Removal of Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starts this Week

The Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is coming down this week. According to reports, the dismantling of the iconic hat is set to begin on January 7. There is no word on how long the dismantling will take.

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Disney announced in October 2014 that the 122-foot-tall hat would be removed in early 2015. The hat, while serving as the icon of the park since 2001, has its fair share of fans and detractors.

While Disney has not announced what will be the new icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios, fans have noticed that the Earful Tower is the logo for the park on the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon merchandise.

There is a retail shop located underneath the Sorcerer's Hat and merchandise from that store will be relocated to shops on Sunset Boulevard.

Are you a fan of the Sorcerer's Hat or are you happy to see it go? Stop by the Forums and share your thoughts.


Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 13:20:

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I know that there are a lot of people sad to see this go, but I've never liked it so I'm pretty happy about this.

Melissa M. wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 14:31:

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I didn't mind it! Glad we got some pics in front of it in October.

Susannah K. wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 15:15:

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We were just there on Friday and had our picture taken in front on the Sorcerer's Hat. It was so cool and my nephew loved it. I can't imagine what they would put in place of it. It will be sad to come back and it not be there because my nephew bought the sorcerer hat ears.

Evalyn M. wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 17:49:

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I was never a fan of the placement of it. . . The hat is cool. . .but ultimately. . .at the end of the day, it was a pin store. The Great Movie Ride building is iconic. . .the Earffel Tower is iconic. I think they are covered without it.

Tom wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 22:17:

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My family and I will sure miss this iconic land mark. I hope they replace it with something as GREAT!

Tom wrote on Tue, 01/06/2015 - 22:18:

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Thanks for the memories!

Elyse wrote on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:54:

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While I had gone to the park before the hat was built, I really don't remember it because I was young. (Although I do remember the Earful Tower being used in merch.) So to me the hat has always kinda been there. I don't really feel strongly one way or the other. I would rather see them move it (maybe to outside the park?) then have it go away completely. Curious to see what changes happen next. They obviously have a plan, they are just not sharing yet.

Susan wrote on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:10:

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I always liked it...not sure why but it just seemed to fit. I have mixed thoughts about it coming down - guess it depends on what will go up in its place.

Susan wrote on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:11:

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I always liked it...not sure why but it seemed to fit. I just wonder what will be put in its place - something better...or worse. Time will tell.

Kristin wrote on Wed, 01/07/2015 - 20:41:

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I really hate that they are taking it down. The Sorcerer's Hat is iconic and such an endearing symbol to Mickey in the classic Sorcerer's Apprentice. It's a shame.

sandi wrote on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 14:23:

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Every thing mickey at wdw slowly coming down. Has every one forgotten It all started with mouse. If your too grown up go somewhere else. I am 65 the hat was magical.

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 15:49:

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Sandi - My issue with the hat really stems from the focus being shifted away from what were the original icons of the Park (the theater and earful tower) and that old Hollywood feeling which that area was supposed to embody. It changed the theming of the area and was incongruent with the inspired design.

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