CONFIRMED: The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to be Removed in Early 2015

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If you’re a fan of Walt Disney World (which we assume you are if you’re reading this site), then you have probably been wishing for the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since 2001 when it was erected. Well, Disney confirmed to cast members today that the Sorcerer’s Hat will indeed be coming down in “early 2015”.

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Disney’s message to cast members today read:

“We will soon begin to re-imagine the park’s central hub by removing the sorcerer’s Hat in early 2015. As part of that change, the store located underneath the hat will be closing, A closing date will be shared as we get closer to it.”

The Sorcerer’s Hat was erected in 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration, but was also used to block the Chinese Theater façade of the Great Movie Ride which Disney no longer had the rights to use in merchandise or marketing materials. Rumors of the Hat’s removal have been swirling for years until now. The removal of the hat is expected to be a part of the remodeling of the park which includes the removal of attractions in the Backlot area such as the already-shuttered Studio Backlot Tour, as well as the Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow which closes on November 6th. Rumors indicate that lands based on Toy Story, Star Wars, and Cars are likely for the park in the next few years. However, only time will tell.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Keegan
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Keegan

R.I.P

Disneylover157305
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Disneylover157305

It is sad I’ve been seeing the hat science I was 18 weeks old I’ll miss it :( R.I.P

Hathater2001
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Hathater2001

Finally! It only took them 14 years.

Sheryl
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Sheryl

I like the hat…. I’ll be sad to see it go :(

Leah's Custom Travels
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Leah's Custom Travels

me too. I liked the hat.

bonnie
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bonnie

This is like removing Spaceship Earth from Epcot or Cinderella’s castle from Magic Kingdom. So sad!

Cristy
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Cristy

It’s only been around since 2001 and they’ve been trying to make it a park icon. It isn’t one. Not close to the same thing, sorry.

Charles
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Charles

Exactly. Well said.

Kev
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Kev

It’s always sad to see anything leave the parks, but the hat really didn’t get the best of chances. It was used to ‘hide’ the Chinese Theatre, and that always made it seem out of balance. Moved, yes, but removed completely? No. While the hat wasn’t my ideal choice as an icon, it certainly would have made a fabulous feature over an amazing play area, or Guest Services area. Maybe it will find in a mazing home somewhere in HS, and a very obvious spot would be in the Fantasmic area of the park. Maybe that’s too obvious for WDW,… Read more »

cindyfan
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cindyfan

No, not even close to those. The hat was not there from the start like those. Even tho I love it and it is more Disney than the Chinese Theatre it was suppose to be temporary. They really need to create something fantastic! Time will tell.

james
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james

I disagree. For most youngsters, like myself. It is the icon of disneyworld. So for us it’s sad to see it go.

Disneylover157305
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Disneylover157305

I agree it is like getting rid of the animal kingdom tree or the golf ball at Epcot or worse Cinderellas Castle! (Cries) I’ll miss the hat

Disneylover157305
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Disneylover157305

I know right I’ll miss the hat

Mark
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Mark

I thought the hat was a better symbol then the Water tower for DHS. It definitely wasn’t as silly as the wand on Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Arlene Hewson
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Arlene Hewson

Sad it was iconic. Glad we just made it in time for a photo. Oh well.

Eli
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Eli

I hope this is true, but I’m still a septic until I see either a picture/scan of the note or an official announcement from Disney.

Reha
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Reha

You are a septic? Lmao that is hilarious. Gotta love typos

mrscoconuts
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mrscoconuts

LMAO
Reha, that made me giggle, too!

Laura
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Laura

Awww memories of my two girls dancing under the hat in 2008 and 2009, sad to hear this

Tami herman
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Tami herman

So sad I think it is the pared icon!! I am so happy I have so many pictures with the kids in front of it. My son will cry. He is such a Disney fan as am I.

Melissa
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Melissa

How about everyone calm down, as it is a sparkly hat and NOT a statue of a puppy being kicked? lol

K cardno
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K cardno

Noooo!!!! Love that hat

David W
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David W

As a former Disney-MGM Studios cast member, I say…… Buh Bye! It was yet another one of the MANY stupid wastes of money, from that company. It ranks right up there, with the Pepto Abizmal Birthday Cake Castle!

Sc
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Sc

woahhhhhhhhhhhhh hang on okay the hat was obnoxious but the birthday cake castle?! THAT WAS A BIRTHDAY GIFT! VERY MAGICAL! ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN! (like me, age 3, and my earliest memory asking my mom if I could just have some of the frosting)

jme
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jme

So sad i wnt be able to make there to see it one last time before it goes down :( and that my daughter will never get to see it

steve r
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steve r

Hey tom, I’m a fan of Walt Disney world, and I have NOT been wishing for the removal of the hat!

Steven
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Steven

“Tom has been visiting since he was 4 months old” – seriously this dude needs to get out there a bit more or this is a serious piss-take!!

Lahree Jenkins
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Lahree Jenkins

I like the hat! I haven’t wished for it’s removal. Our family had our photo taken in front of it!

Tim
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Tim

Saw the paperwork for this removal (and the removal of the Epcot wand) in 2006. Took them long enough to get the job done.

Donna Sullivan
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Donna Sullivan

Relocate it, keep it somewhere visible while you reimagine a new central hub! Some of us love the iconic Sorcerer’s hat!

Riviera
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Riviera

I agree totally!!!!

Jim
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Jim

I swear to God, if they tear it down to put in a Starbucks, I won’t go there again.

Mistar Incrediblé
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Mistar Incrediblé

Hollered laughing at this comment!

rose
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rose

Starbucks is tentatively set to open @ Hollywood in early January, so they’re not taking the hat down to put a Starbucks in so you can relax.

Gloria Parkyn
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Gloria Parkyn

If Starbucks(American) is to be part of the landscape I think Tim Horton’s(Canadian) should get equal space.

FlaMel
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FlaMel

‘Cause Disney is a Canadian company…located in Canada?

Megan
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Megan

I think there should be a Tim Hortons in the Canada pavillion at Epcot, more canadian then anything else there.

Rob Rex
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Rob Rex

Good riddance