Allow me to set the scene: it’s late afternoon in January. The weather is brisk but you don’t need more than a light coat to enjoy the afternoon sunlight. You sit on the edge of a bubbling fountain, watching flocks of tourists browse through street art as you share a crepe with your sweetheart. The Eiffel tower casts a long shadow over a mime busking nearby.
You finish your crepe and after a three minute walk you cross the border into Morocco.
Oh, you thought you were enjoying an afternoon in Paris? Well, that’s certainly a dream for the future, but right now the closest that most U.S. citizens can get to the City of Lights is the France Pavillion at Disney World’s Epcot.
And, hey, things could be worse! We’d rather be safe and not risk an airplane journey right now, and Disney has done a great job ensuring that “world travelers” can still enjoy the ambience of the World Showcase without actually having to obtain a visa.
Plus, from January 8 – February 22, 2021 Disney World is hosting the “Taste of the Festival of the Arts,” where they celebrate Disney in dance, music, the visual arts, and the culinary arts all over Epcot.
If you’re already an expert on Disney and the Fine Arts, you can quiz yourself by playing against EarGoddess and EarstaDiva in our Festival of the Arts-themed quiz on Youtube:
Did you notice the cute ears I was rocking while grilling my fellow FashionEarstas?
To capture the spirit of the mid-century Parisian art scene (and to look cute while lorded my Disney trivia knowledge over EarGoddess and EarstaDiva) I procured those adorable Wood Cut Painter’s Palette Ears from EarsJohnny on Etsy.
With my ears ready to go, I hopped in the car for the drive to Epcot. The weather was gloriously chilly and I wanted to get in the mood for the Festival of the Arts, so I made up a little playlist that pairs perfectly with these ears and the spirit of the Festival.
Check out our World Showcase-Inspired Festival of the Arts playlist on Spotify for artsy strolling music!
These songs remind me of vintage cafes all around the world, and I hope that even if you can’t head to Epcot (or Paris) any time soon, you can still pop on a pair of ears, grab a cup of cafe con leche and enjoy the sounds of the festival!
What We Loved
Excellent – these manage to be both easily-identifiable as mouse ears and painter’s palettes at the same time!
Ok. They were shipped in a sturdy box, but they weren’t wrapped at all – just placed in with some stiff paper and an invoice. They definitely bounced around a lot in that big box.
Good. The ears themselves are made of wood so they are quite sturdy and solid. But they are attached to the headband with twine, which can get static-y in your hair.
Excellent The linen bow is nice and starched and held its shape well throughout the day. The little paintbrush detail is also super-cute!
Excellent. You can tell that these were handmade and painted (in a good way) with care!
Who would love these?
FashionEarstas who are interested in expressing their love for the arts but don’t necessarily want a pair of Figment ears (which is what most Festival of the Arts merchandise features). Also anyone who wants a character-free pair of ears that they could wear to a non-Disney event!
What Needs Work
Ok. I love that these are so easily recognizable as painter’s palettes, even from a distance. But the backs of the ears are totally blank and seem almost unfinished.
Ok. It is very sturdy but consistently tips forward or backwards on my head. I can also see the twine being itchy for someone with short or thin hair.
Room for improvement – there is a very large splotch of hot glue on the back of the bow that’s pretty visible.
Ok. The wood is a bit heavy, which causes the ears to tip forward or back instead of standing straight up.
Where should future FashionEarstas be seen in these ears?
Seems like the perfect pair of ears for a FashionEarsta to wear around Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. These would also be awesome at the Rapunzel bathrooms in the Magic Kingdom, where you can pose with all of Rapunzel’s paintings. (Wow I’ve never styled anyone to visit a restroom before!)
Overall Score: (3.7/5)
These versatile ears are chameleons that can blend in while visiting different countries, festivals or even restrooms at Disney World. While we got them specifically for the Festival of the Arts, we love that they would be great for so many outfits and occasions!
I hope that you found this review helpful! I’d love to hear what you think of this review, these ears, EarsJohnny, or just other magical things you have to share in the comments! Make sure you check us out on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, chances are you will see our ears in action!
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