Let’s talk Minnie ears — one of the most popular souvenirs at the Disney parks!
Last year was a BIG year for Minnie ears. There were 12 different sets released with the Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction collection, we saw multiple styles for the holidays, and there were several more designer pairs released to the public. It literally felt like a new pair of ears was dropped every week, so we decided to actually count and see how many there were. Turns out there were 98 pairs released in 2020! That’s right, 98 pairs — and we’ve gathered ALL of them up in this post!
NOTE: We only included the Minnie ears released for Walt Disney World and Disneyland, not the pairs themed to Disney Cruise Line or Aulani — A Disney Resort & Spa. We also excluded a pair from our count, where the bow was changed to be a bit more fluffy, which you can see below.
The first pair of ears to hit the market in 2020 were specially created to celebrate Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! These runDisney ears were available exclusively at the event, and we love their creative design featuring Magic Kingdom and EPCOT’s park icons.
To celebrate EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts, Disney released these unique Figment Color Co. Ears! With pastel colors, sequins, and a paint can design, these are definitely different than most designs that we’ve seen.
January was the kick-off for one of the most popular merchandise collections of the year — Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction. Each month, a group of items was released that corresponded with a popular attraction at Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Park. January’s attraction was Space Mountain, and these ears really captured the essence of the ride!
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Disney dropped this ornate pair of Butterflyy ears. With beautiful butterfly details and dangling charms, they’re not very classic, but they sure are stunning!
January also saw these adorable Luxo Ball ears roll into Disneyland Resort! Inspired by the short film, Luxo Jr., this ear headband is quintessential Pixar.
These are the perfect design to wear when visiting Toy Story Land or romping around Pixar Pier!
Designer ears have been very popular in the past, and that certainly didn’t change this year! This pair of Main Street Minnie Ears, designed by John Coulter, were selling for $48 at EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts. The front features a very dapper design of Mickey and Minnie, while the backside has a pinstripe pattern and pink bow.
And speaking of designer ears, how cute is this Mickey Mouse Musical Ear Hat from Dave Perillo? The $58 pair of ears plays the “Mickey Mouse March” song, and they’re STILL available to purchase on shopDisney!
Put these ears ON your head, and you’ll have Mickey’s catchy theme song stuck IN your head!
And for all the 2020 grads, these ears were the perfect accessory for a graduation trip to Disney! Featuring black sequin ears and a tiny satin graduation cap, you’ll feel proud of your accomplishments every time you put these bad boys on.
For those who were dreaming of springtime during the cold winter months, these Floral Mickey Ears are absolutely charming! The big pink blossoms are the perfect accessory for a trip to EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival.
You can actually still find these on shopDisney, and they’re currently on sale! Order yourself a pair before they’re all gone!
In late January, the Ink & Paint Collection arrived at Disneyland Resort, and a week later in February, the Ink & Paint Ears joined the group. With classic Disney characters and a cute artist theme, we were really in love with these when they first dropped!
Surprisingly, you can still find these on shopDisney, and now they’re discounted! Get them today for $16.98.
We thought we’d never see a pair of Minnie ears that were as expensive as the $600 Heidi Klum designer ears that came out in 2019, but 2020 matched that with these designer ears from The Blonds! The ridiculously priced pair of ears quickly sold out online, leaving us to ask: are we the only ones who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on EARS?!
To celebrate the opening of the Magic Happens parade in Disneyland (which only showed for two weeks before the parks closed), Disney released a whole line of special merchandise, including these gorgeous Sorcerer Mickey Ears! Hopefully, when Disneyland reopens, we’ll get the chance to watch this enchanting parade again, because we really loved it!
This pair of Minnie ears that landed in the UK Pavilion in February is fit for a queen with the beautiful English rose design. They’re topped off with a Union Jack bow and a crown-shaped brooch, and we felt really posh just holding them!
We’ve seen a LOT of ears, but we never saw any quite like these until the Pirates of the Caribbean Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction collection arrived. With a sequined skull on one ear, a sequined wheel on the other ear, and an entire pirate ship in place of a bow, the only way to describe these is over-the-top!
We’ve seen a couple different pairs of mermaid ears from Disney, but these The Little Mermaid ones by Betsey Johnson really stand out. The reversible sequins allow you to change the color of the ears, and in place of a bow, there’s a jeweled selection of icons from the film. Like most designer ears, they were on the pricier side, selling for $148.
For the 2020 California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, we got these deliciously adorable Chef Minnie Mouse Ears! This festival was cut short due to the park closures, along with the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT.
We were seriously impressed by the Mickey Balloon Ears that we first spotted in Disneyland — they look just like the balloons you find in the parks, AND they light up! They’ve since made their way to the other Disney parks and online, and they even got a winter makeover that you’ll see later in this article.
And if you’re getting obsessed with these very creative ears by just looking at them, then good news: they’re still on shopDisney!
The live-action version of Disney’s Mulan inspired these gorgeous ears that we saw many months ago. The film was slated to release in March, but was delayed until September, ultimately releasing on Disney+.
The best part about these ears is that they’re reversible! You can still buy them online for $29.99.
This magical pair of Minnie ears first made their debut in Disney California Adventure and stole the hearts of unicorn lovers everywhere!
With all those sequins, the shimmery bow and horn, and the pastel veil in the back, these are suuuper extra, but we kinda dig it!
Arriving with the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT, we really adored these Orange Bird Minnie Ears. They just scream springtime fun! We saw them again when EPCOT reopened, but they sold out not too long afterward.
Just two weeks before the parks closed down due to the pandemic, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Of course, when a new ride opens, there just HAS to be tons of new merchandise! These Runaway Railway Ears were released, and their silly look matches the tone of the new attraction perfectly.
These quirky ears are just right for the Mickey and Minnie fan in your life, and they’re still in stock online.
If you love the ride but the headband isn’t your thing, then try out this pair of designer ears from Imagineer Kevin Rafferty! The light-up fireworks and the Mickey and Minnie on top just set the scene for a perfect picnic.
February launched yet another Disney color trend with the release of these Coral Minnie Mouse Ears!
Disney really loves their shades of pink, but we certainly don’t mind! These are actually on sale on shopDisney right now, as well — pick up a pair for just $21.98.
For the third installment in the Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction series, we got the Mad Tea Party collection! The Mad Hatter would approve of this ear headband, complete with veil, oversized bow, miniature hat, and teacup.
And if you check out the ears, you’ll notice that the print matches that of the teacups from the attraction!
With the parks closed down for the entirety of April, all the new ears that we found were released online. However, that doesn’t mean that they weren’t popular! This pair of designer droid ears from Her Universe sold out quickly online, despite their $78 price tag. We weren’t shocked they sold out quickly since it’s not often that we see Star Wars ears!
While we were all quarantining at home, we were dreaming of a Summer in the sun, and Disney had just the solution! These Inflatable Disney Snack Ears landed on shopDisney and made us feel oh-so-tropical.
And, the summer pool party’s not over! Even though it’s now the middle of winter, you can still buy these guys online, and now they’re on SALE!
He designs amazing theme parks AND amazing Mickey ears, what can’t Joe Rohde do?! This pair of designer ears from the famed Imagineer behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom was incredibly popular and sold out (rather quickly) online earlier this year.
Fans of the classic “it’s a small world” ride at Disneyland and Disney World rejoiced when the April edition of Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction was released. The Minnie ears that came with the collection matched the ride’s style well, with their pastel colors and whimsical accents.
The ears sold out, but not all the items in the series did, as some were later re-released online.
In honor of May the Fourth (AKA Star Wars Day), Her Universe released a second pair of designer ears, this time to match the popular character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano. The ears were designed by Her Universe owner, Ashley Eckstein, who is the voice of Ahsoka! She wears them herself in the photo below.
This next pair of ears were so cute that they made shopDisney experience technical difficulties! When the Enchanted Tiki Room series of Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction dropped online in May, it was incredibly popular and the website ended up crashing!
While the parks were closed when this set first came out, we later spotted some items from the collection in Disney World.
Even though we didn’t get to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Disney parks, we did get the chance to buy some Minnie Mouse Americana Ears online ahead of time!
You can still be patriotic by ordering these online, and they’re currently on sale for $21.98.
For a new and creative way to carry your Disney pins, these Pin Trading Ears are made of cork! The denim bow gives them a cute rustic look that we really like!
In honor of Disneyland’s 65th Anniversary, Disney released not one, but TWO new pairs of ears!
There’s the classic Disneyland 65th Anniversary Ear Hat for those who like things more simple, and the super sparkly rhinestone-covered Anniversary Ear Headband for those who want to SHINE!
When we were running around the newly reopened Disney parks in July, we spotted these new Rainbow Mickey Ears. Between the bright colors and the sparkles, we couldn’t take our eyes off these things!
If you love the classic ears with polka dot bow, but want a sparkly glow-up with a new color palette, then check out the Black and Gold Sequined Ear Headband! Even though they came out in July, these are perfect for New Year’s Eve, or any other time when you want to look fancy.
We’re still spotting these around, and you can snag them on shopDisney for the typical ear price of $29.99.
Do you like pink? Like, REALLY like the color pink? Well, if you do, then you might’ve been a fan of the Trina Turk designer ears that came out this summer! They were $58 and gave us some serious retro vibes.
Hey there Canadians, there’s a pair of Minnie ears just for you! These were in EPCOT on our first day back in the park, and they’re too cute! The red and white design features maple leaves and hockey sticks as accents, with “Canada” on the side of the headband.
Talk about a showstopper! These rainbow sequin and glitter ears are the DEFINITION of sparkle, and we’re big fans of the bold look. We found them in Mouse Gear this summer and we haven’t stopped thinking about them since.
And they’re still available for purchase if you haven’t ordered yourself a pair yet.
Looking for that classic Minnie ear look but with a little more pizazz? The traditional design makes them look familiar, but this particular design was new this Summer!
Everyone needs a pair of black and red Minnie ears in their collection, and these might just be our favorites!
One of our favorite pairs of Minnie ears that dropped into Disney World this year were the Tower of Terror Minnie Ears. They match the color scheme of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, and they’re absolutely stunning!
One of the more unconventional (but still just as cute) styles of ears that we saw this year was the Mickey Mouse Glove Ear Headband! When you put these on, Mickey’s iconic gloved hands will be waving at everyone you pass.
They’re black and white, so they’ll match just about anything, and that’s our favorite excuse for buying them!
This pair of faux leather Mickey ears are the definition of classic. No frills, no bows, nothing to jazz them up except for Mickey’s signature on the headband, but that makes us love them all the more! We’re pretty sure these are the ears that the cool kids’ wear. 😉
The first Minnie ears to use the new MerchPass system were the Peter Pan’s Flight Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction ears. The collection was supposed to drop in June but got delayed to July so that technical difficulties could be sorted out with shopDisney.
Changing the system must’ve worked out pretty well, because these ears were among the items to get listed for a second round of MerchPass.
These Viking Ears that we spotted in the Norway Pavilion earlier this year are so unique! The fur and the horns really put this accessory over the top!
Norway and Canada weren’t the only pavilions to get some new ears this year — France got these scrumptious-looking Macaron Ears! The two ears are made to look like pink macarons and the bow is highlighted by a miniature Eiffel Tower. Every time we see these, we want to visit Les Halles for a delicious pastry!
And if one pair of French ears isn’t enough, then check out these Paris Minnie Ears. The sequined ears, Eiffel Tower brooch, and the rosy Parisian bow made us go “ooh la la!”
If the Pixar movie Up warmed your heart as much as it warmed ours, then you need to see this pair of Minnie ears! The clear ears are filled with pom poms to look like balloons, one ear has Carl Frederickson’s house and the other says “Adventure is out there!” which is the movie’s catchphrase. And for one bonus detail, the centerpiece of the bow is a grape soda bottlecap!
We first noticed them in Animal Kingdom, but we’ve found them all over the Disney parks and online as well.
The King Arthur Carrousel series of Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction landed on shopDisney in August of this year. The ears in this series were so classy, with gold and pastel colors, rose accents, and a carrousel horse print on one ear!
These Nightmare Before Christmas ears arrived in August, just in time for fans to buy a pair for Halloween! They’re from Loungefly, and they feature cartoon versions of the movie’s characters.
If Haunted Mansion is your favorite Disney ride, then you’ll probably love the latest version of the Mansion ears. The iconic purple wallpaper is easy to recognize, so these are the perfect souvenir for the guest who longs to become the 1000th happy haunt.
For those who like their Halloween season to be spooky but also a little sweet, this pair of Minnie ears have a candy corn-inspired witch’s hat!
Even though we’d already received about a hundred new pairs of Minnie ears in August, Disney just couldn’t resist to drop another color trend on us with these Lilac Minnie Ears! The pale color didn’t really fit in with the Fall season, they’re so beautiful that we didn’t even care.
These pastel beauties are on sale for $21.98 on shopDisney right now, so hurry and get you a pair if you haven’t already!
We’re not sure if this pair of ears makes us dizzy or hungry, but the Halloween Candy Minnie Ears that were released for the Fall season were certainly festive!
This Maleficent-themed accessory isn’t as much a pair of ears as it is a pair of horns. They arrived at the parks just in time for us to feel villainous for Halloween, and we have to say, “it’s good to be bad!”
Because there can never be too much The Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise at Halloween time, Disney went the extra mile and brought us these Oogie Boogie Light-Up Ears. Plus, they were only $17 when released — that’s a treat, not a trick!
And continuing the trend of sequined Minnie ears in nearly every color known to man, this pair of Emerald Green Minnie Ears are a real gem. We originally found them at World of Disney for $29.99, but they’ve since spread around Disney property.
Just days after the King Arthur Carrousel collection dropped on MerchPass, the Dumbo Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction series landed online! Along with the other items, these marvelous circus ears were sold online and in Disney World.
The last two ears to arrive in August were the Orange Corduroy and Yellow Saffron Fall ears! The first pair has orange corduroy fabric on the ears and a black and white plaid bow.
The velvety golden yellow ears really captured our attention — Disney’s never done a color quite like this before, but we really love it! Shortly after we found these two in Disney World, they made their way online. Honestly, we wouldn’t mind if these two designs stayed year-round.
And if two pairs of The Nightmare Before Christmas ears weren’t enough for you, then try out this third pair!
There are bones embroidered on the sides, and Lock, Shock, Barrel, and Oogie Boogie appear on the backs of the ears.
In September, model Lily Aldridge designed her own pair of Minnie ears, and we got to see they in person thanks to our AllEars.net friends. And they were absolutely gorgeous! We really loved the rainbow pastel, and we really wish that Disney would release more ears with similar color schemes. They’d be perfect for springtime!
The Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival got its own pair of Minnie ears, and they came with a cork-colored bow and a cluster of grapes! They dropped online a month later and quickly sold out.
And, in a very similar color, we got these gorgeous “frosted berry” Minnie ears. This color was perfect for the Fall, and they reminded us of the color of Belle’s winter dress in Beauty and the Beast.
You can still rock this color in the Winter, and if you want a pair for yourself, they’re still on shopDisney for $29.99.
This next pair of ears was love at first sight! We absolutely adored this pair of Jack-O-Lantern Ears and we were thrilled to finally spot them in the parks in September.
Animal Kingdom sometimes gets overlooked in the Minnie ears department, so we were glad to see this new Leopard Print Minnie Ear Headband in the park! With that black bow and hidden Mickey spots, these things are seriously stylish and we feel super cool wearing them.
Like many other Minnie ears, they’re $29.99, and you can still order them online.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s series in Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction came out in September, and the ears actually later restocked online, which was surprising! These are super cute, but you “best remove ’em” when you’re on the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness.
These Midnight Magic Minnie Ears are perfect for stargazing, or for nighttime in the Disney parks. We’re not sure who came up with the glitzy star-studded design, but we give them mad props for being original!
If these glittery ears are just your style, then pick up a pair online for $29.99.
This may be the most glamorous pair of Minnie ears we’ve ever seen! Silver, rose gold, AND sequins?! It’s fitting that we found this pair in Hollywood Studios because they’re basically made for a movie star.
Want a classic pair of Minnie ears but red isn’t your color? This black-and-white pair will have you feeling like you stepped right out of a cartoon!
These ears are a bold statement, and they’ll match pretty much everything, so we can’t really think of a reason why you shouldn’t get them for your next trip.
And speaking of classic, this pair of old-school Minnie ears are super fun and are great for the fan who’s into retro Disney, especially Minnie Mouse.
Following the same “retro” theme is this pair of Disneyland ears! Inspired by the OG Disneyland sign, these ears sold out really quickly when they hit Downtown Disney, and we totally understand why. Isn’t that blue color absolutely beautiful? But, they have since restocked.
If you’re not already hungry, you’re probably about to be…once you check out these Fish and Chips Minnie Ears! We found these in (no surprise) the UK pavilion, and they are certainly, umm, original. There’s a cartoon fish on one side and a cartoon chip on the other, while the bow is made to look like newspaper.
This next headband was on the border of not qualifying for the post, but Disney classifies it as an “ear headband” on their site, so why not?! The Child Ear Headband is made to look like 2020’s hero, Baby Yoda!
We loved him the first time we saw him, and now we can show that love everywhere we go with these ears for $29.99.
Disney has now partnered with Make-A-Wish for 40 years, and that’s something worth celebrating!
Not to be outdone by Halloween, we saw SEVERAL new pairs of ears for the Christmas/holiday season. This pair of Peppermint Ears are covered in sequins and trimmed with fur, an absolutely charming holiday accessory.
And if the Peppermint Ears aren’t over-the-top enough for you, then check out these Gingerbread Minnie Ears! They’ve got two little gingerbread heads, made to look like Mickey and Minnie. The bow in the middle is red-and-white striped. When you’re wearing these, no one will doubt that Christmas is your favorite time of year!
Like the originals, these light up, so you’ll be literally glowing when you wear them!
We dubbed the next pair the Peachy Queen Ears because at DFB, we love to make puns! They’re a stunning peach color with a tiara in the middle instead of a bow.
These are fit for a princess, or a queen, and you can find them online and in Disney World.
For the 10th installation of Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction, we got a hauntingly beautiful set of Minnie ears! The pair, based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion, feature dark colors, a veil, and a Madame Leota icon.
Another style that surprised us this year was this pair of ears we found in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora! They’re designed to look like Na’vi ears, and they’re covered in beautiful foliage. And in a second surprise, this pair actually lights up AND glows — perfect for the bioluminescent planet!
After some technical difficulties on shopDisney, we got not one, but TWO new pairs of designer Minnie Ears in one drop! These two pair from Cupcakes and Cashmere are made perfectly for adults to match with their kiddos. The pale pink design is made in adult sizes…
…while the hot pink design is sized just right for the kids! We love the idea of ears that coordinate together for the family, so we hope to see more releases like this in the future.
Apparently, other people loved the idea of coordinating ears as well, because these sold out SUPER fast online!
The UK Pavilion brought us Fish and Chips ears, the Norway Pavilion brought us Viking ears, and the Canada Pavilion brought us maple leaf hockey ears, but the Italy Pavilion went all the way with the Pizza Minnie Ears! Honestly, we’re getting hungry just looking at these things — they’re so colorful and fun that we couldn’t resist buying a pair.
When it comes to ears, Minnie Mouse gets most of the love, but these Sorcerer Mickey Ears give her main man a chance to shine! If you’re a fan of classic Disney, you definitely need to add this Fantasia-inspired accessory to your collection.
The next pair of designer ears were created by the voice of Mickey Mouse himself, Bret Iwan. The ears are made of speakers and the “On Air” sign lights up. When you press a button, you’ll hear Mickey say his signature phrase, “Oh boy!”
For series 11 of Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction, we got to check out this awesome pair of Jungle Cruise-themed ears! The red and white stripes match the iconic boat awnings, and various foliage and an elephant brooch adorn one of the ears. They were, in a word, exotic!
Perhaps our favorite pair of holiday/Winter ears this year was this SUPER fluffy sweater-themed pair! We feel cozy just looking at these puppies, and their design is more Winter-specific, so you can wear them after Christmas.
Apparently, two pairs of Parisian Minnie ears aren’t enough for one year, because Disney released a third set in November! The “A Kiss From Paris” Ears are decked out in pink and black with, you guessed it, an Eiffel tower brooch in the middle. (Man, Disney must’ve ordered too many of those Eiffel tower figures this year.)
We already know that there’s another pair of ears coming to the France Pavilion in 2021, so they’re definitely racking up the accessories over there!
Not to be outdone, the Mexico Pavilion stepped up to the plate in December with this stunningly artistic pair of Minnie Ears. The colors are bold and so very Mexico, they really took our breath away!
In one day, Disney went into an ear-releasing frenzy that started with these lovely Cornflower Blue Minnie Ears. The velvety ears are set off well by the matching sequin bow, and the color is one that can be worn year-round.
They’re still available in the parks and on shopDisney for $29.99, so pick up a pair for yourself if you’ve been eyeing them!
On the same day, we noticed these gorgeous Mermaid Minnie Ears for the first time! Based on Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the ears are designed to look like scales and the bow matches her seashell top.
We definitely want to be where the people are because we want to show off this glorious pair of ears!
Disney first gave us a sneak peek at these ears thanks to Julianne Hough modeling them, and we definitely got excited to see them in person. When the Champagne Minnie Ears finally arrived in the parks in early December, we were head-over-heels in love!
They were just right for New Year’s Eve, but they’ll look good all year long, so we definitely wouldn’t argue with you ordering a pair online now!
Like we said before, Disney can’t pass up a major holiday without releasing a pair of ears, so we weren’t really surprised to find the 2021 Mickey Ears in the parks last month!
The last pair of designer ears released in 2020 were made by BaubleBar and they are FANCY! This pair, covered in gemstones and topped with a big red bow, would cost you $78 to purchase. They give a classy upgrade to a classic style!
Disney has been doubling down on the Disney Dog and Disney Cat merchandise recently, so we were delighted to find two new pet-inspired ears in the parks recently. The Dalmatian Ears are $24.99 and they’re just precious!
The Marie Ears, inspired by The Aristocats, arrived with them, and these are simply purr-fect! They’re also $24.99.
The last installment of the Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction collection had a fitting finale, as the items were inspired by Disney’s fireworks shows. These Fireworks Minnie Ears are one of our favorite pairs from this year, and a great way to wrap up the incredibly popular collection!
Last, but certainly not least, were these intricate and detailed Chinese New Year Minnie Ears. The artwork on these is exquisite, so they certainly deserve the honor of being the last new pair of ears in 2020.
Well, that wraps up the (much longer than we expected) list of all the ears released in 2020! Make sure to tell us your favorite pair in the comments, and stay tuned to DFB for all the new pairs of ears in 2021!
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