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Last weekend, I attended Spring Dapper Day where I dapper bounded as my favorite duck, Daisy. It worked out really well, because as you can see in the picture below, I got my best friend Jannah to dapper bound as Minnie Mouse.
Later on, we met up with a few of our favorite princess friends and hung out with them for most of the day – Princess Meg (Kirsten), Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Cinderella (Kaitlyn), and Princess Jasmine (Paola). We had a blast doing princess poses, meeting Disney characters, and meeting wonderful people throughout Epcot.
If you have never participated in Dapper Day before, it’s so much fun! If you aren’t familiar with Dapper Day, it is an event held in all the Disney park locations twice a year – once in the Spring, and once in the Fall. Guests come to the park all dressed up, whether that be in vintage or modern attire. Disney bounding, or in this case dapper bounding, is when Disney fans come to the park wearing vintage attire inspired by Disney characters, rides, and other elements of Disney. It’s a blast, and it is an event that I am fortunate enough to attend every year, as I live in Orlando and have a Disney pass.
1. Come With a Group.
While my first Dapper Day was fun, the latest one was even better because I went with a fairly large group of people. A crowd of dappers always looks way more awesome than just one or two, not to mention, it makes for excellent photos. For the past Dapper Day, my group and I didn’t dress in themed attire (aside from Jannah and I’s BFF Minnie & Daisy outfits), but that would be really fun to try sometime. Imagine getting a big group together and having everyone dress as a certain character. Think Winnie the Pooh, or even outfits inspired by classic Disney rides like Dumbo, the Haunted Mansion, or the Teacups. You’ll get even more compliments and attention, and you dramatically increase your chances of being featured in a fashion blog or news site. Plus, you can get awesome group photos like this these. We had so much fun princess posing by Snow White’s wishing well. 😉
2. Arrive at the Parks Early.
We all know how notoriously crowded Disney can be. But, imagine the normal crowds coupled with the influx of people coming to the parks for Dapper Day… yikes! And, If you aren’t blessed with the opportunity of going to Disney all the time, you’ll want to fit as much into your schedule as possible to make the most of your ticket. That can be kind of hard to do if you arrive mid afternoon just when the crowds are really starting to arrive.
My advice? Get to the park early in the day, and use those first few hours to take advantage of the shorter ride wait times. Meet a character or two, also. The parks get ridiculously crowded in the afternoons, so you can use that time to eat your lunch and take awesome pictures of your outfit.
If you’re really not an early bird, an alternative is to arrive in the parks in the afternoon and stay until they close. Disney crowds start to wind down later in the night, which means less lines and fewer people. Yay!
3. Wear Comfortable Shoes
This is a big one. As tempted as I am to wear my red stilettos as the perfect accent to my pinup Snow White Outfit, I know it will only make for a miserable Disney trip and blistered, sore feet the next day.
However, this is not to say that you can’t wear heels comfortably in Disney. It’s entirely possible, and I know, because I’ve done it before. Instead of extremely high or thin heels that offer your feet no support, opt for chunky, low heels with an ankle or t-strap. Not only are these types of heels more comfortable, but they also have more of a vintage feel to them.
If you would rather skip heels all together, I recommend wearing ballet flats, sandals, or even plain white sneakers with some outfits. You can check out these ballet flats found on Amazon here:
4. Make All Reservations and Fastpasses in Advance.
If there is a special table service restaurant you’re hoping to eat at during your visit, I recommend booking the reservation as soon as possible. Sometimes, if you wait even a week before your visit, you will find little to no spaces available at the restaurant you’re hoping to dine it.
I recommend the same thing with booking fastpasses, especially if you love riding extremely popular rides like Peter Pan and Space Mountain.
5. Consider Parkhopping.
I know that this might not be ideal because you’ll likely want to be in the park where Dapper Day is being hosted, but it may be worth it later in the day if a park gets to crowded. ahem Magic Kingdom.
This past Dapper Day, the event was held in Magic Kingdom. My friends and I chose to forgo Magic Kingdom altogether and dapper bound at Epcot instead. It was much less crowded, and there were plenty of other dappers who showed up later in the day, so we didn’t miss out on the fun of seeing everyone else all dressed up in the parks.
6. Don’t Be Shy.
Dapper Day is a great place to meet new friends with similar dapper interests. If you love someone’s outfit, compliment them. If you’re dressed as Ariel and you see another guest dressed like Ursula, ask them if they would mind getting a picture with you. It makes the day more fun, and you might just end up meeting a new friend. 🙂
7. Have Fun.
So, the special dress you ordered didn’t arrive on time. Maybe your hair didn’t turn out as fabulously as you wanted it to. Maybe you won’t have time to ride all of your favorite rides. Whatever it is, don’t let the small stuff get in the way of you having the best Dapper Day ever. Remember the wise words of the Lion King, Hakuna Matata!
My dress is from Pinup Girl Clothing, the belt is from Lindy Bop, the gloves and earrings are vintage, the pearls were a gift, and the shoes were thrifted.
I hope you enjoyed my Dapper Day tips.. it’s not too late to start planning for next Dapper Day! 😉
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