PHOTOS: Demolition of the Sorcerer’s Hat Begins at Hollywood Studios

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Demolition has begun for the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

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The gold spirals under the hat are the first piece to go…


On the walls around the hat, ads for the park’s attractions can be found


Also, the Earful Tower, which is now more visible with the trees in the center hub of the park coming down


It will be a few weeks until the hat is completely down, with work in the area wrapping up around April/May


This side is looking really bad, so probably best  that it comes down

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Guests leaving the park in the evening will find the hat completely dark, but the Earful Tower is now in plain sight, and the Chinese Theater will follow once the hat comes down.

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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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  • I can’t wait. The hat’s movie relevance was very limited. Let the theatre once again be the park icon.

  • I’m glad you mentioned the Earful/Earffel tower. Pro-hat people complain about it not being in plain sight, but once the hats gone the true icons (technically they’re both icons together, earful is the marketing one) will shine again and everything will be right again.

  • I love how the Earful Tower is lite up and in plain sight :-) !!!!!!

    Remind me again, what is happening to the Theater?

    • It’s being refurbished in conjunction with TCM. There were a few articles on it. Should be easy enough to find with a net search.

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