Yesterland Dressing for Disneyland
in the 1950s
Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
Here are good examples of how to dress for Disneyland.

Be sure to dress appropriately when you visit Disneyland—at least if you’re visiting Disneyland in the 1950s. There isn’t a rigid dress code, but there is a certain way that park guests tend to dress.

Ladies, you should wear a patterned dress with the hem well below your knees. Or you may prefer to wear a skirt and blouse.

Gentlemen, you should wear pressed trousers, a collared shirt, leather shoes, and perhaps a nice sweater on cooler days.

Youngsters, you can dress like... celebrities.

Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
The well-dressed Lennon Sisters posing in front of City Hall.

The Lennon Sisters, “America’s Sweethearts of Song,” are big celebrities, but they graciously pose for guests’ snapshots in their lovely outfits.

Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
The Lennon Sisters are facing someone else’s camera.
 
Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
The people waiting near City Hall are all quite attractively dressed.

As you look at these pictures from the 1950s, please notice the people in the background as well as those posing in the foreground.

Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
Hats are always appropriate at Disneyland.

What about wearing a tee-shirt? Sure. A tee-shirt is another word for a man’s undershirt, and wearing an undershirt under your shirt is quite common.

Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
Do you need a hat? Disneyland sells them.
 
Dressing for Disneyland in the 1950s
Don’t forget your sunglasses.
 

Now let’s fast-forward 50 years to the present decade. The picture below wasn’t meant to be a fashion photo. It was just a photo of the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland, but I think it shows fairly typical Disneyland attire of this decade.

Dressing for Disneyland in 2006
It’s a half century later (2006 photo), and the styles are different.

These days at Disneyland, you’re likely to see tee-shirts, tank tops, jeans, gym shorts, cut-offs, dirty sneakers, and flip-flops.

Needless-to-say, the change in how people dress today compared to fifty years ago is not unique to Disneyland. There was a time when gentlemen on airplanes typically wore a coat and tie. Gym clothes were only for the gym. And people dressed for dinner.

It makes sense to dress comfortably—tee-shirt, shorts, sneakers—for a day at a Disney park, as most of us do today. But we’ve also lost something along the way.


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Seven photos of people (including The Lennon Sisters) at Disneyland during the 1950s: Charles R. Lympany and Frank T. Taylor, courtesy of Chris Taylor.
Photo of people entering the Peter Pan ride: 2006 by Werner Weiss.