With the park’s central hub being reconfigured, the pin merchandise location will be relocated to Sunset Ranch (located on Sunset Boulevard) beginning Jan. 7.
Is it being moved elsewhere?
@Anon, I'm sure Disney would like to re-use it, but believe they need to determine if it's reusable after they disassemble it. It was never intended to stay up as long as it has.
They could move it to the entry rotunda of Fantasmic. Have the guests walk under and around it before taking a seat. It would set the stage nicely for the show.
Yeah, I'm afraid that most kids who are used to it always being there are going to be disappointed when it's no longer there.
The Fantasmic entry is a *fantastic* idea.
Wow, I can't believe I never thought of moving it to Fantasmic! What a PERFECT location for the hat! I always enjoyed the look of it, but the location was AWFUL! Lets hope somebody at Disney reads this or thought of this idea.
On a side note: Here comes another year of construction walls around another hub. Have a feeling this will move just as slowly as everything else they have been doing lately...
In other opinions; I'd really like to see The Earfull Tower be given new life too. Perhaps have a new version of it moved to within the Entry Area, on top of some of the facade buildings. To make it look like it's in the background, but more visible from everywhere in the park instead of just the backlot.
With backlot gone, it's even harder to see!
Its not being moved. First of all, its not logical for them to move it. But also, the permit calls for destruction of the hat, not dissembling
As to why construction takes so long, it's because they have to keep the park open while it's happening, and they generally can't work while the park is open. That sucks up a lot of time but enables families visiting the park to enjoy it without construction noise that diminishes the "magic".