D23 Guests can meet Designer Ear artists (and buy new ears too!)

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For the very first time, artists, designers and even celebrities have created stunning and glamorous Mickey ears and Minnie Mouse ear headbands for the impressive Disney Parks Designer Collection.

Designers and artists include Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, COACH, Her Universe, Loungefly, SHAG, Noah, Imagineer Joe Rohde, and more. Release of these limited-edition wearable works of art began only recently, and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, not to worry! More ear hats and bands are being released the rest of this year and into 2020.

And attendees of this weekend’s D23 Expo will have the first chance to buy three of the newest ear releases from Her Universe, SHAG, and Jerrod Maruyama before they’re available anywhere else. They will be on display for purchase in the Disney DreamStore during the Expo.

Never-before released ears by talented Disney artists

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Guests at the D23 Expo this weekend will be the first to see Designer Collection ears by SHAG and Jerrod Maruyama. This SHAG Mickey Mouse ear hat features tiki gods on the ears. Mickey is featured on the hat wearing leis and waving with the words “See you in the tiki room.” This ear hat will officially be released on August 26 to the public.

Designer Jerrod Maruyama’s hipster Mickey ear hat, featuring the Main Mouse with glasses and a slouch beanie will be released later this fall.

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Expo attendees will also be the first to have the chance to purchase a brand-new Minnie Mouse ear headband inspired by Princess Leia’s famous buns. The headband was crafted by none other than Star Wars actress Ashley Eckstein for the Her Universe brand. Once the Expo pulls out of town, Disney and Star Wars fans everywhere will be able to purchase the headband at Disney World, Disneyland and online at ShopDisney.com, and just in time for Triple Force Friday on October 4.

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Meet the Artists and Designers

As if getting the first look at these new limited-edition ears wasn’t exciting enough, D23 Expo guests will also have the chance to meet the creative geniuses behind some of the Designer Collection ears! From Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Ashley Eckstein, SHAG, Jerrod Marayuma and Noah at Talent Central at the following times:

Jerrod Maruyama: 

Fri. Aug. 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 24, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

SHAG:

Sat, Aug. 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Ashley Eckstein for Her Universe

Sat., Aug. 24, 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Sun., Aug. 25, 5 – 6 p.m.

Noah:

Sat., Aug. 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

noah artist ears
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Can’t make it this weekend to the Expo in Los Angeles? That’s ok too. The limited-edition Disney Parks Designer Collection ears will be released to the general public on the following dates:

  • SHAG – Aug. 26th 
  • Loungefly – Sept. 6th
  • Heidi Klum – Sept. 28th 
  • Her Universe – Oct. 4th
  • Jerrod Maruyama – Fall 2019
  • COACH – Fall 2019
  • The Blonds – Winter 2019
  • Joe Rohde – April 2020
  • Vera Wang – Spring 2020
  • Cupcakes and Cashmere – Spring 2020
  • Her Universe – Spring 2020
  • Kevin Rafferty – Spring 2020
  • Karlie Kloss – Spring 2020
  • John Coulter – Summer 2020

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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