & Albert’s is one of the most elegant — and expensive — restaurants on park property.
The dining room has some of the most lavish decor of any Disney restaurant. There are about 18 tables available, so reservations are a must.
The sounds of gentle harp music fill the dining room.
The music adds to the gentle, soft ambiance of the decor.
The restaurant also has the separate Queen Victoria Room.
It seats up to eight people, making for a more private experience.
Guests are required to stick to a dress code to fit the elegant ambiance.
Men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants or slacks, though ties are optional. Women can wear a dress, dressy pantsuit, or a skirt with a blouse.
Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops, and tennis shoes are not permitted.
The menu consists of several multi-course meal options.
The restaurant considers itself “the ultimate in fine dining at Walt Disney World Resort.”
The Chef’s Dégustation Menu costs $US250 per person.
It includes several appetizers, entrées, and desserts.
It’s one of the most raved-about dining options to choose from.
People on Yelp have called it “a phenomenal experience” and “an experience of a lifetime.”
Perhaps the most famous exclusive Disney spot is found in California’s Disneyland.
The mysterious spot was originally designed as a space for Walt Disney to entertain guests and business associates, but he died five months before it opened.
It is now the hub of an exclusive, invite-only membership club located in the New Orleans Square section of the park.
Club 33’s blue door has become one of the most iconic landmarks in the park for Disney aficionados.
The club frequently has a long wait-list to join. According to one Club 33 member, there is a $US25,000 to $US100,000 initiation fee and $US12,500 to $US30,000 annual fee, depending on the level of membership.
A vintage-style elevator and grand red lobby are on the other side of the iconic blue door.
The elevator is a replica of a lift Walt Disney saw during a vacation in Paris.
Members can dine in the club’s restaurant, Le Grand Salon.
The lavish dining room features wide windows with vast views of the park.
The dining area extends out into the balconies overlooking the area.
It’s a taste of classic New Orleans-style architecture.
The paintings on the wall feature several special effects.
Some of the paintings change every few minutes, while some feature subtle animations.
The club also has access to an exclusive outdoor seating area.
The blue stairwell has become a popular photo spot for those who visit.
Guests can choose from lighter lunch fare or dinner options.
The pork brioche sandwich has gotten rave reviews.
The lamb T-bone is a popular dinner option.
It comes with braised lamb ravioli.
Le Salon Nouveau is a fancy jazz lounge that members also have access to.
It’s currently the only place in Disneyland that serves alcohol.
Club 33 members also have exclusive access to the 1901 Lounge in Disney California Adventure.
The rooms are filled with tons of artifacts from Walt Disney’s office.
Vintage Disney memorabilia lines the walls of the lounge.
Vintage Mickey and Minnie dolls are displayed on the top shelf.
The lounge also has a bar area.
It has an upscale yet laid-back vibe.
The Disneyland Railroad isn’t exactly exclusive, but it does hold a secret section many casual fans don’t know about.
The authentic steam-powered train is a classic attraction, but its special parlor car is only seen by a select few.
The Lilly Belle car is an elegantly designed train car that is only available during special times.
According to Disney Dose, the Lilly Belle car is the last remaining car from the opening day of Disneyland. It’s named after and inspired by Walt Disney’s wife Lillian Disney.
Special access is often given to the first few guests in line when the park opens, so spots are fairly limited. However, the park is now including a look inside the train car during the $US85 Grand Circle Tour.
Another exclusive spot in Disneyland is Walt Disney’s private apartment.
The 500-square-foot apartment was built so Disney could have a place to watch his vision come to life. It’s located right above the firehouse towards the entrance of the park.
The public can now get a rare glimpse of the apartment by taking the “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” guided tour.
If you can’t take the tour, be sure to look for the lamp in the window. It’s kept on in honour of Walt Disney himself.
Take a closer look at the private apartment on the Disney Parks YouTube channel.
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