It seems Mickey and Minnie Mouse got a little too excited for D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, last weekend.
The Walt Disney Company released exclusive merchandise for the convention, much of which quickly sold out and popped up on eBay for highly inflated prices. But one product line took the internet by storm. @Wario64 initially shared the platinum Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears, priced at $195 and $175, on Twitter:
Mickey Mouse Disney 100 Platinum Celebration Ear Hat for Adults – Limited Release up for preorder at Shop Disney ($195) https://t.co/w4LdDgy6Gg
Minnie Mouse Headband for Adults $175 https://t.co/D1AedpAfZx pic.twitter.com/Zjrb6ot8pq
— Wario64 (@Wario64) September 10, 2022
Following those links will now take you to the D23 Expo store on shopDisney, where the ears are nowhere to be found. It is uncertain if the limited release ears sold out or if Disney chose to remove the controversial items.
The initial product description for the Minnie Mouse ears read:
Minnie is dripping with excitement as she celebrates the centenary of The Walt Disney Company in her typically fashionable style with this ear headband. Part of the Disney 100 Platinum Celebration, this limited release commemorative ear headband has been designed by Disney artists for a special platinum-dipped effect and includes a coordinating padded bow, all presented in a special keepsake box.
Fans quickly took note of the reference to Minnie “dripping” and the unintended innuendo. @Adamtotscomix wrote:
They’re just pranking Disney Adults at this point right
They’re just pranking Disney Adults at this point right pic.twitter.com/6ZeTUqFOR6
— Adam ElIis 𓁹𓂏𓁹 (@adamtotscomix) September 11, 2022
Some fans made memes out of the hats, like this one from @_jessavi:
— 🐧 (@_jessavi) September 11, 2022
According to BleedingCool, Disney updated the product description due to the reaction online. Before being removed entirely, it read:
Celebrate the centenary of The Walt Disney Company with this Minnie Mouse ear headband. Part of the Disney 100 Platinum Celebration, this limited release commemorative ear headband has been designed by Disney artists for a special reflective platinum-dipped effect and includes a coordinating padded bow, all presented in a special keepsake box.
The Walt Disney Company has not commented publicly on the products’ removal.
Did you buy the Disney 100 Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ears?