A couple of years back my family and I were visiting Disneyland when we had the pleasure of hearing a lecture by a Disney historian. She spoke on a dreamlike period after the parks first opened--an era of mouseketeers, Annette Funicello, and Date Night at Disneyland. The last of these sounded like a dream! Can you imagine? Everyone gets dressed up, goes to the park, cuts a rug, and who cares if your date doesn’t work out cause you’re in the happiest place on Earth and you can still ride the Matterhorn to your hearts desire. Not to mention admission was $6.50 for two people. A STEAL. My sister and I immediately began brainstorming ways we could experience such magic. Which would be easier--writing a letter to Bob Iger requesting they bring the event back a la Veruca Salt (I WANT A DATE NIGHT AT DISNEY AND I WANT IT NOW)? Or building a time machine in hopes of becoming gal pals with Annette and Hayley Mills (So Hales, tell me EVERYTHING about dating George Harrison and please don’t skip any juicy details)? Enjoy this catchy diddy as you think up your own ways relieve what could possibly be the glory days of Disney.
Soon after we learned about what may be the closest thing to exist today--Dapper Days at Disney. Started by former imagineer Justin Jorojenson, Dapper Days are a celebration of Disney, fashion, and all things retro. People gather in the parks dressed in beautiful vintage ensembles paying homage to a particular time period as well as their favorite Disney characters. Inspired by the concept art of the parks Jorojenson found it interesting that most everything in the images came true except the way people appeared. He believed the parks would truly become a magical place if he could make the entire vision come true.
This past Spring break was the first time one of our trips coincided with Dapper Days. We were ecstatic to say the least. The weeks before were spent perfecting our ensembles for the big day. When it was finally here, it did not disappoint. I had never felt such a sense of community in the parks, everyone smiled bidding one another an enthusiasitic, “Happy Dapper Day!” There were several events and meet-ups organized throughout the day: a group ride on the peoplemover, a voyage on the Liberty Square Riverboat, a go-round on the carousel, and to top it all off cocktail hour at the Grand Floridian. Unfortunately, we were only able to participate in the riverboat excursion but it was an awesome time. This was a great opportunity to mingle with others who had come for the event and get a good look at some of the awesome outfits people had put together. Some of my favorite looks included a woman dressed as Agent Carter, a group of villains styled in 1920’s fashions, a couple as Johnny Fedora & Alice Bluebonnet, and a very dapper Olaf complete with orange bow tie and sticks tucked behind the sash of his fedora. The magic was turned up to eleven in the parks on dapper day. This was an incredible and unique experience I would reccomend to anyone.
I purchased my skirt from Sarah’s Curtsey Skirts. All of her pieces are custom made and she welcomes custom designs. The skirt itself is hand painted and made from felt with a zipper closure. My top is from Forever 21. My saddle oxfords are Payless. I scored the Mouseketeer button on Ebay. The Minnie sunglasses were purchased that morning in the park.
The new hubs in the Magic Kingdom are my new favorite spot. They made for the most beautiful pictures! Earlier in the week we sat there while eating ice cream and watching the fireworks--seriously, what more could you want?