Pirates Turns 50!

Over the weekend Disneyland’s beloved attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean turned 50. Yes, believe it or not, the pirates have been pillaging and plundering for a whole half of a century and the attraction has been reimagined across the globe. To celebrate, I whipped up a Pirates parasol featuring the mural of Anne Bonny and Mary Read that is painted on the walls of the attraction shortly after entering. I have a soft spot for these ladies, as they were pretty bad ass, and I wrote a paper about them in high school. You can learn about these amazing women with this article written by one of my favorite historians, Karen Abbott. I also wore a pirate inspired ensemble for the occasion.

I feel like an anniversary such as this is a wonderful occasion to talk about the history of the attraction. Could you ever imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without riding in those little boats? It just seems perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it was almost a plain ol’ wax museum! But by 1963, the wax museum was put on the back burner as Walt Disney looked ahead to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, where he committed to building four attractions, all of would find homes at Disneyland after the closing of the World’s Fair. They were Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, “it’s a small world”, the Magic Skyway with Ford Motor Company, where guests rode in a new Mustang and witness the progression of history, and this included the Primeval World that would land along the Disneyland Railroad after, and the Carousel of Progress, which left Disneyland in 1973, but still exists in Walt Disney World. But it was “it’s a small world” and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln that really changed the game for Pirates. The success of the boats in “it’s a small world” meant that an ocean voyage type ride was possible. And President Lincoln was the first successful human Audio-Animatronic, leading to giving these would be static pirates, a life all their own!

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has seen a series of changes over the years. In 1997 many of the “sexist” elements were changed. Originally pirates chased women, with the exception of a larger woman chasing a scrawny older pirate, this changed to the women chasing the pirates, and the pirates had armfuls of food, to make it seem they were stealing. There was another pirate, dubbed the “Pooped Pirate”, who held a piece of woman’s clothing, and a woman popping out of a barrel behind him. The pirate said some rather lewd things, and he too got a more PC makeover. He became the “Gluttonous Pirate” holding a chicken leg, and a cat replaced the woman. He then talked about how full he was. But after the massive success of the 2003 film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, based on the attraction, film characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa joined the attraction in 2006. And the “Gluttonous Pirate” receive yet another change, Jack replaced the cat, and the chicken leg was replaced with a map, and then the pirate shared how excited he was to have the treasure map, and how Jack will never get his hands on it. Captain Jack joined some other scenes, Captain Barbossa takes the helm of the large pirate ship that is firing its cannons, Davy Jones speaks to Guests through a waterfall, and other lines in the attraction have seen change to accommodate a Jack Sparrow plot.

To learn more about Pirates of the Caribbean, I highly recommend the book Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies by Jason Surrell.

Below you’ll find one of my favorite videos about Pirates, from the Wonderful World of Disney, it gives you a behind the scenes look at the creation of the attraction, its opening day festivities, and a float through, so you can see the original scenes that have since changed.


Outfit
Pirate Hat: Target (during Halloween)
Blouse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Re-Mix
Earrings: Aquanetta
Brooch: I honestly don’t remember…
Rings: Belonged to my grandmother
Parasol: Made by Me

What a Guy, that Gaston!

With the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters (I’ll leave my personal opinion out of this), Disney has been doing a lot of promotion and even gave one of their restaurants, Village Haus, a temporary Beauty and the Beast overlay, to become the Red Rose Taverne. I really wanted to visit it in a Beauty and the Beast inspired outfit and accompanying parasol, and even though I adore Belle, Patrick suggested a brilliant idea for a parasol, which leant more toward a Gaston Disneybound.

I snuck a little mounted jacklope on the parasol, even though there isn’t one in the film, and wore my Hungry Designs jackalope mount brooch as a reflection of the mounted animals.

Inside the Red Rose Tavern, Guests can enjoy some new decor, including some faux stained glass based on the ones in the film, and antlers galore! They can also taste new foods inspired by the film, including the “grey stuff”, which in this case is a red velvet cake wrapped up in grey frosting.

The “Grey Stuff” was, as the song states, “delicious” if rather sweet though. It’s unclear how long this overlay will be in the park, but it’s certainly fun while it lasts!

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Dolly and Dotty
Belt: Buffalo Exchange
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Bimbettes Pin: D23
Jackalope Brooch: Hungry Designs
Scarves and Bangles: Here and there…
Gaston Parasol: Made by me

Corriganville

Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Corriganville Park, the former location of Corriganville, a western backlot and amusement park of sorts from 1949 to 1965.

Corriganville was built by movie and TV actor Ray Bernard, but better known as Crash Corrigan. After going on a hunting trip in Simi Valley with fellow actor, Clark Gable, in 1935, Corrigan fell in love with the area. In 1937, Corrigan purchased over 1,000 acres of land, and built his home there. He eventually went on to build an entire western backlot, dubbed Silvertown, and many films and TV showers were filmed there, including Fort Apache, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, How the West was Won, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and more. In 1949 Corrigan decided to open his backlot to the public, and the area turned into an amusement park on weekends, while still being a fully functioning backlot during the week. Think of it like a blend of Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

He also allowed film crews to build their own sets, as long as they left them standing after filming, which is how the area got a “Corsican Village” after Howard Hughes’ 1950 film Vendetta.

After selling Corriganville in 1965 to Bob Hope, the area suffered two fires, one in 1971 and another in 1979, leaving almost nothing standing. Today, Corriganville is a park, and visitors can walk among the concrete foundations and visit what remains of a man-made lake that was originally used for the Jungle Jim series, but was used in for a variety of films, including Creature from the Black Lagoon and The African Queen, as it featured a camera house built under a bridge with thick glass windows, allowing for underwater filming.

Continue reading for images of the remains of Corriganville, postcards of what it looked like, and more!

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Golly, What a Day!

The Disneyland Resort likes to make their annual passholders (also known as APs) feel special, and last year they started doing a month long event called AP Days. AP Days usually means exclusive merch, special screenings, and exclusive meet-and-greets with characters who rarely make appearances at the parks. You might recall a post around this time year, when Roger Rabbit was one of those exclusive characters and I made a parasol featuring the Toon Patrol. This time, the Disneyland Resort is celebrating the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, which debuted in the 70s, and in keeping with that theme, the brought back characters from their 1973 version of Robin Hood. I was overjoyed when I heard this, as this version of Robin Hood is one of my favorite Disney films, and quickly put together my Allan-a-Dale Disneybound and grabbed my matching parasol to visit with the characters.

Now that I feel like I’ve finally gotten the hang of this whole Disneybounding thing, and doing it with my own personal style, I’ve been thinking of doing a blog post about it to just have in my back pocket as a reference in the future, or to help out those who like the idea of Disneybounding, but not sure how to integrate their personal vintage esthetic into it.

Outfit
Peasant Top: Pinup Girl Clothing
Clam Diggers, Scarf, & Bangle: I don’t remember…
Shoes: Re-Mix
D Brooch: Match Accessories
Robin Hood Brooch: D23 Expo

Practically Perfect

Over the weekend Patrick and I attended the Downtown Anaheim Art Crawl. The highlight was that Pop Comics hosted a Mary Poppins themed gallery featuring works by local artists, including some friends. I don’t own a lot of Mary Poppins themed garments or jewelry, with the exception of a vintage Mary Poppins charm bracelet, so I revolved my outfit around it.

Outfit
Coat: Red Fox Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Blouse and Purse: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Tights: Target
Shoes: Re-Mix
Mary Poppins Charm Bracelet: I don’t remember…
D Brooch: Match Accessories

Cast a Spell

Over the weekend one of my friends celebrated her birthday, and she decided she wanted to have a 50s Harry Potter theme for us to spend a day at Universal Studios, which last year opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While I knew I could have easily opted for a 50s student look, when I heard a friend say she was going to dress up with a 50s Professor Umbridge inspired look, I decided to opt for a Professor McGonagall look, as she’s one of my favorites.

While Professor McGonagall has a few different looks throughout the Harry Potter films, she does wear the same ensemble in the first two films, and I believe is her most recognizable to be inspired by for my outfit. If you need a refresher or are unfamiliar, take a peek here.

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? It was certainly a defining moment in my adolescence! And continues to be something I re-read, re-watch, and am inspired by to this day.

Outfit
Hat (feathers added by me): Simply Vintage Boutique, Portland, Oregon
Jacket (which is part of a gown ensemble): Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Top (which is actually a dress, though super short!): Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Tights and Harry Potter Charm Bracelet: Target
Shoes: Re-Mix

Rogue One

I think by now it’s no secret that I’m a Star Wars fan. But even so, I wasn’t all that excited for Rogue One, which told the story of how the Rebels got their hands on the plans to the Death Star. I kind of felt it was unnecessary, but Patrick was really excited for it, and it gave me a good opportunity to get gussied up geek girl style.

A funny thing happened on the way to the cinema though, we decided at the last minute to go to the cinema at Downtown Disney, giving me the opportunity to shoot in Tomorrowland, as well as have a moment with Chewbacca.

I hope you’re all having a lovely week leading up to Christmas!

Outfit
Princess Leia Dress: Her Universe
Boots: eBay
Coat and Earrings: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Loungefly