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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Carthay Circle Club

As reported on Bluesky Disney, as well as the newest Al Lutz article, there have been talks- rest assured, just talks- about a new club proposed for Disney's California Adventure. CCC, as it is being called (whether it is pronounced "C.C.C" or "Triple C" is unkown at this point do to the fact I can't hear how people pronounce the name over the Internet), has recieved mixed reactions by Disney fans around the internet.

And understandably so. Back in 2005, I had the previlage to go eat lunch with friends in Club 33. It was an amazing expierience, and I thuroughly enjoyed the history and prestige of the Club. It's not everyday you get to spend hours in a place where 90% of the theme park's visiting guests know about. A place where celebrities, dignitaries, and presidents have eaten.

However, some people are jumping the gun on this. Remember, it's no where near greenlit. But the fact that this story is being posted in many places around the net may propvide evidence that it is seriously being considered.

What I don't understand is that people are saying it's a marketing gimmick. Um, hello. Everything Disney has ever done is to make money. So let's get that thought out of your head. Even Walt, who I admire and respect but don't hold him to be the Savior some people think he is, opened Disneyland to make a profit.

What I'm curious about is how this club will be executed. Will it be another home for members of Club 33? Will it be another additional club for people to buy into? Or will it be a Club for something else, like a club for DVC members or D23 members? I really hope it's the latter of the list. For example, if it were to become a Club for DVC or D23 members, then members could scheduel one meal for themselves per year.

However, I will say this: I'm not against this club at all. However, it should be executed properly. For example, I say wait a while for DCA to become the respectable park it always should have been. It will be a few years until Buena Vista Street is done. When it is finally completed in Late 2010/Early 2011, the enterance to DCA will, as many of you know, resemble 1920's LA that Walt would have witnessed when he got off of that train. It would be a suiting area to have a club, like those old clubs in LA and Hollywood. Still, if I was Disney, I would continue to wait a few years, and add the club in Phase 2 of the Makeover.

Also, having the club take up the enitre Carthay Cirlce Theater leaves much to be desired. Disney should put whatever they want on the lower floor, yet have the upperfloor, as well as some buildings next to the club, be used as the space for this club.

And it must be different then Club 33. Different designs, different decor and a totally different atmosphere. Rather then be hidden from the crowd, make it known. Display it as an exclusive club, much like they did in LA 80 years ago. And make sure that there are other great restaurants, too so that everyone can eat at a nice place.

By doing this, Club 33 could keep it's secretiveness as well as it's prestigousness while giving DCA a new level of that detail that was sorely missing from it's opening day.

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