This is Halloween!

Ah, yes, another Disneyland post! Last year Patrick and I had such a blast at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that we had to do it again! The Halloween parties are Disneyland are a lot of fun, and are one of the few times when those over the age of nine are allowed to wear costumes at the park! With unpacking and getting settled taking a top priority, I knew that this year’s costume had to be simple, and less time consuming than costumes of the past. After kicking around a few ideas, I settled on Clarice from the 1952 Chip ‘n Dale short “Two Chips and a Miss”, where Chip and Dale have a date with the same gal, lounge singer Clarice, on the same night, and hilarity ensues, and Patrick went as Chip. In terms of costume specs, this is one of the least home-made costumes I’ve done. The blue portion of the dress I purchased. It was originally a maxi-length, and I altered it to allow for the tulip hem. For the brown portion, I simply wore a brown sweater under the dress. The hat I made from remaining skirt fabric, cardboard, and gathered ribbon for the edge. I also gathered ribbon for the lea too – you’d never believe there was 40 feat of ribbon there! But, seriously, there is! I also made my ears. I wore brown tights, and found these perfect nude flats and then simply Sharpie’ed the toe lines. For a purse, I wanted something that went with the theme of Chip and Dale, and made an acorn purse, pinning on a pin that feature Clarice and Chip. Patrick’s costume was so simple! He wore a jacket, shirt and pair of pants he already owned and donned my reversible Chip and Dale ears. All we had to purchase was a white bow tie! I also made Patrick the note that Clarice leaves for Chip that is seen near the beginning of the cartoon. After taking some snaps in Toontown, we walked around the park for awhile before taking our seats for the Halloween themed parade, which was followed by the Halloween Screams fireworks show, which is hands-down my favorite fireworks show that Disneyland does. I even spotted a (mostly) black cat near the Fantasyland Skyway Station! For more on this forgotten relic, check out my post here! Once the fireworks were over, we did a bit of trick-or-treating in the park (at Disneyland you are never too old to trick-or-treat!), and then met Chip and Dale, who were dressed as pirates! Those mischievous chipmunks attempted to steal my purse, thinking it a giant yummy acorn, and Dale got offended that only Chip was on my purse. He then proceeded to turn Patrick’s ears around so the Dale side faced front. Like last year (where we were Slue Foot Sue and Pecos Bill) I expected few people to know who we were, as Clarice does not have too strong of a presence in Disneyland and “Two Chips and a Miss” is the only cartoon to feature her. However more people knew who we were this year, with six people knowing, and telling us, verses last year where two people knew who we were. But I love doing characters I adore, and ones that are obscure, so I am totally fine with people not knowing who I am! And it’s also fun introducing people to new cartoons and characters. Disneyland’s Halloween parties are a fun, family oriented option to the terrifying experiences that are showcased at Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios. Children and adults alike get to dress up, trick-or-treat in the park, meet specially costumed characters, and enjoy fireworks and parades that are specifically for the party alone. These happen during select nights, beginning in the end of September and continuing through Halloween night. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party does require a separate entry ticket. Sadly, all of the remaining parties for the Disneyland Resort are sold out for this year, but if you love Halloween and Disney plan on making it next year! As for true Halloween, Patrick and I will be attending a friend’s wedding, back in Portland. In fact we leave today for a week long visit! The timing coincides with the October Expo and Patrick’s commitment to returning to the Portland office every four to six weeks, so we are really killing three birds with one stone! I also get to visit with friends. I am doubtful I will be blogging from the Rose City, but I’m sure I’ll have lots to say when we return along with more apartment pictures! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween! I better go pack!

Happiest Haunts Materialize!

I can see the end of our move in sight! We’ve had so many random little hiccups during the move in process, but I think I’ll be able to share our new place with you all in the near future! There will still be a few bare spots, as we still quite haven’t found some decor we wish to have, but over time I’m sure the blank spaces will get filled in, the down side to furnishing and decorating the vintage… you may not always find what you want when you want it! In the meantime…last night Patrick and I went on the Happiest Haunts Tour at Disneyland. I know what you’re going to say, “My goodness, another Disneyland post?” But it’s also an outfit post! I guess I should mention that you can expect lots of Disneyland posts! Between being annual pass holders, and living within five miles of the park (close enough we can hear the fireworks, and even see them if positioned just right) and my extreme passion for Disneyland, there will be many visits!

The Disneyland Resort offers quite a few different tours that are available year round at the resort, however during the Halloween and Christmas seasons there are special seasonal tours to tempt guests! Since we had such a marvelous time on our Walking in Walt’s Footsteps Tour last year, we decided we should do all of the tours that the resort offers, selecting the Happiest Haunts Tour as our next one, as it is limited only to the Halloween season, the tour also takes place as dusk arrives, and most of the tour takes place at night.

For our tour I did an extremely simple “Disneybound” of Katrina Van Tassel from the 1949 Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, including a spectacular Sleepy Hollow pin I bought at the Walt Disney Family Museum last time we visited.

Our tour began with a walk down Main Street were we were told about all of the details the resort does to get the spirit of Halloween (pun of course intended) including creating over 300 pumpkins to decorate Main Street alone! As we made our way down Main Street we popped into the Candy Palace for a little trick or treating and received a marshmallow pop before making our way into Adventureland to hear of tales of ancient tribal traditions of communing with the dead.

We then visited New Orleans Square for a ride on the Haunted Mansion, which was decked out for the Halloween and Christmas season with its Nightmare before Christmas overlay. After we exited the attraction we discovered with picked up a hitchhiking ghost! Madam Gracey, who told us of tales of the Haunted Mansion, and she joined us for the rest of our tour. Next we visited Frontierland to look upon Disneyland’s own Halloween Tree, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s story of the same name, and hearing of more ancient ghostly traditions from around the world. We then walked to Big Thunder Mountain where we heard of a spooky tale surrounding the gold rush tour, before riding the attraction. Fantasyland was next for a visit to Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Our last attraction for the tour was Space Mountain, with its Halloween overlay of Ghost Galaxy. We made our way back to Main Street for one more trick or treat stop, receiving a pumpkin cookie and then returning to the tour gardens. As our tour ended, we were also given an exclusive pin, strictly for this year’s tour.

For those close in proximity to Disneyland, or are planning on visiting the Disneyland Resort during the Halloween season, you can learn more about the Happiest Haunts Tour by visiting the Disneyland Resort website. Book as soon as you can! As the tours fill up!

Outfit
Sweater: Garb-Oh Vintage
Dress: Red Light, Portland, Oregon
Belt: Nordstorm
Shoes: Remix via a rummage sale
Bangle: Who knows!
Sleepy Hollow Pin: Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, California
Purse: Don’t recall…

Third Annual Tiki Day

On Sunday Patrick and I took a break from unpacking for Tiki Day, one of the now many unofficial theme days at Disneyland. We attended last year, and had a blast and were super happy that our move coincided just perfectly for us to attend again this year. Tiki Day is a great time for both tiki lovers and Disney geeks to get together and chat about both, and often wear their tiki Disney gear at the Disneyland Resort. This year I opted for my Enchanted Tiki Room jumpsuit, which you can read more about here.

Last year, since we were just visiting California, we didn’t really get to socialize too much as we were busy trying to do other fun things at the park, but this year we were able to take a much more relaxed approach to Tiki Day. We participated in all of the activities that were arranged, including riding the Jungle Cruise and Sailing Ship Columbia together, visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room, and ending the night at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel. I met so many delightful people, including fellow vintage lovers who offered great information of vintage shops in LA, as well as tiki bars.

This isn’t the end of tiki and Disneyland though! The day after Tiki Day we went to the Maholoween Luau at Trader Sam’s, which I plan to blog about soon! Meanwhile, back to unpacking!

Outfit
Enchanted Tiki Room Jumpsuit: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Shoes: The Clothes Horse, Eugene, Oregon
Bangles: Various
Purse & Scarf: Thrifted

Patrick’s Outfit
Likeke Tiki Shirt: Antiques Colony, San Jose, California
Shorts & Shoes: Nordstorm

120 Film at Disneyland

Taking our Kodak Dual Flex II (one of many vintage cameras we own) and shooting 120 film has become a tradition of ours when visiting Disneyland. However I’m not sure how often this tradition will continue, as we will be visiting Disneyland more often and 120 film isn’t exactly cheap, but it sure is a lot of fun, but for the time being, here is a look at some of the shots from our most recent visit to Disneyland.

Patrick has gotten much better over the years in determining distance, and it shows each time as we seem to have more and more good photos, so there are quite a few here! Like previous 120 posts, all of these photos are exactly as they were shot – no editing has occurred (with the exception of watermarks).

Currently we’re up to our ears in boxes as we pack up our apartment that has been our home for the last four years. We have just a few more weeks left in the Rose City and we’re working to get rid of stuff and pack, but still have fun with many of our friends. Once again, I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and getting settled in our new home, but stay tuned!

Disneyland on Film

Hello it’s Patrick here to do another post with some new 120 photographs from our last trip to Disneyland. Unlike last time, where Janey was just too depressed to write about it, I’m here to explain some of the more technical side to shooting 120 film.

When I first met Janey she was astounded that I didn’t collect anything and promptly started up a camera collection for me. Fast forward a few years to this last visit, where it was the fourth time taking our Kodak Dualflex II to Disneyland.

Shooting with this camera has quickly become one of my favorite things to do, even though the process of preparing and shooting the film is rather tricky. We buy the film (Kodak Portra 400) at Pro Photo Supply in NW Portland. The film comes on spools sized for 620 film, but it still works. In a pitch black room I have to unroll the film from the spool and roll it back onto a 120 film spool (I’ve amassed quiet a stock pile of the spools from the various camera’s in my collection). Two spools are needed to use the film, one to wind the film around and the other which the film will be wound onto while being shot.

When done shooting, we return to Pro Photo Supply because they have an in house lab we we drop our film for development, and we can get our pictures back in a few days.

Here are the best out of the four rolls of film we shot at the park!

Down Main Street

In Front of Castle

Castle Offset

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land 2

In Front of Tiki Room

Jungle Cruise Sign

Natives

Train Station

Columbia

Mark Twain

Golden Horseshoe Sign

In Frontier Land

In Frontier Land 2 copy

In Front of Log Cabin copy

Small World

Materhorn

It’s a ton of fun to shoot with this camera, but you do need some experience shooting film for at least calculating proper exposures. I used 400 speed film which seems to match up pretty well with the aperture settings on the front of the camera for “Hazy Sun”, “Bright Sun” and “Brilliant Sun/Snow”. The shutter speed on the camera is also very slow, which means capturing fast action, like on the Jungle Cruise, is difficult but can be done.

Hopefully this post clears up some of the mystery surrounding shooting film on old cameras!

Toons

Our last day at Disneyland was spent doing a lot of things Patrick and I had either not done before or hadn’t done in a long time… The early parts of the day were spent in Fantasyland, where we rode both the Storybook Land Canal Boats as well as Casey Junior. Both are fun attractions that I think often get overlooked.

Both attractions are similar, in the sense that they take you through a selection of stunning miniatures of scenes from various Disney films.  Storybook Land provides a commentary, while Casey Junior does not.  The attractions have an added perk for Disneyland super fans, as they also offer a peek at the abandoned Fantasyland Skyway Station (I added the picture to my previous entry on the topic.)

As the day progressed, we went into Toontown.  One thing I really love about Toontown are all of the Roger Rabbit details, including an attraction, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.  Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is one of my favorite films, and I love that it has a place here in Disneyland.

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Where Dreams Come True

Yesterday Patrick and I spent another wonderful day at The Happiest Place on Earth.  So gear up for a pretty picture heavy post!

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