Disney's "Wear it Proud" collection evokes the 1970s

No doubt the unofficial "Gay Days" at Disneyland and Walt Disney World inspired the resorts' new retro "Wear it Proud" line of clothing, accessories, and platform Crocs. I spotted the following pieces from the collection in Downtown Disney on my recent trip to Disneyland. As I sat down to write this post, I found Disney's official announcement, which is amusing:

Are you a dancing queen or a disco king? This new Disney Parks Wear It Proud Collection will take you right back to the ’70s, whether you were around in that decade or not! The wide assortment of apparel in fun, vibrant colors has something for every hippie at heart!

Wait, "hippie at heart.."? None of this looks "hippie" to me. LOL. Whatever. The collection is fun — love the contrasting red/blue colorway in this one shirt:

And the striped trim on this tank top (better image here):

THIS BAG!!

But these platform Crocs though -- wuht.

See more of the collection at shopDisney.com. Styles are available in both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World patterns.

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See behind the scenes of Disneyland's massive holiday decor system

In this video, Disney shows what it takes to deck the Disneyland Resort's halls by bringing us inside the warehouse where they store all of their holiday decorations. Mark Apepe, the lead of this impressive production, hosts this behind-the-scenes peep and shares that they use an estimated 2,000 feet of garland and 80,000 ornaments for the "Main Street package" alone.

The Disney Parks Blog adds to his numbers:

The exterior of Main Street, U.S.A., features approximately 220 garlands that measure more than four miles long, with approximately 80 wreaths and 120 bows bringing the season to life on this charming street.

It takes nearly three dozen cast members 35 days to install the glittering façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday and nearly 18 days to decorate the holiday attraction’s dazzling interior.

The Disneyland Christmas tree stands 60-feet tall on Main Street, U.S.A. and features 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments with 100 oversized faux candles.

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle shimmers during the day and is illuminated each night with more than 126,000 twinkling LED lights, sparkling “icicles” and shimmering snow-capped turrets.

A 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle to help guests get in the holiday spirit. The tree and surrounding buildings are decorated with vintage-style ornaments in keeping with the theme of Buena Vista Street, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s.

Like I said, impressive.

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