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What is Disneyland's Dapper Day? The event's creator explains




Dapper Day creator Justin Jorgensen, left, stands with Charles Phoenix, right, at KPCC studios on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Dapper Day creator Justin Jorgensen, left, stands with Charles Phoenix, right, at KPCC studios on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

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Disneyland is known as the the happiest place on Earth. But this weekend, it will also be one of the fanciest places on Earth, thanks to Dapper Day.

Dapper Day is the creation of Justin Jorgensen, who was inspired by the park visitors drawn in the early Disneyland concept art.

"I thought as an aside one day, 'Wouldn't it be funny if we could actually make this come to life?'" he said. "The illustrations that the Imagineers made, all of that became real, all the buildings became real. It was just the guests, overtime, that turned into a different sort of visual."

So what exactly does being dapper mean? It can have different meanings to different people, but Charles Phoenix, known as the ambassador of Americana, explained.

"Finished. You dress from head to toe, you wear your best shoes, you wear your best pants, you put some effort into your appearance," said Phoenix. "It's so fun to take it up to 99 extra levels by just dressing up." 

Look at all those dapper people! Dapper Day creator Justin Jorgensen, left, poses with Charles Phoenix, right.

Dapper Day will be held Sept. 18 and 19. There are events being held around the park, including a car show and a retro slide show from Charles Phoenix.

Click here for more information and a full list of Dapper Day events.

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