Today In Disney History ~ March 28th

Today In Disney History ~ March 28th

The Sorcerer’s Hat was the icon of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the third of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The structure was inspired by the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment in Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film, Fantasia. Mickey Mouse’s gloved hand and ears underneath the hat are visible emerging from the ground. With its opening on September 28, 2001, it replaced the Earffel Tower as the park’s icon in marketing material. It was used as a venue for pin trading and sales, and also served as a backdrop to many special events and shows. High School Musical Live culminated several dances from several Disney Channel shows that performed several times daily in front of the hat. Disney characters made meet-and-greet appearances around the hat throughout the day.
Built in front of The Great Movie Ride, the Sorcerer’s Hat debuted on September 28, 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration at Walt Disney World Resort. During the celebration, interactive kiosks were installed underneath the Sorcerer’s Hat where guests could learn about Walt Disney’s life and career. When the celebration ended in early 2003, the kiosks were removed. On May 20, 2011, the Sorcerer’s Hat served as the venue for the grand opening ceremony for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
The Sorcerer’s Hat originally was going to be built outside of the park, in the space cleared for David Copperfield’s Magic Underground Restaurant that ultimately was not built. Originally going to be twice the height, with two Ferris wheels as ears, and Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream underneath, the plans were changed when the retail side of the park decided to fund it, reposition it at the center of the park, and repurpose it as a pin trading station.
In October 2014, Disney confirmed that the Sorcerer’s Hat would be removed by early 2015. The structure’s removal began on January 7, 2015, and was completed 49 days later, on February 25, 2015.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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