Mickey Mouse & Tiki Aloha Shirt – Elias & Co.

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What’s better than Disneyland? Disneyland with no crowds (well, fewer crowds, anyway). We were lucky enough to experience that at the passholder preview for Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, which officially open at California Adventure on June 15. This thoroughfare pays tribute to the 1920s, when a young Walt Disney arrived in Los Angeles to start a new animation studio (and the rest, as they say, is history).

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It was such a treat to stroll around and admire the ersatz Art Deco architecture, especially the Elias & Company gift shop. The inside is made to look like a luxury department store (see: Bullocks Wilshire), and one of the rooms displays vintage sheet music on the wall as props. Among them I spotted the tropical cover of “Sun Kissed Isle,” one of many 1920s ukulele tunes inspired by the South Seas.

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I also found a blue Hawaiian shirt printed with tikis, coconut drinks, palm trees, hibiscus flowers and surfin’ Mickeys. Disney seems to have produced quite a few aloha shirts with tikis over the years, not even counting the ones Shag has designed.

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There were only boys’ shirts at this store, priced at $29.99, but I’m guessing adult sizes might be available over at the Disneyland Emporium. (Don’t quote me on that, though.)

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They stock some neat mugs (coffee, not tiki mugs…you’ll have to go to Trader Sam’s for those) like this one that reminded me of the awesome travel trailers we saw at Palm Springs Modernism Week. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the new merchandise being rolled out for California Adventure.

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If you want to see more of Buena Vista Street, there are some great photos here and here, plus detailed background about the people and places that inspired it here and here.

More Tiki-Related Disney Posts:

Boutiki at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Tiki in Toy Story 3 & California Adventure
Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel

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Tiki at the LA County Fair: Part Two

I’ve said it before (last year around this time, actually) and I’ll say it again: I love the fair! The LA County one, to be precise. There’s just something magical about the way the carnival rides look lit up at night.

And it’s one of the few times of year when it’s acceptable to eat things like chocolate covered Oreos wrapped in bacon.

Chicken Charlie usually concocts a few new diabolical desserts, and last year marked the debut of the deep-fried Klondike bar. It was ridiculous in the best way, so melty and gooey. I really hope it returns for 2011.

Then there’s also the random tiki sightings—I do believe this one takes the cake! (Oh yes, I went there.)

I guess many consider tikis as shorthand for “summertime,” so vendors prop them up to get people in the mood to buy jacuzzis and patio grills. These ones are clearly *ahem* inspired by Wayne Coombs.

And even Terry’s Palms & Tikis booth was back for another year, with skull and pirate-themed stuff and painted tiki masks like the kind imported from Indonesia.

The Shrimp Guys were serving up Hawaiian style garlic shrimp, which is kind of funny considering they used an Easter Island moai (complete with topknot) to adorn their booth.

And because I’m so far behind on my blog posts, the fair’s already sneaking up on us again! Why, we’re almost halfway there…

55th Anniversary Adventureland Tiki Glasses at Disneyland

A few months back, I mentioned the four giclées that Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily designed in honor of Disneyland’s 55th anniversary. When I was back there in December, I discovered that they had spun off those images onto glasses, like this one with the tiki from Adventureland.

They look neat, though alas not very photogenic (at least not with my camera skills)—and for $7 they’re practically a steal. (You couldn’t even buy two churros for that.) Don’t count on getting a full set, though, the Fantasyland ones seem to have been sold out since Day One.