This weekend at Disneyland, we step back in time and dress to the nines. Saturday and Sunday there will be over 10,000 guests dressed in their finest retro or vintage period outfits from late Victorian, Roaring '20's, '40's glamour, the classic '50's, a smattering of '60's beatnik, all the way to today's modern chic. Active or retired military are of course encouraged to wear their Class A best, too.
While it is not an official Disneyland or Walt Disney Company event, the gathering is a welcome sight and bring back a time when you did get dressed up to come to the park. But much to the surprise of the unsuspecting tourist, some may think that many of their fellow guests are park employees, and even ask to pose or take photos.
The event which started in Spring of 2011 and was the brainchild of Justin Jorgensen, who is a designer from Burbank. He believes that you should dress more appropriately to your surroundings. And Disneyland was designed based partly on period dress for the 1950's.
Since the start of the social gathering in 2011, and this year the social group is expecting close to 15,000 attendees, or about 1/4 of the park's capacity. It also offers more than just a day at the park waiting in line. There are stylists, clothiers, and even a shine boy. You can also attend a lecture/slide show featuring images of of the park from its earlier days, and a mixer or two, if you are over 21 of course.
I have a group of friends and acquaintance which appreciate the feel of new shoe leather , the look of pearls and alabaster gloves, or cruising back in time with their poodle skirt. So if you plan a trip to the park this weekend, you may also think you have just stepped back in time.
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