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

We got some Made with Magic ears and light-up 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 as of late, and we have not had any luck locating them online either (but be sure to leave us a note in the comments if you find them.)

Made with Magic Ears and Wands at Disneyland - Light Up Ears

Mommy Frog recently dusted off her original Made with Magic ears that she got in 2013 (before I was even born!). She inserted new batteries, and we took the ears to a showing of World of Color to see what would happen. They still work! It was toadally fun to watch the ears light up in sync with the music and fountains. We watched the show from the standby area in front of The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure, and the ears worked all the way back there! The problem is that nobody wanted to actually wear the ears because we all wanted to see them light up and change colors with the show! Plus they aren't nearly as flattering as a tiara.

Once we found out that the ears worked, we found a friend with an old Mickey hand glove.  We got to watch the Mickey hand sync with our Mickey ears and interact with the Disneyland fireworks show. That was toadally fun!

Made with Magic Ears and Other Items

Made with Magic Ears and Wands at Disneyland - Ears at World of Color

For now, it seems you'd have to already own these items or find them used. We cannot seem to locate them in the parks and online. You can “glow with the show” during fireworks, World of Color and other nighttime experiences at Disneyland Resort with Made with Magic ears. The ears also work at nighttime at all Disney parks around the world. These are the interactive items you used to be able to buy:

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

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

  • Minnie Mouse Made with Magic Ear Headband — The pearlescent pink headband glows and interacts at show time.
  • 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.
  • A light-up Mickey hand glove (more fun than ears because you can watch it).

Even these older items that are no longer sold still work and interact with the shows, so definitely bring any old Made with Magic items with you. Our "vintage" ears worked great. You'll make everyone else toadally green with envy.

How to Use Made with Magic Items

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, 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! Unfortunately, we aren't seeing very many people with theses toys anymore.

You can put the ears in a color-changing demo mode when at home. They come with two AAA batteries, although our older pair has three AAA batteries.

The coolest part of these exciting toys, though, is that you can interact with the fireworks (we have not tried every show), 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! One time, 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 Ears and Wands at Disneyland - 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. In the future, you might want to use these guidelines for buying similar in-park souvenirs:

  • 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?

Be sure to store them in a safe place so you can bring the ears and wands back for future trips!

Made with Magic Ears and Wands at Disneyland - Mickey Ear Hats

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!

Related: Best Ways and Places to View Disneyland's World of Color


Keep hopping, Lily!
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Dec 21, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. David Says...

Does anyone know if these items interact with shows within the parks that are outside of the US? I’ve noticed Disney Sea has similar looking magic wands, but I’m uncertain if they utilize the same technology.

Dec 22, 2021 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

You'll need to make sure that the item has the "Made with Magic" technology. While "Made with Magic" items are created specifically in mind for certain experiences, all Made With Magic items will interact with experiences at Disney Parks around the world regardless of where the items were originally purchased.



Mar 30, 2021 at 6:12 p.m. Ace Rex Vidal Says...

Does The Light Up Mickey Ears Hat works with Paint The Night Parade at Disney California Adventure?

Mar 30, 2021 at 5:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We haven't seen them sold recently, but when the light up Mickey ear hat was sold previously, it DID work with paint the night! :)



Oct 21, 2020 at 9:12 p.m. Fer Says...

Does the app still work for changing he ears color? and if so, which is the app I have to install?

Oct 22, 2020 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fer!

No, the app isn't working with the ears currently, unfortunately. We'll keep you posted if this changes!



Dec 10, 2019 at 8:42 a.m. gil Says...

I still bring these back to the parks whenever I go. They still work for many things at the Disneyland Resort. I know that Fantasmic stopped working in Spring. Not sure if they reactivated it or not. It still works with World of Color, World of Color Holiday, Holiday Fireworks & projections, & I believe the Halloween Fireworks & projections as well. is a good resource for things to do with MWM items

Jul 20, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. Tamara Says...

Now that these items are no longer available, do you know whether they will continue to sync with the shows in the parks?

Jul 25, 2019 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi again, Tamara,

Even though the Disneyland cast members said the items might not work, your question got us "toadally" curious. I begged Mommy Frog to test out an old pair of Made with Magic ears at World of Color and we were so hopping excited when they interacted with the show! We can’t wait to test them out with the other nighttime shows. Thanks for inspiring fun for the Frog Family!



Jul 22, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tamara!

Since these have been discontinued for now, they unfortunately aren't guaranteed to sync with shows at this time. We're so sad to hear it!



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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