Love it of hate it, the giant Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is on its way out. Here’s a look at its removal about half-way through. These photos were taken on Jan. 22, 2015.
Disney hasn’t said why the hat is being taken away, only that it is. They also haven’t announced anything to replace it. It’s assumed the view down the street when you enter the park will return to the way it was before the hat was added in 2001.
Here’s how it looks now as you walk down the street. You can see a bit of the Chinese Theater poking above the cut down hat.
Here’s a closer look. Notice the theater is pictured on the construction wall. You can also see the cover on Mickey’s hand has been taken off.
A closer look at the inside of the hand. It’s interesting to see the ducts and pipes inside. You can also see some gold sparkles that never faded from the sun.
Now that the hat is being taken down, the icon of the park will be what’s pictured here on the construction wall, the Earful Tower.
The top of the hat was cut off first and has been sitting on the ground since. Besides that square hole, it seems in pretty good shape. Maybe they’ll reuse it somewhere else.
The backside of the hat is really dirty. You can tell from these stains and the jagged cuts, Disney won’t be able to piece it back together in a new location as many people thought they would.
There’s no word on how long the demolition will take to complete. We’re sure they’ll want to have it finished before Star Wars Weekends in May. Since they’ve gotten this far since starting earlier this month, we’re guessing it’ll be finished by the end of February.
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