The Return of Ghost Town Alive

Last summer, Knott’s Berry Farm did something that was nothing short of magical, and something I gushed about repeatedly here on the blog, Ghost Town Alive. If you were ever a fan of the original film Westworld, or have been caught up in HBO’s reimagining of the 1973 film, it’s easy to relate Ghost Town Alive to that – a theme park, where there are citizens (or “hosts” as they are called in Westworld) that reside in a typical western town of the late 1800s, and each of these citizens have a plot that plays out over the course of the day, and it’s something you can be a part of. You can read my open letter to Knott’s Berry Farm that describes the experience a bit more here. The main point is, it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had, and was overjoyed when Knott’s announced they were going to bring it back for the following summer. And for the first day, Patrick, myself (along with a newly created Knott’s themed parasol), and friends were there to experience the first day.

 

This train border print skirt, along with a few other western themed border print skirts, has been on my wish list for some time now, and I recently scored it from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Trove Vintage. While it was on the big side, I was able move the hook and eye over, and iron it some to make it several inches smaller, without ruining the integrity of the skirt or seriously altering it! It was a perfect skirt to kick off what can best be described as “the second season” of Ghost Town Alive.

For photos from the events of the day, keep reading!

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“You are Traveling through Another Dimension…”

At San Diego Comic Con, Disney announced they are planning to transform The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction into Guardians of the Galaxy – MISSION: Break Out at Disney California Adventure Park. You can read more on the announcement and see concept art here. Now, I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, and I am thrilled about the sequel that just wrapped filming, however this announcement left me crushed. First, I am a fan of The Twilight Zone, more so of the man behind the show, Rod Serling, and I adore the attraction at the Disneyland Resort. I especially love all of the little “Easter eggs” in the library and photo viewing room that reference specific episodes, like the Mystic Seer from “Nick of Time”, and the Victoria West and Rod Serling envelopes from “A World of His Own” just to name two. Prior to the announcement I began work on a Twilight Zone parasol, and even though I’m not quite over my cold, I was eager to share my finished product!

I’m not opposed to a Guardians attraction by any means, however I hate to see what I consider to be one of the few modern classic attractions disappear and be replaced by one that will be so entirely out of place within the “land” that it is in, which is “Hollywood Land” and themed to Hollywood of the 1920s through the 1940s. And I’m not alone. Someone even started a petition. As of right now Disney has no plans to change the Tower of Terror at any of its other Resorts. But who knows what the future holds. The Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure is slated to close “Early 2017”, no specific date has been announced. So, you can expect to see more Tower of Terror inspired posts within the coming months, before the Hollywood Tower Hotel forever resides in The Twilight Zone.

But now let’s talk about this parasol and outfit. Much happier things. I pulled each of the objects from the Twilight Zone‘s iconic opening (though it should be noted for as memorable as it is, it didn’t arrive until season four, and there were five seasons) to place on the parasol. This was quite possibly my most difficult parasol yet. Especially when it came to the shattering window. The window in the opening was actually painted on some form of plaster or other solid, white object, so when it shatters it actually produces a great deal of white carnage. The clock provided another unique challenge. Upon close inspection I discovered that it features all of the zodiac signs in the middle, as well as a sun on the pendulum. And being a stickler for accuracy, I included these fine details, even though they are virtually invisible when watching the opening.

I also had to break out my Hamilton Ventura, the very same Mr. Serling wore in each introduction to The Twilight Zone. As well as my Rod Serling necklace, which I was pleased when a few people actually recognized it for what it was!

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to their August! It’s a busy month for us! We have things planned for every weekend in August, which should translate to lots of blogging!

Outfit
Top: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pin-Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Necklace: Purchased at Halloween Town, Burbank, California (but I know it was made by Fable & Fury)
Hamilton Ventura: Coburg Antique Fair
Hollywood Tower Hotel Purse: Disneyland
Twilight Zone Parasol: Made by me