HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS — A FAREWELL TO FIVE FAVORITE ICONS & ATTRACTIONS
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things…” — Walt Disney
Hollywood Studios is moving forward and undergoing a major “reimagining”. A preview of coming attractions to this Disney theme park includes two new expansions… Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. Change is good, yet not always easy. We bid a fond farewell to our five park favorites that will always be in our memories…
1. Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat — Did you know…? This 122 foot tall hat has been the icon of Hollywood Studios since 2001. That year it became the centerpiece of the 100 Years of Magic event celebrating Walt Disney’s birth in 1901. Mickey’s hat hearkens back to his sorcerer’s role in the classic 1940 Disney movie, Fantasia, and is featured in Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the 4D film attraction at Magic Kingdom.
2. Earffel Tower — Did you know…? This 130 foot tall tower has stood as a sentinel over the park since its opening in 1989. The “Earffel Tower”… a play on the “Eiffel Tower”… has mouse ears weighing in at 32,000 pounds! Over the years, we’ve watched it being dressed up as a ghost at Halloween and Santa at the holidays. Surprisingly, it’s not a working water tower. It was inspired by the water tower at Disney Studios in California… a landmark since 1939.
3. Backlot Tour — Did you know…? The backlot used to house real working studios where actual filming could be viewed behind soundproof glass. The Backstage Pass, an extra to the Backlot Tour, allowed guests to learn many behind-the-scenes filming secrets. We remember seeing famous stars like Dolly Parton waving friendly welcomes to backlot visitors!
4. Lights! Motors! Action! Stunt Show — Did you know…? Moteurs…Action! originally debuted in 2002 at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, three years before its opening at Hollywood Studios. That’s why the show’s cars and scenery reflect a Mediterranean village in the south of France, Villefranche-sur-Mer. The show… c’est incroyable! It’s incredible!
5. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights — Did you know…? Every holiday season since 1995, over 5 million synchronized lights have been “dancing” to holiday music along the Streets of America amidst the Florida “snow”. Each year, hidden Mickeys are scattered throughout the lights… along with a purple cat, mistakenly taken from the Osborne family’s Halloween decorations! Will the Disney holidays ever be the same without this beloved attraction?
The new “reimagining” of Hollywood Studios is exciting. Yet we’ll always look back nostalgically at these special Disney favorite icons and attractions.