Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been going through a number of massive changes over the past few months, and Disney has now made two more big changes to the park official, with the removal of an attraction and the controversial park icon. Could we be seeing the beginnings of a complete park overhaul, similar in style to the one that Disney California Adventure recently received?
Here are two reasons why we think a full park reboot is in the cards for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the very near future.
1. The Sorcerer’s Hat park icon is on the way out
Ever since it was installed in 2001, Mickey’s giant sorcerer’s hat on Hollywood Boulevard has been a controversial figure. While Disney wanted to use it as the park’s icon, many complained it blocked the view of the Great Movie Ride façade (itself stylized to look like the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theater) and saw the hat as an eyesore.
No matter what side of the Sorcerer’s Hat debate you fall on, the fact is that this former park icon will be removed in the near future. Disney has confirmed this news to several local sources as well as Cast Members, saying that the removal process for the hat will begin early 2015, as post-holiday attendance dwindles.
Though Disney has stopped short of using the word “demolition” in reference to the Sorcerer’s Hat (instead saying that the hat is being “removed”, in a statement to Cast Members), chances that the hat may make an appearance in another area of the park are fairly slim. The Sorcerer’s Hat’s days are numbered, and if you count yourself as one of its fans, you’ll have to get out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the new year to say goodbye to this park icon.
We don’t know what will replace this structure (if anything), but it be easy to make the logical jump that if something does go in this spot, it might have something to do with the big construction project still rumored to be kicking off next year in nearby Echo Lake…
…but of course that’s just speculation.