1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA
Photo by Amanda Friedman, AFAR Media
21 Royal It’s safe to say the most exclusive, intimate VIP experience you can possibly have at Disneyland is within the magical walls of a 2,200-square-foot private residence in New Orleans Square, above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Just 12 people per night are taken for a culinary ride inside the ornate empire-style home, which was inspired by 1960s watercolor renderings by legendary Disney set designer Dorothea Redmond and originally built for Walt and Lillian Disney as a retreat. Each evening begins with signature cocktails in the salon, served in crystal by butlers, and an opportunity to wander through the art-filled house. The dinner, presented course by course on a lavish linen-topped table with gold-plated dinnerware, is like a Disney classic told through dreamy libations and imaginative bites accompanied by chef Andrew Sutton’s and sommelier Matt Ellingson’s personal stories. True to spectacular Disney form, dessert is served on the private balcony overlooking the Rivers of America and, if you’re lucky, a bird’s-eye view of the park’s evening entertainment. Pro tip: Book early because reservations for these extravaganzas fill up months in advance.