Monday, July 28, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 428 - Magic (Raffia) Kingdom Edition

Day 428 / Hat 428: Woven raffia hat with two-tone hatband detail and stretchy woven sweatband lining and brown and beige embroidery on front that reads: "Disneyland 1955, The Original." Interior label reads: "Disneyland Resort®," and fabrication tag reads: "100% raffia, large," on one side and "RN31905, made in China" on the other.

This was purchased during my last visit to Disneyland at the urging of my sister-in-law (in agreeance with the Bride) as she felt we all needed Disney lids that particularly suited us and the last time I ran around the park sporting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears I looked like a refugee from a Gary Larson comic strip. 

This one came from the Adventureland Bazaar which is totally appropriate since my hands down favorite attraction (ever since I was l'il Adam at Walt Disney World on the opposite coast) is the Enchanted Tiki Room right inside the entrance to Adventureland.

Oh, in case you were wondering, the 1955 refers to the date Disneyland opened its doors: July 17, 1955.

The Enchanted Tiki Room didn't open its thatched bamboo doors until a bit later June 23, 1963, to be exact. But when it did it contained 2225 AudioAnimatronic performers (including toucans, flowers and wall carvings) directed by a 14-channel magnetic tape feeding 100 speakers and controlling 438 separate actions (those numbers courtesy of this entry at 

I like to think of the Garlodge as my little homage to the Enchanted Tiki Room.


Q: OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which celebrated the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1.

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