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Video: Disney explains technology behind Glow with the Show ears

World of Color Alice sequence

Disney has released a new video that explains how the Glow with the Show ears that were recently launched at the Disneyland Resort are synchronized with live shows.

The ears went on sale at Disney California Adventure in June, and are designed to add an extra dimension to performances of the park's most popular entertainment offerings. The ears literally "Glow with the Show", lighting up in time with key moments during World of Color and other crowd favorites.

In the video, embedded below, Principal Technical Director for World of Color Chuck Davis explains how the ears operate. Commands are sent to the ears via infrared, with the show's viewing area being divided into 40 distinct zones. Each of these zones is able to receive unique commands, while the individual ears are also addressable via their serial number.

The ears can be purchased from several retail outlets at Disney California Adventure including Los Feliz Five & Dime, Seaside Souvenirs and Off the Page, for $25 per pair. They are expected to be rolled out more widely across Disney's parks in the US and beyond.

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