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Club 33

Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it.

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Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club, which is not open to the public. In addition to beer and wine, Club 33 has a full bar, although patrons must order directly from their server rather than the service bar. Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages. Members are entitled to complimentary valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel and access to the Lilly Belle, the presidential car on the Disneyland Railroad. Club 33 members receive up to six Immediate Fastpasses when they insert their Club 33 membership card into any of the Fastpass kiosks and bypass the stand-by queue. Members are permitted to join the skipper in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engineers in the engine compartment of the steam trains.

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An individual membership costs $25,000 for an initiation fee and $10,000 a year in dues. For corporations, it’s $40,000 at the start and then $10,000 dues.

Safe House

In the intelligence trade, a safe house is a secret refuge for spies engaging in covert operations.

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Safe House in Milwaukee is a popular spy-themed restaurant that since 1966 has provided crafty concoctions and incredible edibles to hungry agents on R & R.

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Located at 779 N. Front Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin behind International Exports Ltd.

To get in Go to the website, http://www.safe-house.com and click on the Top Secret Clearance Agreement to promise you won’t disclose the location, then contact Control to make a reservation).

National Typewriter Company

Located at 1221 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 this building houses JJ Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot, is a literal, physical reflection of his sensibility. The big sign on the outside doesn’t say Bad Robot but instead National Typewriter Co., and that’s not because the building used to house such a business. It’s because Abrams likes typewriters and misdirection. Near the doorbell, which is a glowing green light, a smaller sign asks, “Are you ready?”

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Abrams’s personal suite of offices is on the second floor and to get to his bathroom, you have to walk up to a wall of bookshelves beside his desk and tug on a copy of “Louis Tannen’s Catalog of Magic” (named for the same Manhattan magic shop, still around today, where he got his childhood mystery box). Abracadabra: the wall opens. The toilet is revealed.

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The entire building belongs to Bad Robot, which spreads out over three stories of glass walls, floating staircases, common areas and movie-related mementos: posters, masks, dolls, board games. There are editing bays, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a workshop where props are made and a screening room that doubles as a makeshift set on which certain limited effects and scenes can be shot.

Prohibition Bar in Atlanta

Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Now how do you get in? In the back of the lower courtyard is a door to what appears to be a defunct antique shop. Beside the door is a large red phone booth. You simply enter the booth, dial the number on the old fashioned rotary dial phone and a secret door in the back wall of the phone booth opens up allowing you entrance.

How do you get the number? To get the secret access code of the day your best bet is to wine and/or dine at Cellar 56 upstairs (a great tapas restaurant and wine bar that’s operated by Prohibition’s owners), be very kind to your bartender and/or server, and if you’re well-dressed, well-behaved and lucky, someone will give it to you.

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts 

The secrets contained within the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts merit that the 40,000-square-foot warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip is closed to the general public.

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On the museum’s first floor is the Hall of Masters, a space lined with costumes, props, posters, and photographs arranged by magician. Beginning downstairs with Cardini (linking rings, card tricks, monocle), the hall continues on the second floor with Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (mystery clocks and automatons), Harry Houdini (metamorphosis trunk, iron maiden, water-torture cell, straitjacket), and others.

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David Copperfield, who owns the museum, uses the warehouse to practice new magic tricks and archive his own history as an illusionist. Charred crash-test dummies from early “Tornado of Fire” rehearsals and racks of costumes are on hand, as are props from his favorite movies, including a 10-foot-tall statue of Zeus from Citizen Kane.

The intention of the 80,000-item museum is to educate future generations of magicians and illusionists. Magic scholars and people researching for books and motion pictures can visit Copperfield’s museum by request. (Hugh Jackman did his research for The Prestige at the facility.) He invites all other interested parties to send a note backstage during one of his regularly scheduled performances at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.

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BuzzFeed Tests Out Burgers & Other Items From The McDonald’s Secret Menu

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In this video, BuzzFeed tests out a variety of secret menu items from McDonald’s including the Monster Mac comprised of a Big Mac with eight meat patties and the Air, Land, & Sea, which is a Big Mac, a McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish combined into a single sandwich.

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J.J. Abrams Releases Mysterious New Teaser Trailer

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J.J. Abrams just released a trailer entitled “Stranger” for a new project from Bad Robot. He did not disclose if the short tease was for a movie, television series or something else. Let the speculation begin…

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The Wolverine Post-Credits Scene Teases X-Men: Days of Future Past

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You may want to stay after the credits of The Wolverine as there is an additional scene that lays the foundation for Bryan Singer’s 2014 sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

“There’s a lot of great actors in it, and if you stick around to the end of the credits of The Wolverine, you’re going to get a really nice little Easter Egg for what Days of Future Past has to offer… which we can’t reveal!”, Hugh Jackman has shared in a recent interview with Digital Spy.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to feature a cast that includes Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin. A release date for the film has been scheduled for July 18, 2014.

SPOILER ALERT:

If you saw the film but missed the scene, here is a description:

The after the credits scene actually takes place two years after the events of The Wolverine movie. Wolverine is shown walking into an airport. As he enters, he glances up at a TV monitor, which is playing a promotional message for Trask Industries. The tag line for the Trask Industries commercial is “With cutting edge technology and the world’s leading lines, we’re on the front lines, keeping you healthy, keeping you safe. Trask Industries, solving tomorrow’s problems today.”

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When Wolverine gets to the airport metal detector, he tells the agent, “I’ll take the pat down.” The agent turns around and tells someone off screen, “Opt out.” Wolverine looks down at the airport basket where people put their metal objects before going through the metal detector, and all the metal coins and stuff have started shaking and floating up into the air. Then, Wolverine notices other metal near the detector is shaking and rising into the air as well. The metal detector itself starts going haywire, as the red light above it is flashing.

The agent says, “You can go ahead sir,” and Magneto’s voice can be heard responding from behind Wolverine. Wolverine pops out his claws, before whirling around to come face-to-face with Magneto (Ian McKellen’s version). Wolverine is struggling to use his claws on Magneto, but Magneto is using his power to freeze Wolverine’s hand. Wolverine asks, “What do you want?” Magneto replies, “There are dark forces, Wolverine. Human forces building weapons that could bring about the end of our kind. I want your help.”

Wolverine snarls, “Why would I trust you?” Magneto answers, “You wouldn’t.” Magneto releases Wolverine’s hand from his control. Wolverine looks around and notices that everyone in the airport is frozen. Then, a shocked Wolverine spies somebody else and begins to walk forward. It’s Professor X (Patrick Stewart’s version). Professor X wheels around all the frozen people in the airport, heading toward Wolverine. As he reaches Wolverine, Professor X says, “Hello Logan.” A confused Wolverine stammers, “How is this possible?” Professor X responds, “As I told you a long time ago, you’re not the only one with gifts.” After staring at Professor X in almost disbelief, Wolverine glances back and forth between Magneto and Professor X.” The screen goes to black.

Now its Bryan Singer’s job to fully explain how Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier is alive after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.

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J.K. Rowling Revealed As Secret Author of Crime Novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling

In top secret fashion, Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling published “The Cuckoo’s Calling” under the name Robert Galbraith. Her publisher, Mulholland Books — an imprint of Little, Brown and Company — described the author as a former member of the Special Investigative Branch of the Royal Military Police.

“He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry,” the publisher’s website said. “The idea for (protagonist) Cormoran Strike grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.”

The Sunday Times, curious about who this mystery novelist really was, connected the dots — noting that “he” used an agent, editor, and publisher who had worked with Rowling.

“I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience!” Rowling said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.

“The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.

“And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

While the novel received praise before the secret was out, the disclosure that Rowling was the author — to little surprise — skyrocketed the book’s sales.

On Amazon.com, sales soared more than 507,000% after Rowling acknowledged being the author.

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Monsters University: Pixar Reveals Easter Eggs & In-Jokes

Fans of Disney Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: WALL•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo Jr. ball can be seen in the girl’s bedroom as Carl Fredricksen’s house flies by her window. Disney Pixar’s Monsters University features a few such gems, three of which are revealed here:

A113 – The School of Scaring classroom number is A113, which refers to the former classroom of John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton at CalArts. The number makes an appearance in every Pixar feature film.

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Pizza Planet – The Pizza Planet truck is in the driveway of the JOX fraternity house when Mike is riding Archie the Scare Pig down Greek Row. The Pizza Planet truck, which first made an appearance in “Toy Story,” has made a cameo in nearly every Pixar feature film.

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Luxo – The Pixar Luxo ball is in graffiti on the wall behind Claire Wheeler and Brock Pearson during their introduction to the Scare Games’ first challenge. Pixar Animation Studio’s groundbreaking short film “Luxo Jr.” was the first computer animated short film released by Pixar during its first year as a studio in 1986.

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Fast Food Secret Menus

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Secret menus at restaurants and fast food chains aren’t such a secret anymore, thanks to food writers in the blogosphere who spill the beans. Here’s a list of restaurants that boasts a secret menu:

In-N-Out Burger 

“Double Meat:” two patties

“3×3:” three patties with three slices of American cheese

“4×4:” four patties with four slices of American cheese

“Grilled Cheese:” regular grilled cheese with two slices of American cheese

“Protein Style:” burger wrapped in hand-leafed lettuce instead of a bun

“Animal Style:” burger of your choice with lettuce, tomato, mustard-cooked beef patty, pickle, extra spread, grilled onions

“Fries Light:” softer fries

“Fries Light Well:” slightly crispy fries

“Fries Well:” crispy fries

“Fries Extra-Well:” very crispy fries

“Animal Fries:” melted cheese, spread, and grilled onions

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“Cheese Fries:” fries with cheese

“Root Beer floats”

“Lemon-Up:” mix of lemonade and 7 Up

“Arnold Palmer:” a mix of iced tea and lemonade

“Choco-Vanilla Swirl shake:” mix of vanilla and chocolate flavors

“Neapolitan shake:” a mix of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors

McDonald’s

“Monster Mac Burger:” eight-patty burger

“McGangBang:” McChicken sandwich inside of a double cheeseburger

“Mc10:35:” an egg McMuffin inside of the McDouble

“Big McChicken:” McChicken with chicken patties replacing buns

“Land, Sea and Air:” beef patty, chicken patty, and Filet O’ Fish in one sandwich, with tartar sauce

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Burger King

“Suicide Burger:” four beef patties, four slices of cheese, bacon and special sauce

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“Veggie Whopper:” whopper with a veggie patty

“Rodeo Burger:” cheeseburger with barbeque sauce and onion rings

“Frings:” half onion rings, half French fries

Wendy’s

“Grand Slam” or “Meat Cube:” four meat patties

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“Barnyard Burger:” spicy chicken sandwich with layers of beef, bacon and ham interspersed with cheese

Jamba Juice

“White Gummi Bear:” mix of raspberry, pineapple and orange sherbet, peace juice, soymilk and frozen mangoes

“Sourpatch Kid:” mix of sour flavors with lemonade, lime sherbet, pineapple sherbet, blueberries, orange sherbet and raspberry sherbet

“Raspberry Dreamin’:” mix of raspberry sherbet, raspberry juice, soymilk and frozen yogurt

Chipotle Mexican Grill

“Quesarito:” a 1,500+ calorie burrito wrapped in a quesadilla

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Taco Bell

“Enchirito:” enchilada with beef, beans, cheese and diced onions, covered with red sauce

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“Double-Grilled Quesadilla:” extra-crispy quesadilla

Starbucks

“Biscotti Frappuccino:” tiny cookie chunks in any flavor Frappuccino

“Captain Crunch:” Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino mixed with hazelnut syrup

“Neopolitan Frappuccino:” Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino mixed with vanilla bean powder and mocha syrup

“Raspberry Cheesecake:” white chocolate mocha with raspberry syrup

“Chocolate Turtle:” mocha, caramel and toffee nut

“French Vanilla:” half toffee nut and half vanilla

“Blended Strawberry lemonade:” strawberry lemonade Frappuccino

“Oreo Frappuccino:” double chocolate chip frappe with white mocha syrup

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“Tuxedo Mocha:” regular mocha with half white chocolate and half regular chocolate

“The Nutella:” café misto with chocolate syrup, hazelnut syrup and caramel drizzle

“Super Cream Frappuccino:” whipped cream in any Frappuccino

“Three C’s:” cinnamon dolce latte with caramel syrup and mocha syrup

“Chocolate Pumpkin:” pumpkin spice latte with chocolate syrup

Panera Bread 

“Power Steak Lettuce Wrap:” seared top-sirloin, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, diced tomatoes & red onions, basil pesto and finished with fresh lemon juice

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“Power Chicken Hummus Bowl:” chicken with cilantro jalapeno hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions finished with fresh squeezed lemon and chopped cilantro

“Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey:” turkey, egg whites, warm baby spinach, roasted peppers, and basil Pesto

“Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak:” eggs, seared top sirloin, sliced avocado and tomatoes

“Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad:” chicken, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, apple-wood smoked bacon, diced eggs, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil

“Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad:” turkey, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil

Subway

“Pizza Sub:” salami, pepperoni, cheese and tomato sauce

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What Is The Chipotle Quesarito?

The Quesarito is a secret, off-menu Chipotle item that combines a quesadilla with a burrito.

The gooey “hot mess” begins with a tortilla filled with melted cheese and then it’s pried open so that the customer can add meat, beans, rice, veggies, etc.

The Quesarito is so popular that it actually has Facebook fan pages and FastCompany wrote an entire article about the 1,500 calorie super burrito.

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Lay’s Potato Chips Flavor Finalists: Sriracha Hot Sauce, Chicken and Waffles & Cheesy Garlic Bread

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Frito-Lay ran a Facebook contest called “Lay’s Do Us A Flavor” to come up with the next flavor of potato chips and while the official finalists won’t be announced until Tuesday, February 12th, bags of the three new flavors have been seen on store shelves.

According to the images popping up on the internet, the new snacks will be flavored like cheesy garlic bread, chicken & waffles and Sriracha hot sauce.

MSN Money reports that a “panel of chefs and flavor experts looked though about 3.8 million submissions and selected about 20 flavors to prototype. From there, the judges picked the three finalists…”

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D23 & The Walt Disney Archives Decipher the Contents of Brad Bird’s Mysterious “Tomorrowland” Photo

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Disney Fans, Twitter followers, and the media have been speculating on the contents of a perplexing box labeled “1952,” since Pixar Animation Studios writer/director Brad Bird and screenwriter/producer David Lindelof posted photos of this curious container on their personal Twitter accounts on January 23rd.

Last week, The Walt Disney Studios announced the film, which will release on December 19, 2014, is now titled Tomorrowland (it was previously known as 1952).

But what do the box’s contents reveal? D23: The Official Disney Fan Club called upon the Walt Disney Archives’ director Becky Cline to examine the riddles wrapped inside this mysterious and enigmatic photograph. Here’s what she found:

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1. From the age, type, and conditions of the items I can see, I feel that the materials in the box were gathered together for a project from the past. Perhaps as research for a science-fiction-themed film, television, or park attraction, or even a futurism project like Walt’s vision of EPCOT.

2. It looks like someone reused an old banker’s box from another Disney production. We don’t use this style of boxes anymore at the studio. There is another sticker on the cover of the box, but the text on the picture is obscured.

3. Someone put tape over the original production label and hand wrote “1952″ in pen—the brevity of the title and the fact that it’s handwritten sounds to me like it’s probably a working title. Both the studio and WED often used working titles before they came up with a final title of the project. “The Concert Feature” was what they called Fantasia before they decided upon a final name for example.

4. On the top there are some old photos. The three that I can see are of Walt with visitors, probably taken here at the studio. The one on top is in our photo collection and I was able to identify the man with him as Major Woodlief of the U.S. Army Reserve General Fund. It was taken in September 1943. The Disney Studio worked closely with the United States government and military soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force elements were stationed at the Lot for the duration of the war. I can’t identify the people in the other photos, but we have the negatives for the photos in our collection. They were taken in 1950.

5. There is a large manila envelope sealed with a loose sticker. It appears to have material in it, but we can only guess its contents. From the size and shape of the envelope, I would guess it might contain maps, brochures, or some other kind of folded documents.

6. The magazine that appears along with this curious collection of documents and objects provides more clues. It is a copy of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories from August 1928. I got a closer look at the cover by looking it up online. It shows a man in flight wearing some sort of jet pack, powered by a hand-controlled device of some sort. After doing a little more research, I discovered that the cover story of that particular issue is the serialized novel The Skylark of Space, written by Elmer Edward “Doc” Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby. Walt was always interested in futurism and flight especially in the 1950s and early ’60s; in fact, for Disneyland’s Tencennial Celebration in 1965, he actually had a man fly down Main Street, U.S.A. with a jet pack. The man also did flight demonstrations in Tomorrowland in the Flight Circle.

7. There are two slide boxes in the box, one features the Technicolor logo; the writing on the other white slide box is indecipherable.

8. There is a 45 rpm record that appears to be a master disc. It is probably from the ’40s or early ’50s (these type of records pre-date magnetic tape recording). It’s definitely not the kind of record that is pressed and sold to the public. Unfortunately, its handwritten label is too blurry to decipher.

9. There is a blue paperback book in the box. The title appears to be Moral Research. The spine has other writing that I can’t read—the author’s name could possibly be at the top, but I can’t make it out. There is another name that looks to me like “Roland”—probably the name of a fictive publisher.

10. There is a small white box on the right side that looks like the boxes we use to store  individual reels of 8mm film. There is no print that I can see for further ID.

11. There is a U.S. mail letter on the right side. I can see two purple postage stamps, but the denomination is not clear enough to read.

12. Under the photos, record, magazine, and the letter is what looks to me like one of the old peg-and-screw albums we used to use here at the Studio for scrapbooks. It appears to have more photos and perhaps art in it (artboard anyway). Under that are the old string accordion files that we used to use for clippings, documents, loose art, etc. And there are a couple of manila mailing envelopes, too.

Check out the complete story on D23.com.

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