Your First Visit
Quite often, your first experience can
be, well, a bit overwhelming. A myth, a phenomenon, a whisper from guests
passing by the anonymous door, the club is surrounded by mystique.
Speaking from experience, my initial visit to the
club was a little stressful. When to show up, correct attire, what to say when
going through the door, proper etiquette, an endless list of worries. I was very
conscientious of embarrassing the member who signed us in. Needless to say, in a
matter of minutes the worries passed and a wonderful time was at hand.
I have been asked by several soon-to-visit
guests, the same questions which I also endlessly pondered. To assist, here are my
general impressions and answers. Please understand, these are based upon my own
When to arrive at the park:
Arrive at the park at least one hour earlier than your reservation time. An hour
should allow enough time to park your vehicle, ride the tram, visit Guest
Relations, enter the park, and thusly walk to the club. Unless you have an annual
pass, you will be required to pay for parking. Actual club members do
What to wear:
Please click on this link to visit our Dress Code
Where to go first:
If you do not have annual passes to the park, the first place to visit after
parking is Guest Relations. Guest Relations is located East of the entrance to
California Adventure, behind the concrete wall, near the lockers. Tell the
cast member you have reservations at the club, give them your name and number of
guests in your
party. They will have a list of club visitors for that particular day. After
checking your ID, the cast member will hand you your guest passes to enter both
Time to arrive at the club:
Arrive at the club at the designated time of your reservations.
Frequently the club is busy and if they are clearing tables or making special
arrangements, they may ask that guests wait outside or in the foyer until
their table is prepared. The club does not like to keep their guests waiting, so
this request is certainly understandable.
If you do arrive early, the club requests no
sooner than five minutes.
Allow yourself and your guests enough time to
walk through the busy park. Major holidays may experience heavy foot traffic.
How to get inside:
The entrance has been relocated and is now located to the right of Le
Bat en Rouge. The original entrance door to the club will remain in place,
next to The Blue Bayou, but will no longer be utilized.
If your reservations are at the initial opening time of the club (11:OOAM for
lunch, 5:00PM for dinner), and you're
early, there will be
no answer when you push the speaker button. Please do not worry. When the club
is ready, they will answer the door. They normally do not open early, preferring
a routine schedule. A small line usually forms at the door, so waiting patiently
pays off as guests are seated in order of check in. Please allow the staff time to make the preparations and process the check ins.
You're now inside! The host/hostess will greet you and ask if they can
take your hat and coat. Once situated, the host will call upstairs via a
special phone and inform the maitre' d your party is present. There is normally
a small wait time of perhaps three to five minutes while preparations are
finalized upstairs. Please be patient.
Stairs or lift:
Once preparations are complete, you will be informed that your table is ready.
The host will ask if you would care to take the stairs or the French Lift. Most guests
take the French Lift, it's very nostalgic.
Upon arrival on the second floor, you will meet the maitre'
You will now be escorted to your table. Your waiter/waitress is introduced and
your meal begins.
The buffet is quite exciting, offering wondrous
Click to visit the Photo Tour.
The club staff will keep your drinks filled and make sure your needs are taken
care of. If you have a question just ask, they're happy to assist. At the
buffet you serve yourself, so don't be embarrassed to make several trips. Take
your time and enjoy your meal.
Evenings possess an ambiance the likes
of which no other restaurant can duplicate. The crowd beneath the balconies, the
sounds of the Mark Twain passing by, jazz bands playing, it's pure Disney magic.
Lights sparkle and dance across The Rivers of America and the fireworks hold
more excitement when viewed from the balcony. Enjoy your rich dessert, have a
cup of coffee, the night is young.