There’s a new way to drop a cool $15,000 on dinner, and Disney fans — at least those of serious means — will be over the moon to hear about it.
Indeed, visitors to Disneyland can now reserve a secret space that was originally meant as the private residence of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian. Known as 21 Royal, the space was unfinished for years, and has now — five decades later — been brought to life as a posh hideaway within the theme park. It's located above Royal Street in New Orleans Square (upstairs from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride).
The Disneys’ original designs for the space have been faithfully recreated, this time as a dining experience where fans can host parties right in the park. The venue is decorated in the Empire style, popular in 19th-century New Orleans. The sky-high cost covers a party of 12 for the experience, and is meant to evoke the feeling of a dinner party at their home.
Promotional language bills it as a place to host celebrities and dignitaries, and for the price tag, it’s clear to see the experience is generally not for mere mortals — though Disney superfans have been known to pay any price for special access, and divided by 12, it's more manageable. (If you're fronting the cash, just make sure your friends are reliable on Venmo!)
Guests to the new venue are personally greeted at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and taken to the hidden address where a butler opens doors into the home, revealing a grand staircase. Inside the apartment are watercolor storyboards from the ‘60s, and other Disney items like murals of the castles that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s home.
First, butlers serve signature cocktails in the salon, then guests move to the patio for a reception. There's also plenty of time to explore all the different rooms.
Then it's time for dinner, at a table covered in white linens and fresh flowers, and set with gold-plated dinnerware and fine crystal.
Not simply a posh meal, the experience is more like a dinner theater with participation and stories from chefs Andrew Sutton and Justin Monson.
"Using your chosen theme for the evening as inspiration, the team thoughtfully prepares a menu that weaves together a tapestry of imaginative dishes that combine to tell a tale that is uniquely yours," according to the venue's website. "The result is Disney storytelling at its delicious best."
The whole unforgettable experience wraps up with dessert on the private balcony, with views of the Rivers of America and fireworks.
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