Dapper Day at Disneyland

courtesy of dapperday.com

With my annual pass expiring very soon (*cries infinite tears of sadness*), Tim and I decided to go to Disneyland for one last hurrah over the weekend and Dapper Day just so happened to be on Sunday!

Dapper Day isn’t an official Disney thing, but twice a year fancy ladies and gentlemen dress to the nines in their finest threads and head to both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in style. This event was inspired by Disneyland’s concept art from the 1960s where visitors were depicted in dapper attire — think Mad Men.

photo courtesy of vintagedisneyparks.tumblr.com

photo courtesy of dapperday.com

Many folks were dressed in retro fashion, but I wanted to focus on snapping pictures of the fancy people that let Disney characters inspire their ensembles — this to many on the interwebz is known as “Disneybounding.” The term Disneybounding comes from the DisneyBound site in which its webmaster, Leslie Kay, uses Polyvore to create outfits inspired by Disney characters whether it be for casual or formal occasions. I’ve always let all things I nerd out about influence my outfits, so knowing that there’s this whole movement with devout followers about Disney inspired fashion is just spectacular!

I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would’ve liked to since I didn’t have my business cards handy during the first half of my day. It’d be super awkward if someone came up to you and asked to take your picture for a blog without some physical form of credibility, right? I thought so! But my first fabulous find of the day was this woman named Cindy who had a crazy awesome Mary Poppins outfit. Her hat, red coat, and parrot umbrella were spot on! And I wasn’t the only one enamored by her practically perfect ensemble (haa… see what I did there?) —  a little boy was super stoked to see her and asked to have his picture taken with her. :)

There was a DisneyBound meet-up and I read that it was at 3:30, but by the time I got there they were taking the huge group photo and I totally missed the part where people were mingling and whatnot. But after they dispersed I walked into the crowd and approached as many people as I could until it got too overwhelming. SO. MANY. PEOPLE. D:

These two ladies were dressed as Belle and the Queen of Hearts. I’m dumb and automatically assumed they were both Snow White (like me!) with the reds and yellows, but once they told me who they were I was like “Oh! Duh.” Mah bad.

This lovely couple are dressed as Prince Naveen and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. I saw a picture of them on the Dapper Day Facebook page beforehand, so I was pretty stoked to see them in person! :)

I found myself rather envious of the card suite cardigan the girl in the middle was rockin’. Need I even say what characters inspired this trio’s spiffy outfits? I don’t think I need to.

I totally flipped out when I saw this woman’s Tiki Room inspired outfit, and then she went and busted out her parasol when I asked if I could take her picture (it’s just like the ones they put on the Dole Whip floats!)! And you can’t really see it, but she has a tiki god pendent on her necklace.

I’m not sure if this lady was Disneybounding per say, but I thought she looked quite stunning in her retro glam dress and hairstyle so I asked if I could take her picture :)

I spotted a dapper Peter Pan in a Newsie-esque outfit and Princess Tigerlily. They were too friggin’ adorable.

Lastly, I found these posh ladies in front of City Hall. I know for sure the girl in the lavender is wearing a Rapunzel inspired ensemble (loved the fact that she had Pascal attached to her shoulder!).

Cheers,
Nina

PS: Here’s a peek of my Snow White inspired outfit. I’ll be doing a separate post of my ensemble, you can expect to see that sometime tomorrow!

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16 responses to “Dapper Day at Disneyland

  1. OH this is just too awesome! I’ve always wanted to go to Disneyland and this just makes it even better!

    • Nina Penalosa

      Disneyland is the most magical and happiest place on Earth! I hope you’ll be able to go someday soon, it’s my favorite place to be! I just wish they’d stop raising their prices every year. :(

  2. it was nice meeting you! I’m the girl who was disneybounding as Rapunzel! My friend in the green skirt was disneybounding as Ariel! awesome writeup and great photos!

    • Nina Penalosa

      Nice meeting you too! I totally loved your outfit, my boyfriend pointed you out to me a little before I approached you guys for the photo :D

  3. Duy

    The girl as Tiana, Erika, actually organized the whole meetup! :)

  4. Oh my gosh! That sounds like my perfect day! I’ve never been to Disneyland (we don’t have one in Australia) but it’s on my bucket list.

    • Nina Penalosa

      I’m surprised Australia doesn’t have a Disneyland yet! I think the closest one to you is probably in Tokyo? But Disneyland (in California) is super spectacular!!! It’s definitely bucket list worthy :D

  5. I went to the WDW dapper day and it was amazing! I want to next time capture disneybounders there. I am enamored by this. Amazing.

    • Nina Penalosa

      Thanks, Iris! That’d be super awesome if you did that for the next Dapper Day :) I’m not sure if I’ll be able to head to the fall one for Disneyland, but if I do I want to take pictures of as many people as I can, Disneybounding or not!

  6. Super cute, thanks for the report! I attended as well (my first dapper day) and I love seeing all the wonderfully dressed people!

  7. Omg, love it. I wish I didn’t live in Australia so I could come to the rad Disney events. I too totally flipped out about that tiki room dress. What a fantastic idea/

  8. Leo

    My Family and I went to D-land a few years ago and it just happened to be Dapper Day at the park. It was so nice to see people dressed up, it made the park even more enjoyable! Next time my family and I are going to dress to impress even if it isn’t Dapper Day. D-land should really consider a dress code.

  9. Melissa Kelley

    I finally got a pass and am so intrigued with Dapper day ! Do you happend to know a site where I can find the dates for 2013 -2014 ? Cannot wait :) thank you for the inspiration :)
    Melissa

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