Enjoying Light-Up Fun with Made With Magic Ears and Wands at Disneyland

We got some Made with Magic light-up ears and toys at Disneyland Park several years ago and are still having fun playing with them even though you don’t see them in the parks much anymore! The Made With Magic ears, headbands and wands can help you and your tadpoles interact with nighttime entertainment and other Made with Magic items in the park. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase these items in the park lately, but you can still find the Made with Magic ears and Magic Wand online.

Made with Magic - Kiosk

Made with Magic Ears and Other Items

You can “glow with the show” during fireworks and other nighttime experiences at Disneyland Resort and nighttime at all Disney parks around the world with Made with Magic Ears. There are two items you can buy:

  • Mickey Ear 3.0 Hat — The Connected Ear Hats glows and blinks in sync with nighttime experiences in the park
  • Sorcerer Mickey Made with Magic Wand — You can use this magical want to change the color patterns of other Made with Magic items with a flick of the wrist

Made with Magic items no longer available include:

  • Minnie Mouse Made with Magic Ear Headband — The pearlescent pink headband glows and interacts at show time, but it is listed online as SOLD OUT.
  • Magic Paintbrush – like the Magic Wand, the brush is used to change colors of other Made with Magic items. It interacts with the Paint the Night parade and may only be available inside parks that are currently hosting Paint the Night.

Where to Buy Made with Magic Ears and Wands

As of Spring 2019, we could not find any Made with Magic accessories at locations at the Disneyland Resort, and cast members did not know if these items would be returning or not. The Mickey Ear 3.0 Hat and Sorcerer Mickey Made with Magic Wand are available online at:

  • Shop Disney Parks Website
  • Shop Disney Parks App

How to Use Made with Magic Items

You used to be able to use the Shop Disney Parks app to adjust the colors and strobe speed on the Mickey Ear 3.0 Hat with Color Remote, but that no longer seems to be a feature in the app. If it were working, you would open the app, select Magic Events and go! To use your Sorcerer Mickey Wand to change the color of other items, you’ll choose a color you want and then point your wand at the Mickey ears or light-up Minnie Mouse Bow or magic wand, and then push another button to change their color to the one you choose. You can have a duel with someone else’s wand or paintbrush. You really have to watch those cast members because they are so fast and tricky at changing your wand color before you even see them!

You can put the ears in a color-changing demo mode when at home. They come with 2 AAA batteries.

The coolest part of these exciting new toys though is that you can interact with the fireworks, Fantasmic! and World of Color. When Paint the Night was running, we loved using our magic paintbrush during the parade. When we were watching the parade for the first time, a pink fairy came over to me with her wand and turned my paintbrush pink! You can see the pink fairy near the beginning of Tad’s video! When Lightning McQueen drove by, my wand turned red. Tad and I even changed the costume colors of some parade dancers! Oh how I miss that fun nighttime parade.

I am not sure how it works — it sure seems magical to me! I saw a girl looking at her new Minnie Mouse bow. I changed its color without her seeing me and she was so surprised. She had no idea how that happened. I laughed and laughed. It’s enough to make you hop around with excitement!

Not only is it toadally fun to control colors around the park, but it is also fun to watch people use their wands. Even when adults had them, they got so excited when they changed another person’s Mickey ear color. It's kind of like a game of tag.

Tad and I had fun dueling against each other all night when we first got them. At first, Mommy Frog did not want to spend the money on them because they are a little pricey. But once she tried them she had so much fun playing with them, too! The only down side, after the price, is that they don’t come with any instructions. Talk to cast members to find out what these toys can do and experiment with them. Maybe you will discover a new way that they work! And if you do, please share it with us so others can try it.

Made with Magic - Basket of Wands

There are some downsides to the Made With Magic paintbrushes and wands. These toys are great fun in the park, but once you get them home, there is not a lot you can do with them unless your family has two. If you have two, then you can duel or change the colors of the ears when you miss Disneyland. If you are deciding whether you really need this best new toy at Disneyland, here are some guidelines:

  • Will you be able to use it multiple nights in the park?
  • Can you buy multiple items for your family?
  • Are you able to aim and push buttons?

If you are going to buy Made with Magic ears and the magic wands, get them before your trip so you can use them multiple times. If you buy two, then you can duel even when you go home. If you are buying for a little one, make sure they can control it. If they are little or have a hard time with the buttons, they will get frustrated. Be sure to bring the ears and wands back for future trips!

Made with Magic - Ears

These items are good for kids, teens and adults. The ears are adult-size. Most toddlers would be happier with a lit-up balloon or easier light-up toy, but I was fine since I have a big brother to help me. The light-up bubble blowers are also super fun and great for preschoolers. Or you could just buy some Made with Magic Mickey ears to become part of the show. See, there is a souvenir for everyone at Disneyland’s nighttime celebrations.

Related: Our Best Viewing Tips for Paint the Night Parade

Do you have Made with Magic merch? What's your favorite part? Any tips for newbies? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!


Keep hopping, Lily!
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Apr 1, 2016 at 2:22 p.m. Aubrey Says...

Cost savings tip: Disney Store online sells the made with magic items and so does Shop Disney Parks app. The best part is you can use discount codes! I bought Made with Magic Ears when Disney Sore ran a 30% off Park items. It's a nice way to save a few bucks!

Oct 12, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

I have a question: Will this parade be permanent? If it's not, will it still be running by January of 2016? Thanks so much.

Oct 14, 2015 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

This parade is not permanent, but will still be running in January 2016.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 7, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. Clew Says...

What's the trick to choosing what color to change it to?

Jul 8, 2015 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Clew,

There are two buttons. One button cycles through the colors and you push it again when the color you want is shown. The other button is for changing other objects to your selected color. Any cast member where they sell them can help you figure it out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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