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Entry to this private area is not determined by your social media reach or the number of zeros in your bank account. Even regular Disneyland visitors can experience The Office, writes Stephen Heard.
Iis hard to imagine celebrities dining next to a storage area when they visit Disneyland. But, according to our server, this secret, behind-the-scenes passage is one of the spots where the Kylie Jenners and Celine Dions of the world get shuffled away to eat if they don’t fancy waiting in line at Corndog Castle or chowing down on a jumbo turkey leg.
It is by a pure stroke of Disney magic, or perhaps our convenient party size of nine, that I am about to enter the much-whisperedabout room known as The Office.
Unlike the park’s exclusive, members-only Club 33, which has a decadelong waiting list and eyewatering initiation fee, entry to this private area is not determined by your social media reach or the number of extra zeros in your bank account.
Even regular park visitors can experience what it is like to be a billionaire at the Happiest Place on Earth.
The Office is found, by invitation only, in a hidden corner of Lamplight Lounge, ‘‘an eclectic eatery featuring gastropub cuisine,’’ on Pixar Pier in Disneyland California Adventure Park.
After being led through the main dining room, past diners enjoying the twinkling lights of Paradise Bay and the swinging Ferris wheel, we are taken through a service door reserved for Disneyland cast members.
Look left in the underwhelming hallway and you will see a room filled with cage shelving and plastic bins.
At the other end sits a bank vault-like door illuminated by a single red light. Gauges, glowing mechanisms, knobs and a label reading ‘‘pump status’’ add to the Disney mystique.
Our server says that before we enter the room reserved for A-listers and lucky visitors, a strong volunteer is required to unlock the code and open the heavy metal door. My Herculean fellow diner Darren takes on the challenge and fiercely cranks a wheel to illuminate three white bulbs in sequence from ‘‘standby’’ to ‘‘ready’’ and ‘‘run’’.
The door opens to reveal a dimly lit space decorated with moody red walls and framed self-portraits of Pixar animators.
There is capacity for 13 guests between a long table with booth seating and another lounge area, home to three leather chairs. Geometric wall decals happen to be board games, including pachisi, backgammon and Chinese checkers for guests who would like friendly competition over dinner.
Through another door sits a private balcony overlooking The Incredicoaster in the Incredibles’ Park neighbourhood. The room’s position next to the fastest ride at Disneyland provides the comical dining soundtrack as screeching thrillseekers launch 86kph into an enclosed tunnel. While guests in the secretive Club 33 are known to be served five-star cuisine, in The Office diners are provided with the same food and drink menu as those in the main Lamplight Lounge restaurant.
Themed cocktails such as tequila-based Final With A Fix provide the perfect warmup for the restaurant’s signature lobster nachos. The dish is a decadent take on the Tex-Mex classic, comprising finely sliced lobster meat, black beans, aged cheddar, pico de gallo and chillies. It is big enough for two hungry diners. Further options include a pastrami-spiced, plant-based burger, salmon poke bowl, potato skins and bone-in pork chop.
Just like Jenner and Dion, who have both visited in the past year, diners can have their own VIP moment by ordering the off-menu cocktail known as The Office, made with vodka, watermelon liqueur and blended berries.