If it wasn’t obvious by now, I absolutely adore Disneyland. There’s so much to love about it: the rides, the food, the atmosphere, the design, the technology, and more. Truth be told, it’s kind of incredible this blog just hasn’t become solely focused on Disney yet (and don’t think it’s past me to do that now either!).

So it should come as no surprise then that for my birthday, I decided to go to Disneyland.

Disneybounding is a… trend? A community? Whatever it is, it’s a way for Disney lovers and frequent parkgoers to manifest their love for the characters without breaking costume guidelines at the parks. The concept: bounders take Disney characters and break them down to their basic forms. We’re then tasked to build them back up again through clothes you can find at a mall. Characters can be suggested in the types of clothes you use, the color palette, and small accessories.

There’s an added bonus in the inventiveness, creativity, and individuality that’s demanded of successful Disneybounders, which is why I happen to love this trend. Moreover, it’s a way to bring my love for Disney back home in a subtle way, infusing a bit of magic into the mundane.

For this trip, I decided I’d Disneybound as Forky from Toy Story 4 (which I’ve already seen twice and have cried both times). There’s a lot of things to love about Forky: his childlike wonder, his equal parts go with the flow and panic, his self-effacing humor that makes me want to scream “I relate!” in a millennial kind of way. Plus, he has a great photo op at Pixar Pier, so

It’s a way to bring my love for Disney back home in a subtle way, infusing a bit of magic into the mundane.

Then came the fun part of the process: ideating and designing. I went into full brainstorming mode, figuring out ways I could represent Forky’s form through my clothing. I eventually settle on white overalls (I’m such a sucker for overalls) to represent the plastic body, with a red shirt for the pipe cleaner arms and a turquoise bandana for his mouth.

After ordering everything off Amazon (and immediately doing some emergency DIYing by turning the overalls pants into shorts – let’s just say the fit wasn’t great), I set off for SoCal, Disneybound ready to go. And would you look at that: I had a great time!

In a world where things can be seriously messed up, Disneyland provides a moment to escape that for just a bit. The problems are there, to be sure, but the parks give me permission to breathe and imagine worlds beyond the ones we deal with. It gives me the same relief that Forky does to Woody:

“Woody, somebody’s whispering in your ear…”

“Everything is going to be okay.”

To infinity and beyond,

Scan Mar 19, 2018 at 7.04 PM


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