Limited-release designer mouse ears are coming to Disney Parks and shopDisney, including Ashley Eckstein’s own pair of Minnie ears inspired by Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle.
“Last year, Disney came to me and asked if I would be interested in designing my own pair of Minnie ears,” Eckstein wrote on her Instagram back in May when news about the Disney Parks Designer Collection surfaced. “I was shocked and in utter disbelief! I spent an entire weekend sketching ideas and the entire process has just been surreal! However, I don’t think it truly sank in until today when I woke up to an official press release and I’m mentioned as a designer alongside icons and iconic brands like Coach, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Heidi Klum, Karlie Kloss, and more! I’m ‘hopeful’ that you will love my upcoming Star Wars inspired ears this summer as much as I do!”
It’s no surprise we love them! Especially since “[Leia] is the character who started it all,” as Eckstein previously said at New York Comic Con’s Women of the Galaxy panel last year when she and other panelists celebrated the women of Star Wars. Leia became one of the most important characters in movie history, and it’s fitting that her iconic image has been combined with another one of the world’s most recognized characters — Minnie Mouse.
“Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are synonymous with the inspiration and optimism that the Disney brand embodies,” said Lisa Baldzicki, vice president of Merchandise and Product Development for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, in a press release. “The iconic ear silhouette immediately sparks fond Disney memories for me and all our guests, and we are beyond excited to collaborate with an incredible roster of creative talent for this new line celebrating that magic.”
Even more exciting? It looks like a second pair of Her Universe ears for the Disney Parks Designer Collection will be released in Spring 2020. Could they be Ahsoka Tano inspired ears? We certainly hope so!
For now, Star Wars fans will be able to purchase their Princess Leia inspired Minnie ears on Friday, October 4 — also known as Triple Force Friday. Those attending D23 Expo will be able to purchase them early at the Disney DreamStore. If you’re interested in the Leia Varsity Jacket, find it over at shopDisney.
The ear hats and headbands will be available at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and online at shopDisney.
Head over to the Disney Parks Blog for more information about the rest of the collection.
(Images: Disney Parks Blog)