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Exploring All The Unofficial Theme Days At Disneyland

Updated August 19, 2019 640 votes 135 voters 5.6k views14 items

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One of the most remarkable things about Disney is the incredible enthusiasm the company sparks in its loyal fans. There is a special theme day at Disney for everyone from goths to Lolita fashionistas. But all of the unofficial theme days at Disneyland have one thing in common—each is organized by groups of like-minded, passionate people, who come together to make new friends and celebrate the Happiest Place on Earth.

You may think you know everything there is to know about Disneyland, but do you know every Disney park theme day? Some have been around for years, but there are new fan-organized events popping up every season. So whether you are into classic cars, pinup fashion, or steampunk technology, there is a Disney theme day that can enhance your park going experience. And if you're a real fan, be sure to check out our list of Disneyland Easter Eggs only a super fan could spot.

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    Dapper Day

     

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    When the Imagineers first planned Disneyland back in the 1950s, the concept artists drew pictures of families enjoying the theme park dressed in their Sunday best. They envisioned men wearing suits, women wearing skirts, and even the kids wearing dress shoes. 

    In 2011, designer Justin Jorgensen created Dapper Day, with the hopes of bringing the original vision of Disney to life. Ever since, guests come to Disneyland dressed in mid-20th century semi-formal attire once a year. 

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    GLOW Disneyland

     

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    Not to be confused with RAVERDAY, this unofficial theme day isn't about EDM, but purely lighting up Disney with glow in the dark outfits, glow sticks, and light up Mickey ears.

    The group aims to make the park even brighter and make new friends. You just have to turn off your glow lights before getting on any dark rides. The GLOW attendees gather each year in the fall. 

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    Gay Days

     

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    In 1991, Orlando native Doug Swallow decided to gather all of his gay friends and visit Disney World for the day. He decided the more the merrier, and open the invitation to anyone in the gay community. His only rule was that everyone “wear red and be seen.” The word spread quickly and 3,700 gays and lesbians took over the park. It was early 1991, and Gay Day at Disney was born.

    Now, Gay Days is an entire week at both Disney World and Disney Land. Over 100,000 people in red shirts from all over the world attend annually. 

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    Tiki Day

     

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    Tiki lovers always had a home at Disney so the fact there is a Tiki Day at the park is not surprising. Each year Polynesian-garbed guests gather near the rides and attractions that fit the tiki motif - like the Junge Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Rivers of America - for their celebration. 

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