It's a Ska, Ska World: Remy Casillas Is Calling All Rudies to Disneyland
By: Nicholas Pell
Pictor Photography We don't mind being rude at the Happiest Place on Earth
Remy Casillas has been working for Disneyland's food-service vendors since April 2012. It's not just a job, though; his obsession for Disney rivals his passion for ska music. And three years ago, he combined the two to create the annual theme-park outing It's a Ska World After All.
Following the same pattern as other such subcultural Disney outings as the rockabilly-oriented Rock Around the Park and the Goth granddaddy of them all, Batsday, which is entering its 16th year, It's a Ska World After All will invade the park on Oct. 20. The only thing "ska" about the event is the attire and interests of the participants. Disney-philes will don their Ben Sherman and Fred Perry shirts--or at the very least clothing promoting their favorite bands--and hang out and make new friends as they share their love for the genre and the Mouse.
There is, of course, an ethos behind the event beyond just a shared love of ska: Casillas wants the event to promote an opposition to bullying, violence and racism. Participants will stand as a positive example of the community for everyone at the park. "I want people to know that we're just like everyone else," he says.
In the future, he wants to get a local ska band to play, but, thus far, the timing hasn't been right. Since securing an all-ages venue in Southern California is difficult, on Oct. 19, people will get together at the Shakey's Pizza across the street from Disneyland. Casillas picked the location because it's family-friendly, allowing ska-loving Mouseketeers to bring their kids along. The next day, participants will meet at 1 p.m. at the Sleeping Beauty's Castle. "By that point, people have been hanging around, talking to each other," Casillas says. Next on the agenda is riding Star Tours together. After that, most of the day is dedicated to going on rides with your new best friends.