Dapper Day – Spring 2015

Salutations! Today’s post will share some insight on what this merry penguin experienced on her favorite day, and self-proclaimed holiday, Dapper Day.

After months of planning with my best friend, and partner in dapper crime, we rose early to greet the day on March 1, 2015. As per usual, we helped each other into our Disneybounds, and by “help” I mean curling the hairs on the back of the other girl’s head, until we agreed we looked clean and crisp. This season, we decided on a Frozen pair Disneybound: Coronation Elsa and Olaf.

Primped and proper, we set off toward the Resort parking lot on Harbor Blvd, not too far from park itself. This year we arrived to a nearly empty park due to the forecast of rain, but the weather held steady for us to take some excellent photos in front of the Walt Disney Partners statue and Sleeping Beautys Castle. One location I particularly wanted to snap a photo was [what BFFL called] the “Arendelle Door”, located off to the side of King Arthurs Carrousel and right of Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. This location allowed us to insert our Disneybounds into a backdrop reminiscent of the character’s respective film.

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After, we strolled through the park, grabbing fast passes for the refurbished Fantasmic! show, and set our sights on boarding as many rides as we could before the crowds appeared. We guessed if the weather held up, we would have ’til noon to do everything we could, and then off to lunch.

Originally, we planned to attend the Dapper Day Lawn Party, but sadly discovered the event sold out online and was not taking any walk-ins. Though they were eager to suggest visiting their Expo to experience alternative dapper fun.

Thus, in a very BFFL-like manner, we made an impromptu decision to check out the Blue Bayou Restaurant, a popular dining spot located in Disneyland. At the time we arrived, the restaurant hostess informed us that the location was booked up with reservations for lunch and dinner. However, she offered the choice to wait a while to see if any openings popped up. Not thinking much on it, we decided to wait since the rain began, and we were well- hungry. Behold our surprise after a long, but well-rested wait, the hostess announced she would have a table ready for us. Never in my craziest dreams did I ever imagine I would eat at one of the finest dining locations in the park on Dapper Day. We were both very happy to cross this experience off our bucket-lists.

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Then, we made our way toward the Castle, where we saw some other Disneybounders gathering early for the group photo. We chatted and mingled, making all sorts of new friends and visiting with old. Time flies by when you’re just waiting for the group photo, and when it’s finally time, you find yourself a little overwhelmed over where to sit. To my understanding, our group was the largest it has ever been and our photo could be found online (TBA).

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What is nice about meeting people before hand, there’s less panic to find everyone after the photo. Once you exchanged contacts and media alias, you can go about your day. The rest of our Dapper Day was pretty chill, and we even changed it up this year, by driving back to my apartment for a switch of shoes and a small reprieve before the time for our Fantasmic! fast passes. Let me say that the yellow viewing area is prime seating in my opinion.

And that’s all she wrote folks! Thank you for reading all about my Dapper Day Spring 2015 adventures. I hope you enjoyed learning about some of the activities one can experience on such a fun day. Should you ever visit the parks in a Disneybound and see me, feel free to say hello! I’d be more than happy to say “hello” back.

Goodnight-Dapper-Day

Now for my favorite part. Below are the wonderful Disneybounders I met and were willing to pose for a photo:

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