Friday, March 16, 2012

Disney Flashback Friday ~ Free Fun with Hats Around Walt Disney World

Focused on the Magic
Today I am joining in on the fun of the Flashback Friday Blog Hop hosted by Deb of Focused on the Magic.  I love this blog hop because we are always looking back through our trip photo albums and watching our vacation montages.  It is funny what catches my eye.

One of the things that we keep an eye on the most while in Walt Disney World is Hayley overheating.  It isn't that we do not worry about Emily or Joey, but Hayley very easily becomes overheated when it is barely 80.  So in 2008, when Hayley was just 2, we were in the Magic Kingdom and she was giving us all the signs of a kid who was unhappy and about to meltdown from the heat.  We originally made the decision to leave the Magic Kingdom and head back to the hotel for a swim, but she wasn't going to make it.  We decided on our way past the Emporium that this would be our solution - an air conditioned place with lots of distractions, i.e. toys!  But what we found that it wasn't the toys she loved, it was the hats!  The Emporium has a section of all the Disney hats in bins.  She could easily reach the ones she wanted to try on. This ended up being the perfect solution.  She tried on every hat she could and within 20 minutes, she was cooled off and back to her happy self.
The Emporium ~ October 2008

The Emporium ~ October 2008

This past trip, she didn't have an issue with overheating, but she did find another great spot to try on hats - in Frontierland!  We were waiting to get a spot for the parade, and Hayley was excited to model the character hats.  When she put on the Goofy one, she let out a loud "Gawrsh" that grab the attention of a few guests walking by.  She put on quite a show!
Frontierland ~ October 2011

Frontierland ~ October 2011

Since this is Flashback Friday, I decided to see how far back I could go and find pictures of us with different hats on throughout the parks.  Here's one I found from October of 1988 - taken 20 years before the ones of Hayley in the Emporium!
Here's me at the ripe ol' age of 15!  World Showcase ~ October 1988

Finding spots to try on these hats for Hayley is a lot free fun and can be a great way to cool off in an air conditioned shop!

Make sure you head over to the Flashback Friday Blog Hop to see what everyone else is reminiscing about!


DebSays said...

What a great flashback!! We love the hats in WDW too!! Terrific tip to cool down with hat fun in the shops!!!

Rosanne Mottola said...

Oh my God, I have so many hat photos from Disney it's not even funny! And what makes it hysterical is that year after year we took the same exact photos! :) Love this Flashback, thanks for sharing!
Rosanne @ The Disney Point

Beth D. said...

Hayley now seeks them out.  We cannot pass hats without trying on a few! :-)

Beth D. said...

Isn't it great?  Same here, a lot of free Disney fun!

MouseFanDiane said...

Hayley is so cute in all the hats. I love the CHip and Dale one especially. I love the flashback of you in your hat too.. Trying on the hats is one of the most fun things to do and Downtown is usually of the best places for us to try them on..

Ariel Snow said...

LOVE FUN Disney HATS!!! Love how Disney has so many to try on!:) Cute pics!