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If Disney piled all its themed merchandise in one place, it would likely reach to infinity - and beyond. You see it everywhere: at the parks, online, in your neighbor's house. And you're tempted, sorely tempted, to make it yours: not always because you need it but because it came from Disney. For many people, that means irresistible. But fight the urge, just for a moment, until you've read what Jessica Clawson thinks about that irresistible piece of Disneyana. Chances are, she has already succumbed to the urge - and now, temporarily recovered, wants to tell you whether it was worth it.

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FROM: It Came from Disney! Published Tuesdays

40th Anniversary Mickey Ears: The Results

Jessica most looked forward to buying one wearable souvenir on her recent trip to Disney World: the 40th Anniversary Mouse Ears hat. The Mouse (like the Force, but without a dark side) was with her and she scored her prize.

The product from Walt Disney World that I was most excited to get and review was a new set of ears - Mickey Ears, of course!

In the shape of your usual pair of Mickey ears, it has the traditional black ears and trim on the hat itself, where you see the 40th anniversary badge and patch. The badge is glued to the hat, not pinned like I originally thought.

On the back of the hat should be another badge that says "Epcot Center", but sadly the hat I purchased didn't have it, making me wonder how well these are attached to the hats. This was not the only hat that I saw with those badges missing.

The pictures covering the hat are everything from merchandise and photos to actual signage used at Walt Disney World in the last 40 years. I love looking at the hat and seeing what is on it. I'm still finding new things! There is a chin strap as well, a new feature that seems to be on all of the hats.

If you are planning on purchasing Mickey ears on your trip this year, I would highly recommend this pair - just make sure the one you buy has both of the badges on it!

One quick note related to this topic:

As I was walking around the stores, especially the Chapeau store in Magic Kingdom, I noticed that they have done away with the create-your-own Mickey Ears. Now the shelves are filled with put-together hats and people can no longer choose what kind of ears they want on them.

I'm not sure why the create-your-own option. I thought it was actually quite popular, especially among the little ones.