Disney Style Around the World: Hong Kong Disneyland

Welcome Back Arielle with her fantastic continuing series!

Our latest style series takes us back to Asia, where we’ll check out some of the most incredible looks from visitors at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, so it’s still one of the newbies when it comes to the Disney parks, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less magical, and Disney fans from around the globe flock to Hong Kong to check out the park’s dazzling nighttime shows (including a must-see walk-through Halloween attraction!) and unique rides like the Iron Man Experience and the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.

And that’s all well and good, but we’re really interested in one thing: fashion. Dressing up for a day at Disney is one of the reasons we love the parks so much, and Hong Kong visitors from near and far definitely don’t disappoint when it comes to their park day looks.

Park guests young and old go all out when it comes to their park style, and we love it. Check out some of the most stylish and cute looks coming from Hong Kong Disneyland, and take inspiration from our Disney-loving friends on the other side of the globe.

 

Total cuteness up, up, and away

Up 🎈

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The cutest little Mickey Mouse we’ve ever seen

 

One dapper dude

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Where can we get that hat though?!

My lady… =============== #lady #hongkong #disneyland #hongkongdisneyland #latepost #photography #photoscape

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Aurora’s got nothin’ on him

I dont think Ill ever run out of Disney pictures haha #hkdisneyland #hkd #disneylandhongkong

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Three cute mice!

Welcome to the world of magic ☺️🤗

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Jessie’s girls (and guy!)

 

She’ll soon have a stylish baby brother in tow!

 

The couple that slays together, stays together

Thank You Disneyland Hong Kong #disneyland #seeyousoon

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Who’s cuter than baby Spidey?

Call me Rafa ☺

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When your ice cream matches your dress…

Minnie ice cream😋😋#minnie #icecream #disneyland #disneylandhongkong

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Stylish at Small World

Bring me back to the happiest place on earth!! 🏰🎠👑 #simplyshowHK #simplyshowtheworld

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With so many unique and adorable looks, all we want to do is head to Hong Kong and see them all for ourselves! Grab those passports!

Disney Style Around the World: Disneyland Paris

Welcome back Arielle with her continuing series!

As we continue our journey checking out the best fashion at all the Disney parks around the globe, it’s only fitting that we’d take a trip to Disneyland Paris.

After all, Paris is the fashion capital of the world, and Parisians have a truly effortless, glamorous touch when it comes to their style…even for a day at Disney.

Locals love to show off their personal style while also keeping things effortlessly chic, and even in jeans and sneakers, they manage to look like the most stylish people to grace the streets of a theme park.

They may not go decked out in head-to-toe Mickey gear, but they always know how to make a sophisticated statement in their park attire, and Parisians will find the most subtle ways to show off their Disney style for a day at the two French parks, Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park.

There’s a reason why the French have that certain je ne sais quoi – the world is their stage, and Disneyland Paris is their runway.

Check out some gorgeous examples of the unique fashion at Disneyland Paris – maybe these looks will inspire you for your next day at the parks.

Matching sneakers? Check!

Kisses from Stitch to…Stitch!

✨😘✨ #Disneylandparis #Stitch #Love (Credit:@shelbykaly)

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Denim for days with this crew

🐭🎀

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So chic

Sleeping Beauty, who?

Look at this new Space Ranger recruit

Only at Disney can your ears match your purse

A gorgeous pop of red

J'ai pas l'air mais je passe un moment.

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The force is with him

Jeans and a cardigan are anything but basic here

Two totally cute deputies

Queen of the castle

Princess for a day #love #disneylandparis #disney #wheredreamscometrue #paris #instatravel #minniemouse #castle

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#familygoals indeed

A lavender dream

Happiest place on earth 💘

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There’s a snake in her boot!

So much incredible style, so little time… looks like we’ll have to grab our passports and head to the City of Light ASAP.

Disney Style Around the World: Tokyo Disneyland

Please welcome Arielle Tschinkel to the disneyBOP family!

To the uneducated masses, it would seem that every Disney Park is the same – after all, is it really that different to ride Space Mountain whether you’re in Florida or France?

But true Disney fans know that what makes the Disney parks so special is that each one around the world has its own spirit…there are undeniable differences in culture you’ll find whether you’re stateside in California or across the world in China.

One of the best parts of heading to Disney is people watching, and that’s never truer than at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Disney fans in Japan pull out all the stops for a day at the parks, and their enthusiasm and love of Disney shines through in their elaborate fashion and style choices.

Sure, some are content to put on a pair of Mickey ears, but more often than not, you’ll see entire groups of people in coordinating Disney outfits and costumes. It doesn’t matter what season it is or what the weather is like – Tokyo Disney visitors face unbearably hot and humid weather in the summer thanks to their proximity to Tokyo Bay, and snowy wet weather in the winter – but they still enjoy dressing up no matter what the forecast calls for.

Check out some awesome examples of the unique fashion at Tokyo Disney – maybe these looks will inspire you for your next day at the parks.

A super-kawaii crew!

Where do we get these shirts for our squad?!

Toontown selfies.

. 🌞🌞 . . 意外と2ヶ月ぶり💗 #disneyland#disney#land#tdl

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Sunny game strong!

💓#tbt #withmylove

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When your Mickey pop matches your bow…

Too cute for words!

#SquadGoals indeed

でぃずにー🐭🌈 #0706#二週間前#七夕#🎋

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Uniform doesn’t have to mean boring.

Hangin’ out at Mickey’s house

♡♡♡ Best pic🐭❤️ #disney #disneyland #tokyo #twins #code #ootd #instagram #instalike #instagood #love #l4l

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Dumbo has never looked so stylish!

#Twinning

No bad apples here!

Every moment I have with you is precious. Don't we look alike😜? #potd #disneyland #tokyo #japan #lotd #snowwhite

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Giving Donald a run for his money.

BRB…booking our flights to Japan now.

 

We Wants The Redhead, but also, like, No Insinuated Rape?

While the great wave of anger has mostly passed, I still thought I would share my thoughts on The Great Pirates of the Caribbean Debacle of 2017.

For those unaware, the Disney Parks Blog recently revealed that Disneyland Paris’ version of the ride would reopen with some changes, including the auction scene changing from women to items stolen by the pirates. They then snuck in that during the CA and FL rides’ refurbishments next year, they would also be receiving the switch. And then all the white men went NOOOOOOO and then a giant wave hit the eastern seaboard and acid rain fell across the country and then the apocalypse was confirmed and we all died.

There seems to be a thing amongst the Disney fandom where people are thrilled for changes, unless it’s a ride they like, then don’t you lay a damn finger on it or so help me god. I have to fess up as I have done it in the past. Tower to Guardians in CA had me angry, but then the ride was presented to us and I was totally fine with it. (Sans the outside of that building. Woof.) We’re all going to be bitter about different things, but this time around, things became vile.

This announcement had people up in arms more than usual as if someone was going to pull a Sophie’s Choice on their children. It was insane. There were people claiming the legacy would be lost with the change, there were people saying the mechanics of the ride story would change enough to hurt the attraction, there were people claiming “too PC,” etc.

The scene, for those of you  who are somehow unfamiliar (No judgement, honestly impressed you’re reading this anyway. Welcome!), the scene features a banner reading “Auction: Take a Wench for a Bride,” along with a pirate barker trying to sell a group of tied-together crying women to a bunch of drunken pirates. The crowd watching the auction at one point yells “We Wants the Redhead!” who is a sexy woman in red satin standing next in line and showing a little ankle (OOOO GIRL, GET IT!).

The new scene will have the redhead become a pirate and join in the selling of the stolen goods to the crowd watching across the water.

For some reason, this is the thing that has people going crazy and I don’t understand why. Sarah Sterling made a great point about it on Twitter, stating that we, as Disney fans, are used to it at this point. However, if you were to ride fresh right now, you’d probably think “Um…isn’t this just a rape auction?”

Writer Kate Abbott also had a fantastic thread on the ordeal:

For some reason, a large chunk of fans are fine with this, because “That’s what pirates do!” This is an argument I do not understand. Then, I’d like the Donald Trump audio-animatronic to be groping women as the curtain at The Hall Of Presidents opens, because that’s what he does! I want to walk by the Mexico pavilion at Epcot to see a human sacrifice taking place on the steps because that’s what they did! The argument does not hold up.

I think everyone angry at this needs to look at it from all sides. Can you imagine going on a Disney ride and going past a scene insinuating pirates raping your gender? Imagine it flipped, where they are auctioning off men for pirates to castrate. Would you feel the same way then?

We should be celebrating Disney realizing a problem within a classic attraction and taking the time to change the narrative. The redhead is still front-and-center, just in a new role. We will still have an auction, we will still see pirates doing pirate things. We will still have the beloved attraction just without rape and that should be a win for us all.

Dapper Day: Quick Tips

Dapper Day is my favorite Disney event of the year, and it isn’t even operated by Disney. Beginning in February 2011, the event began in Disneyland in the hopes to bring back the idea of “stepping out in style” at the parks. When we look back at the park in the 1950s and the concept art that accompanied it, guests were dressed to the nines. Dresses and heels, suits and ties, hats and glasses. It paired so nicely with the parks. The event hoped it bring that sophistication back to the parks one day a year.

Since that initial event, it has only grown. Twice a year, the parks in Orlando, Anaheim, and Paris deck themselves with classy looks to celebrate fashion and Disney. In California, the event is usually paired with an expo of photo ops and shopping opportunities to further celebrate style. Some people serve period looks, while others serve modern sophistication. Disneybounding has also become synonymous as some guests try to evoke a certain character with their style. Few things make me as happy as walking through the park and seeing so many people looking so gosh darn classy.

I always tell as many people as I can about the event, but some are still overwhelmed by the ordeal. It can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m compiled a list of some tips and tricks I’ve used during my Dapper Day experiences that can benefit newcomers. Now, I am not a pro whatsoever and I don’t believe that I am a style icon (as I write this, I’m wearing my hair in a Survivor: Guatemala buff, like the garbage person), but I want to help newcomers experience the magic of the event anyway I can.

  • Come up with a concept: It’s hard to start from scratch or get inspiration from shopping aimlessly, so I go into stores with a specific goal. I like to Disneybound these events, as it adds another layer of fun, so I usually go with a character in mind. That way, I can look for certain colors and hues. If you aren’t Disneybounding, go in with a time period or outfit concept. Say to yourself “I’m going for Tinkerbell 1950s realness,” and from there, you can search for green dresses, yellow accents, flats, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to dye: This past Epcot Dapper Day, I wanted to evoke an underrated character that embodied Epcot, Jose Carioca. However, his green and yellow colors are very specific, and it was hard to find dress pants and blazers that fit that hue exactly. What I did instead was bought a plain white pair of pants and jacket that fit me well and dyed it using RIT’s products. It was relatively simple, you just place the dye in a big vat of hot water and stir for 20 minutes, throw it in the wash, and you get these vibrant colors that match the character beautifully. Disneybounding or not, if you have a specific color in mind for your look, research the possibility of dyeing your own clothing.
  • Accessorize: The art of the outfit lies within the details. For my Jose Carioca outfit, I found an adorable parrot broach that was the exact same colors. For ladies, handbags in various shapes and designs can add that last bit that creates a full look. Gentlemen, don’t be afraid of hats.
  • Thrifting is your friend: Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other thrift stores are an essential stop to creating a look. Here, you can find items that fit the look perfectly and for cheap.
  • OMG SHOES: Comfort is key. I have walked around the parks in shoes I haven’t broken in and upon removal, my feet throbbed for three hours after. It was bad. I’ve been with friends in heels who are in so much pain it hurts to watch them walk. Make sure you take your shoes out for a spin first to make sure they are wearable. Even if you are comfortable in them, make sure to bring some thick socks, band-aids, and mole skin just in case.

 

Here’s hoping your inaugural Dapper Day visit is as magical as it can be. Feel the best you possibly can and think of the parks as your runway! *cue America’s Next Top Model theme song*

 

The Importance of Ellen’s Energy Adventure (Yeah, I know)

Ellen’s Energy Adventure will be closing on August 13th to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride. This is a lose-lose situation for me as I don’t like Guardians (I can hear you yelling already. I’ve tried and I can’t get into a franchise where a planet is a villain. Sorry ’bout it.) and Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite attraction.

You heard me. Ellen’s Energy Adventure is my favorite ride.

The ride system is incredible and never ceases to blow my mind. A theater that spins 180 degrees, then moves in tandem into dinosaur show scenes, breaks apart into individual cars through the diorama, then joins together again. There’s nothing else like it in the world and it’s spectacular.

Now, I understand Universe of Energy is more beloved, but I adore the script and humor of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Yes, the film is incredibly outdated (Stop yelling at me, I can hear you!). I mean, she uses a cell phone with an antenna. It’s rough. Yet, the humor never gets old for me. I always laugh at “Stupid Judy” or “The Piggy Bank? The Ding Dang?” or when she goes to punch Bill Nye after he continues to speak after drenching her. It has some truly hilarious moments. “Sorry Ellen, we were looking for something more than just an embellishment of what I had already said.” It’s just so good!

Besides my love for the attraction itself and the humor and how it’s the greatest pre-show in the history of Disney World don’t @ me, it has the importance of representation, as well.

Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened on June 14th, 1996, at the height of her titular sitcom’s success on ABC. In April 1997, however, was the infamous Puppy Episode. Just hitting it’s 20-year milestone 4 months ago, the episode featured Ellen’s big coming out moment, instantly becoming an iconic TV moment and a huge ratings success. Immediately after the success, however, Ellen’s career took a hard nose dive. Her revealing her sexuality caused her to not get work for months, even years, after the episode aired. She didn’t get back to her earlier success until her daytime talk show premiered in 2003.

Think about it (“You’re in your car, you’re driving and I just pop up behind you and go HEY!” Oh, sorry, that’s more quotes. Continue.), during her downfall being shunned by all media for her sexuality, Ellen’s Energy Adventure remained open. The ride hadn’t even been open for a year before her coming out, and yet, Disney kept it open, despite the backlash it’s star was facing.

For the past 21 years, the lead in an attraction at a Disney theme park has been and out and proud lesbian. That is pretty remarkable. Looking at current “Celebrities in Disney Rides,” Rosie O’Donnell still leads up the Boudin Bakery Tour, but now in a smaller role and not with the same impact a ride has had. Unless I am mistaken, everyone else is straight. Having that representation at the Most Magical Place on Earth is comforting. It shows many that being gay is not a disease or an illness, but something that is normal, something to be proud of, and something that allows you to hang out with Bill Nye on a trip to the Big Bang.

Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I will always love you. I will see you on August 12th to pay my respects, take photos against your beautiful tile mural, and leave a high efficiency light bulb on your reflection pool. Stupid Judy, Ellen. *wipes tear away*. Stupid Judy.

 

Everything Changes: The Fandom and its Freak-Outs

July 15th, 2017. A day that will live in infamy…for the Disney fandom. The Parks & Resorts panel, for the first time ever, actually exceeded expectations. Known for a whole lotta nothing, this year the team at the Parks division of the company finally delivered.

The above is a comprehensive list of every announcement made at the panel. It was a LOT. I was actually at the Magic Kingdom during the panel and went on Peoplemover just so I could have a relaxing time while constantly refreshing my Twitter feed. With every refresh came a new announcement, it was insane.

The changes announced received a lot of trepidation throughout the community. Now, this isn’t a new thing. However, fans usually pick and choose. Disney fans are a contradictory bunch by nature and I firmly own up to it.

One of the biggest arguments coming out of the Expo was the characterization of Epcot. By that, the original vision of Epcot was more adult, more edutainment based, and with a lack of characters. However, looking towards the future of the park sees characters popping up all over the place.

My own contradictory nature came into play with the Epcot announcements as I adore the old school mentality of the park, but I am fine with characters. The reveal that Ratatouille would be coming to France was a double-win, as it seems that we are also keeping Impressions De France. Score! We get to keep the beauty of the Epcot films plus a new fun family attractions based on Ratatouille. I am here for it. Yet, on the flip side, the reveal of Ellen’s Energy Adventure closing to make way for a Guardians of the Galaxy ride was a double blow. I adore Ellen’s Energy Adventure and I hate Guardians, so it was a multi-layered bad news item.

I was mad at Tower of Terror leaving at DCA for Guardians. I’m confused at the choice of Mickey design for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. I’m bummed about The Great Movie Ride leaving, but I get it. I’m excited for Tron. I’m absolutely stoked for the new theater on Main Street.

Every Disney fan is going to have their own opinions about the future of the theme parks. That is a known fact. That being said and known, I am tired of how the fandom treats those who don’t agree with them.

The amount I saw this weekend with people viscerally angry at those excited for Ratatouille or those not looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy was crazy. It defeats the whole purpose of Disney itself.

I know I’m going to get flak for going full cheese, but it’s true. This community is one that is filled with joy because of their belief in the power of dreams and magic. So, when people within the community yell at each other for their own warranted opinions is ridiculous.

We all appreciate different things about Disney and their theme parks. Let’s coexist within the community and understand everyone’s opinions. So, while I can be mourning the loss of Ellen’s Energy Adventure, I understand if you are excited for the future. Come on, Disney Fandom. In the words of Hayley Mills, Let’s Get Together!

 

Epcot OOTD: Black & White Look

Look at me trying to be trendy! I recently got back from a fun and chill day trip to Epcot and had an absolute blast. Epcot is, comparatively, dead during summer this year as it’s the only span of time where the park is without a festival (Arts in January-February, Flower & Garden in March-May, Food & Wine in August-November, Holidays Around the World in November-December), so the huge crowds aren’t there. It’s a nice change of pace to have skipping room around World Showcase.

Since it was a go-with-the-flow kind of day, my friend Skyler and I took some time to explore Morocco, since it’s usually a pavilion I rudely walk past. The architecture and textures in Morocco are so varied and gorgeous, that I had to stop and make the pavilion my background. #MoroccoWall.

The outfit stemmed from me trying to make my wide-brimmed black hat from ASOS work. I’ve had it since December and hadn’t figured out how to rock it, especially in these miserable Florida summers. I decided to go all black & white for my first hatventure, allowing me to start off safe.

I had just bought a pair of white flat-front shorts from American Eagle that I loved, so I decided to put those with this adorable Cakeworthy shirt I got a few years back. They also sold a Pirates one, made to look like Prada, that I still hate myself for not picking up when it was available.

The shoes were the biggest hassle, but I stepped outside my comfort zone and went with a pair of Black Chelsea Boots from Bass. I have always been afraid to pair chelsea boots with anything other than pants, but I thought they’d work pretty well with the outfit. I decided to give ’em a try and I really like how the whole look turned out.

It was a fun summer park look that looked nice and was still super comfortable. Now that this hat worked so well, I’m excited to pair this with more looks, along with getting more into hats! (Getting More Into Hats! A Memoir by Marshal Knight)