Florida Planning Part 3 - Its all about the Ears!

The official Disney ears perfectly complemented by a Minnie Mouse cupcake!
Our trip to Florida and Walt Disney World later this year has me excited for many things but none more so than planning my outfits and accessories. For me the ultimate Disney accessory has to be a pair of Minnie ears and the prettier they are the better. I remember the very first pair I had when I went to Florida in 1993, there was only one option back then and they were made of hard shiny plastic with a red dotty cotton bow in the middle. They were on a plastic head band that had 'teeth' along the inside of the band so it would grip and stay on your head. The ruddy things pinched and hurt like crazy and by the end of the day I had a major headache but I LOVED wearing them.

Fast forward to 2017 and the planning for our trip to Disneyland California, the search for new ears was on! From my research I knew that there were would be a lot more choice on offer in the parks than there was in '93 and I knew that I wanted a pair of official Disney ears but I also wanted something a little more special and unique that only I would have. Of course for this kind of thing the best place to look is Etsy and after a couple of quick searches I had thousands of pairs of ears in front of me to choose from. I was blown away by what was on offer, there are some very talented and creative people out there. Whatever style, colourway, fabric or even character you like there are ears for you. I eventually choose a pair from the Made for Mouse shop, they are made from a pale denim type fabric with a white star design printed on it with a red sparkly bow in the centre and red/clear gemstones around the edge of each ear. Nicki was an absolute dream to work with and I was really impressed with my ears when they arrived, they looked so much nicer in real life than they did in the pictures she sent me. Because these ears are on a thin band they are so light, comfortable and very easy to wear all day long (just remember to take them off before you go on rides like BTM or Splash Mountain!).
So with Florida booked for 2018 it was time to get looking again, a three week trip means that I am going to need several pairs of new ears right? The searching began and pretty soon I found some new people to follow on Instagram/Twitter and Etsy. As soon as I saw the ears below I knew I had to have them, they are so pretty and unique, they are the Four Parks ears and they came from Hannah Marie Magic. They are double sided and each ear has a design that features a different park, hence the 4 parks name. One has fabric to represent Spaceship Earth in Epcot and its opposite side has Cinderella's castle on. On the reverse the ears have the Tree of Life for Animal Kingdom and the Hollywood Studios Mickey water tower. They are super sparkly and I love that they have a bow on each side making them look super pretty from the front and the back. I think I am going to make these the ears I wear on our first day in the parks.
The second pair I got were again from Made for Mouse and I bought these to wear on the night we go to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. The original pair on Nicki's page had more green to them so I asked if I could swap that out for red and Nicki was more than happy to oblige. The centre of the bow even has a little Mickey shaped candy cane wreath!! I am so looking forward to wearing these, a Christmas themed Disney party and parade complete with free hot chocolate and cookies is like my idea of heaven!
The most recent pair of I ears I got came from a shop called Chasing Childhood who I first found on Twitter. I was immediately taken with the designs as they are quite different to the usual round ear style that is more commonly available. The original pair I picked had a tiara/crown in the centre instead of a bow and as much as I loved it I was a little worried it may be a bit too much for me. The shop owner said she could change this and after discussing several different options we went for a bow in the same silver sequin fabric as the ears. Karina said she would add some more gemstones and sparkles to make them extra special totally unique to me which I was more than happy for her to do. I was so excited when she sent me a message to say they had shipped, and as I hadn't seen the finished product I couldn't wait to receive them. They arrived super fast and oh my word they are gorgeous and so very me!! I know exactly what I am going to wear these with and I cant wait to have my photo taken in front of the castle wearing them. I may be 50 something but you are never to old to be a Princess right??

Honestly if you are heading to any of the Disney parks and you are looking for some custom made ears you should definitely check out the Etsy shops I have mentioned. Not only are the ladies super talented they are also really helpful in getting you exactly the kind of design that you want. I am not supposed to be buying anymore ears before we go away but I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one more pair may be heading my way before we go - watch this space!!

As always thanks for stopping by and reading.

Love and hugs, Jane x


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