Have you ever heard of Dapper Day? It's an event at Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California. It is a great time to go to the park of your choice, or both in one day. Why, you ask? Well, it's because the park feels nostalgic. It opened in 1955 and the feel of the park wasn't vintage then, but it is beautifully vintage now when you see photos like this.
The two ways to enjoy nostalgic Disneyland now are to look at photos like this, or to attend Dapper Day, where hundreds, possibly a thousand or more people attend the parks in style. It is a feast for the eyes. I really can't ever get enough of this event. Luckily, it happens twice per year! Once in the spring and once in the fall. Spring time this year, as you my recall, I debuted my 1950's version of Cinderella. This past Friday was the Dapper Day "Fall Soiree" and here I debuted one of two versions of a disneybound of the movie "Up". If you're not sure what disneybounding is, just google it, or wait a while and I'm sure I'll eventually do a post about it.
Gary and I went together and it was his first time attending an event in costume. I enjoyed every bit of it and to show you just how wonderful it was, I'll start with my favorite photo.
We were mid-way through our "Dapper" day and Gary reminded me that I had a staged photo in mind. We had just disembarked from the Small World ride and found a perfectly underpopulated area of the park, close by, with the balloon vendor just standing there. I'd seen people before ask the balloon vendor if they could hold the balloons and get their photo taken, so I knew we could. I asked and Gary took hold of the big bunch of balloons while the vendor held the tails. Then I asked the attendant at the food cart next to him if she could take the photo. She accommodated us and took a couple shots as I planted a big kiss on Gary's cheek. This photo came out so well and it is testament to just how much I love that Disney really strives to make every trip magical.
At Dapper Day, there is always an Expo! A hall full of vintage vendors. Places to purchase your next outfit, a glorious array of vintage accessories and jewelry or to get a vintage shave and haircut! There is also a themed backdrop to get your fashions of the day photographed.
We had spent the day before Dapper Day in the California Adventure park in our other disneybound outfits. This set made me fell more like I was channeling Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy than Ellie from Up. My Carl was as handsome as ever and together we ventured the park in style.
We made sure to stop by the Wilderness Adventure Camp to search for Russell, Dug & Kevin and to get our Wilderness Adventure Badge! It had been a long time since I'd been in this part of the park. It is quite a neat little place. I really didn't feel like I was in Disneyland for a little while.
Both days I used a custom painted canvas bag as our travel bag. It was painted with the mural from Ellie & Carl's living room and a banner saying "Adventure Awaits" and boy did it ever. I love adventuring and this event was a perfect place to do so. This bag is currently for sale, so stop on by my Facebook business page if you are interested and if you'd like something custom that's different, well I do that too!
Thanks for adventuring with me!