It is with sad news that I announce that the Sorcerer’s Hat (AKA Big Blue) is no longer at Hollywood Studios. I know I am in the minority who loved the hat, but that hat was there my very first trip. So it’s a tad bittersweet for me.
After nearly two months of demolition, the remains of the Sorcerer’s Hat are no longer visible, 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.
Demolition began on the 122 foot tall hat on January 7, 2015.
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. Fans had no idea that the hat would remain for 13 years. So what will replace the iconic hat? Disney has not said anything yet, but the app and the website shows images of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
What was the icon before Big Blue? Well before 2001, it was called Disney-MGM and the icon was the Earful Tower, a water tower with Mickey ears! But that tower is located in the now closed Studio Backlot Tour and is not viewable by guests. With Big Blue gone, the Great Movie Ride entrance is now once again the central structure guests see as they enter the park.
I’m anxious to see what changes will come about to my second favorite park. After all, it was Walt that said, “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”