The date has finally been revealed: the infamous Sorcerer’s Hat icon at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be removed in phases starting from January 7, 2015. This major work will also include other important area enhancements that are expected to be announced at a later date.
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.

10 Comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Is it being moved elsewhere?

Anonymous said...

@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.

CalicoJack said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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...

Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

Dan Boris said...

The current permit is for demolition, that doesn't mean they couldn't file a second one for construction in a new location. Personally I doubt they are going to move it, but the permits don't rule it out.

Anonymous said...

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".

When the hat is finally removed it will reveal one of the largest ( if not the largest ) hidden Mickey. Viewed from above there's a Mickey motif that's been hidden since the hat was dumped there.

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