Man sues Disneyland for ending membership to exclusive Club 33


84-year-old Joseph Cosgrove is suing Disneyland for canceling his membership in Club 33, the exclusive Disneyland restaurant that charges an $11,000 annual membership. A Disney spokesperson said Cosgrove was guilty of breaking several club rules over the years.

The final straw for Disney was when Cosgrove's friend auctioned charity passes to Club 33 that Cosgrove had given him. Cosgrove, who was one of the first 100 members of the club that opened in 1967, says he didn't know that his friend had auctioned the passes, and that Disneyland should have just temporarily suspended his membership to give him time to appeal.

Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland, said the incident was not Cosgrove’s first offense. “Over the years, the Cosgroves repeatedly transferred and sold their membership privileges, which was a clear violation of membership rules,” she said. “Unfortunately, we were left with no other choice in order to preserve the integrity of membership.”

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  1. Goodness! An unutterable breach of the etiquette, decorum, and refinement of breeding for which Disneyland is world renowned!

    Servant, my fainting couch!

  2. Wow, if I was a muckety-muck, and I assure you I am, I can think of a good many exclusive clubs that would attract me more than a Disneyland club. Why does this institution exen exist? $10,000 to party with Mickey?

  3. Unfortunately, we were left with no other choice in order to preserve the integrity of membership

    I was going to snark about this, but then I realized, probably no other club on earth cares so very deeply about the integrity of its membership than one whose members pay $11,000 to have lunch at a theme park.

  4. The waiting list for membership is years long. Club 33 is a really fantastic restaurant with tons of Disney history behind it (designed by Walt to entertain heads of state!), and you get access to the park thru a private entrance. Many members are companies who use their membership as a perk for top employees. I got in once when a local company auctioned off one day of use of their membership for charity. Experience of a lifetime.

  5. Previously on BoingBoing:

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