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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    Werner, or anybody. Please correct me if I am wrong. But wasn't there a time in DL history when if you went to the park wearing blue jeans you were escorted to an area where you were to exchange your blue jeans for a pair of slacks? Or is the DL urban legend? I don't know.
    Disneyland used to have rules for guest attire and hair, but I've never seen the actual rules published. I'm not aware that denim jeans were ever prohibited. but it's possible.

    Snopes has an item related to Disneyland's guest dress code, Did Disneyland's dress code once prohibit the admission of long-haired males? The Snopes article concentrates on hair, not clothing, although it mentions that women could not enter Disneyland wearing halter tops.
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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    In the 80's, I was removed from DL for wearing a tank top that displayed my tattoos. Things have lightened up quite a bit since then. I remember as a kid(in the 60's-ugh), the family requirement for a day at DL was Toughskins and a collared shirt, tucked in with a belt. I never minded, despite having grown up on the beach where trunks, no shirt and bare feet were the uniform of the day.

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Jedi View Post
    I don't think the style of clothing is bad nowadays, I just think there are far too many options compared to the 50s, and very few people know what to do with them. They see something on one person, and think it will look good on them too. That's not always going to be the case.
    I think you have a point there. And ironically, with all the options there are, I think people feel safest with a "default" outfit of t-shirt or tank with jeans or shorts. Actually the more nondescript the better, these days.
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    I think the dressing up (or not) at the park is not a sign of the times.

    It's all about the perceived status of the Disneyland experience.

    As a contrast, check out Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea. When I was there a few years ago, attending those parks was more akin to going out to the theater in this country. Almost all of the local japanese tourists got dressed up to go out to the parks, and to them this was an experience on par with what we in LA would describe as going out to the Ahmanson Theater to see a musical.

    And as someone who has recently been to the LA music center, I can attest that people still do get dressed up to go to see musical theater.

    I believe there will always be venues that the public perceives to be "sophisticated" and in order to blend in, you feel peer pressure to dress up. Disneyland has lost that feeling over the years, unfortunately.
    I think you're right; the perception of how special certain venues are has changed over the years. People used to get dressed up for airplane flights, too.

    On the other hand, styles are always changing, and perhaps it's just harder to perceive what someone considers to be their "best" clothes for the park. In the mid 60s I may not have worn a dress, but I would have picked my favorite capri outfit.

    One thing's for sure; it's very easy for this generation to take Disneyland somewhat for granted, with all of the "instant" entertainment options around, and I'm sure that gets reflected in what is worn to the park.

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    I always try to dress a little more "upscale" when I'm in Disneyland. Not fancy, but more of a business informal. It makes me feel a little bit better in a very special place. Of course, on my last visit, I just had to wear my Grumpy t-shirt. That's business informal isn't it?
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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    Some thoughts on this...

    Werner, or anybody. Please correct me if I am wrong. But wasn't there a time in DL history when if you went to the park wearing blue jeans you were escorted to an area where you were to exchange your blue jeans for a pair of slacks? Or is the DL urban legend? I don't know.
    well, there is this photo from davelandweb.com from november 1965.



    considering that it was taken in 1965 (when walt was still alive) doesn't look like that kid got kicked out or made to change clothes. seems like blue jeans to me, but maybe i'm not up on clothes styles a whole lot either. my guess would be from this photo, that either the kid sneaked on through, or there was no dress code at all, unless it existed for the parents?

    seems to me also that Walt was more concerned with how cast members looked (the whole no unrefined backwoods town carnival operator look) then how the guests look, but who knows? maybe I should find out where the archives for disneyland are someday after work and peek through them for mentions of dress code rules.

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    RE: blue jeans

    In 1980 I went with our church choir (Ridgecrest Baptist in Birmingham AL) to WDW. Our director had sent a photo of our youth choir in our Sunday best to Disney World and they invited us to sing at MK in front of the castle. When we arrived our buses were directed to one of the service buildings and our choir director talked to a WDW official. We sat on the bus (old school bus with NO air conditioning!) for a long time, then he announced that we would NOT be singing because we had brought jeans and matching t-shirts to sing in, and WDW official policy was that no performers were allowed to perform in blue jeans as directed by Walt himself (I presume that was written into park policy at Disneyland and carried over to WDW). WDW assumed that we would be wearing the dresses and suits that we wore in the publicity photo. They were kind enough to allow us to visit the park for the rest of the day.


    I was dating my future wife on that trip. Great times.

    We didn't visit again until 2005 during our 20th anniversary with our then 8-yr old son. After our visit I wished that we didn't wait so long between trips (we've been 2 more times since then).

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Notice how people were slimmer back then?
    When you consider that what passes for a "happy meal" today was considered a reasonable portion for an adult back then, well, I guess that it isn't all that surprising.

    FWIW, I can't eat an entire entre at Mimi's, and I'm a pretty big guy.

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    I wore a white t-shirt and blue jeans when I went to opening day. These days I prefer my "Grumpy" shirt and hat or my "Goofy" shirt and hat.

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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    such a cool thread that has lasted a long while!

    My friends and I always "dress up" for the park. Fashion is different for every culture, sub culture and counter-culture these days. The fashions in the 50's were VERY different from today, as has been previously stated. Now people can take more liberties with their dress to fit their personality and comfort level.

    Personally I enjoy wearing clothes that are nice and present my personal style. This can be jeans and a shirt or a dress with boots. Whatever I wear, I wear with pride.

    And as an aside to all the people that posted about not being able to wear nice clothes because of lack of money: You don't need money to have nice things, you just have to know what you like and search for it. Many great pieces in my closet have cost less than $20. Just a thought.


    Please note that we are both wearing skirts and the gentleman is wearing non-jean pants and a button down (with skulls!) and we were comfortable all day long... until it got cold. THEN it was jeans time.
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    Re: September 14, 2007: Dressing for Disneyland

    I think we also need to keep in mind that a day in the park can be messy... it is a park after all. I don't want to wear nice, expensive and potentially dry-clean only clothes to the park to just get messed up. Light colored chinos will quickly get "destroyed" with spots and stains by sitting on so many different rides, benches and chairs that it just makes no sense to wear them. Then if you factor in lugging a couple of small kids along who also tend to be messy, then it's going to be jeans every time because they're rugged and easy to clean to afterwards.
    That said, there's a difference between dressing casually and dressing sloppily. I often see guys wearing ratty t-shirts that should really be in the rag bin already. Maintenance of any clothing is also important for its appearance. A guy in high quality, well maintained and pressed Banana Republic jeans and t-shirts will look much better than a guy in a cheap, unpressed suit and tie from Sears or Wal-Mart.

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