Glow with the Show ears illuminate the Mad T Party in time with the White Rabbit DJ’s beats at the Disneyland Resort

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When Disneyland debuted the new Glow with the Show Mickey Mouse ear hats Thursday night during a special performance of World of Color, it surprised those in attendance (and those later watching online) by perfectly synchronizing the colors and timing of each hat’s illumination with the scenes of the night performance. But the Glow with the Show ears are designed to extend beyond Paradise Pier.

Last night, taking the new high-tech ear hats into the Mad T Party revealed another of their talents, lighting up to the beat of the music played by the party’s White Rabbit DJ. Stage lighting is mirrored by the ears, shifting colors and flashing along with each song, sometimes slowly fading in and out other times blinking rapidly to a fast drum beat.

Video: Glow with the Show ears at the Mad T Party

Glow with the Show ears are for sale in various Disney California Adventure stores for $23.50. When not actively glowing during World of Color or Mad T Party, they will fade between a variety of colors, though they also seem to interact with other areas of the park, such as turning shades of orange and yellow in Cars Land, presumably to match the Cozy Cone Motel.

The new Mouse ears are only a day old and during last night’s World of Color performances, very few audience members were wearing them, a far stretch from the hundreds of media and invited guests who received them the night before. But Cast Members throughout the area were sporting the glowing ears, not-so-subtly encouraging guests to get their own. Only a couple were spotted at the Mad T Party as well. But over time, with the tremendous number of locals that frequent the Disneyland Resort, these ears should begin to appear more and more at the nighttime happenings, not only featuring a rainbow of entertainment in each performance, but also among audiences.


  1. Jeff Lynch

    Ricky —

    Can you please do an article about how these ears work?

    I don’t understand how they are able to keep in time with the music and the colors.

    Do they pick up a radio signal or something?

    It would be great if you could breakdown the technology on this for people like me who have a hard time understanding it.

    Thank you!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I asked Disneyland but haven’t received an answer yet. I’m guessing they are RFID-based with transmitters/repeaters throughout the areas that trigger different patterns, colors, and effects.

  2. Dustin

    I am going in 9 days and the first thing I will buy in the park is a pair of these, they are soooooooo awesome,

    1. Jeff Lynch

      Dustin —

      Can you please write back on here how they work when you buy some? I just don’t get how they keep time with the show!

  3. Jacob

    I heard they have a small RFID tag that picks up on signals emitted from repeaters placed around the park. I don’t know if thats true or not, but I do know one thing for sure- these are awesome!!

  4. Sean

    I think the technology is similar to the glow bands they used at that Coldplay concert. Go to They’re radio-controlled by a transmitters hooked up to a computer.

  5. mike

    can someone tell me where i can buy those ears DJ glow wears, the white rabbit ears that light up.

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