Goodbye to Mickey’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Visiting the Mickey Hat one last time before it comes down.

Visiting Mickey’s Hat one last time before it comes down.

The well-known – yet much-maligned – sorcerer’s hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is coming down next year, on  January 7, 2015 to be exact.

The hat blocks the view of the Chinese Theater.

The hat blocks the view of the Chinese Theater.

We asked some coordinators at DHS about it last week and they said that they were hearing rumors about it’s demolition with the date of January 6th or 7th, 2015.

The Notice of Commencement

The Notice of Commencement

Disney confirmed the giant hat’s impending demise earlier this month. The company said it is “reimagining” the area where it stands. Disney would not provide details about what will replace the hat.

Mickey's Hat has already been removed on some Disney maps!

Mickey’s Hat has already been removed on some Disney maps!

So many changes are coming to Hollywood Studios in 2015!

Backlot trams being hauled off-site.

Backlot Studios Tour trams being hauled off-site the day after the ride’s closing.

Already Disney’s Hollywood Studios said goodbye to its Backlot Studios Tour, one of the theme park’s original attractions. The last day of the attraction was Sept. 27, 2014.

The American Idol Experience has also closed.

Also, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is slated to close in January 2015. 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.

t of people don't realise that Disney literally placed the Hat within feet of the front of the Chinese Theater.

A lot of people don’t realise that Disney literally placed the Hat within feet of the front of the Chinese Theater.

“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.

The Hollywood Studios water tower.

The Hollywood Studios water tower:  The Earful Tower.

We’re excited to see what the new DHS park symbol will be going forward in 2015.

We see changes coming in 2015 for DHS!

We see changes coming in 2015 for DHS!

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

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