Yesterday I went to Disneyland and California Adventure. I was probably 14 or 15 or so since the last time I have been there. Now this visit was unlike any other trip to the land of Disney. My awesome Mom has the hookups for Club 33, which is a super private Disney Club and Restaurant that takes 10 to 15 years to become a member and it isn’t cheap either. A little history lesson I learned while there, Club 33 was Walt Disney’s private living quarters at the park since the first day it opened. When Walt died and his park home was converted to Club 33 in 1967, a fine dining restaurant in the heart of the New Orleans Square at Disneyland. So after a day of reliving my childhood and going on a bunch of rides which I remembered as being much funner, but still awesome nonetheless, I was starving and ready to chow down. So for dinner you have to dress up, which means no shorts, jeans and etc. So we all had brought clothes and I took mine and went to changed in the bathroom. As I am changing in a stall I begin to hear explosions of gaseous shart sounds coming from next door. It only took 3-4 seconds after, for the smell of what I would describe as morbid decay, to come creeping up and over, filling every inch of possible breathing space around me. My appetite was ruined for a good 10 minutes but luckily I was able to recover before dinner.
Dinner was amazing! Very high class ambiance. We had two personal servers who waited on our table. The menu contained of amazing dishes from prime select cut meats to extremely fresh seafood. I myself got the “special” menu called “The Vintner”. The Vintner was a 5 course meal which could be paired with wine, which I decided to go with since this is the only place you can buy and drink alcohol at any Disney park. My meal was so delicious and poignant. And now I will go through the courses:
A warm Spinach Salad, with bacon cooked Prosciutto in a light (and do I mean light) variation of Caesar Dressing.
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2007
Extremely fresh portion of Pompano(fish) served with Israeli Couscous(which was soo delicious) in a Sun Dried Tomato sauce .
*Picture looked better before I devoured half of it
Wine: Clos Du Bois, Chardonnay Reserve, Russian River Valley 2007
Third Couse: (Main Course)
Fillet of Chateaubriand perfectly cooked medium rare served with a Leak Potato Puree and Garden Tomatoes and French Green Beans.
Wine: Wild Horse, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, 2007 (was not too crazy about this one)
Bonus Main Course:
Everyone in the family had the Vintner so I was able to sample each of everyones different main course.
A Pacific King Salmon served in a Carrot Mango Jus with French Stewed Lentil.
Colorado Rack of Lamb prepared with a Horseradish Jus Sauce served with a Heirloom Carrots, Baked Spinach Crisps and a Yukon Gold Gratin.
* At this point I’ve had a beer and 4 glasses of wine, so I guess I was already getting tipsy and I completely forgot to take a picture of the fourth course. Don’t worry you didnt miss much. It was 3 Cheese platter served with Baslamic Huckleberries. Still delicious though.
Wine: Graffigna Centenaric, Malbec Reserve, Argentina 2007 (Wine definitely tasted better paired with the cheese, I do not recommend drinking with by itself.)
Fifth Course: (Desserts)
* So now at this point in the night I am really buzzed and cant remember the names of the actual dishes, so instead I will try to come up with a decent description of them.
A Baked Apple with a soft Breadcrumb bottom cooked in a miniature dutch oven. Paired with Vanilla Ice Cream and a Creme Sauce which resembled the taste of a thinned out Ricotta cream found in a Cannoli.
Sweet Apple Crostini served with Vanilla Ice Cream
3 Gourmet Chocolate Plate, a Coffee and Chocolate Mouse, Chocolate Beignet with chocolate filling, and a Light Chocolate Cheesecake.
Wine: Bosc DLA REI, Moscato D’Asti, Italy 2008 (Delicious Moscato, probably the best I’ve ever tasted)
So now after stuffing my face silly, we decided to go to California Adventure. I was especially excited because I heard good things about the Tron Electronica exhibit and the World of Color light show. Walking through the park I was impressed with the overall light displays of the Tron exhibit. There was some good electro beating music and a non alcoholic bar in the middle where you can buy flavored air or a glow in the dark martini. The main dance area featured some pretty good looking Tron Olivia Wilde look alikes, and when I mean good I mean hot. I made my way to the dance floor leaving my parents behind to get down Disney style. Now I was really getting into the music and attracting a good crowd of girls who made their way over to dance. We started dancing for awhile and I slowly began to notice how out of place I seemed. Now, one thing you must remember is that dancing to electro at a Disney resort is nothing like going to a club and dancing there. I look slowly start to look around me and come to the realization everyone around here probably fall under one of five of the following:
1) Hot College Girls
2) Pre-Teen to Barely Legal Girls
3) Pre-Teen to Barely Legal Girls’ Guy Friends
4) Creepy Dudes Looking to Score on Categories 2 and 3
5) Old People/Parents
Now completely aware of my surroundings, there were not too many Hot College Girls, a ton of the Pre-Teen to Barely Legal Girls, a handful of Pre-Teen to Barely Legal Girls’ Guy Friends, and a uncomfortable amount of Creepy Dudes Looking to Score on Categories 2 and 3. The Old/People and parents just stood against the wall away from their kids trying to spot out category number 4’s. Now aware I slowly backed my way out of there and found my family and told them “Lets leave, I’m so embarrassed”. I also realized the so called DJ playing was just going through the motions like a DJ and while a playlist of songs loops over and over, all of which were probably pre approved to be played at a Disney facility.
Heres my footage of The Grid
Now onto World of Color. Despite watching it from a shitty spot where we could barely see anything, the show was amazing! Awesome water features pumping millions of gallons of water backed by amazing displays of Disney footage and lights. All the songs that were played brought me to a happy sadness realizing how great Disney songs are and also how much funner this whole event would be if I could share it with a special someone. Not to sound cheesy, but maybe it was all the couples snuggling together listening to the sounds theme songs of Up! and “A Whole New World” from Aladdin under the night sky. Will you be the special someone who I can take to California Adventure and watch the World of Color light show? All and all the overall the show was awesome, no complaints there.
Some of World of Color