It was “Dapper Day” on Friday at the Disneyland Resort, as many visitors dressed in suits, classy hats, dressy dresses and gloves.

The event was started in 2011 by Disneyland fans who longed for the day when people dressed for a visit to the theme park as they did in the 1950s.



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Two of those dressed up Friday were Yuki Negishi and Haruka Tsuriya. The friends flew from Japan to visit the theme parks specifically on Dapper Day.

“This is my third Dapper Day visit, I really wanted my friend Yuki to come with me. I knew she would enjoy it.”

This year, Dapper Day was a two-day event.

The twice-a-year event has taken on a life of its own and grown over the years to include Walt Disney World, and this year includes a dance Friday night, a retro slide show tonight at the AMC Theatres, a two-day expo at the Disneyland Hotel and a car show today in the Disneyland Hotel parking lot. The other events have a separate charge, and theme park admissions are not included.

Some visitors spend time trying to find the perfect outfit. Jill Princen of Las Vegas was struggling to find hers until she discovered it at a vintage retro shop. The dress is emblazoned with pink flamingos.

“Flamingos are my favorite bird,” she said.

Another tradition for those dressed in their dapper best is to gather for an afternoon group ride on the Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland.