Disney World bag featuring Made with Magic technology

Disney Parks developed a really innovative product with their Made with Magic(formerly Glow With The Show) Mickey ears. They are their iconic Mickey ear hats but with illuminated ears. When worn during evening shows they are controlled with Infrared technology to illuminate in sync with the show’s lighting and mood. They debuted at Disney’s California Adventure “World of Color” show, but are expanding with other shows and areas including Disney World. Their control capability is fairly robust considering the relatively basic components. But as with most truly special things, the technology is only as good as the creativity utilizing it. The artistry of each show’s brilliant lighting programming really creates a seamless, immersive and totally unique experience.

With an upcoming trip planned to Disney World, I wanted to see what I could do to incorporate the lights and control technology into something other than the Mickey Ears. The ears are really fun looking, but for a few reasons, including wanting to be able to see the effect personally, I looked forward to the challenge of installing the technology in something else that made more sense for me. There are a fair number of limitations to reincorporating the electronics unless you start soldering tiny and delicate parts, which I had no interest in. Working with those limitations (battery placement, limited LED spacing), a few ideas emerged, but finally decided on creating a small shoulder bag where I would incorporate the two sets purchased.

All of the effort was worth it and it was a HUGE hit at the theme parks from guests and cast members alike, so I’ve gone about making this Instructable for anyone to make their own, or to inspire you to make your own unique Made with Magic item. Here’s how I went about making this fun-and a bit silly bag.