REVIEW, VIDEO & PHOTOS: “Glow with the Show” Mouse Ears Debut at Fantasmic! at WDW

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Last night, Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrated its 15th anniversary with the debut of “glow with the Show” Mouse Ears, an item that illuminates in different ways to interact with and become part of the show. These mouse ears first premiered at Disneyland Resort over a year ago and have been a mediocre success, selling few units while offering such an innovative concept. The hope in Florida is that tourists will be more open to the idea than the local crowd that visits the parks in Anaheim.

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I’m not sure if this will be a regular thing, but there was a cart out full of Glow with the Show ears in the very front of the park as soon as we entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios last night…

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One thing is certain: They are trying really hard to make sure gusts know what “Glow the Show” is and that they go home with them. Window displays in the park featured the items and there were plenty of carts and trucks on the way to the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater selling the ears.

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The ears themselves have been modified greatly from the ones you’ll find in California. The troublesome button on the outside of the ears was replaced with a switch on the inside, added cushioning makes the hat more comfortable and keeps it on, and new adjustable strap was a nice touch. Overall, they improved every issue I had with the ear hat in California.

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With tax, the hats are $25.00 still, a good value considering the price of your average ear hat at the parks.

As far as the usage of the ears in Fantasmic! last night, I was very pleased. I never felt like the technology was overused and when the effects were used, it really added something to the show. You can judge for yourself in our shorter highlight video or in our video of the ears through the full show:

As you can see, a fair amount of the crowd had Glow with the Show mouse ears. Now, the entire dining section of the amphitheater was given them for free, but I would estimate that 30-40% of the remaining crowd had purchased them. This is far beyond the response the ears have received at Disneyland, but probably still below the amount Disney would like.

It will be interesting to see as we move forward if guests embrace the technology here in Florida, especially when the ears debut at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday for Wishes! and Celebrate the Magic. Only time will tell.

So, what do you think? Are you going to buy these ears on your next trip?

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Zach
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Zach

I think the ears look great! I'll defiantly be buying a pair my next trip to add to my ear collection!

Bo
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Bo

We will be there Nov 30 and we will be buying three pair. Can't wait! Love checking http://www.wdwnt.com everyday for the latest on Disney.

adam
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adam

I don't think they should be $25. That's probably why it's not that popular at DL.

Philip
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Philip

Can you use them at multiple shoes? Or so you have to buy a different pair if you plan on doing it at "wishes" as well? Sounds like a pretty great value if you can use it multiple times at multiple parks!

Tom
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Tom

They look pretty cool, looking forward to picking up a hat or two next time….

Damaris
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Damaris

I love it!! How long are they going to have it?

Linda - Agent with D
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Linda - Agent with D

I think this is just the next step in Mickey's Magic! I can't wait to experience it. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful footage and pictures!

jasondiff
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jasondiff

One pair will work across WDW.