Dapper Day Fall 2014 Walt Disney World

On September 27, 2014 I attended one of my favorite events that takes place at the SONY DSCWalt Disney World Resort over the calendar year, Dapper Day. This year, as last year, it took place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and most of the events happened in the afternoon. It was literally one of the best days I have ever had in that park, and I love that park a lot.

I started off with a few pictures on the main street leading up to the Sorcerer’s hat where I was confused for a citizen of Hollywood Character performer, which basically made my whole day and some photos with the Dapper Day photographer who I bumped into pretty much right away. Then I had lunch with two amazing friends at the Fifties Primetime Cafe, which was the perfect setting for more photos and the food was incredible. I had the pot roast with a chocolate milkshake. Our waitress was our “babysitter” and the family next to use was amazing and shared their dessert credits with us so I had a Coke float as well. It was so good and the interaction with the cast members there was so much SONY DSCfun. After lunch we made our way over to Star Tours where I got to be the Rebel Spy, for the first time ever!! Second Magical Moment of the day! Then we headed to Sunset Blvd to take some pictures with the Dapper backgrounds there and we had some amazing Photopass cast members and we met up with the Dapper Avenger Squad (who looked literally so amazing!)

Then we headed off to the Magic of Disney Animation to meet Minnie Mouse and take some more photos. We did what we do best and made friends with the girl in line behind us and she’s in our photos 🙂 Then we went to the Disneybound Meet up at 3 in front of the Great Movie Ride for a HUGE group photo. This is always a fun meet up because there are so many people who share similar interests, love of Disney, old Hollywood and vintage fashion. I always meet amazing people and get great pictures at this one.

Dapper Day Collage Photopass 1The next meet up was the Dapper Day meet up at the Studio Backlot Tour for one last ride on its last day of operation, again amazing photos. I love that ride and wish that it wasn’t closing but it was nice to ride it for the last time with lots of other people who loved it too and loved the backstage aspect of Hollywood. What was truly special was that the automated narrator actually wasn’t working in the beginning so the cast member stepped up and spoke the spiel from memory for the people on the tour. Once the voice over kicked back in it was back to normal. For those who don’t know, the Studio Backlot Tour used to always have a live cast member tour guide so to have one for half of my last tour on the ride was quite special, it was half of the old attraction and half a ride as it was with the automated narrator. IMG_5123

The biggest meet up of the day was the Dapper Day Meet up at the Great Movie Ride. Everyone who wants to gets in line together to ride the Great Movie Ride together to really get the Old Hollywood mood. I was lucky enough to be asked to ride in the car that the Dapper Day folks would be photographing, which was awesome to share with my friend Carolyn. As always, lovely conversation with the people in line behind us, who were also cast members (a lot of the people at Dapper Day are). Again…lots of photos.

Dapper Day Photopass Collage 2My last meet up of the day was with Magical Ribbons, a really talented bow maker that I met on Tumblr and have met in the parks a few times! She’s one of the sweetest people ever and it’s always nice to see her! We sat around a table and chatted for a bit and saw the Frozen Fireworks. After that I headed home after a VERY successful Dapper Day! I had a truly amazing time and took well over 500 pictures. If I saw any of you that day, feel free to comment and share your pictures!

What being an extroverted nerd means to me…

So by definition being an extrovert (in its most basic sense) means that I get my energy from being around other people; the more people, the more energy, the fewer people, the less energy I have. I used to be one of those people who hung out by myself most of the time. Until I got to high school and discovered theatre, and more people who shared the same interests as I did, I was an introvert because I didn’t really have anyone to talk to. When I got to high school and from then continued on to college, I discovered that I became more animated and more energetic when I was around lots of people who could talk as passionately as I could about the same things. This was an insane lightbulb moment for me. By the time I got to college and got into even more nerdy things like Doctor Who, Marvel, Sherlock and developed my love for things like Harry Potter, LOTR, Disney and theatre, I realized that I did not want to watch these things alone, I wanted to watch them and then discuss them with people who cared about them as much as I did.

ImageLiving so close to the Walt Disney World resort means I am constantly surrounded by people, if you’re an extrovert at the Disney parks, you are never truly alone. I realized this more and more at the Star Wars Weekends this weekend and at the first weekend of the five. I will strike up conversations with people in line, at the restaurants, in crowds, and the great thing about the community that comes together to celebrate Star Wars Weekends is that they will chime right in with you! I never really felt like I was being nosy (which occasionally, I will admit that I was eavesdropping) when I chimed in to give advice to groups who clearly had a question or struck up a conversation with the people next to me while I was waiting for James Arnold Taylor to begin his talk at the theatre. I will literally talk to anyone, anywhere. It has truly made the world a fun place to be. It’s almost as though I ignore the social construct of not butting in where I don’t belong. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not stupid, I know when it’s not appropriate or when it may not be safe to talk to the random strangers around me, but when it is, I make instant friends; they may not last too long and I may never see them again, but they make my experience enjoyable and we all have a good time. It’s an amazing way to pass what could be lost or boring time in lines and things like that. I should also add that it makes for excellent character interactions!

I hope to attend Leaky Con this summer in Orlando and that will be an incredible experience if I can swing it. So many nerds, from so many different fandoms gathered together in one place! Literally almost all of my favorite fandoms will be there: Harry Potter, Nerdfighteria, LOTR, Doctor Who, Sherlock and so many others! I probably won’t shut up for the entire length of the event!