Feb 21, 2017 | By Lourdes Linares
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Earlier this week, Vice released an interesting story on Disneyland’s first dedicated social club. While you’d think most cult fans of “The Magic Kingdom” would be decked out in standard Disney merchandise, these devoted followers have opted for a more rugged option usually reserved for bikers gangs. Here’s a rundown on the crew from The Neverlanders.
You can always trust Vice magazine to find the most random and obscure stories the world has to offer. One of the latest articles from contributor Crissy Van Meter caught our eye because of the huge collage of gang style denim jackets. But these aren’t your average Hells Angel or The Outlaw rogues; rather, a more tame bunch hell-bent on adrenaline from Disneyland’s amusements – not Jack Daniel’s and cigarettes.
But don’t think of these misfits as a group of pushovers. The Neverlanders come with weight and presence, rolling 50+ deep, cutting through the crowds in handmade mouse ears and hats, many of them covered in tattoos – as Meter puts it, “they look like one of the minor gangs from The Warriors, or some cult in a postapocalyptic wasteland where Mickey Mouse is worshiped as a deity.” The icing on the cake is that each member has a patch of a character that represents his or her personality – the 30-something couple who founded the club, Angel and Cindy Mendoza, are Donald and Daisy Duck.
Based out of California, these regular park-goers don’t accept newcomers easily. Membership is exclusive, and the application process involves months of hanging out with the Mendozas and the other members at the park to determine that the newbies are a good fit and, of course, devout Disney fans. Check out some of the images from the interview below:
A few of the members at Disneyland Califonia: When you’re the biggest Disneyland fans in the world and wear that love on your sleeve – literally – you’re bound to get some odd looks.
Neverlanders tend to love both tattoos and Disneyland, so Disneyland-themed tattoos are a no-brainer.
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