Last month, we started a new trivia series here on the Disney Parks Blog – “Name that Costume.” It was a tricky one, but some of you got really close! This time around, it might be a bit easier. But I’ll take any excuse to wear a fun hat.
Can you name that Disneyland Resort costume? Leave your answer in the comments, and I’ll be back later with the answer and the story behind this costume.
Set in a living forest of young coastal redwoods and incense cedar, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a celebration of California’s magnificent wilderness parks, so cast members in this area play the role of Park Rangers.
The costumes in this area were inspired by authentic National Park Service Ranger uniforms from the 1930s. Two unique features of the costume are the hat and the patch. The patch is a significant part of the costume as it resembles the arrowhead patch that is used as the official National Park Service emblem. Using the original patch as inspiration, the Redwood Creek patch shows the Sequoia trees of California as well as the wildlife and vegetation found in the California Redwoods.
While technically not official National Park Service insignia, the Ranger hat has become synonymous with the Park Rangers. In 1932, the National Park Service specified that Ranger hats were to have a “three-inch stiff brim,” a requirement which Disney Parks still values today when showcasing this costume. The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail hat is made of tan cane straw and has a 3- to 4-inch brim.
With the upcoming Disney California Adventure park expansion in 2012, there will be changes coming to this costume, including a change to the patch, but the costume will retain the look of the Park Ranger.