Hathaway Browne is a character from Pleasure Island.
Hathaway Browne was an American aviator during the early half of the 20th century. He was extremely handsome and charismatic in-addition to having been something of a lady's man. Due to his suave persona and good looks, Browne found work as the spokesperson and mascot for the, "Jinkies" cereal brand.
Prior to the New Year's Eve of 1931, Hathaway was brought in as a member of the, "Adventurers Club", a society of globetrotters which was founded by the wealthy Merriweather Adam Pleasure, a former member of the much more stuffy Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Every New Year's Eve, the club partook in a competition known as the Balderdash Cup to see who had the best adventuring story and from 1931 to 1936, Hathaway was the winner of this award.
In 1937, Hathaway's winning-streak was broken by a new member named Emil Bleehall. Hathaway would also befriend one Trader Sam, an affiliate of the Adventurers Club. At some point following 1937, Hathaway went on an expedition with fellow members Pamelia Perkins, Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench, Prof. Fletcher Hodges, and Emil Bleehall. During their absence they left many possessions from their base in Lake Buena Vista in the safekeeping of Trader Sam while Hathaway only left Sam a box of Jinkes cereal in an act of narcissism.
In the early 1940s, Trader Sam began to sell Browne enchanted alcoholic brews to use as plane-fuel for his plane, "The Moth". Hathaway would frequent Trader Sam's bars as a result of this. In 1941, Pleasure Island was destroyed by a hurricane and the Adventurers Club seemingly had to relocate. In the 1940s, Browne and other Adventurers Club members befriended a fellow-aviator in the form of one Jock Lindsey, a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Browne attended the 1955 opening of Lindsey's bar in the Florida town of Disney Springs and was a frequent customer of it.
Hathaway Browne was one of the regularly performed characters within the Adventurers Club of Pleasure Island.
Hathaway is mentioned in a letter in this area addressed to Dreamy Ka'imi, a fellow Adventurers Club member whose looks competed with those of Browne's.
Jock is featured in two photographs in this Disney Springs bar belonging to Jock Lindsey, S.E.A. member and aviator to Indiana Jones. One shows Jock in 1948 partaking in the opening-ceremonies of Lindsey's bar while the other shows him drinking inside of it.
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Browne is featured alongside his plane on two photographs framed in this bar with a message from him to Trader Sam. Browne is also mentioned in a letter by Pamelia Perkins referencing a box of Jinkies cereal kept in the bar. The propeller from his crashed plane, "Gipsy Moth" is mounted on the all.
Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
In this bar is a photograph of Hathaway Browne with a message to Sam reading, "There is a man, a handsome man. As adventurous as he can be. And our friend Trader Sam, actually knows this man… it’s me".
In 2021, the crashed plane at the Magic Kingdom version of the attraction was given lettering reading "The Amazing Hathaway Browne".
- Hathaway's plane, "The Gipsy Moth" is named for the real life 1920s plane de Havilland DH.60 Moth. This name is controversial as it is named after a racial-slur directed at Romani people and used as an offensive pejorative term implying sneakiness or criminal activities. Ironically, the plane implied to be the moth was added into the Jungle Cruise amidst a refurbishment supposedly for removing racism from the attraction.
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit plays the part of Hathaway in the Epic Mickey: Tales of the Wasteland story "The Rubbish Cup", an homage to the Adventurers Club.