Glow with the Show ears are coming to Walt Disney World
Written by Robert Niles
Disney announced today that's it is bringing its light-up "Glow with the Show" Mickey ears to the Walt Disney World Resort. The ears debuted at the Disneyland Resort in 2012, and since then Disney's brought them to Tokyo Disney and Disneyland Paris.Tweet
If you bought a pair of the ears at Disneyland, they will work at Walt Disney World once Disney starts running "Glow"-activated shows this fall. Disney World is starting with Fantasmic! on October 15, then will add the light-up ears to the Wishes fireworks and Celebrate the Magic shows at the Magic Kingdom on October 19. The ears also will become part of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights show at Disney's Hollywood Studios when it returns later in the fall.
From reports on Twitter and Facebook, it appears that the Glow with the Show ears are most popular in Tokyo, which probably shouldn't be a surprise given Tokyo fans' enthusiasm for of Disney merchandise (they love Duffy!) and embrace of gadgetry. We've written before about the Prisoner's Dilemma problem with Glow with the Show -- the visual effect of seeing all those ears lighting up works only if other people buy the ears. But buying the ears for yourself doesn't improve your view of the show, unless you're satisfied with knowing that you've contributed to the greater entertainment good. Disneyland did offer some special events for annual passholders where it gave away ears, and provided special reserved viewing areas to participating shows for ear owners, to boost the number of people wearing the light-up ears in the parks. Disney World has not announced any such events in Florida, but who knows?
If you're interested in the technology behind Glow with the Show, here's a Disney video on that topic, with Creative Entertainment Technical Director, Chuck Davis:
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