True Life Adventure-Explorers Abound at 2nd Annual Adventureland Day at Disneyland Park

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With the rise of Dapper Days and Disney Bounding, it was a matter of time before enthusiasts of all kinds rallied together to create themed dress-up days that celebrate their niche interests. You may have heard of Bats Day (goth dress), Steam Day (steampunk), or Gay Days (LGBTQ pride). Enter the newest unofficial Disney day: Adventureland Day.

“Isn’t that bazaar?” Crowded Adventureland looked even more so, but the spirits were high for the dangers ahead.
“Isn’t that bazaar?” Crowded Adventureland looked even more so, but the spirits were high for the dangers ahead.
Adventurelanders came solo or in groups to explore and discover.
Adventurelanders came solo or in groups to explore and discover.
Adventureland Day gave Disney bounders a chance to craft costumes of their favorite characters, including the elusive “Rosita.”
Adventureland Day gave Disney bounders a chance to craft costumes of their favorite characters, including the elusive “Rosita.”
Disneyland is the perfect place to flaunt your adventure style flair.
Disneyland is the perfect place to flaunt your adventure style flair.

In 2018, tiki and Disney fan Tiki Tony allied with fans on both coasts to create a day dedicated to the love of all things Adventureland. “Adventurelanders,” as they call themselves, dress up in colorful tiki garb, drab safari gear, and Indiana Jones themed attire and make themselves at home for a full day in the parks’ leafiest realms.

From brightest crooning flowers to drabbest khaki duds, happy explorers truly dressed the part.
From brightest crooning flowers to drabbest khaki duds, happy explorers truly dressed the part.
Khaki and classy was definitely on the style menu for many an intrepid explorer.
Khaki and classy was definitely on the style menu for many an intrepid explorer.
Costumed families and friends spilled out of Adventureland into Critter Country.
Costumed families and friends spilled out of Adventureland into Critter Country.
What’s Adventureland without a pineapple Dole Whip?
What’s Adventureland without a pineapple Dole Whip?
Guests made every area of the Tropical Hideaway the setting for their own jungle stories.
Guests made every area of the Tropical Hideaway the setting for their own jungle stories.
A pair of Adventurelanders compare costume notes to help them keep up with the Joneses.
A pair of Adventurelanders compare costume notes to help them keep up with the Joneses.

For the second year running, Adventurelanders follow a pre-set schedule which suggests times when they all will ride particular attractions in the park. Imagine seeing dozens of Jungle Cruise boats full of explorers dressed in safari clothes leaving one by one into the jungle. Or Enchanted Tiki Room Shows filled to the max with excited explorers ready to croon along with the flowers and birds.

Adventurers of all shapes and sizes filled the Jungle Cruise queue in anticipation of a true-life adventure on the rivers of the world.
Adventurers of all shapes and sizes filled the Jungle Cruise queue in anticipation of a true-life adventure on the rivers of the world.
On board the World Famous Jungle Cruise, guests fit the theming perfectly.
On board the World Famous Jungle Cruise, guests fit the theming perfectly.
Boats full of pith-helmeted passengers had the river backed up a bit.
Boats full of pith-helmeted passengers had the river backed up a bit.

Participants may also download a puzzle from AdventurelandDay.com which takes them to areas around the park in search of clues. The clues lead to a location somewhere in the park where they can pick up a special prize designed specifically for the event by Tiki Tony. The facilities culminate with a group picture and a round of drinks at Trader Sam’s.

Over 600 Adventurelanders gathered for a group photo on the shores of the Rivers of America.
Over 600 Adventurelanders gathered for a group photo on the shores of the Rivers of America.

Adventureland Day takes place in parks on both coasts. Disneyland’s took place yesterday (3/3), and Walt Disney World’s version takes place a week later (3/10) at Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland cast members also got into the act with special signs and character meet-n-greets.
Disneyland Cast Members also got into the act with special signs and character meet-n-greets.

Follow the fun on social media: #AdventurelandDay. Not looking to dress up? Check out these neat Adventureland tees that were just released at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort!

About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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