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Meet Penn State’s Mouse Ears Club

Who doesn’t love a good Disney movie? Let’s be honest, we all hoped and dreamed that when we left our bedrooms, all of our toys would come to life. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater when Mufasa met his untimely demise. But did you know there is officially a club you can join to celebrate any and all things Disney? That’s right, Penn State’s Disney enthusiasts have assembled to form the Mouse Ears Club.

Obviously lending its name from the famous Mickey Mouse himself, this club started earlier this year. However, according to President Rachel Alshefski, it has already recruited more than 300 new members since the Involvement Fair.

Alshefski said she and her friend and co-president Kailene Dolan were at lunch when they realized that there were no Disney-related clubs on campus. So they made one.

“We wanted to start a fun club that all Disney fans could enjoy,” said Alshefski.

Its mission states: “The purpose of the Pennsylvania State University Mouse Ears Club is to bring together fans of Disney movies in our community through activities such as Disney crafts, hosting game nights, and other fun events.” So, it’s basically a university-affiliated club to relive your childhood. What more could you ask for?

Better yet, it even got the stamp of approval from the big leagues. “We contacted Disney to ask about movie permits, and they told us our club sounds like fun!” said Alshefski.

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The club has lots of exciting activities and events planned for the upcoming year, too.

“For the meetings we have planned many fun activities such as movie nights, trivia tournaments, cheesy mice-breakers (ice-breakers, Disney style), THON involvement, games, Disney-themed scavenger hunts, crafts, karaoke nights, and we want to try to organize a trip to a children’s hospital to do fun Disney activities with them,” says Alshefski.

As for trivia, they are chock full of Disney fun facts. “The better question is what Disney trivia can’t we tell you?” says Alshefski.

“Some examples are finding the ‘Easter eggs’ in movies, which are hidden Disney characters and objects that appear in different Disney movies. The voices of Mickey and Minnie actually got married in real life. My favorite is Disney World trivia — there is not a single brick used in Cinderella’s castle, it is all fiber glass,” Alshefski said.

And there’s more where that came from.

“Another, is that the Tower of Terror is 199 feet tall because if it was over 200 feet an airplane light would have to be placed on top, but the Imagineers didn’t want to do that because they felt it would ruin the effect of the ride.”

She did say that’s all they’ll give away for now because they don’t want to spoil the trivia for members. To learn more about the Mouse Ears Club and how to join you can go to their website.

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