Disney Practically Begging Guests to Purchase Failed Merchandise Amid Budget Concerns

in Merchandise, Walt Disney World

Two girls wear Mike and Sulley headbands - both headbands have glowing eyes and even hands.

There are hundreds of unique, high-quality souvenirs to choose from during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation…But these plastic headbands we reported on in September are not one of them.

Disneyland Paris 30th Minnie Mouse ears
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With so many incredible souvenirs available at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, there are bound to be some failures. However, due to supply chain issues and staffing shortages, it seems like more and more Disney Parks Guests are taking to social media to call out Disney merchandise fails.

Hannah (@happywith.hannah on TikTok) originally shared this Disney Merch fail in September:

@happywith.hannah

who is on this disney merch team … 💀😭 #disney #disneyland #disneymerch #baddisneymerch #monstersinc #dlr #dca #minnieears #badmerch #wdw #waltdisneyworld

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

The headbands feature the characters’ eyes and, strangely, their hands. The eyes appear eerily lit up and bobble back and forth when the Guests move their heads. “Who is on this Disney merch team…,” Hannah wrote.

This week, we visited Walt Disney World Resort and did some shopping for ourselves. At almost every major merchandise location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and Disney Springs, we found the same Mike and Sulley headbands Hannah found… and more.

Plastic headbands inspired by Hades, Mike, Sulley, Anger, Malificient, and more sit on racks with mirrors available to check how you look.
Credit: Inside the Magic Jess Colopy

At various Walt Disney World Resort hotels, including Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, we even discovered some of the headbands marked down to $10 for quick sale. But we only noticed one other Guest wearing one of the headbands during our visit.

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Minnie Mouse ear headbands are practically a necessity at the Disney Parks, and this is surprisingly not the only recent Mickey and Minnie ear “fail.” At D23 Expo earlier in September, Disney premiered limited-release platinum Minnie and Mickey Ears, which fans quickly pointed out had an inappropriate appearance.

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@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) bit.ly/3RBUFgS Minnie Mouse Headband for Adults $175 bit.ly/3qu5nKI

The initial product description for the Disney Park-inspired 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.

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The word “dripping” took the Internet by storm, and the products quickly disappeared from shopDisney. It is uncertain if the limited release ears sold out or if Disney chose to remove the controversial items.

Have you ever seen a Disney merchandise “fail?” 

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