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Disney World debuts Glow with the Show interactive Mickey Ear hats; first look at the 2013 Disney holiday festivities


Glow with the Show interactive Mickey Ear hats

Guests of the Walt Disney World will light the night thanks to new Glow with the Show Ear hats that magically change colors in sync with fireworks, shows, and each other at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Fun, interactive light-up versions of the famous Mickey Ear hats debuted on Oct. 15 during the 15th anniversary of Fantasmic!, the nighttime spectacular presented inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.
Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.

These magical Ear hats glow in myriad colors, commanded with the latest technology to complement the imagery and beat of the fireworks and spectaculars. When not activated by these experiences, more surprises are in store for participants as the magical ears glow with other ears and settings around the resort.

“Technology allows the Ear hats to dance and play along with each musical and illuminated sequence. They truly bring the show’s environment out of the lagoon and the sky, and into the audience in an amazing and dazzling new way, making our guests truly Glow With the Show,” said Dara Trujillo, manager of merchandise marketing, communication, synergy and integration, Walt Disney World Resort.

And beginning Oct. 19, guests will be able to experience Celebrate the Magic, the nighttime projection show at Cinderella Castle and the Wishes fireworks extravaganza at Magic Kingdom with the new Glow with the Show Ear hats. And during the holiday season guests can don their hats and “glow” with Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and at Holiday Wishes fireworks display at Magic Kingdom.

Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.
Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.
Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.
Glow with the Show at Walt Disney World.

Each set of Glow with the Show Ear hats is available for $25 at select locations throughout the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

For more than 55 years, the classic, black Mickey Mouse Ear hat has been a Disney Parks favorite and signature souvenir item. Across the decades, there have been more than 200 different ear hats including limited and novelty editions. The new Glow with the Show Ear hats made their debut at Disney California Adventure in 2012 at World of Color.


First look: 2013 holiday season at Walt Disney World

Disney elves blend yuletide traditions and Christmas cheer to create a wintry wonderland ready for holiday revelers at Walt Disney World as early as November 8.

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will have 19 magical nights from November 8 – December 20. For a quarter century, Walt Disney World guests have been mesmerized by this must-see event, a grandly festive tradition immersing families in the holiday spirit. Dates for 2013:

Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22

Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Beginning at 7:00pm (after regular park hours), guests with special event tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can enjoy all the holiday splendor with lively stage shows, spectacular fireworks, a unique holiday parade and favorite holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Guests can enjoy new experiences and attractions at New Fantasyland.

The holiday season at Walt Disney World.
The holiday season at Walt Disney World.

NOTE: this is a hard ticket special event after regular park hours; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Entertainment, Fireworks and More: Santa’s elves have transformed the Magic Kingdom into a winter wonderland with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. The fun includes the Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season nighttime fireworks spectacular, plus live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays.

Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle: Cinderella Castle transforms into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays — thanks to a special effects spectacle bathing the castle in 200,000 shimmering white lights. Magic Kingdom guests are treated nightly to the dramatic castle celebration and stage show.


Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering at Epcot that combines seasonal music with the poignant reading of The Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir performing seasonal melodies, and a 50-piece live orchestra nightly November 29 – December 30, at 5:00, 6:45, and 8:15pm at America Gardens Theater stage on select nights. (Show times on December 8 are 6:45 and 8:15pm only).

Whoopi Goldberg and Ashley Judd highlight the list of narrators this season:

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 – Gary Sinise
Dec. 2-3 – Neil Patrick Harris
Dec. 4-5 – Ashley Judd
Dec. 6-7 – Whoopi Goldberg
Dec. 8-10 – Sigourney Weaver
Dec. 11-13 – Dennis Haysbert
Dec. 14-16 – James Denton
Dec. 17-19 – Edward James Olmos
Dec. 20-22 – Trace Adkins
Dec. 23-25 – TBA
Dec. 26-28 – Blair Underwood
Dec. 29-30 – Amy Grant

Guests can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package, which combines lunch or dinner at select Epcot restaurants with guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Holidays Around the World: Guests become immersed in the festivities, as they experience a celebration of the holidays from the various countries throughout World Showcase. The merriment continues with meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” laser, light, fireworks display capped with a seasonal finale.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall.

The holiday season at Walt Disney World.
The holiday season at Walt Disney World.

The rich tradition takes place on the Streets of America, dazzling guests from Nov. 8, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Celebrate safari style as Disney’s Animal Kingdom is wilder than ever this winter season. Mickey and his pals rejoice in traditional holiday music with a world beat twist during the daily Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014.

Downtown Disney

Get all your holiday shopping done at Downtown Disney during Festival of the Seasons. From Harley Davidson to gigantic toy stores like Once Upon A Toy, there’s something for just about every style and budget. The shopping mecca is draped with yuletide cheer from Nov. 15 – Dec. 29 featuring live entertainment, holiday carolers, a lively street party, plus photo ops with Santa and Santa Goofy.

Walt Disney World hotels

The resorts are dressed up for the holidays with festive décor, gingerbread houses and more. And guests can experience even more magic this season with great pricing. For as little as $74 per person, per day, guests can enjoy a 6-night, 7-day vacation package with room and tickets valid at all four theme parks. Visit, for booking information. Rates are based on availability. Total package price $2,051.

*Sample package quoted is for a family of four – two adults, one junior and one child — in a standard room at a Disney All-Star Resort for stays most nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 12 (excludes Nov. 23-29, 2013). Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.

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Roberta Geronzi
Roberta Geronzi
October 17, 2013 6:16 pm


Debbie Woodward
Debbie Woodward
October 17, 2013 6:25 pm

Any idea when they’re likely to be testing the Osbourne lights at HS please?
October 17, 2013 7:42 pm

Debbie Woodward – I don’t know Disney as well as Universal, so this isn’t information I readily have. However, the event starts November 8, so wouldn’t it be a few days before then – maybe November 3 or 4. That’s my guess.

Moira Bianchi
Moira Bianchi
October 18, 2013 6:38 pm

Anna Katharine Lamellas, glowing ears!

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