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Disney Magic Arrives to Lone Star State with Texas-sized Cowboy Hat

posted on September 22nd, 2012 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


You’ve heard the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and that rang true today when the Disney Magic said “howdy” to Galveston with a Texas-sized cowboy hat on the ship’s funnel!

Disney Magic Arrives to Lone Star State with Texas-sized Cowboy Hat

This hat is an astonishing 19-feet tall and 14-feet wide. To put it in perspective for you, if a real cowboy was to wear this hat he would need to be about 43 feet tall!

Amazingly, the hat was installed while the ship was at sea, just one mile out from the Port of Galveston. I can’t imagine it was simple to don a cowboy hat that large, so I did a little digging to find out how it was done…

Disney Magic Arrives to Lone Star State with Texas-sized Cowboy Hat

Here’s the engineering secret: The larger-than-life cowboy hat was actually printed on a polypoplene cover, and engineers created a frame for the hat that includes the shape of the funnel’s Mickey ears. Check out this behind-the-scenes shot as the riggers bolted the frame in place.

Disney Magic Arrives to Lone Star State with Texas-sized Cowboy Hat

And in the next shot of the cover in production, you see it includes faux Mickey ears, giving the illusion that the hat is sitting on top of the funnel’s Mickey ears. Pretty cool, huh?

The Disney Magic’s late afternoon departure from the Port of Galveston will kick off the Disney Cruise Line inaugural season sailing from Texas. Take a look back at Jason’s recent post to see all of the itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas from Galveston, including some cruises taking guests to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay!

Which Disney cruise from Texas would your little cowboys and cowgirls enjoy most?



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Amanda from NE on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Will the hat be staying on?

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Tommye on September 22nd, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Howdy Disney Magic! We are thrilled you are in Texas.

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Brent from TX on September 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 pm

It’s the “little touches” that sets Disney apart from everyone else. Can’t wait till we sail her next month!

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Noel from TX on September 22nd, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Amanda, the hat did not stay on long. We were there when it arrived this morning and when we went back later the same day to watch the Magic set sail the hat had already been removed.

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