Walt Disney designed Disneyland to speak to the child in all of us, but that doesn't mean it's exclusively devoted to children. While many of the rides and attractions are meant for people of all ages, a few of its attractions cater specifically to adults. They can provide a welcome respite from the crowds and noise, or make for a decidedly different day at the park if you and your adult friends choose to visit on your own.
A number of sit-down restaurants in the Disneyland park have a distinctly grown-up feel, and others in nearby Downtown Disney can be reached via the park's famous Monorail system. The most notable restaurant is probably the Blue Bayou, a French/Cajun-style restaurant built into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The restaurant resembles a garden party on the lawn of a Southern mansion, and it looks out over the ride's faux bayou as boats pass by. Other grown-up restaurants include the House of Blues and ESPNZone in Downtown Disney, the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel, and the Wine Cellar at the Disneyland Hotel.
Club 33 is a private, members-only organization located just above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. In order to join, you must send an inquiry to Disneyland, then wait for an opening. Membership is limited, and the waiting list moves slowly (years, in many cases). Membership dues are quite expensive: several thousand dollars a year. Members enjoy access to the club, which includes a five-star restaurant , a refreshment lounge with alcoholic beverages (the only place inside the actual park where alcohol is available), an art gallery and a private meeting room. Members may use the club for personal events provided they make arrangements well in advance.
In Walt's Footsteps
For those grown-ups seeing Disneyland on more of a budget, the park offers a unique tour called "In Walt's Footsteps." A tour guide leads visitors through the park, revealing the history of its construction, trivia about Walt Disney's life and a few secret corners not known to the general public. The tour lasts 3.5 hours and is not recommended for small children; indeed it will likely drive older kids up the wall, as they wander through the park without going on any rides! The tour costs an additional fee (about 60 dollars per person) and includes a private lunch. Visitors can check at the Guided Tour Gardens when they arrive at the park to see when the tour times are on that particular day.