Mickey Ears Anyone?

Customized Mickey Mouse Ears. Photo by Gene Duncan/Disney.

How do you do your Mickey Ears?  Do you bring the same pair every visit?  Buy new ears every time?  I have a confession.  One that may get me kicked off this site.  I don’t own a pair of Mickey Ears.  My first trip to Disney was in my late 20’s and I was too cool for Mickey Ears.  After that all my trips have been with my family, so we concentrated on ears for the kids.   Now that Disney is firmly implanted in my blood, I may have to break down and get a pair.

There are several headgear options at Disney World.  I’ve seen “traditional” hats with every theme imaginable, including Goofy Ears and Chip and Dale heads.   There are Mickey Ear hats for weddings, birthdays, holidays and more.  Lately the big trend has been headband type Mickey Ears.  I suppose this is to convince people like me that its OK to act like a kid in Disney World!  The headbands still have the Mickey Ears, but are adorned with different themes.  Some are have wedding veils, some light up.  The list goes on, and if I know Disney they are coming up with new ears every 5 minutes.

The path we have taken with our oldest son is to do custom ears.  In the Magic Kingdom,  as you enter you will see Le Chapeau at the entrance to Main Street Shoppes.  Here is where you can create custom Mickey Ears for a pretty reasonable price, including embroidery.  Here is how it works:

  1. Pick a blank Mickey hat, without ears.  There is a kiosk in the middle of the store with patches of every size.  Select the patches to put on your hat.  Many are of the Disney characters and some are “First Visit” or “Honeymooners”, etc.   You will also find some of the current Pixar characters.
  2. Once  you have selected your patches, remove the sticker backing and place how you would like them on your hat.
  3. Now for the Ears!  Here you have two options.  You can buy blank ears and customize with a patch of your choice on each ear.  There are also ears already done up with images you can coordinate with your hat base.
  4. Bring all your pieces to the cash register.  Here is where you decide on embroidery and hand the hat base over. After you’ve paid follow your hat into the next room.  Hold onto your Ears!
  5. Cast Members will heat the patches to adhere the glue to your hat base.  If you’ve decided on embroidery, it’s also done here.
  6. Collect your finished hat, snap on the ears and enjoy your custom Mickey Ears.

TIP:  To save money, bring your hat base back every trip and buy new ears!

How do you do YOUR Ears in Disney?

Mickey Ears from Le Chapeau
Our Custom Mickey Ears from Le Chapeau


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7 thoughts on “Mickey Ears Anyone?

  1. My son & daughter both have a couple. I have a question….I see the stitch ears in the photo above. When were those out? We have looked for stitch ears the past couple years for my son….never knew they had them. (Stitch is my son’s favorite)

  2. Oh no! You have got to be kidding me! I had another writer check last week, that the store was still there since it was being renovated in the Spring. I didn’t even think to ask her to go inside! Boo:( Thanks for the info!

  3. Just visited WDW early part of Sept. to make a custom hat at the Le Chapeau like we have done for the past 3 years only to find they have discontinued the custom hats! We were so disappointed you can still have them embroiderd but no longer have the pick your own patches, hat base or ears! We were told by a Cast member in the hat store in Hollywood Studios that the Making Memmories store in Downtown Disney had them though! But to our further disappointment that was incorrect! So they have done away with it all together 🙁

  4. I believe I have two sets of ears. One is bat Mickey ears from Halloween and one is vinylmation ears. I am debating bring my Halloween ears for MNSSHP this year but that means I will probably have to wear them on the plane to keep them nice. My husband only owns one pair of ears which are Cinco De Mayo which also happens to be his birthday.

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