Dressing in your Sunday best to visit a Disney park isn’t a new thing: it’s actually the way everyone used to do it. Look at the early pictures from Disneyland’s first decades, and you’ll see no shortage of blazers, pearls, twinsets, and heels.
Nowadays most theme park warriors opt for comfort over style, and t-shirts (some Mickey Mouse, some not) and shorts are the most commonly spotted fashions of choice at Walt Disney World. But for some, a trip to Disneyland is an opportunity to bring out vintage fashions and party like it’s 1955.
Dapper Day, an unofficial social club for stylish Disney fans, hosts meet-ups for guests who want to dress up not just like Great-Aunt Maude did when she visited the park, but the way that guests were dressed in the original Imagineering concept art. Artists conceptualizing the attractions and spaces that would become familiar to us as Tomorrowland or New Orleans Square populated their drawings with happy families enjoying the park: happy, well-dressed families.
These guests appeared dressed for a day of sophisticated entertainment, men in sharp suits, toddlers working two-pieces, and ladies looking like a page from Dior’s sketchbook – all as if a visit to Disneyland were on par with a night at the opera. And why shouldn’t it be?
There’s no particular style requested here: flip through Dapper Day’s Instagram and you’ll see guests dressed up in fashions from the Roaring Twenties right up to zoot suits and on to more contemporary designs. It’s all about looking your best to take in the sights and sounds; members of the military are even encouraged to wear their dress blues.
On September 21st, 2013, Dapper Day brings the style to Orlando with the Walt Disney World edition of the Dapper Day Fall Soiree. They’ll be meeting up at 5 p.m. in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater for a spin on the Great Movie Ride, followed by late-night elegance at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn after park close.
And although this is an unofficial event, Dapper Day has teamed up with Walt Disney World to obtain group ticket discounts. On their website, you can get details on how to purchase a special “after 2 p.m.” or “after 4 p.m.” park ticket, as well as other special ticket options.
There will also be Fall Soirees at Disneyland Park on September 6th, and at Disneyland Paris on September 14th.
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