Disney's Secret Club 33 Might Become a Feature Film

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Posted: Tuesday May 21, 2024 2:10pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A private Disney club might soon make its debut on the big screen. According to The Holywood Reporter, Club 33, the exclusive dining club inside Disneyland, is the subject of a new film project.

Darren Lemke, known for his work on Goosebumps and Shazam!, is reportedly set to write the script for this movie. The project is said to involve director Shawn Levy, known for Deadpool and Wolverine, along with producers Dan Levine and Dan Cohen from 21 Laps Entertainment, the studio behind Stranger Things and All The Light We Cannot See.

The rumored plot centers on Kim, a young aspiring detective in present-day New York who receives an invitation to the secretive Club 33. In this story, Club 33 is a magical dining club outside of time and space, frequented by historical icons and geniuses. When a murder occurs shortly after Kim's arrival, she must solve the mystery amidst some of history's greatest minds.

If confirmed, this film would be the latest in Disney's efforts to adapt its theme park attractions for the screen, following in the footsteps of Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrowland, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion. Such adaptations have had varying degrees of success.

A Brief History of Club 33 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Club 33 is one of the most exclusive and enigmatic spots in the Disney universe. Originally conceived by Walt Disney himself, the club was inspired by the executive lounges Walt encountered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Walt envisioned a private space within Disneyland where he could entertain corporate sponsors and other VIP guests.

Club 33 at Disneyland

Opened in 1967, Club 33 is located in the heart of New Orleans Square at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The club's name purportedly comes from its original address, 33 Royal Street. Entry to the club requires a membership, which is notoriously difficult to obtain, with waiting lists stretching for years and initiation fees rumored to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Inside, the club features luxurious decor, fine dining, and a collection of exclusive Disney memorabilia. The decor and atmosphere offer a unique blend of elegance and Disney magic, providing members with a unique experience that can't be found anywhere else in the park.

Club 33 at Walt Disney World

Following the success and mystique of the original Club 33, Disney expanded the concept to Walt Disney World in Florida. In 2018, Club 33 locations were introduced in each of the four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Each location features unique theming and decor, but all maintain the exclusivity and luxury that the Club 33 name implies.

Membership at Walt Disney World's Club 33 offers access to all four clubs, along with other perks such as VIP tours, premier event invitations, and more.

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CinematicFusion1 day ago

Is Disney still planning to make this film? Could be cool to explore the club’s lore and mystique. I assume like classic board game Clue?

"El Gran Magnifico"2 days ago

So you're saying Steven Seagal is in it?

erasure fan118 days ago

Sadly it stands a better chance than a thunder mountain, space mountain, test track or any known park property. They might get lucky and people will think it's something new because they've never heard of club 33.

Tha Realest21 days ago

What if we made a murder mystery*… …about a secretive society… …that even many ardent theme park fans have never heard of, let alone experienced? *PG-13, no less

Cariad21 days ago

I think the term 'running out of original ideas' springs to mind. Now if it involved Wolverine and Deadpool themselves then I'm interested;)

Farerb21 days ago

Is Club 33 the name of the club where people get to meet all the Disney villains?

MoonRakerSCM22 days ago

I saw the hwadline... and shook my head... then I read the story and burst out laughing. This is just Tomorrowland with a 33 in front of it. No one except the fanatic tik tokers are going to like this. Disney's got issues man. Serious issues.

Disney Irish22 days ago

They have been working on a few movies that involve S.E.A. for a few years now, Ryan Reynolds is even involved in one. They are mentioned the article about this project. So it wouldn’t surprise me if this was linked in someway to S.E.A. also.

Vegas Disney Fan22 days ago

The society of explorers and adventurers would be the perfect foundation for an interconnected set of mystery and adventure movies from Disney, they could even add “ride” connections into it… it would take creativity though so doubtful we’ll see anything that.

MarvelCharacterNerd23 days ago

And they starred The Osmond Brothers. :D

Tha Realest23 days ago

At least when they used to do that more blatantly… 1) they put them on Sunday night’s Wonderful World of Disney 2) they were budgeted accordingly 3) people actually watched them.

TP200023 days ago

Reading the plot summary, it appears to have no connection to Disneyland or any Disney property. It's about a New York City detective in some weird clubhouse murder-mystery thing. Although this part of the plot summary made me chuckle... "The club’s members are the greatest and most iconic members from the past: geniuses, royalty and history-makers." I have had the Sunday brunch and several nice dinners at Club 33 over the years, and I have had several cocktails at 1901 Lounge. A couple visits were as a business guest of Standard Oil decades ago now, and a couple more recent visits that were purely social visits via a club member friend. Never in those visits did I encounter anyone who might be considered a genius (myself included), there certainly wasn't any royalty, and the "history-maker" label is dubious at best. What I did find during Club 33 meals and visits were a group of upper-middle class Disneyland fans, a few business groups, and in more recent years some awkward nerdy Disneyland lifestylers who somehow wrangled an invite for Likes. The Club 33 clientele is pleasant overall, but it's not exactly a MENSA convention or a WEF meeting in Davos. 🤣

UNCgolf23 days ago

Well it's not about someone getting murdered on Disney property. It doesn't take place in an actual Club 33 location at Disney. I do think it's bizarre to make a movie based off an exclusive club that the vast majority of guests have no chance of ever seeing, though.

CaptinEO23 days ago

Just disgusting. A Disney sanctioned movie about someone getting MURDERED on Disney property? In Walt's club of all places. What the heck is wrong with this company? What's next a movie where Walt gets kidnapped on Main Street?