The brooms are besom brooms with brown handles and yellow bristles. They have been animated by magic, and have sprouted thin, brown arms and four-fingered hands as a result. Their bristles are their "legs". The brooms are constantly seen carrying one brown bucket of water in each hand. Each bucket has a silver handle and two silver hoops around them.
In the short, one broom is brought to life by Mickey Mouse. He had done the spell in order for the broom to do his work, instead. The plan goes by smoothly until Mickey falls asleep and wakes up hours later once the building is flooded. Mickey tries to stop the broom but it does not work. Mickey then grabs an ax and chops the broom into pieces. From the two halves, as well as the scattered splinters, an entire army of water-carrying brooms arises, and the entire room is soon filled with water. Eventually, Mickey's mentor Yen Sid comes and ends the chaos.
In the television series House of Mouse, the brooms make cameos along with many other Disney characters. In the show, the brooms work at the club as its janitors as well as its means of extinguishing fires and are frequently seen sweeping with modern brooms as a joke. In the episode "Donald's Lamp Trade", one of the brooms (taking a role similar to Magic Carpet when he follows Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders) follows Donald and they end up walling off of Pride Rock and go flying.
The brooms appear in the Fantasia-based transition stages and in the ending credits animation chasing a Blotling. They also serve as the inspiration for the Sweeper Blotlings. A lifeless broom can be seen in Yen Sid's studies during the opening. The Magic Brooms reappear in the sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
The Magic Brooms appear in Disney INFINITY as enemies, however, several seem to aid Sorcerer Mickey as one of his attacks. In the 3DS version, they appear as cameos on the game board moving space turning them into coin spaces.
In Mickey's PhilharMagic, when Donald accidentally loses the sorcerer hat, he journeys off into different Disney films including Fantasia where the brooms splash the water in the buckets onto Donald eventually leading him to The Little Mermaid. This attraction also shows 2 exclusive broom variations: a tiny broom with a single normal-sized bucket (which Donald took so the broom wouldn't splash him), and an enormous broom with a single and equally giant bucket (which it used to flood over Donald after it got him to return the tiny broom's bucket).