Back in April, it was revealed that Club 33, The "secret" Disneyland club, would be making its way to Walt Disney World sometime this year. However, since this announcement last spring, almost nothing has been revealed about what guests can expect from this ultra-exclusive, incredibly upscale (and of course insanely pricey) experience. However, we do know a few things about Disney's plans to make an East Coast version of the most extravagant Disney upcharge ever created:
1. At least two of the Club 33 locations are being prepped right now
Back when this project was first announced we assumed that Disney would be using existing lounge and restaurant spaces around the resort to create these new Club 33 locations, and from what it looks like, this is indeed what Disney is doing. Several weeks ago, construction walls appeared around entrance to the (former?) Chase lounge at the American Adventure at Epcot, implying that some construction work is going on around this area. While Disney could be bringing back the Chase Lounge for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, conversion into a Club 33 location seems much more likely, as this location has a kitchen attachment.
Meanwhile, over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, it is being speculated that the former Catwalk Bar (which sits atop the Brown Derby Lounge and hasn't been used in years) is being eyed for the location of Club 33 in this park, as the elevator that leads to this area has been mysteriously blocked off and surrounded by construction walls as well.
Though it looks like we know where these two parks will be, there's been no hints yet about where a location at the Magic Kingdom or Disney's Animal Kingdom will be. Which could be a problem...
2. Could we be looking at a phased opening?
When Disney first announced that Club 33 was indeed coming to Walt Disney World, they confirmed that they were hoping to open all four locations later this fall, and invited guests interested in joining to sign up for an email waitlist (which is now full). In the months since this original announcement, those who were able to join this list have gotten only a few updates, but their most recent message, which was sent in June, backs off the fall opening date, saying that interested parties will receive an "update" on this project this fall.
So what might this mean? There's no way to know for sure, but with construction going on at at least two locations, we'd wager that Disney will at least have the Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios locations ready by Christmas. And though Disney could be working on Club 33 locations inside the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom in offstage areas not easily seen, if they haven't started working on these Club 33 locations, we might be looking at a phased opening for Walt Disney World's version of Club 33.