I Like Your Hat!

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I wouldn’t call myself a “hat” person. When it’s really cold outside, or when I’m having a bad hair day, then I may grab a hat, but not usually. Disney is an exception to the rule for myself and a lot of non-hat wearers. Not just any hat, but silly hats… hats that we would NEVER wear to pick up the kids at school or to the local Walmart! Can you imagine? People would think you’re nuts! So, what is it about Disney that makes the ridiculous completely fashionable and cool? Disney MAGIC maybe?

Have you ever noticed how many hats they sell at Disney Parks? Of course, there are a huge variety of traditional Mickey Ears, that goes without saying. But, there are also a lot of other types of hats…. Sorcerer Hats, Goofy Hats with Ears, Princess Crowns, Pirate Hats, etc….. There are a ton of hats to choose from. Are these hats something we would normally wear? For most of us, heck no! I could never see any use for these hats, but it’s Disney, so they get a pass. These lovely head decorations aren’t too cheap either. I wouldn’t normally spend over $20 or $30 on a novelty item that I probably won’t wear but a few times, but again, it’s Disney, it’s justified.

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It’s funny, because even if people aren’t buying hats, they’re at least trying them on and taking pictures with them. I’ve done it, I’ve had my kids do it, I bet a lot of you have too! Mickey ears aren’t too expensive, I’ve gotten a few. They’re collectors items in our household. As for the more frilly, expensive hats, the only one I’ve actually sprung for and bought was the Captain Jack Sparrow hat in the gift shop at Pirates of the Caribbean. Normally, I would never spend almost $40 for a hat, but it was just like Jack’s, and the ones they sell in the regular Disney Stores don’t compare, they aren’t as nice. So, I found myself standing in line for an expensive novelty hat. See what Disney can do? A sense of logic an reasoning flies out the window!

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Maybe it’s all part of being a kid again that makes us spend money on things we normally wouldn’t. Remember when you were little, and buying toys was something we looked forward to? We didn’t care how much use we’d get out of the item, or if it was a smart purchase, we just wanted it. That’s how I feel at Disney. It’s ok to buy toys and random silly items, right? It’s funny because as you walk around the parks, you see grown men and women walking around with Mouse Ears and puffy character hats, and don’t even bat an eye. It’s normal at Disney. Sometimes when I’m walking and people watching I see a hat that I hadn’t seen before, and wonder where they bought it at. If I were at home, I’d think those people were a McNugget short of a Happy Meal! But, Disney defies all logic, reasoning, and age, doesn’t it? It’s a Disney kind of “crazy” but it works. Unless you’re a Disney Enthusiast you might not understand what the deal is with hats and such. I’m so glad that I’m among people here who completely “get it” when it comes to checking your age at the Disney door, it’s a magical feeling. So, next time you’re at a Disney Park, take a look around and see all the big kids and their fun gear, and maybe think of this article. Walk right up to them and tell them you like their hat!

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Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

One Response to I Like Your Hat!

  1. smmartinho says:

    My favorite hat ever was black with a jeweled tiara on the front that I got at Disneyland in the 1990’s. I lost it on a different trip a few years later, and I’ve never found another that I like as much 🙁

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