This week, as part of “Limited Time Magic,” I turn on the holiday spotlight as we celebrate Christmas in July! With temperatures hovering in the 90s this week, I long for the cool embrace of winter. I figured it was a perfect time to check in with the seasonal team. Around this time last year, we introduced a series of collectible resin ear hat ornaments that were incredibly popular with guests. I’m excited to share that brand new ornaments are being introduced this month. I spoke with Cody Reynolds, creative manager with Disney Design Group, about what we can expect.
“This year’s ornaments turned out great,” exclaimed Cody. “We learned much from last year’s ornaments which I think helped us push the designs even further this year. I love the details! The “It’s a Small World” ornament is my favorite as we captured lots of little details all around the ear hat. For the Haunted Mansion ornament, I added iconic elements like the bat stanchions and the purple wallpaper. I love the clock from the attraction, so I included it on the back of the ornament.”
Cody was one of three artists who worked on the ornaments. The Steampunk ornaments by artist Costa Alavezos are now available. Costa also created the ornaments resembling Steamboat Willie and Lady from Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.” Finally, he designed hats inspired by the characters from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Artist Derrick Lirette contributed several designs including many of the attraction ornaments like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and more. He also created the ornament inspired by Santa Mickey just in time for “Limited Time Magic” this week!
Look for these ornaments and other festive holiday décor starting July 21.
At the Disneyland Resort in California, I invite you to visit China Closet in Disneyland park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park, and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.
You can also find select ornaments on our Disney Parks online store by visiting DisneyStore.com/Holidays.
Which ear hat ornament is your favorite?