2018 Disneyland Dapper Day | Ultimate Guide through the decades
Updated 9/16/18. One of my favorite pastimes is looking at photographs of Disneyland during its first decade. The evolution of fashion during the 20th century was truly a sight to behold. The women wore their gorgeous dresses, nicest pearls, and beautiful bouffants. The men put on their sleekest looking suit fashioned with a gelled-up ‘do. This is the inspiration for Disneyland Dapper Day, today.
This past weekend we got another blast from the past. It was the Spring 2018 Disneyland Dapper Day, an event dripping with nostalgia and meant for people to celebrate the fashion and lifestyle of various decades.
If this sounds like this event was made for you, then hold on to your hats ladies and gentlemen. The Fall 2018 Disneyland Dapper Day is happening Sunday, November 4th and the Dapper Day Expo is also during the weekend of Nov. 3rd-4th.
All you cool cats who are bummed out at missing the spring Dapper Day… have no fear! Follow this guide to get ready for the Fall 2018 Disneyland Dapper Day, so you can be sure to have a killer good time.
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Disneyland Dapper Day: Basic Information
Besides the most popular “Dapper Day Outing to the Parks”, there are several other offerings including concerts, book signings, and pop-up shops that you’ll get to take part in.
Dapper Day isn’t in any way sponsored or endorsed by Disney, so they call it an “unofficial” Disney Parks event. It isn’t a private event, either, so the parks will still be open to anyone and everyone, regardless of their participation in the event.
When is Dapper Day?
Dapper Day is held semi-annually at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resorts, and annually at Disneyland Paris. Typically, they hold events for Spring and Fall.
The announced dates for upcoming Dapper Days are as follows:
Walt Disney World: April 27-29, November 17-18
Disneyland Paris: May 5
Disneyland: November 3-4
How Much Does Disneyland Dapper Day Cost?
Since Dapper Day isn’t a private event, to attend you’ll just need to purchase your own tickets or utilize your annual pass, if you have one.
There are often bonus ticketed side events you can choose to go to if you’d like book signings, concerts, or special presentations. Specific offerings are available at DapperDay.com. One of the most popular is the Dapper Day Expo, available only at Disneyland. Tickets to attend are $10, and we’ll go into more detail about the Expo in just a moment.
To gain access to discounted park tickets and hotel rates, you’ll want to sign up for the Dapper Day Newsletter HERE.
Disneyland Dapper Day: Dress Up
Where to Look for Clothing
There are a variety of places you can find retro and vintage looks, from thrift shops to your grandmother’s closet to Amazon. You can even look for fashion inspo on Pinterest or a ton of articles including Dita Von Teese’s fashion guide for Dapper Day. The most important thing is to get creative and have fun with it! The clothing store Unique Vintage has a special Dapper Day line. Check it out here!
Disney’s Costume Rules
It’s important to remember that while you can pay homage to a Disney character in your outfit with colors or accessories, you cannot wear a costume or impersonate a Disney character. Face paint, weapons, revealing clothes, and wallet chains also are not allowed.
To read the official costume rules of the Disney Parks, visit their website here.
Dapper Day Expo
While other Dapper Days may feature boutiques or other events, Disneyland is the only Dapper Day location that features an expansive expo. During the expo, the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall will be transformed into a 30,000 square foot marketplace for handmade and vintage clothing, accessories, cosmetics, jewelry, shoes, eyewear, and more. Plus, you’ll find a wide assortment of Dapper Day merchandise!
In Fall 2018, the expo will be held on November, 3rd & 4th. You can purchase tickets in advance here.
Comfort is Key
To fully enjoy your Disney Day, you’ll want to keep comfort in mind even if you’re dressing up! If you’d like to ride roller coasters and water rides, make sure to pick your outfit accordingly. Don’t forget about comfortable shoes!
The parks will be full on Dapper Day, so make sure to arrive early if you haven’t purchased tickets yet or if you want a shorter wait for all the best photo spots.
Bring a Camera
Phones usually work just fine, but if you’re counting on a day full of photo ops, you may want to bring a camera so you don’t risk your phone running out of battery at a picture-perfect moment. Once inside Disneyland Park, there is no official Dapper Day photo meet up. If you see some outfits you especially like, don’t be afraid to reach out to other Dapper Day park goers to organize group photos.
Plan Your Disneyland Vacation
Since Dapper Day is a biannual event, there is always an outing right around the corner! Now is a great time to start planning for your vacation. Looking for ways to save? Subscribe to our FREE Deals Newsletter to start receiving exclusive deals not available anywhere else.
While you’re planning your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth, make sure to check out our other guides to make the most of your stay!