Adventureland Day

Over the weekend Disneyland was met with a new theme day, Adventureland Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the wild jungle of Adventureland. I was super excited about this, because while I love Tiki Day, I love what I call “Adventurer  Chic” more, and this was the perfect excuse!

Since it was on the cooler side, I decided to wear this spectacular vintage leather jacket my dad procured for me but has yet to be on the blog! A shock! I know! And it inspired my whole look, which ended up being a bit of an aviatrix/Amelia Earhart type.

Sometimes I wish clothes could talk, and if they could, I’m sure this jacket would have some amazing stories to tell. It is such an utterly unique piece, and with so many pockets! Including the back! Yes, the entire panel on the back is a large pocket. You can spy the zipper along the ride side in the photo of my back. I also adore the stud details on the back. The jacket has just the perfect amount of wear – it’s been beaten, but not to death, and looks well traveled, perfect for adventurer look.

I hope Adventureland Day becomes another annual theme day at Disneyland, because I always love a good excuse to put on a good lady adventurer look.

Adventureland Day was put together by the talented Tiki Tony. And you can like Adventureland Day on Facebook to stay up to date on future events.

Leather Jacket: Found by my dad
Scarf: I borrowed it from Pat…it’s vintage…not sure where it came from though.
Tie: Thrifted
Shirt: Buffalo Exchange
H bar C Slacks: Paper Moon, Los Angeles, California
Belt & Ring: ???
Shoes: Re-Mix

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.

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