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Goth Day at Disneyland
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2005-08-29 3:46 pm   Permalink

OK, so I went to Disneyland on Sunday with my wife to ride Space Mountain, and it was Goth Day. Hundreds of pale people in black carrying umbrellas & wearing funny shoes were all over the park, this isn't the first time I've blundered into the middle of this and I have some questions for those who might be in the know: Is it the Sunday before Labor Day Weekend every year? Is there a new subset of Pirate Goths dressing like extras from the Pirates of the Carabean, or was it just a coincidence that I saw so many Pirate-y dressed Goths (or Gothishly dressed pirates)? How many Goths car pool to Disneyland, and who has to ride in the back of the hearse? Does anyone else consider hearses to be "Goth Minivans?" Are there standard accepted Goth colors to coordinate with your black clothes (i.e., I saw alot of Blood Red, Veinous blue & Royal Purple, but I also saw Acid Yellow & Flourescent Green, various shades of dark blue, and gold accents)? Why, when Goth is so often about death & it's accoutriments, is Goth such a young kids' game? Is there anything more pathetic than a middle-aged Goth with a combover & a bad dye job (this probably answers my previous question)? Do Goths consider themselves to be an "Alternative Lifestyle," and does anyone else consider them one when they seem mostly to be about accessorizing a black wardrobe with ripped stockings, straight dyed black hair, and crepe-soled boots with lots of buckles (kind of like a down-on-their-luck Michael Jackson impersonator)?

Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Freelance, Ph.D., D.F.S

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Joined: Feb 18, 2003
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2005-08-29 4:32 pm   Permalink

a friend of mine who is goth I know is really into the nightmare before christmas aspects of disneyland, but they only do that portion of haunted mansion part of the year (thank goodness!)

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2005-08-29 4:43 pm   Permalink

This reminds me of the time in the early 80s when they had "punk day" at Disneyland (unofficially of course). The Ventures, the Sir Douglas Quintet, and some other great old bands played so the word spread and Disneyland was invaded by punks! I guess there weren't that many - maybe a hundred or so. Me and my mod friends got up and danced in the isles when the Ventures played so security made us return to our seats. The Sir Douglas Quintet played in a smaller area by the Tomorrowland cafe but they only let couples in to dance so we had to wait outside and ask strangers if they wanted to dance. It took a while but I found a girl who obliged.

Flipside magazine put some pictures of "punk day" at Disneyland in the next issue, including one of me and my friends, but it's a tiny picture of bad quality and hard to see much of anything.

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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: seattle, wa
Posted: 2005-08-29 4:44 pm   Permalink

were the lines to The Haunted Mansion incredibly long?

i googled, and you were in the middle the
Fifth Annual Bats Day

lucky you.

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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
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From: Hutikihi Island ~ near Seattle
Posted: 2005-08-29 5:20 pm   Permalink

I would have loved to have attended Bats Day! I didn't know it existed. I lucked out in 2003 and caught the Haunted House in Nightmare Before Christmas mode on its very last weekend. I'm a huge NMBC fan and was down there for the Rose Bowl game and later we went to Disneyland. I was super happy with my luck on that one!

I had a bunch of photos of the Haunted Mansion uploaded at one time but can't find them. Only found this cheesy one of me with a NMBC Santa Jack cheesecake dessert. Yes, I ate it.

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Primo Kimo
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
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From: Vermont
Posted: 2005-08-29 5:22 pm   Permalink

I have nothing valuable to add, but... I (not being goth by any stretch) would find it just as weird to see a bunch of Hawaiian shirt wearing Tiki Room freaks cruising Disneyland. Just a thought;)

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Pepe le Tiki
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: Vancouver, BC
Posted: 2005-08-29 5:51 pm   Permalink

Is there a discount for us senior citizen Goths?

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mrs. pineapple
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Joined: May 12, 2003
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Posted: 2005-08-29 9:36 pm   Permalink

Goth day at the happiest place on earth? what is going on here??

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Joined: Aug 09, 2005
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From: Long Island, NY
Posted: 2005-08-29 10:15 pm   Permalink

This isn't on the subject of Goth but once we went to a Six Flags Park and I swear it was Amish Day. Their style of dress was a cross between Little House on the Prairie and Mary Poppins. It was an odd thing to see. I always pictured them at a barn raising not going on the Scream Machine.

Have a drink on me...

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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2005-08-29 11:26 pm   Permalink

My girls sister is a goth. The thing i like about goths is the higher proportion that are likely to wear corsets. Cool.

But jeez, they gotta lighten up a little!

I always laugh at the "I'm making a personal statement by dressing as an individual" when they dress IDENTICAL to everyone in their close peer group. Yeh, real individual.


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Joined: May 08, 2004
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From: Seattle
Posted: 2005-08-29 11:33 pm   Permalink

I have some handy links to help you further your knowledge of goth subculture and better prepare you to fit in with your new friends at the next Bats Day, Freddie. (For optimum effect you should download and listen to Rob D.'s "Clubbed to Death [Kurayamino Mix]" and read two or three poems from Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal.")

First, let's loosen up by doing some goth dancing. Many try goth dancing, but few do it well. This page will get you started (and seem very evocative to anyone who's ever been to a goth club):
How To Dance Gothic

Okay, nice and limber? Now you're ready for How to be goth in 7 easy steps

Starting to fade a bit? Nothing perks up the motivation like seeing a really hot goth girl. This is best done at a goth club, of course, but in the meantime, here's one I spotted at the Catwalk here in Seattle a while back:

You can find a list of goth clubs in the San Diego area here, or head up to see the very pretty goths in the LA clubs like Bar Sinister, Dungeon or Perversion. (Warning: Goth club photographers tend to focus on the more, uh, photogenic scenes, and these links are not "work safe.")

Now, with renewed energy, you're ready to hit the books. Two fairly decent ones are Paul Hodkinson's Goth: Identify, Style and Subculture and Gavin Baddeley's Goth Chic: A Connoisseur's Guide to Dark Culture.

Finally, you can look for answers to your other questions in the Encylopedia Gothica

Have a fun time being goth Freddie (but don't forget to always look morose while doing it).

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Joined: Jul 03, 2003
Posts: 165
From: Sakatamata Island
Posted: 2005-08-30 12:39 am   Permalink

I'm with Exoticat..Bring out the bats! Or how about the "Birds"?

These were taken on my first trip ever to Disneyland and it was the happiest place on Earth for me, because that's where my hubby proposed to me. It was also a creepy place, which had its charms. This scene was captured our last day there. It looked like a scene out of Hitchcock's "The Birds"...they swooped right down into the park! It was wild!

The delicious dichotomy of good and evil is the stuff really good bedtime stories and sermons are made of. Also, it makes for a fantastic light and water show (ala Fantasia!)

Anyone still think it's strange to see goths walking around Disneyland?


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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
Posts: 481
From: Hutikihi Island ~ near Seattle
Posted: 2005-08-30 12:42 am   Permalink


1) Names from the animal kingdom. The spookier the animal the better! (Bat, Rat, Raven, Cat, Spider, you get the idea.)

2) Your arcane, mysterious, sexual, ancestral vampire past?

Yes, that's it!

I'm feeling pretty smug...(in this thread only) i've already got a Goth name for next year's Bats Day without even trying, and I already have a Vampire identity!

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: LongBeach
Posted: 2005-08-30 12:53 am   Permalink


On 2005-08-30 00:42, Exoticat wrote:

or you can get your goth name

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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 533
From: westernus
Posted: 2005-08-30 06:28 am   Permalink

... tattooed goth chicks rule...

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