Finally! I’ve had this blog for about 4 months, but unfortunately time got away from me and I’m just now getting started. So without further ado, I give you my first post! The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has brought a lot of new changes to Disney World, including, but not limited to:
- Maelstrom and the Spirit of Norway movie closing in Epcot to make room for a new “Frozen” attraction (cue tears, there’ll probably be a post about that in the near future),
- The Central Plaza, or “Hub,” in Magic Kingdom going through an expansion for more restaurant and fireworks seating, and
- The Polynesian Resort undergoing several renovations, including the removal of the much-loved lobby waterfall, the addition of Disney Vacation Club’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, AND a name change back to the original “Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort”
These are just the highlights that I’ve taken more of an interest in, BUT the most drastic change, in my opinion, is the removal of the Sorcerer Hat as the icon of Hollywood Studios. Some people are elated that it’s being removed, as it disrupts the story of Old Hollywood that the Imagineers are trying to tell, and I have to agree. I have to say though, I’ve only been to HS while the hat has been there, so it’s going to be pretty different to not see it the next time I’m there. Allow me to give you a little history on the ex-icon of Hollywood Studios…
On September 28, 2001 the Sorcerer Mickey hat in Hollywood Studios, which replaced the Earful Tower (the water tower with Mickey ears) as the park icon, was installed as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration in Disney World, celebrating 100 years since Walt Disney’s birth. They began removing the hat in January. Now, for the first time since 2001 The Great Movie Ride will be what guests see as they walk into the park. The ride is now getting a bit of a facelift with small improvements here and there. Turner Classic Movies is also taking over sponsorship of the ride.
So it’s kind of a big deal that the hat is being removed, considering it’s been the prominent feature of the Studios for 13 years. I’ve been following the removal on Instagram, and let me just say it’s pretty strange seeing it all dismantled.