Christmas in Frontierland

Like spending Christmas Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm as become a tradition, spending Christmas Day at Disneyland is also one for us. It’s one of the few places open on Christmas, and while it’s usually very busy, we always enjoy ourselves. I thought it was also a perfect opportunity to wear my vintage Guatemalan Weavers skirt, as it features red and green (okay, it’s more olive, but that’s still green). Guatemalan Weavers was a shop in Adventuerland that sold wares from, you guessed it, Guatemala! The shop lasted at Disneyland from 1956 to 1986. You can spy the shop in the background in this picture from the blog Stuff from the Park and you can see a picture of the label here from a previous time I wore it.

I hope all of you who celebrated had a wonderful Christmas! And here is to the New Year! We are combining our house warming party with New Year’s this year, so we’ve been busy gearing up for that. I do hope to at least share pictures of what I wear for that!

Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Sweater: I honestly can’t remember!
Skirt: Ebay
Mocs: Minnetonka

Tiki Day Adventures

Last Sunday fans of both tiki and Disneyland came together for the fifth annual Tiki Day in the Park. I was especially excited because I got to debut my latest vintage Disney tiki print dress that I scored recently, as well as my latest parasol I created just for the occasion!

This dress was the one variant I was missing from the tiki fabric Disneyland created in the 60s, and was overjoyed when I found it on Ebay a couple months ago and even more excited when I saw it had its label, which not all people chose to sew in.

My purple Enchanted Tiki Room dress does feature the label, which I wore it to the second Tiki Day and I wore my Enchanted Tiki Room pantsuit to the third Tiki Day.

And while my collection may be complete, one item (in the print and color scheme below) remains pretty much unwearable. I bought the dress on-line without looking at the measurements because I was so excited to find one! I am able to get the dress on, but I have massive “pancake boob” with it on. However, the dress’s style, an empire waist and full length, allows for the dress to be altered to a different style, and one that would fit. The problem is that this fabric is so rare that I’m terrified of doing a poor job altering it myself, and I have yet find a tailor I trust! And also because it is so rare I am not willing to part with it, unless I were to find another one first that fit better. So, if you ever spy one! Please let me know! I was so excited to see another girl wearing one of these vintage treasures yesterday! I had to snap a photo! She also rocked the Shag Enchanted Tiki Room purse!

The one thing I love the most about Tiki Day is seeing everyone’s creativity! I spied so many wonderful details to people’s outfits! One of my favorites was a girl’s dress that she made using fabric featuring Shrunken Ned!

Overall it was another wonderful Tiki Day in the books! And even though it’s October, and normally my mind is on spooky things, I can’t help but think about the other theme days coming up this fall! Pin-Up Girl Clothing’s Pin-Up Parade is later this month, and fall Dapper Day is next month!

Outfit
Vintage Disneyland Tiki Print Dress: Ebay
Belt & Earrings: I don’t remember!
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Oregon
Bangles: Here and there…
Shrunken Ned Parasol: Made by me

A Tiki-rific Day!

Over the weekend tiki fans of all ages flocked to Disneyland for the fourth annual Tiki Day! Like Dapper Day, and many other non-official theme days at Disneyland, Tiki Day focuses on dressing up in your most tiki-rific outfits for a fun filled day at the park, including group oriented portions, like visiting the Enchanted Tiki Room, the attraction that inspired the event. This year marked the fourth annual Tiki Day and there was a massive turn out with some amazing ensembles!

As night fell, many of us made our way to the Tomorrowland Terrace as Scot Bruce, an Elvis tribute artist, was performing, and it was his last night at the Happiest Place on Earth, after 13 years. Many of us were bummed to see him go, as he is an excellent entertainer and singer. Also, how perfect for Tiki Day, right?

Unlike the last two years where I only knew one person, Suzanne of Sweetie Suz, one of the organizers of the event, this year I saw so many familiar faces and friends that I have made over the last year of living here. Here’s to many more fun filled theme-days!

Outfit
Dress: Paper Moon Vintage, Los Angeles, Ca.
Parasol & Pineapple Purse: Found by my dad!
Shoes: Wanderlust, Portland, Or.
Piranha Brooch: Match Accessories
Hair Flower: Fancy Fruits
Bamboo Bangles: Seriously, I don’t remember. I’ve had them since high school.

Patrick’s Outfit
Shag Shirt: Found by my dad!
Shorts: Quicksilver
Shoes: Nordstorm

Look Not into the Eye of Mara!

On March 3rd Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure, the Temple of the Forbidden Eye turned 20. Yes, the Indiana Jones attraction is 20 years old. I remember when when the attraction wasn’t even there! And I remember when it was being constructed, and guests could walk up to the imposing temple for a peek. We visited again the summer after the attraction opened and how absolutely terrified I was when I rode it for the first time! But it was fun none the less! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the attraction, Disneyland hosted an exclusive, after hours party for annual passholders.

For the event I was inspired by the attraction, and wore an “adventurer chic” outfit with elements of the attraction, including an eye of Mara pendant from the shortly lived Adventureland Trading Company adventure, and a cobra belt, as the attraction features a giant cobra.

The party offered live entertainment with bands, fortune tellers and, best of all, a special presentation with Disney historian Tim O’Day and Disney Imagineer and Legend Tony Baxter to discuss the development of the attraction. Baxter is one of my favorite behind the scenes Disney guys, and I’ve even labeled myself a Tony Baxter fangirl on occasion, because his credits include some of my favorite attractions at Disneyland, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the development of New Fantasyland, and of course Indiana Jones. It should also be noted Baxter started his Disney career scooping ice cream! Baxter and O’Day shared with us the many ideas were discussed in the attraction’s infancy, showcased concept art, photographs of models (including outlandish plans to integrate the Jungle Cruise and Disneyland Railroad) and the technology that was developed for the attraction.

When the attraction first opened, Guests were given cards to aid in deciphering the Maragliphics (named after Mara whose temple it is) that adorned the walls of the temple. The cards were discontinued, finding their ways into antique shops with dealers who specialized in Disneyland memorabilia, or Ebay, and soon the strange writings on the wall were left to be thought of as just decor. But for the celebration, Guests were given the card again! And could once again decipher the various warnings and hidden gems throughout the attraction’s queue, including a room that features the initials of those who worked on the attraction.

It was an exciting and fun night, and I was thrilled to be able to see one of my favorite Disneyland legends in person, and speaking about one of my all-time favorite attractions.

Outfit
Coat by Desert Suedes: Some antique mall in California, I don’t recall!
Blouse: From my dear friend, and fellow blogger, Christine of Smitten
Skirt: Skirt: Made by me, McCall 7153
Shoes: Miz Mooz
Snake Belt: Antiques at the Market, Las Vegas, Nevada
Watch: Fossil

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

Tiki Day

Yesterday brought Tiki Day at Disneyland.  Despite being only the second ever Tiki Day, there was quite a turn out!  I wore my second vintage Enchanted Tiki Room garment (the first being this), a homemade dress of the fabric guests could buy at the park in the 1960s…

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“Ole! Ole! It’s Showtime!”

For those of you who have been reading Atomic Redhead for awhile will recall the treasure I came across back in January of 2012, a pantsuit made of Enchanted Tiki Room fabric.  I learned from designer and former cast member, Kevin Kidney that in the mid-60s Disneyland not only sold mens shirts and ladies dresses in the delightful print, but also sold the fabric itself for guests to purchase and take home to make a one-of-a-kind souvenir.  And today I got to welcome another homemade Enchanted Tiki Room garment into my home.

I received an e-mail from the owner of this dress, who had found my blog when doing research on the garment.  She stated that the dress didn’t fit her, and she wished to sell it.  But since it was such a unique item, she was curious as to the best way to sell it, and I promptly told her I would be interested in purchasing the dress.  She sent my some wonderful pictures and the measurements, and we agreed to a price and soon the dress was headed my way.

The dress is a classic shift, with no shape, but extremely well made, complete with fabric covered buttons and pockets!  I thought of putting in darts, but I hated the idea of altering something some rare, also noting that the darts would ruin the print.  But a belt quickly solved the problem.

What possibly I love the most about this dress is that it has the label that was given along with the fabric for the guest to sew in after making the garment.  My pantsuit lacked it.

It’s extremely comfortable too!  We’re planning on going to Disneyland sometime in late September or October, and September 22nd brings the newly established Tiki Day at Disneyland, and this would be perfect for it!

Disneyland produced three different fabrics that were tiki themed.  Two of which were the same print, but in two different color schemes, green (such as the pantsuit, which you can see in action here and here) and purple, such as this dress.  The other was a tiki mask, skull and native print (viewable in the pantsuit entry). Now I just need to get my hands one a dress made of that third print. Anyone got one?