The well-known – yet much-maligned – sorcerer’s hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is coming down next year, in early January 2015.
Disney confirmed the giant hat’s impending demise on Friday. The company said it is “reimagining” the area where it stands. Disney would not provide details about what will replace the hat.
Many changes are coming to Hollywood Studios in 2015.
Already Disney’s Hollywood Studios said goodbye to its Studio Backlot Tour, one of the theme park’s original attractions. The last day of the attraction was Sept. 27, 2014.
Cast Members working at the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been recently told that the attraction will be closing in early January 2015. The close is not that surprising. The show has never really gotten solid traction and it seems Disney is ready to pull the plug.
Also, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is slated to close at the end of the year. All of this is happening to make way for the major Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2015.
Compared with other theme-park landmarks, the hat mimicking the one Mickey wore in Disney’s “Fantasia” had a short life. Disney installed it in 2001 as a focal point. From the beginning, many people didn’t like it. They complained it blocked the view of the Chinese Theatre and ruined the ambience of the park’s section dedicated to Hollywood’s “golden age” of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
“A 122-foot tall hat at the end of the street just kind of threw off the story that the studio was trying to tell,” said Jim Hill, an industry blogger. “To have it removed, to have Hollywood Boulevard return to its old golden days of Hollywood, well that means a lot to the theme-park community,” he said.
Still, Mickey’s hat has appeared in millions of tourists’ photographs, including ours! 🙂
We actually liked the hat a lot. Prior to that, the symbol for Disney’s MGM (the name prior to Hollywood Studios) was the iconic water tower with the mouse ears. We didn’t love that so much and it was at the edge of the property where you couldn’t walk up to it for photo like you could with the hat.
We’re excited to see what the new DHS park symbol will be going forward in 2015.
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