Dapper Day

Say it with me. Getting’ fancy. Dapper Day.

If you haven’t watched the hour long ABC Broadcast of the opening day of Disneyland you should. Ladies in pumps and pearls. Hair perfectly quaffed. Men in suits. Kids in saddle shoes. Ronald Reagan. Frank Sinatra. I have always wanted to experience Disney with an added magical layer either at a holiday overlay or special event – to be transported to opening day when women’s heels sank into the asphalt, it was either toilets or drinking fountains, and the paint was barely dry (go look it up) is thrilling.

Spinning Tea Cups on Opening Day July 1955
Photo Credit: Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
 Children running through gates of Sleeping Beauty Castle on Opening Day July 1955
Photo Credit: Allan Grant / The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty

Dapper Day isn’t a Disney organized event so it moves between both coasts and Disney Paris. It celebrates fun, refined style from yesterday and today. A quick search of previous events displays couples, groups, and families in fashion representing favorite characters from princesses to villains and everything Disney in between. It is an opportunity to be involved in a special event that has no extra cost unlike the after-hours parties that can have high price tags.

Disneyland’s original – the Disneyland Hotel – was our personal choice for this trip. It is one of three on property hotels pricing out in the middle of the pack. Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa is the most expensive and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is less expensive but still comparable to the cost of a moderate resort at Disney World. I’ve never stayed on property at Disneyland but with with this history of this hotel and proximity to the parks why not make it more special.

The Disneyland Hotel recently had a renovation and has magical touches including light-up Sleeping Beauty Castle headboards. It also has expansive suites decorated after Adventureland, Big Thunder Mountain, Fairytales, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Mickey Mouse Penthouse. The pools are decorated with retro signage and two winding monorail trains as waterslides. It is known for amazing dining options with the Hollywood-style Steakhouse 55 (take a deep breath… 24 layer chocolate cake), Tangaroa Terrace, and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar where you can grab a tropical cocktail and app (Kālua-style Poutine, anyone?).

  Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Photo Credit: Matt Valeriote from Flickr

If we make it out of the hotel room, we will be spending Saturday in Disney California Adventure (DCA) and Friday evening plus Sunday in Disneyland. Another benefit of the event is discounted park tickets for our 3-Day Stay. We have access to Morning Magic hours (a benefit to all hotel guests and those with at least a 3-Day ticket) and a major jump on the park crowds if we chose to use it re: if I can drag Hubby out of bed. I chose to add MaxPass to our tickets for $15 per ticket per day. My sister was at Disney in California recently and confirmed MaxPass is the way to go. It adds FastPass access, PhotoPass, and everything stays organized on the Disneyland app.

If you’re on a real budget or have a large family it can be a bit of a money sink, but if you’re a couple or small family the fast passes are worth it. If you are a large family it might still be a benefit to you. One family member purchases it per day so everyone can have access to magical photo moments through Disney’s cast member photographers.

Dapper Day is officially on Sunday, November 3rd with folks dressing up all weekend. The Dapper Day Expo will be held November 2ndand 3rd at the Disneyland Hotel with an expansive marketplace of fashions, accessories, and Disney items to help you get your dapper on, literally and figuratively. Two bands will be performing with dancing, vintage cars, and specials guests like Dita Von Teese in Spring 2018.

I’ve started gathering fashions and accessories for Hubby and myself in the 40-50s style. Disney is always an exciting experience but Dapper Day is a special way to visit. What was your most memorable visit to a Disney park or which would you like to visit most? Comment below!

I can’t wait to see you at the Happiest Place on Earth sometime soon.

- Megan


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