I've done so many Disney character costumes, maybe it's finally time to dress up as Disney food.
Ah yes, what if I ran my next runDisney race (Dumbo Double Dare in Disneyland) as the beloved Dole Whip? So I've already been slowly dissecting this concept for months now, and I've been busy thinking of ways to engineer a costume that I can run in *AND* that is recognizable as Dole Whip (and not just look like a plop of pale yellow poop). So currently, I've imagined two ways to do this:
1. 2D image-printed foam suit.
Similar to my store-bought Mike Wazowski costume from Princess 2014, I can probably make my own body overlay. Find a high resolution photo of Dole Whip, do a bit of photoshopping, and use an oversized textile printer service to print out 2 copies (one reversed for the back), line with sheet foam for sturdiness, and attach some shoulder straps and maybe velcro spots for security. And there you go, wearing it like a sandwich board or overalls.
PRO: Should be comfy // CON: Oversized printing is $$$
2. 3D prop costume
So this is way more ambitious, but I think if executed well, I will really look like I'm wearing an official professional Dole Whip costume. The idea is to physically make the one main 3D extruded tube, and swirl it to look like Dole Whip. I came up with the method of stuffing yellow pantyhose legs with stuffing multiple times to make one long soft yellow tube, and swirl it around with holes for arms. I'll have to find a clear plastic planter or something similar for the cup. Not sure if this will work, but it'll look rad if done successfully.
PRO: Will look AWESOME // CON: Tricky construction
I haven't decided or done any experimentation yet. But I think it's down to these two options! Aloha for now.