Adjacent to the castle is the Character Creations room where children work on art projects, with local artists occasionally hosting classes. Then it was on to Animation Alley, where guests will fiddle around creating the stuff for which Disney is famous. And next to that is the Wizard's Lab, where children participate in hands-on science experiments.
Among the subjects for children to tackle are ghostly holograms, a voice modulator, a chamber for shadow tricks a la Peter Pan, and a weights and measures area.
To round out the tour, Ben and Darin got a look at six Disney-themed birthday party rooms such as "101 Dalmations" and Winnie the Pooh.
Outside the building, the boys passed by the then-unfinished storefront window of the Club Disney retail shop. Visible through the curtains were mannequin busts sans Mickey hats and Mickey shirts.
"I hope they have more than just naked people," Darin said.
"Is this a family place?" Ben added.
Maybe waiting a couple of weeks for the grand opening wouldn't have hurt.
Club Disney will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. General admission is $8; $7 seniors. Because parking space is limited at the Promenade, Club Disney will provide shuttle service to and from adjacent lots for Friday's opening day and through the first weekend. Signs at parking-lot entrances will direct visitors to nearby lots. Long-term plans for easing parking congestion are being discussed. Call (805) 777-8000.