A Horseshoe For Luck

Over the weekend was the monthly get-together at Disneyland with Vintage Visitors, the wonderful like-minded people I’ve met where two Dapper Days a year simply isn’t enough! And I was so excited when I heart the theme was gold, because Match Accessories recently released their Golden Horseshoe inspired brooch! The Golden Horseshoe is one of my favorite places in Disneyland, so I was super excited when I heard this brooch was in the works, and had to photograph it in front of the Golden Horseshoe of course!

This Match Accessories brooch is definitely favorite from their collection. Yes, it tops even the stellar cactus brooch I wore out to Corriganville! But that one is a close second. It secures with a long clasp on the back, however, due to the small area on the back, they were unable to use their new rivet backs. But I rode Big Thunder like three times and it stayed on just fine. They also made a Diamond Horseshoe brooch, as it is the Diamond Horseshoe over in Walt Disney World.

Outfit
Dress: Red Door Vintage, Redlands, California
Shoes: Re-Mix
Golden Horseshoe Brooch: Match Accessories
Green Bakelite Bangle: Belonged to my grandmother
Yellow Bakelite Bangle: Retro Rejuvenation, Coburg, Oregon
White Bangle: I can’t remember…

All Aboard!

While many were busy celebrating Mother’s Day last weekend, we were busy celebrating Patrick’s birthday, which happened to fall on Mother’s Day this year, just as it did when he was born. Now, that isn’t to say we didn’t think of our mothers that day! So don’t sit there thinking we totally ignored them! Anyway! But as it was Patrick’s birthday, I allowed him to decide what we did with the day, and we spent it at Disneyland exploring the unique train offerings that are currently going on due to Star Wars land construction, as he loves the Disneyland Railroad. Gear up for a pretty picture and history heavy post!

Typically Disneyland offers the opportunity for Guests to board real steam engine trains and embark on a Grand Circle Tour of Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom, stopping at Main Street USA, New Orleans Square (originally was the stop for Frontierland), Toontown (originally the stop for Fantasyland), and Tomorrowland, as well as a visit to the Grand Canyon and a trip back in time and see some dinosaurs. However, Disneyland is undergoing some massive changes, including its first expansion to the park in over twenty years, with the addition of what everyone is simply calling “Star Wars Land” (whether or not that is going to be its real title is still up for debate, but I digress). The construction is having an impact on the railroad and thus excursions on the Disneyland Railroad have been temporarily halted. But Disneyland has made up for the lack of transportation by offering a unique opportunity. Guests can now get up close and personal with the trains (I was in awe of the hand-painted details!), even sit inside the cab of the train, where the engineers sit, and talk with them!

The train parked at the New Orleans Square train station is C.K. Holliday, and the first train at Disneyland. It was built at the Studio in 1954, and was there for opening day in 1955. It’s named after the Santa Fe railroad founder, Cyrus Kurtz Holliday.

You can also cross the tracks at the New Orleans Square Station and approach the telegraph office. Before construction of New Orleans Square, the area was still part of Frontierland, and the station featured a yellow and brown color scheme and was used as the ticket booth for Guests wishing to ride the train. (check out some pictures from Daveland here) The station moved across the tracks in 1962 to make more room for New Orleans Square, where it sits today and serves as ambiance and a break room for Cast Members. This gave me a chance to get close to one of my favorite details, the telegraph that sits in the window, which is continually “sending” Walt’s opening day speech in Morse code.

Also available on the opposite side of the tracks is a cutaway engine and both boards and an engineer to explain how a steam train works. Plus Guests can actually blow the train whistle!

At the Main Street USA Station Guests can view boards that discuss Walt’s love affair with trains and feature many photos. He loved trains so much so that he built his own personal miniature, 1/8th scale train (though large enough to sit on and ride) in backyard of his Holmby Hills home.

Outfit
Frontierland tee: Mickey’s of Glendale booth at D23
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Cowboy boots: Buffalo Exchange

Christmas on the Range

As I mentioned back in September, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue will be closing its fences in January as the Disneyland Resort prepares to make way for its new Star Wars themed land, and Patrick and I are attempting to visit quite a few times before that day rolls around. With the holidays in full swing, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue has decorated for the Christmas season, and its talented performers, Miss Chris and Tex Tumbleweed are singing the songs of Christmas for Guests.

I can’t express how much I love Miss Chris’ outfit for the holidays. It’s so delightful, and I am so tempted to make my own.

In the meantime, I’ve been frantically shopping, and getting gifts ready for friends and family. Many gifts have to be mailed out, and Patrick and I still have yet to do our Christmas photo! Yikes! I hope your holiday season is going smoothly!

Outfit
Top & Black Tooled Leather Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Deja Vu, Palm Springs, California
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Black Tooled Leather Wedges: Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Pecos Bill & Slue Foot Sue Pin: Ebay

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

Fall is officially in swing at the Disneyland Resort, and while Main Street USA may be lined with adorable pumpkins, one of my favorite areas of Disneyland during fall is Frontierland and the Big Thunder Ranch area. Sadly, this year will be the last autumn for Big Thunder Ranch, which includes the Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo, the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, and best of all, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue. More on that in a bit. And seeing as Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue will be closing up shop come January, Patrick and I are attempting to fill our bellies with as much barbecue as possible, and of course I couldn’t resist picking out some western duds for the evening.

Now, more on the Ranch closing. At D23, it was announced that the Disneyland Resort would be expanding to create a Star Wars themed land. Speculation of this has been going on since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and soon after it was announced that Star Wars would be taking over the Big Thunder Ranch area, located just north of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Originally this expanse of land was home to the Mine Train, Pack Mules, Conestoga Wagons and Stagecoaches that made their way would Nature’s Wonderland and the small town of Rainbow Ridge. In 1979 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened up, giving folks the “wildest ride in the wilderness”. In the mid-1980s, the expanse north of Big Thunder saw a ranch open up, and various forms of entertainment and dining came and went through the area (including the awkwardly placed Hunchback of Notre Dame “Festival of Fools”), and in the later 90s, the dining area closed, until it re-opened in 2009 as an all-you-can-enjoy barbecue restaurant, and live entertainment with extremely talented western musicians. My feelings about the Star Wars themed land are mixed (I mean I love Star Wars), but one thing I am certain of is that I am crushed to see Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue go. It offers some of the best food in the park, including amazing seasonal dishes, like the above pictured sugar cookie bake with pumpkin ice cream and caramel, as well as incredible ambiance, and, as I mentioned before, very talented performers, and I am hell-bent on visiting as much as I can before it closes. And I encourage anyone visiting Disneyland before January to visit as well, that is if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan!

I would also love to do a shout out to Jackie, a reader here. She approached me when Patrick and I were shooting the outfit pictures, and, Jackie, you were a delight to talk to! This is also a heads up to anyone else who may see me in the park, I love meeting my readers, and hanging out in Disneyland has provided me with a lot of contact that I honestly hadn’t expected! It’s so much fun hearing from you all in person, so, please, if you do see me, don’t be afraid to say hi! Unfortunately I won’t be at Dapper Day tomorrow, as I have to work it, after all, someone has to be there to make magic! But I do plan on visiting the Dapper Day Expo after I get off work. I probably won’t be too dressed up, as I will be taking the bus into work, and will be going straight to the Expo after work, so maybe I’ll bump into some of you there!

Outfit
Cowboy Hat: Disneyland
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Rock Steady via Roadkill Ranch, Fullerton, Ca.
Tooled Leather Wedges: Olvera Street, Los Angeles, Ca.
Brooch & Purse: Found by my dad!
Turquoise Bracelet: LA Vintage Expo
Turquoise Maize Ring: Capistrano Trading Post, San Juan Capistrano, Ca.

Round-Up Time!

On Sunday many of my fellow vintage and Disney loving friends got together under the theme of western wear! I couldn’t have been more excited! It was truly a fun day of getting together, riding rides and even getting to know new people with similar interests.

Per usual, we got constant questions throughout the day, but it’s always fun talking with Guests, and you never know, you may find another person who wants to join in the fun next time!

Outfit
Shirt & Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Scarf: Portland Outdoor Store, Portland, Oregon
Disneyland Frontierland Pin: Chapman Antique Mall, Orange, California
Hat & Horseshoe Ring: Disneyland
Purse: ???

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!