For weeks, Disney California Adventure park guests have marveled at the new “Glow With the Show” Ears, which magically interact with “World of Color,” Mad T Party and other areas of the park. The technology behind the ears has been a mystery, until now! Disney Creative Entertainment Technical Director, Chuck Davis, gives us an insider's look at some of the technology and magic behind the new "Glow with the Show" Mickey ears at Disney California Adventure Park. ~ Erin Glover - Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort
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Shine with the Show
Become part of the show like never before with the new Made with Magic Connected Ear Hats! These technologically advanced accessories light-up at key moments in various colors throughout a variety of popular Disney nighttime spectaculars such as Fireworks at the Disneyland Resort and World of Color. Simply open the Shop Disney Parks app to the Magic Events tab during a Made with Magic event and delight as your ears and the app shine along with the songs.
Get your glow on with dazzlingly new Made with Magic 3.0: Connected Ear Hats—available for purchase on the Shop Disney Parks app or web store.
The glow must go on! Guests can now use Bluetooth functionality and the in-app Color Remote from the Shop Disney Parks app to adjust the colors and speed of the strobe on their Made with Magic: 3.0 Connected Ear Hats, as well as others.
Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom park
Once Upon A Time at Magic Kingdom park
Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park
Select concerts at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot
World Showcase at Epcot
Stroll along World Showcase promenade and watch with wonder as your Made with Magic items light up with the colors of each country’s flag.
Discover innovative ways to shine and shimmer during favorite Disney nighttime experiences. Choose from 5 Made with Magic items, including:
3.0 Connected Ear Hat – Glow with the flow with this new hat that lights up and interacts with select Disney in-park and home entertainment experiences. With Bluetooth functionality and the in-app Color Remote from Shop Disney Parks, you can adjust the colors and speed of the strobe!
Minnie Mouse Headband – With this adorable, pearlescent pink accessory, you’ll shine a different light on the showtime fun!
Sorcerer Mickey Wand – More than a mere stick, this magical wand lets you change the color patterns of your other Made with Magic items with a wave of your hand. Wield the magical power of Mickey Mouse—just like in Fantasia—and weave a masterpiece of mesmerizing color.
Rivers of Light Totem Glow Wand – Inspired by Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, this Made with Magic item features 4 animals that light up in sync with select Disney shows. It can also be used to change the color patterns of other Made with Magic products.
Texas Instruments MSP430G2553 microcontroller
Single-sided flexible PCB
Six IO pins on the microcontroller
Vishay TSMP6000 IR receiver
Made with Magic 3.0 Connected Ear Hats
Universal's Cinematic Celebration
Rivers of Light
The Little Mermaid
Pirates of the Caribbean
World of Color
Celebrate the Magic