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Sorcerer's Hat Finally Disappears at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Added: Feb 28, 2015
Category: Theme Parks Updates

Sorcerer's Hat Finally Disappears at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

The Sorcerer's Hat, once the icon of Disney's Hollywood Studios, continues to vanish piece by piece from the theme park's central hub.

After nearly two months of demolition work at Walt Disney World the remains of the Sorcerer's Hat are no longer visible at Disney's Hollywood Studios, restoring the clear view of the replica facade of Grauman's Chinese Theatre that houses the Great Movie Ride.

As of Wednesday, whatever is left of the former theme park icon was no longer visible over the construction walls that still remain where the Sorcerer's Hat once stood.

The Sorcerer's Hat debuted in 2001 to coincide with a yearlong celebration honoring Walt Disney's 100th birthday. At the time, many Disney fans assumed the hat would be a temporary addition, like Mickey Mouse's magic wand next to Epcot's Spaceship Earth.

The hat, however, stayed up for more than 13 years.

Disney has not said anything about what would replace the Sorcerer's Hat as the official icon of Hollywood Studios, though the Walt Disney World website has been using images of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the meantime.

Before the hat was added in 2001, the icon of what was then known as Disney-MGM Studios was the Earful Tower, a water tower adorned with Mickey ears. The tower, however, is located in the area of the now-closed Studio Backlot Tour and currently not viewable by guests inside the theme park.

With the Sorcerer's Hat gone, the Great Movie Ride entrance is now once again the central structure guests see as they enter the park. The Great Movie Ride is undergoing refurbishment thanks in part to a deal with Turner Classic Movies.

So, what's next for Disney's Hollywood Studios after the closure and dismantling of multiple attractions and icons over the last year, notably following the theme park's 25th anniversary? Though there's been no official announcement, all signs point to Star Wars.

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said earlier in February that it's "safe to say that you'll see a lot more Star Wars" at Disney Parks in the near future, and the next film in the franchise, "The Force Awakens," hits theaters in December.

"That's been a longtime rumor," Banks Lee, with Orlando Attractions Magazine, said in an exclusive interview Tuesday. "Even back in 2013, I was hearing this rumor of project 'Orange Harvest.'"

"It's looking like the 'Star Wars Land' will encompass the Echo Lake area, from the old [American Idol Experience] building all the way to Star Tours," Lee added. "Iger recently said that he wants to bring in 'Episode VII' into the theme park instead of concentrating on the older films. He wants to make sure they get things right with 'Episode VII' and have that come in. I'm hoping they announce it at the D23 Expo this summer."

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