Vote of the week: Mickey Mouse ears, yes or no?
So, when you visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland, do you ever buy yourself a pair of these?
Mouseketeer ears might be the most well-known of all Disney theme park souvenirs. When Laurie and I made an impromptu roadtrip from Bloomington, Indiana to Orlando while in graduate school, we brought back mouseketeer ears for our friends to prove we'd really made the trip. (This was back in the day when embroidered names were free, so we made sure to have the ears personalized, too.)
And when Universal wanted to smack Disney with its then-new Jurassic Park ride, it included a pair of floating mouseketeer ears in the splashdown pool. With a dino-bite out of one ear, of course.
But not everyone loves the Mickey Mouse ears. Let's face it, it's not like a branded baseball or knit cap. If you're rocking the mouse ears, you're trying to draw attention to yourself in a way that "normal" hats never deliver.
So are you a mouse ears person, or not?
If you are, please tell us in the comments which of the many, many varieties of mouse ears (Kermit? Lightning McQueen? R2D2?) you prefer these days. Thank you, as always, for reading Theme Park Insider - and have a great weekend!
Sadly, I have a fat head so the darn ears don't fit properly. If I could wear them effectively, I'm sure I'd have a few pair.
I only wear it at DIsney Parks! Other than that, no.
Oh My God YES!
I only have traditional Mouse Ears ;). However, I have to admit the R2-D2 and Tower of Terror hats look awesome!
Stitch ears all the way.
We bought some gold ones on our first ever trip to Disneyland. They even stitched our names on them for free. We wore them the day we bought them... Which was the last day... But now they sit in our closets somewhere. They have the 50th anniversary stuff on them.
In a disney park yes, outside of them no, but I did once see somebody walk around USF proudly displaying mouseEars while wearing a USF t-shirt....
Yes, every member of the family has one. They're really getting creative with these and they're fun to wear in the parks!
I got a pair of mouse ears on my first visit to WDW, around 1973-74. I remember pulling them out of a closet some years later and thinking how flimsy and cheap they looked and felt. I don't know that I ever wore them, even at the park. The souvenir I remembered most from that first visit was a toy musket Mom and Dad bought for me at some shop in Liberty Square (?)
I currently own 3 pairs of Mickey Mouse ears, and they all have special meaning. The first set of ears that I got were the "Dream" ears with the flashing LEDs. I got them when my then-girlfriend came to visit me during my College Program. We wore them pretty much from the time we got them through the end of her stay, which was the majority of the time.
I like Disney hats, but the ears aren't for me. I've got nothing against them. I just prefer other kinds of hats.
Most definitely! I have too many to count between my husband and I. Most recently I bought all of the sports-themed ears and wear them to our local football, basketball and baseball games and I always get a great reaction from everyone.
I never owned Mickey Mouse ears in my lifetime, but I owned many t-shirts that I no longer keep up with. Now, I don't buy any souvenirs ever. Waste of money.
I have a black headband with sequined black minnie ears on them and a sparkly red bow. I wear them a lot when we go to Disney but sometimes they give me a headache because they're on a headband, so I'd really like to get a hat!
Yes, love the ears, but don't think I'd purchase anymore and the two pairs I own, I didn't actually buy in the first place!
My only non Mickey/Minnie are Piglet ears!
The mouse ears are only featured in USH on Jurassic Park - The Ride. At Islands of Adventure, the same figures are fighting over (I believe) a pop corn bag. There is however a pair of abused mouse ears at USF. Next time you experience Twister: Ride it out, look closely at the spinning tire of the car that has crashed through the roof of the second room of the attraction. There is a pair of mouse ears attached to the wheel. If you are having trouble seeing them, wait till the video starts in that room. The wheel stops spinning as the video begins making them easier to see.
No Mouse Ears, but I did buy a Grumpy Santa's Hat for Christmas last year.
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