HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS — FAREWELL TO THE ICONIC EARFFEL TOWER
This beloved landmark at Disney’s Hollywood Studios needed to be dismantled to make way for the new Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. The Earffel Tower, a play on the Eiffel Tower, stood 130 feet tall and boasted a hat size of 342 3/8! The tower hearkened back to the time of Walt’s original Disney Studios founded in 1939 in Burbank, California, where a similar landmark water tower stood sentinel. The Earffel Tower became the famous icon for this theme park when it opened in 1989… only to be replaced in 2001 by Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat installed in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Yet the Earffel Tower has long held a special place in the hearts of many a Disney guest.
When the park was still Disney-MGM Studios, the Earffel Tower celebrated the holiday spirit by wearing a colassal Santa’s hat. At Halloween time, the Earffel Tower donned a massive sheet with only its ears peeking out… resembling a Halloween ghost!
In 1996, the tower wore dalmatian spots to announce the opening of Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action movie, “101 Dalmatians”.
And in 1998, the tower took on the appearance of Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat for the premiere of Fantasmic, the park’s evening light and fireworks display.
Hollywood Studios won’t be quite the same without the Earffel Tower to greet its visitors. To this favorite icon, that has brought a smile to so many faces over the years, we bid a fond farewell…