When I went to Disneyland two weeks ago I was slightly disappointed to discover they have removed the old fashion sewing machines that personalized the hats. I must confess, I was a bit bummed. I remember a time when the only place to get the hats were at The Mad Hatter, now, every vendor sells them. It was a special moment to take my daughter to The Mad Hatter for her first ears, but it was a like a bit of my childhood that was missing.
I had the chance to chat with the CM for a few minutes on the decision to remove the "human" aspect of hat making. She told me that in the time the computer takes to make one hat, she could make three. I could tell she missed the old system, but she said the reasoning was the writing could be more consistent. Which is another bummer. With the old system, you knew you would get a one-of-a-kind hat.
Anyone else bummed about this, or am I just way to out of control!