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RUMOR: Is the Disney Springs Water Tower Actually the Earful Tower?

Disney has remained quiet about the removal of the Earful Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after we broke the news yesterday, but maybe there’s a good reason for that…

Construction is currently wrapping up on the Town Center area of Disney Springs, but one structure from the concept art that we still haven’t see rise upon the site is the water tower bearing the Disney Springs name. Now, this could all be a big coincidence, but it does seem a bit odd that as Disney is about to build a new water tower, another one that has stood for 27 years is coming down. Based on the amount of recycling we’ve seen from Walt Disney Imagineering the last few years with larger props from extinct attractions, I can imagine a scenario where the Disney Springs water tower is built from the remains of the Earful Tower.

I guess we will just have to wait to find out…

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  1. I’m pretty sure it’s just coincidence that one is coming down while a similar one is being built. Water towers are HUGE and don’t pop apart like models. Consider the deconstruction of the sorcerer’s hat, just half as complicated. Would make far more sense to build a new one and as you said, recycle the old one.

    1. I have to disagree, it would make more sense to reuse the existing tower rather than build a completely new one. It would be more time consuming and costly to create a entire new water tower. Why do that when you can take it down in modules, refurb and retheme, then install it. Plus it would make for a great story would have less backlash from the public.

  2. Sucker for nostalgia here. I would really like for this rumor to be true. I can’t wait to hear more about it. The tower without the ears, is… well… better than it being completely gone I suppose. It would always be a fun fact to tell anyone I get the chance to share downtown disney springs with.

    Either way, thank you for the really fun speculation, Tom.

  3. I am about as nostalgic as they come and even I can’t bring myself to care about the removal of a barely-themed water tower.

  4. So….they take out unique clubs (especially Adventurers, Mannequins, and Comedy), and turn it into an mall, they have tons of undeveloped land, the parks are busting at the seems busy, but instead closing areas like shows since is cheaper, and moving a tower is where they’re investing limited resources. I’m a Disney fan, but when are they gonna spend a little to make it more of a fun experience for guests at the park??

    1. As much as I want to disagree with you I cannot. I can’t recall anything they’ve done to relieve crowds, and try and make more $$ off every guest without regard to ‘the experience’. It’s all about efficiency. It would have been amazing if Star Wars Land was a brand new area, and THEN refurbished older areas. They could have had an entire new theme park instead of magic band system, but soon they will make a lot money off of it (inside news). The tower is the very least of their worries, coming from a local annual passholder family.

      1. Well, of course they’re making money and will be making much more from the bands, that was the plan. Come on, did anyone really think that they’re collecting and storing all that info because it’ll provide us with a big benefit? Personally, I don’t care about the water tower, any of them, what I do care about is paying $100 to visit what is essentially a construction site.

        1. I’m all for them, as well as any corporation making money, but as a passholder family who frequents the parks for years, they have so agregiously cut back in EVERY kind of service that doesn’t immediately generate a buck, and spend money like this on removing water towers. It’s like mid management is lost there. They busiest days of the year and half the turnstiles closed, and fewer parking attendants to save paying a few extra cast members minimum wage. The place overrun with stollers and less people to help control and park them. The managers are rated on how many people they can cram thru a ride/hour or smoosh into a theater. Heck, a trip to a McDonalds will feel more customer centric than Disey parks. And that’s kinda silly. We’re fans of the place.

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