Club Disney, the ill-fated playzones of the 90's.

lifeofemilyxo

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I literally just signed up so I could reply to this form. I am crying right now remembering this place and watching the youtube video of merlin. I remember that entire show. When it was your birthday, you would get special attention for the characters in the show. I had my birthday here as a kid and often visited. I was so incredibly sad once it closed. My mom even still talks about this place. There was nothing else ever made like this magical place. kids of this generation need this place back! I would pay anything to be able to have this back in phoenix. Arizona especially needs anything Disney in the area. I remembered the entire merlin show. Back in the 90s, this was totally state of the art and I remember the computer room almost being like a modern-day ipad now. The games were so interactive and I learned a lot from them.

I remember playing with Minnie and mickey and other characters the whole time that I was there. The employees were amazing. The food was good. My mom loved taking my brother and I there every sat to entertain us. Even my mom said she used to have a blast as an adult. Plus, she could have peace and quiet in the adult section while my brother and I were totally watched over by employees the whole time and we could run free. I remember swinging in the Tarzan treehouse. I vaguely remember the Mulan section having to do with stretches too at some point almost like a karate learning session hahaha with poles that the kids could hold like in the movie. I also vaguely remember doing Disney karaoke and sing-alongs that were a lot of fun. There was a lot of pre-planning involved with the birthday's and as a girl, I remember I got to wear a crown and princess dress. The gift shop was so much fun and great for picking out a prize at the end of the day. The food was even shaped like characters. The entire time from the minute you walked through the door felt like absolute magic and you had constant entertainment. When you checked in at the front desk, gave them your shoes, and got your wristband the employee that opened the gate for you made it so magical like you were entering this magical dreamland. Constant disney music was playing overhead.

As an adult, I wish this place still existed so I could go to work there hahaha!! I know it employed a lot of people in the Phoenix area and everyone there seemed like they loved their jobs and the benefits that it brought them. I think we should do a petition to Disney to bring something like this back! They charge and arm and a leg for their parks clearly they could charge something decent for a place like this.


With modern-day escape rooms and laser tag areas being so popular and profitable... why not? This would do amazing
 

lifeofemilyxo

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I also remember belle reading stories.
 

lifeofemilyxo

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I had a princess tea party too at one point with alice in wonderland and the mad hatter. They used to chase you around the tables to move down. It was a blast and really brought the movies to life. As I am watching these videos more memories are starting to resurface in my brain. At one point, they had dress up for kids too. Where you could dress in a princess gown etc.
 

*Q*

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I was lucky enough to get to check this place out for the short time it was open in Phoenix, but I haven't really retained many memories of it, so I'm grateful this thread is here to share information about it. It's really a shame Disney didn't make their regional entertainment initiatives work.
I live in Phoenix AZ and just put two & two together! There is a place called makutu’s island that is definitely the “planned chandler AZ club disney” location mentioned in the club Disney Wikipedia page! Still in tact!! When I took our kiddos there I mentioned that it reminded me of the Disney place I had gone to in Glendale as a kid, and my husband had no idea what I was talking out! Turns out this is why it seemed so similar! The article below confirms and explains the transition. The bottom link is for makutus where you can see tons of photos!



That is some real special grammar on that website there... o_O
 

TwilightZone

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Sorry to not responding to people here in so long, I am glad this forum can bring back so many memories to so many people! All of this info is really interesting to me as someone who hasn't been to Club Disney.
 

Tikitony

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I worked here I believe from 97 to 98 and it was a lot of fun. I remember we closed to the public for a prince from the Middle East. I wish I had photos. I kept my name badge and had my uniform for a number of years before I finally got rid of it. Wish I had photos working there.
 

Colleen12

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I was one of the opening cast members for Club Disney Glendale AZ. I was the foodservice director in charge of the Cafe and food for the birthday parties. I worked until just before the Club closed for good. Our cafe served among other things, pizza, fries served in sorcerer hats, cupcakes made by the Cheese Cake Factory and Starbucks brewed coffee. Each cupcake was topped with a Mickey figurine. The BBQ Chicken pizza was really good! We were classified under attractions which meant retail items and some food items were similar to what was sold in the parks. For example some of the costumes or beanie babies sold at the Club retail store were not available for purchase at the Disney Store in the mall. Our daughter was about 16 months old when we opened. I still have her Club Disney t-shirt and Club Disney Mickey & Minnie beanies. A Bug’s Life was our theme at he time so in the cafe we served “dirt “ cupcakes with gummie worms and bugs. Yum 😋
 

TwilightZone

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I was one of the opening cast members for Club Disney Glendale AZ. I was the foodservice director in charge of the Cafe and food for the birthday parties. I worked until just before the Club closed for good. Our cafe served among other things, pizza, fries served in sorcerer hats, cupcakes made by the Cheese Cake Factory and Starbucks brewed coffee. Each cupcake was topped with a Mickey figurine. The BBQ Chicken pizza was really good! We were classified under attractions which meant retail items and some food items were similar to what was sold in the parks. For example some of the costumes or beanie babies sold at the Club retail store were not available for purchase at the Disney Store in the mall. Our daughter was about 16 months old when we opened. I still have her Club Disney t-shirt and Club Disney Mickey & Minnie beanies. A Bug’s Life was our theme at he time so in the cafe we served “dirt “ cupcakes with gummie worms and bugs. Yum 😋
Oh wow, that's super cool! All the food sounds so quality, which is great and really sets it apart from competition from the time. I also like how it had unique merch, you don't see that much even within the parks much.
 
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