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    Question What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Alright so on my next trip to Disneyland I will be solo and I'll have a few things to carry with me around the Parks: sunscreen, camera, gum/mints, lipbalm (SPF), wallet, water, Passport, Fast Pass(es), etc.

    Back in the early 90's, the last time I was there "alone," fanny backs were acceptable for men (re: I didn't know any better). What are my choices now?

    Options:
    With your girl, use her purse.
    With your baby, use the diaper bag.
    Eurorail Pass, use a giant backpack (sorry wrong forum).

    So what do I do?
    Wear shorts with big pockets?
    The ol' "camera bag" trick?

    I already plan to get a locker for a sweatshirt, etc. but I don't want to slink back to the locker room every time to reapply sunscreen. (Sully is short for O'Sullivan so I've got that parchment like skin which gets crispy when exposed to direct sunlight).

    Guys? Gals? A little help? No opinion will be considered too rude or judgmental.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Backpack if you don't mind being it being searched
    Big pocket'd shorts if you don't mind drooping drawers or wide legs.

    I did the latter. It was amazing they'd stop my cousin for her tiny purse and search, but not me with my bulging short pockets.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    CamelBak with larger bag and pockets. Trust me, they're amazing.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Bring a small-ish backpack, one with one strap if you can find it ('sling' type). Honestly, though, why worry about what others think when it comes to your comfort?

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    My weapon of choice is one of the Mickey Mouse Club faux-aged messenger bags. ($18 on E-Bay!) We used to do a backpack, but the bag is -way- easier on you when it's heavy. There's a reason why mailmen use them. When they're slung across your chest and hanging on one hip, they're easy to move with and don't put much undue strain on any particular muscle group. We also have a Nightmare Before Christmas bag that's similar, but a little smaller inside and with fewer pockets.

    You can buy bags like this in the park (I believe the kind we use is still on sale at World of Disney...for $48, though).
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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Mr. Dark stole my idea from my brain. I'd say the messenger type "man bag", or go for the big 'ol cargo pants. Just please stay away from the fanny pack.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    I'd wear a pair of cargo shorts or a slingback.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Make a statement, wear a fanny-pack and bring back the 90's again!!

    I'm sooooooooooo kidding! Cargo shorts/pants are the best, or bring a backpack.

    Have Fun!!

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    You are there to lose yourself in fantasy, not worry about what others think. Go ahead and do the fanny pack or treat yourself to one in the park (for the aforementioned 48 bucks!).

    Being alone affords you so much more to see then others. Make sure you take advantage of not having screaming family with you! Talk to the employees and find out their stories, think about pin trading with people (a GREAT way to meet people, however, some 'pin people' are a bit aggressive and can drive you nuts...just walkaway, no finger needed), and find those 'quiet spots' where no one has yet discovered.

    Just don't go naked. They might not let you in. That would be bad.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    I personaly feel anyone with a mullet should be thrown out of the park. But thats just me.

    Fanny packs are alright I guess, takes a bigger man than I to wear one of those around hehe

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    I've used a messenger bag in the past at Disneyland and I use it at school almost every day. Some of my friends affectionately call it my "man bag" haha. They work extremely well - they dont get your back hot and sweatty like backpacks do, and they dont put a strain on your back like them either. They're effecient, comfortable, and easy to move around with.

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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    I just use one of the 50th Anniversary fanny packs they sell. A backpack is too big to try and fit on some of the rides. I just carry it though, not wear it.
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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    I say, don't care about what anybody thinks! Dress exactly as they did in the 50s -- in your best Sunday dress, pink high heels, maybe a sun hat with a bird on it, and the biggest, frilliest purse you can find!
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    Re: What is "acceptable" for men in the Parks?

    Bring your valet. Why should you have to carry the stuff all day!


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