Glow with the Show ears

In this week's poll, we ask you to weigh up the pros and cons of Disney's new "Glow with the Show" ears.

For those theme park fans who haven't yet come across the "Glow with the Show" concept, here's a quick summary. The Disneyland Resort is now enabling guests to purchase and wear special "Glow with the Show" ears, which light up in time with key moments during performances of the popular nightly World of Color and Fantasmic! shows. The ears cost $25 per pair and are available from retail outlets across Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

The ingenious ears make use of a slightly retro technology to create a futuristic effect. Infrared commands are sent to them, causing them to light up during key moments of the shows and enabling guests to "participate" in the performance.

For some Disney fans, this will be too tempting to resist. Little (and grown-up) princesses surely won't be able to manage without having their own pair. You can hear the sweet voices now resonating around the park: "Daddy, can I have a pair of 'Glow with the Show' ears? Please daddy purleeeeease". Even for adults, the ears will be reusable and will add an extra touch of magic when watching the show.

On the other hand, is this just another cynical way for Disney to entice guests into spending more of their hard-earned cash? A family of 4 will be looking at splurging an extra $100 in order for everyone to "Glow with the Show" - a fairly hefty expense on top of the price of admission.

And do the ears add to, or detract from, the shows themselves? Is the constant glowing off-putting for those who haven't purchased them, or a striking visual spectacle?

One final thought: how long before someone buys a cheap infrared transmitter, figures out the command codes and begins self-conducting their own impromptu "Glow with the Show" performances at Disney parks? I'm sure the hackers out there are already considering it...

Vote now!

I suspect there will be a clear divide on this one - those who will love the idea and those who will hate it. Which camp are you in (I'm still a little princess at heart, so you can guess my views)? Let us know by voting in our poll below.

What do you think of Disney's "Glow with the Show" ears?

Share your thoughts

Thanks for voting in Theme Park Tourist's Big Debate. Why not let us know why you voted as you did using the comments section below?



I think the real issue will be once visitors grow wise to the idea that buying a pair of the new ears only benefits those around them; you can't see what's on your own head!

Add new comment

About Theme Park Tourist

Theme Park Tourist is one of the web’s leading sources of essential information and entertaining articles about theme parks in Orlando and beyond.

We are one of the world’s largest theme park guide sites, hosting detailed guides to more than 80 theme parks around the globe.

Find Out More About Us...

Plan Your Trip

Our theme park guides contain reviews and ratings of rides, restaurants and hotels at more than 80 theme parks worldwide.

You can even print them.

Start Planning Now...