A Groovy 66th Birthday for Disneyland

Last weekend Disneyland celebrated its 66th anniversary. We visited the park with a few friends, and I used the occasion to make another vintage Disneyland ephemera inspired outfit.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

Painted in bright shades of pink and blue sits Sleeping Beauty Castle against a blue sky.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

The white spires of Space Mountain rise above an abstract painting.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

A small parade celebrating Disneyland's 66th birthday, two Cast Members carry a large blue banner that reads "Happy 66th Birthday, Disneyland" behind them is a vintage firetruck carrying Mickey Mouse and features two massive candles made of balloons.

Mickey wears a colorful suit and waves at guests.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

Close-up of a book in front of the Snow White ride, which reads "Once Upon a Time" in red script. Inside the "O" is Snow White holding an apple.

A cockatoo sits perched on a wooden crate, with the greenery of the Jungle Cruise attraction behind.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

A cupcake features a chocolate disk with a cartoon image of Sleeping Beauty Castle, under the disc are blue and white sprinkles.

Close-up of a small statue of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

Close-up of the print, which is a variety of wavy shapes, some shapes have Mickey head silhouettes in them, others read "Disneyland" in white gothic type.

The colorfully painted roof of King Arthur's Carousel.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

A variety of colorful paddles hang on the wall of the Tropical Hideaway restaurant.

Myself, wearing a sleeveless, shift dress cut just above the knee, featuring a print of wavy shapes and Mickey heads, in purple, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green, a matching scarf in my hair, coordinating bangles, and white boots.

The abstract facade of 'it's a small world' with gold leaf detaisl.

The fanciful interpretation of Bali in 'it's a small world'

The Mark Twain riverboat sits docked in Frontierland.

I’m a sucker for vintage ephemera, especially Disneyland related ephemera. Disneyland created some great paper shopping bags over the decades, and awhile back I purchased one on Ebay. When I showed it to Patrick, he instantly said “That would make amazing fabric.” So, like my dress from our June visit, which was based on wrapping paper, Patrick took to the computer and painstakingly recreated the bag’s design.

Over the last year and a half, I’ve made the same dress in a variety of prints (including the dress I wore during our June visit), and I gave consideration to making that same dress again in this print because of how much I love the fit of that dress, however, the design just screamed to be made into a mod dress. While I love the look of mod 60s dresses, I don’t much care for them on my body, so I was hesitant. I ordered yards of fabric in the cotton I had worked with previously, fearing if I hated the mod dress, I could just make the classic sun dress style I had made before. Well, I ended up actually loving how the mod dress turned out and fit, but because I purchased cotton, it wrinkled tremendously as the day went on. So I’m giving serious consideration to ordering the design in some sort of poly or poly-blend and remaking it so its more wearable.

A lot has changed since our June visit, the biggest one is that the park is almost back to normal operations, including the lifting of the mask requirement, however, even though both Patrick and myself, as well as the friends we spent the day with, are vaccinated, Patrick and I wore our masks (which of course matched my dress) for most of our visit, with the exception of photos, and of course eating and drinking.

Outfit
Scarf: Made by me
Dress: Made by me, using McCall’s 8335 from 1966
Bangles: Here and there
Boots: Amazon

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