What is Dapper Day?
Twice a year, you might be visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disneyland Paris and wonder, “why is everybody so dressed up?” Some might joke around with you and tell you that they’re going to a wedding, but most will tell you that it’s Dapper Day! This is one of the coolest events that you could attend at the Disney Parks. It’s not an official Disney Parks event, nor is it associated with the Walt Disney Company, but with it gaining popularity year after year, who knows? It might be happening soon.
What is Dapper Day?
Dapper Day began in 2011 and has been growing ever since. It’s simply a celebration of style throughout the years, bringing out the fun and fashion guru in everyone. Dapper Day hosts events at multiple locations, such as museums and hotels, along with some of the Disney parks around the world. There are expositions, where many official Dapper Day products are sold and where sponsors of the event sell their own Dapper products. Guests dress up in their Sunday best and attend all events, with some making it a point to travel to every Dapper Day that they can within the year. If this means going to LA, Paris, and Orlando all in one month, they’ll do it.
What do you wear?
It’s all about having fun and being elegant, in whichever way you see fit. There is no specific era in mind when it comes to Dapper Day, although many tend to aim towards the 1940s and 1950s, because if an era were to say “dapper,” that would be it. However, it’s really up to you. If 2017 is the year that has the style that makes you feel the most dapper, go for it. There is no judgement when it comes to Dapper Day or Disney!
Should you Disneybound?
It’s really up to you when it comes to this. Many guests love to take the opportunity to put a little extra flair on their favorite characters, but it’s certainly not required. If Disneybounding is your thing, then choose your favorite character and snazz it up. It’s always fun to see what guests come up with when channeling their favorite Disney characters. You might see Ariel from the 1920s and Belle from the 1950s sharing a soda with a 1970s Aladdin. Or, you might just see a bunch of non-Disney characters in their Dapper best, enjoying the fashion and days of their youth.
When is the next Dapper Day?
The next round of Dapper Days will be coming around in the end of April 2018. If you’re really itching to dress up and show off your fancy flair, check out DapperDay.com for any information you might need on Dapper Day.
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Special thanks to Andrea Davidson for writing this article! Andrea is a teacher turned fashion major who has always loved all things Disney. She grew up on Disney movies and at Walt Disney World and loves to travel, especially to Disney Parks around the world. Her favorite things to do at the parks are to compare both sides of Space Mountain and find out which one is better, shop all the new products, and take pictures jumping in front of the castles.