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PHOTOS: EPCOT Sea Creatures Celebrate 50 Years of Walt Disney World With 3D-Printed Ear Hats

Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Disney Parks’ Animals, Science & Environment, has shared some new photos of urchins and a shark celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

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Dr. Penning writes:

“Hats off” to our aquarists at The Seas with Nemo & Friends, who created 3D-printed Mickey ears to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

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Sea urchins naturally pick up objects for decoration or camouflage, and once the hats were in their environment, they decided to put them on.

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Ranger the epaulette shark got in on the fun, too!

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  1. I just saw the urchins in their Mickey hats on Wednesday! A cast member approached us and told us all about them after she saw our excitement. It took them about a year to come up with the right size and weight for the hats to be just right. It’s cool that’s it’s a natural habit for them to decorate themselves and Disney just makes it more fun! They are also in the process of creating holiday/seasonal hats for them as well. So cool! Definitely a new favorite hidden Mickey object to spot!

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