It’s not a complete first trip to Disney without picking up your very own Mickey Mouse Ears Hat with your name embroidered in gold on the back. It’s a rite of passage beginning with their history in the 1950’s as the signature look for a Mouseketeer, to today where variations light up with evening spectaculars, we’ll take a deeper look at our favorite Disney souvenir, the Mickey Mouse Ears Hat. (Sorry friends, a look a Minnie Mouse Headbands is coming later.)
Mickey Mouse Ears History
Beginning in the 1950’s with the Mickey Mouse Club, the first Mouseketeers to wear these hats throughout the show and they quickly became something that Disney fans everywhere dreamed about wearing. The original concept was actually inspired by Mouseketeer, Roy Williams, who was inspired when he saw Mickey tip his ears to Minnie in the 1929 short The Karnival Kid. The first version was crafted from felt with two large plastic ears and has evolved over time to take various themes and designs that are sold all over Disney properties today.
Where to Buy Mickey Mouse Ears
There are a number of places to buy Mickey Mouse Ears, both official (and unofficial which are not covered in this post.) Here’s a quick rundown of where you can find them inside and outside the parks.
1. Online: shopDisney
Hands down the single best place to get Disney merchandise, including items from the parks. They keep a regular array of Mickey Mouse Ear Hats (and headbands) available.
2. Disneyland: The Mad Hatter on Main Street, U.S.A
Head into Disneyland Park in style with a stop at this Main Street, U.S.A. shop. It’s filled to the brim with so many caps and on-site personalization on a pair of Mickey Ears.
3. Disneyland: The Mad Hatter in Fantasyland
Top off a whimsical trip through Fantasyland by taking your pick from all kinds of Disney-themed headwear and a full array of Mickey Mouse Ears.
4. Walt Disney World: Chapel Hats in Disney Springs
Tip your cap to the fashionable chaps at Chapel Hats, who specialize in and carry just about every kind of headwear you can possibly imagine.
5. Disneyland Paris: ABC Shopping on Main Street, U.S.A
Head into Disneyland Park in style with a stop at this Main Street, U.S.A. shop. It’s filled to the brim with so many caps, you’re sure to find the perfect Mickey Mouse Ears Hat.
6. Disneyland Hong Kong: Merlin’s Treasures in Fantasyland
Find all kinds of treasures inside the walls of this quaint cottage—tucked into the coziest corner of Fantasyland.
7.Disney Resort Shanghai: Mickey & Minnie’s Mercantile in Fantasyland
It’s the only location in all of Shanghai Disneyland where you can find Mickey Mouse ear hats featuring your name in embroidered in English or Chinese—available for the very first time in any Disney theme park!
Amazing Ways to Display Your Mickey Mouse Ear Hats
If you are an ear collector, like the crew at Disney Adulting, you want to show off your collection with some crafty displays. We caution that the preservation of these collectibles should be considered so if you want to retain their value make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight (color will fade from the felt) and keep a dust cover or box on them. Apart from that, here are a few ways that people are showing off their ears:
Top 10 Mickey Mouse Ears Hats (Our Favorites)
There are so many variations of Mickey Mouse Ears that we can’t possibly list (or collect) them all. However, in the spirit of our favorite souvenir, here’s a list of our top 10 collectible hats from over the years. (And for some, where you can buy yours right now.)
1. The Original Mouseketeers Hat
We can’t help but list this one first. It’s the original and, in our opinion, the best look for the Mickey Mouse Ears Hats in all of history.
2. Club 33 Mickey Mouse Ears Hat
There’s only one place to buy this hat, you guessed it, inside the elusive Club 33. A top collectible for rare Disney items, it’s royal blue and Club 33 embroidery make this hat a sight to behold.
3. Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Sequined Ears
Designed for Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, these bling-bling ears are second to only the Swarovski Minnie Headband that was released as part of the 60th Anniversary merchandise.
4. Chip N’ Dale Mickey Ears Hat
They’re just a couple of crazy rascals out to have some fun, but you can bet our two-sided Chip ‘n’ Dale ear hat will have Donald on the run! Don’t make too much mischief while wearing this nutty chipmunk topper.
5. Minnie Mouse Ear Hat with Silver Polka Dots
Forever hold your banner high in Minnie’s Mouseketeer ear hat with sparkling silver polka-dots and a red sequined bow. Why? Because she likes you! Buy Online
6. Hollywood Tower of Terror Mickey Ears Hat
Turn any elevator upside down with this Hollywood Tower Hotel ear hat direct from the Disney Parks Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.
7. Lion King Simba Mickey Mouse Ears
This hat roared it’s way into as a salute to “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2011 and was difficult to find since it was only sold in that specific park.
8. Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
Created to celebrate the Haunted Mansion’s 40th Anniversary, this hat came with its own collectible box, pin, and Vinylmation figure.
9. Pinocchio Mickey Mouse Ears Hat
Give a little whistle for this charming Pinocchio Ears Hat. Features Pinocchio accompanied by his Official Conscience, Jiminy Cricket on his ears.
10. Bride & Groom Mickey & Minnie Mouse Ear Hats
Okay, so this is technically “two” hats, but we have to mention them in this list. Who doesn’t find the newly engaged, married, or anniversary celebrating couples strolling around in these adorable hats? We always share a “congrats” with them! Buy the Groom here and the Bride here.
And honorable mention…
The Classic Mickey Mouse Ears Hat
Disneyland Version (Personalize & Purchase Online)
Walt Disney World Version (Personalize & Purchase Online)
Do you have a pair of Mickey Mouse ears?
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