**UPDATE JUNE 23, 2016**

THERE IS NO BATS DAY IN THE FUN PARK this coming weekend, June 24 – 26, 2016.

There seems to be some miss information about Bats Day in the Fun Park happening this weekend. We can assure you that Bats Day in the Fun Park is not happening this weekend. We have already concluded our 2016 events, which were April 29 – May 1, 2016.

The next event weekend, which will be our 19th year, is happening on May 5-7, 2017. You can get all up to date info on our Official Website @ www.batsday.net. You can also checkout our other social media pages with more info

-Facebook: www.facebook.com/batsdayinthefunpark
-Instagram: @BATSDAY
-Twitter: twiter.com/batsday

Lastly there has been a talk about a Walt Disney World Bats Day in the Fun Park. What we can tell you is that this has been in the planning stages for a very long time. We are not ready to bring this to Florida yet, because we do not feel that this event would be up to the quality standard for the type of events that we put on. When we are ready to do so we will make an announcement on our website and social media.

Once again thank you all and Stay Spooky.

Noah K.
Founder/Executive Producer
Bats Day in the Fun Park

The names Bats Day in the Fun Park, BatzDay, Goth Day, Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake, Gallery999, Bats Day Dark Park, Die Fledermausketeers Club and Bats Day; The Bats Day logo, The Bats Day Dark Park logo, The Gallery999 Logo and all related characters and elements are the , ® and © of Bats Day in the Fun Park, LLC. The Bats Day in the Fun Park events are not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.

 

 

 

**UPDATE JUNE 3, 2016**

Just a reminder that you have until June 10th to order this shirt. No more orders will be taken after June 10th.

Get this Mini Poster with every purchase of our "You Can't Goth With Us!" long sleeved LTD Shirt. While Supplies Last.

This poster was given away at this year's Bats Day Black Market VIP Shopping.

Don't miss out the 2nd time. We brought this shirt back but you can only order this until June 10.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THIS SHIRT IS BACK.
Limited Edition Long Sleeved Bats Day Shirt
"You Can't Goth With Us!" This is a Pre Order for a One-Time Printing Only Item.
Pre orders will be taken until June 10.

After that no more orders will be taken and this shirt will never be printed again and we mean it this time.

http://squareup.com/store/batsday/item/ltd-long-sleeved-bats-day-shirt-you-cant-goth

**UPDATE JUNE 1, 2016**
First and foremost if you did not already know
Bats Day in the Fun Park Weekend 19; May 5-7, 2017

We hope everyone has finally recovered from our 18th annual event. This year’s Bats Day in the Fun Park events were amazing, and also very interesting. We received a lot of emails telling us how much fun this year was, and how our friends can’t wait for 2017.  We want to thank all of our Sponsors, Black Market Vendors, and especially all of you who attended our events.

(If you have not had a chance to visit our sponsors, we please ask you to do so now –
Abracadaver  - www.abracadaver.com
Baby Bat Boutique  - www.etsy.com/shop/babybatboutique
Cranieyums - www.cranieyums.com
Darke Delights - www.etsy.com/shop/darkedelights
Fiendish Things - www.facebook.com/Fiendish-Thingies-102733683095675
Hilary’s Vanity - www.hilarysvanity.com
Horrific Homes and Gardens. - www.horrifichomesandgardens.com
Isabella Corsetry  - www.corsetmaker.com
Serpentine Brand Clothing  - www.serpentineclothing.com
Sweet Midnight - www.sweetmidnight.com
Th1rte3n’s Closet - www.etsy.com/shop/Th1rte3nscloset
Violet Phoenix Designs  - www.facebook.com/VioletPhoenixDesigns
This update will address some of the rumors overheard during the weekend, as well as some emails we have received (even up to now).

 “Dressing to the Spooky Nines”
We know there seemed to be a bit of confusion regarding how you could dress for the event, in terms of what was or was not allowed into Disneyland that day.  We did post early on about the situation.

We said:
“The Disneyland Resort ultimately has the final say on what attire may enter into their theme parks. This does not only happen on Bats Day, but on every operating day of the Disneyland Resort.”

“Bats Day in the Fun Park has never been a ‘themed dress-up cosplay’ meet-up day. The dark subculture has a distinctive style of dress. Since the earliest days of the event, we have always said that attendees can dress to the nines – just as long as you do not look like, or can be mistaken for, a Character or Cast Member of the Disneyland Resort.”

We did notice there seemed to be a lot of “cosplay” at Bats Day 2016, which we know made some of the Bats Day Attendees feel they were being punished for trying to follow the Disney resort rules. From what we saw, it looked like a lot of these costumes came from the Dapper Day community, and not our community. 

We know that there were some concerns when it came to wearing corsets, and we think this arose from some people being upset about not being able to wear them. As far as we know, from running this event 18 years, corsets have never been an issue.  We also know wearing a corset is a bit of a staple in some different sects of the community. We try to get clarify all the info about subjects like this, but since the community is so huge it, can be a bit hard. So we do as much as we can by posting on our official website (www.batsday.net) as well as our social media.  If you are ever in doubt of something regarding how to dress on Bats Day, we please ask for you to contact us directly.

 

 “But it was so Colorful…or was it?”
As for our attendance on Sunday, May 1, 2016, for the Spooky Trip to Disneyland, CA (aka Bats Day in the Fun Park), it was about the same as it has been for the past three years. It may have looked a little different, because of the Dapper Day event happening the same day. Why? Because we know a lot of people in our community did a bit of a crossover-style dress and called it a “Dapper Goth” dress style!  As most people know, our community sometimes doesn’t arrive at Disneyland until about 4 p.m. because, lets face it, we are late risers and sometimes don’t get out until it starts to get a bit dark. This is why things seemed very colorful in the beginning of the day.

 

 “Stormin’ the Dark Castle”


Aprox 1800 Bats Day attendees gather at the 2pm Castle photo. Click on the image to download a larger version of this image

We also were very pleased with how our 2p.m, Castle Photo was taken this year. Yes, it was a bit different, which had us both a little off-guard and a little excited, but it was much more organized than in the past. We know change can be scary, but we embrace change and look to the future. We have received compliments and concerns about this year’s midday castle photo. We will use this input to help with next year’s photo. With the reorganization of this year’s photo, we know how much room there will be in the future - before the group becomes too big for this kind of a photo!

 

 “18 Spooky Years, and not Stopping”
One thing we knew was on everyone’s minds during our event was… Dapper Day. Now, let us just say we have nothing against that event, nor its attendees, in any way. However, we felt the way D-Day’s organizers handled their event and how it interfaced with us was done very poorly, and this seemed to impact everyone’s enjoyment of the day.

One rumor we would like immediately dispel is the idea that Bats Day in the Fun Park is being taken over by any other event – dapper, or otherwise. The year 2016 marked our 18th event, a wonderful anniversary, and we are not stopping any time soon.

Bats Day had its humble beginnings in 1999 between Deathrock club Release the Bats and Goth club Absynthe in August 1999, when approximately 90 people between the two clubs showed up for a dark spooky day at Disneyland. For the next nine years, Bats Day in the Fun Park continued in August until the tenth event, when we celebrated the Haunted Mansion Holiday (with the spooky fun of Nightmare Before Christmas), and then moved to May in 2009. 
Since that time, Bats Day in the Fun Park has generally been held the first weekend in May (with our second choice being the third week). Only twice has the event was not on one of those two weekends. (Though due to a scheduling conflict, our 2015 event was the last weekend in May.)

We schedule our event two to three years in advance—with Bats Day in the Fun Park held in May long before Dapper Day events were even conceived. (Until this year, Dapper Day was always held in February-March every year except for this year.) For this reason, we’re a little concerned about any confusion that might come up from Bats Day/Dapper Day scheduling.

June 15, 2015, was the first time the dates for our 2016 event were announced on our official website (www.batsday.net) about two weeks after our 2015 event. We then did a much bigger announcement on August 13, 2015, on our website and on social media.

 

 “Testing? Testing? Is this thing on?”
Another rumor we would like to address is the claim that Dapper Day contacted us and we never spoke to them. We can affirm that this is not true—and that we absolutely did speak to the organizer of Dapper Day.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, we received a not-so-friendly email from Justin, the organizer of Dapper Day. (We have included a screen capture of said email.)


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The email says, quote: “Hi - I see you just announced 2016 Bats Day weekend will be the same
weekend as our Spring Dapper Day events at the Disneyland Resort.

I would suggest considering an alternate weekend for your event, as our
Sunday May 1st event will sell out all 3 Disney hotels and attract over
30,000 guests to the Disney parks (likely pushing Disneyland to capacity
as it has in the past).”

As you can see, Justin tells us to change our event dates—let’s bear in mind that the past seven of 17 (at the time) annual events have been in May, and have generally been held the first weekend on May. 

After receiving this email, we contacted our contacts with the Walt Disney Company and asked them about the Dapper Day event. We were told it was a fairly large group that visits Disneyland in February/March, but not as large as Bats Day in the Fun Park. Our average attendance for Bats Day is between 5-6,000 attendees. From what the Walt Disney Company told us, and from the tone of their email we got from Justin, we pretty much knew everything we needed to know.  We know Disneyland is a fairly large place with plenty of room for everyone—there was no need to respond to Dapper Day, for now, especially with the tone set in the email.

It wasn’t until about the end of January, 2016, that Bats Day in the Fun Park Founder/Executive Producer Noah K received a personal phone call from Dapper Day’s Justin, insisting Noah really needed to change the Bats Day dates due to potential overcrowding (of Disneyland) that weekend. (Justin tracked down Noah’s personal cell phone number without warning and just cold-called him—this is not very professional.)

Of the 45-minute conversation between Noah (of Bats Day) and Justin (of Dapper Day), the conclusion was that Justin did not do any (or enough) research about Bats Day in the Fun Park, when it came to picking future Dapper Day dates.  We are still trying to figure out why Dapper Day moved to standard Bats Day May dates from their original February/March dates. Justin told us this situation would never happen again, and he was going to do what he could do to change the 2017 dates ASAP—since once again Dapper Day was going to happen on the same weekend as Bats Day. 

It seemed this situation was solved, or so we thought. In the end, Dapper Day’s 2017 dates were changed and would not conflict with Bats Day in that year.  Over the course of another half a dozen emails between Noah and Justin, Justin continued to pressure Noah about Bats Day’s future dates. We explained to Justin that if he stayed away from the first or third weekend in May, no overlapping problems would exist. But apparently our answer to Justin was not good enough, as we received this response:


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“Yes, I got that—but let me know once you have 2018 set, because we may take either of those weekends, if you don't.”

The inference here is that Dapper Day is trying to take over the weekends we have built up as Bats Day Weekend for years. We can now totally see why the public thinks Bats Day is going to be taken over by another event! There are five other weekends for Dapper Day to choose from near the first and third weekend of May—again, not a very professional attitude.

We have been quiet about this situation… but felt it was time to let our attendees understand what has gone on behind the scenes.
  

 

 “Who…Are…You, said the Caterpillar – Alice in Wonderland”
Another situation that concerned us was the prospect of Dapper Day using Bats Day’s attendance to enhance their apparent attendance—which did happen.


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The person in this photo is actually a Bats Day Attendee—not a Dapper Day Attendee. The reasons we know this are:

She comes from out of state to attend Bats Day in the Fun Park, has attended Bats Day since 2006, and as you can see from this photo:


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she has dressed in this style since She has starting attend our events in 2006.

  1. She has been a vendor at our Bats Day Black Market for several years.
  2. Her company, Violet Phoenix Designs—which creates the kind of outfits like the ones she wears here—was one of our Sponsors for this year’s event, as has been listed on all of our advertising.
  3. As you can see in the image bellow,, circled in green, she has a tattoo of our Bats Day logo on her arm.

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So Dapper Day is using a Bats Day community member at the Bats Day event, dressed for Bats Day, in a Dapper Day promo. This is clearly false association. If Dapper Day were a fan-run, non-monetized event, this would be a non-issue… but that is not the case. We’re glad to see Pandora (the person in photo #X) getting more exposure, and it’s great that anyone—including Dapper Day’s photographer—wants to add to her exposure. But the problem is that Dapper Day does not mention Bats Day in the photo caption, so anyone who does not know better will assume Dapper Day made all this happen.

 

 “The Crowds or Lack of Them”
Finally, we’d like to explain what happens when Disneyland stops letting people into the park, on Bats Day or any other day. First thing to remember is that the days of downtime, when the park seems a bit less crowded, are pretty much over. Disneyland’s capacity is roughly about 85,000 guests and about 10,000 cast members when the park is running at 100% functioning attractions—nearly 100,000 people within 60 acres. Most of the time, capacity is only reached on New Year’s Eve or special Disneyland events (like the 24-hour days).

Have you ever come to Disneyland when they handed you an announcement card that said:
“Today it has become necessary to temporarily stop admitting additional Guests into Disneyland Park…?”


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One of the main reasons this can happen is this: Lately, there has been a huge influx of guests that only come to see the fireworks and parades. Disneyland’s normal schedule for these events is 4:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. for their parades, and then 9:30 p.m. for the fireworks. These are the busiest times for Disneyland’s entrance area (along with when the park first opens). 

The area just past the ticket entrance, where you can see the Mickey floral arrangement, has to stay rather clear. This is in case of an emergency, so that either the park can be evacuated easily or emergency vehicles can enter quickly. So this area can stay clear, Disneyland slows the gate to the entrance from about an hour before the parades to an hour afterward, so the congestion is reduced. It doesn’t mean any non-Disneyland-affiliated event has shut the park down. It just means Disney is trying to keep that area clear. So the next time you come to Disneyland and Disneyland tells you to please visit California Adventure due to not admitting guests, look at the time. It will most likely be during the aforementioned time periods.

 

 “From all of our Spooky Hearts to you…”
 To wrap up: We really want to thank you for taking the time to read this. Bats Day in the Fun Park has been around for 18 years and we will continue for another 18 more and then some! We hope we have cleared up some of the rumors floating around.  If you have any questions, or are curious about something you’ve heard, you can always email us directly at batsday@aol.com or send us a message on our official social media pages. Once again, Disneyland Park is a wonderful place that brings like-minded people together for one simple thing: To have fun. There is plenty of room for everyone.

We hope to see you at our next spooky weekend in 2017.

The Bats Day Team
 Bats Day in the Fun Park Weekend 19: May 5-7, 2017

 

 

*UPDATE - FEB 1, 2016*

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
The Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake: A Costumed Celebration

Click here to purchase tickets
or go to www.happyhauntsswingingwake.com
for more info and tickets

 

*UPDATE - FEB 1, 2016*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The 18th Bats Day in the Fun Park® Weekend rematerializes this April/May 2016 with a new dress code, the Happy Haunts Swinging Wake, 2 group meet-ups happening the same weekend and more

Anaheim, California (February, 2016) – The 18th Bats Day in the Fun Park™ weekend is happening again this April 29 - May 1, 2016, with much spooky excitement and some new changes. Among the changes in question is the new dress code now in effect at the Disneyland Resort. The main concern for Bats Day attendees is that anyone over the age of 14 wearing a costume will not be allowed to enter Disneyland. For this reason, we at Bats Day want to remind everyone that Bats Day in the Fun Park is not a “themed dress-up cosplay” meet-up day. It never has been. The dark subculture has a distinctive style of dress, and most people in this subculture wear these types of clothing and outfits every day. Since the earliest days of the event, we have always said that attendees can dress to the nines – just as long as you do not look like, or can be mistaken for, a Character or Cast Member of the Disneyland Resort.

If you are interested in “cosplay” or themed dress-up fun, Bats Day in the Fun Park is glad to announce the return of the Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake: A Costumed Celebration for its fourth year. The ghosts, goblins and ghoulies have returned once more and are throwing their Swinging Wake again. No mortals are allowed, so for this themed costumed event you need to disguise yourself as your favorite Haunted Mansion character or ghost, spirit or thing from the underworld. Join us in the realm of the supernatural, as the spirits gather for an evening of music, magic and merriment at the Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake: A Costumed Celebration. The unearthly entertainment has yet to be announced, but we can only imagine that what the spirits are planning will be a haunting good time. Tickets go on sale February 1, 2016, only on the Bats Day website, www.batsday.net, or at the Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake website, www.happyhauntsswingingwake.com This event will sell out!

We are also well aware that this year another group meet-up event has been scheduled on the same weekend as Bats Day. We have no idea why this other event was moved from its normal range of dates (March/April) to the very same weekend in May as Bats Day. But as we say here in the Bats Day Camp Cave, there is plenty of Spooky Disney Magic for all. (It’s worth noting that this year marks Bats Day in the Fun Park’s 18th event. For our first nine years, Bats Day was held in August, with the tenth event moved for a one-time special date in November, to welcome Jack Skellington to the Haunted Mansion. And then, for the last seven years, the Bats Day in the Fun Park weekend has generally been the first Sunday in May. We like to give lots of advance notice of our scheduling: Our future event dates are first announced on our website, www.batsday.net, about two weeks after our current event has concluded. A much bigger announcement of the event date is then made about a month after that. #COMEGETSPOOKY

An estimated 7,000+ people are expected to attend the 2016 18th annual Bats Day in the Fun Park weekend. Scheduled events for 2016 include:

  • The Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake: A Haunted Mansion-themed costume ball where guest must wear a costume of their favorite character from the Haunted Mansion or as a ghost or spirit
  • The Bats Day Black Market: A spooky shopping experience with over 70 unique vendors – you are bound to find something for the spooky thing in your life here
  • Gallery999: A Haunted Mansion-themed art show
  • The Bats Day in the Fun Park trip to Disneyland, CA – the world-famous event that wraps up the weekend, where attendees are encouraged to participate in many photo opportunities and meet-up locations, culminating in a spooktacular Photo Event and Ride Experience through Disneyland’s classic Haunted Mansion attraction

Bats Day in the Fun Park attracts people from all dark subculture genres and walks of life, from Deathrock to Goth, Industrial to Steampunk, Rockabilly to Psychobilly, Halloween and anywhere in between, all for the love of Disneyland. Over the years, we have met quite a number of people from outside the subculture that enjoy attending, too. We welcome everyone to join in the spooky fun! Bats Day in the Fun Park has grown from a humble group of 80 friends in 1999 to over 7,000 guests from all over the world in 2015. This year, we hope to shatter new records and continue the growth of this dark subculture event.

Information on event tickets, hotel accommodations, meeting times and locations for Bats Day in the Fun Park: The Spooky Trip to Disneyland can be found at the Official Bats Day website: www.batsday.net, along with photos from previous Bats Day in the Fun Park trips. The Bats Day in the Fun Park events, are not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. Bats Day in the Fun Park Weekend 18 happens April 29 – May 1, 2016, at the official Bats Day Hotel and the Disneyland Resort California.

 

 

*UPDATE - NOV 8, 2015*


The Bats Day Black Market 2016 is filling up fast
At this time the only spots left are the following:
- 1-5x5 in the Pre Main Hall
- Center Spots in the Main Hall
All Sponsorships with Exhibitor/Vendor Spots are filled. We have created a couple more Sponsorship Spots that include larger Exhibitor/Vendor Spots.

Please go here to download our application and floor plans.

 

*** UPDATE 8-21-2015 ***
The 2016 "Bats Day in the Fun Park" Rate

The Bats Day rate is as followed
$119.00 + tax, a night
(Single/Double) Standard Room 1 King or 2 Queen Beds
$20 each additional guest per night
Bats Day room rate is for dates April 28 - May 2, 2016

Need a 2 room suite ($139 a night), Please contact the hotel directly at 714-750-3000

Please go here to view photos of the hotel

This rate is available now
But only until April 9th, 2016

Reservations Online: Please click here to reserve your room online.

Reservations by phone: Please call 714-750-3000, Ask for reservations, and when you make your reservations,
you must ask for the Bats Day in the Fun Park rate.

 

Please reserve your room before April 9th, 2016 by 5pm to ensure your special rate. Subject to availability.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort - Convention Center | 2085 South Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, California 92802

For more info about the hotel please go to HERE




*** UPDATE 8-13-2015 ***

2016 Bats Day Event Dates are as followed
Bats Day in the Fun Park Weekend 18
April 29 - May 1, 2016


The Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wake: A Costumed Celebration
Gallery999: Group Tribute Art Show to the Haunted Mansion
The Bats Day Black Market
Bats Day in the Fun Park: The Spooky Trip to Disneyland, CA

Applications to the Bats Day Black Market will be
Available Nov 1st, 2015
Please join our waiting list by sending us an email
to blackmarket@batsday.net

Bats Day in the Fun Park is happy to announce that
we are coming back to the


Doubletree Guest Suites Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
2085 S. Harbor Boulevard | Anaheim, CA 92802

Room Reservations coming soon.

 


*** UPDATE 6-15-2015 ***
Bats Day in the Fun Park Weekend 18
April 29 - May 1, 2016

More Details cominmg soon
The Bats Day Happy Haunts Swinging Wak: A Costumed Celebration
Gallery999: Group Art Tribute to the Haunted Mansion
The Bats Day Black Market
Bats Day in the Fun Park 18: AKA the Spooky Trip to Disneyland Resort, CA
Info coming soon

 

To see a full list of Exhibitors and Vendors who will be at this year’s Bats Day Black Market, please check out our list on our Official Bats Day in the Fun Park event website http://www.batsday.net/blackmarket/blackmarket-wiv.html

 

 

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