Returning to Disneyland after Over a Year Away

Disneyland is known for open being every day of the year, and has only had unplanned closures as a result of tragedy or safety, with the closures only lasting one day, but last year all of that changed, when COVID shut down Disneyland for over 365 days. On April 30 Disneyland reopened, but Patrick and I waited until our vaccines had fully kicked in (and give Disneyland some time to work out any kinks) to finally return to the park.

Despite being annual passholders, I honestly didn’t suffer the withdrawals many other APs I saw many others experience on social media. Prior to moving here we went to Disneyland roughly once a year. But, despite all that, I really wanted to wear something nice for our return, so I decided to wear the dress I initially made for Dapper Day 2020, which didn’t happen, obviously.

Myself standing along Main Street USA, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

Chip and Dale wave from the Main Street Train station.

Bulbed letters spelled out 'Disneyland Emporium' along the side of a yellow building.

Myself standing along Main Street USA, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Close-up of the pattern on the dress, featuring icons such as the Matterhorn, Monorail, Sleeping Beauty Castle, colorful rock formations of the desert landscape of the Mine Train, the entrance to Adventureland, the entrance to Frontierland, the Mark Twain riverboat, Monstro the whale, the caterpillar vehicles of the Alice in Wonderland ride, and the western town of Rainbow Ridge.

Colorful Mickey shaped balloons in the sun.

Princess Tiana waves from a balcony of curling wrought iron in New Orleans Square.

Myself seated on the riverboat the Mark Twain, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

A mural on the side of a small building features the elegant Mark Twain along the rivers. Various script reads "River Excursions Explore the rivers of the far west from the decks of the Mark Twain steam powered sternwheeler. Safe Relaxing SS Mark Twain"

The bow of the keel boat, Gullywhumper.

Miguel of Coco waves from the balcony of the Golden Horseshoe, wearing a maroon mariachi outfit with gold tie and gold trim.

The elegant cream building of River Belle Terrace, with sea foam shutters.

Myself standing along Main Street USA, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

The front of the Main Street Photo Supply Co. building.

The abstract, yet elegant facade of "it's a small world" with icons from around the world in white and gold.

Close-up of a vintage button I wore, which feature's Mickey's face, and when viewed another way reads "I like Disneyland!"

The elegant brick Main Street Fire Station.

Myself standing along Main Street USA, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

Close-up of my charm bracelet, which features an enamel image of the castle.

A crystal chandelier hangs from a teal and gold ceiling in New Orleans Square.

Myself standing on the riverboat the Mark Twain, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

A train comes speeding around a banked track and into a cave at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

A large stone snake guards the entrance to the ruins of a temple that houses the Indiana Jones Adventure,

Myself standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, wearing a sun dress featuring various icons of Disneyland printed on it, including Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, a rocket, and more.

The fabric is based on vintage wrapping paper my dad found in being used as a drawer liner in a vintage dresser he bought to resell, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out thanks to Patrick’s keen computer skills.

Much like Universal Studios, there were a lot of precautions taken by the park and ourselves. The park had limited capacity, distanced lines, and various attractions, stores, restaurants, and experiences were unavailable. Sadly, several of my favorite restaurants were closed, including Golden Horseshoe and Royal Street Veranda. Additionally, the open restaurants served from a limited menu. While chipmunk hugs were not available, I still got to see plenty of characters, who were perched high above the crowds, and I was especially pleased to see Miguel from Coco added to Frontierland. We double masked, did very few indoor attractions, and used hand sanitizer like it was going out of style. I’ll say I continue to feel safer at theme parks than I did at an indoor shopping mall, or even at a flea market. Overall I felt the park did a good job of handling things, but I am wary of what the future holds after California reopens June 15, including the lifting of the state mask mandate. We are returning next week for the opening of Avengers Campus at California Adventure, and again in July for Disneyland’s anniversary, and, yes, I’m already working on another dress for the occasion.

Outfit
Dress & Mask: Made by me
Undermask: RZ
D earrings: Match Accessories
Necklace & Button: ???
Shoes: Re-Mix

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