In 2011, the first Dapper Day at the Disneyland Resort had a few hundred people attend. At 25,000 strong, it's now one of the park's most popular unofficial theme days, and the Southland's sartorially minded and retro-crazy residents can't imagine it not existing.
The idea behind Dapper Day, conceived by founder Justin Jorgensen, is simple: to make the park populace resemble the people in the original sketches the park creates before it opens a new attraction. Now the event has grown into a weekend-long celebration, with an expo sponsored by Pin-Up Girl taking over the Disneyland Hotel Ballroom and multiple parties leading up to the official day in the parks.
Just six years after the first Dapper Day, there are now many offshoots and similar days at the resort, such as May 6's Pin-Up Parade at the Park. However, we think these photos prove that the original is still something to see. Speaking of seeing Dapper Day, the fall soiree is just six months away, on Sunday, Nov. 5.