The Sorcerer’s Hat, are you a lover or a hater? Disney recently announced the removal of the hat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Sorcerer’s Hat will be removed in early 2015. I’ve seen many posts and articles about this topic and you can definitely see the divide of those that visited the park before it existed and those that had a first visit afterword. Let’s take a look at the history of the hat and the history behind it’s placement at MGM (Hollywood Studios).
We were introduced to Sorcerer Mickey in the 1940 film Fantasia, in a role originally intended for Dopey from Snow White. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the third and most famous piece of this film. Mickey was working for a sorcerer master named Yen Sid (Disney backwards) and was learning to perform magic. Yen Sid went off to rest and Mickey “borrowed” the hat and became Sorcerer Mickey. His first bit of magic ended up with a flooded tower and Yen Sid coming back in to help.
Since this film, Sorcerer Mickey has made many appearances in film/TV in The Mickey Mouse Club, Mickey’s 60th Birthday and House of Mouse. He can also be found in video games including Kingdom Hearts , Epic Mickey, and Disney INFINITY. And also theme parks including World of Color, Fantasmic, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and the weenie at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.
The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was erected in September of 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration. It replaced the parks previous icon the Earful Tower. Under the hat you originally found kiosks you could go up to and learn more about Walt Disney’s life and career, today you find a gift shop.
Before the Sorcerer’s hat visitors has a clear view down Hollywood Boulevard to the front of The Chinese Theater. Disney’s version of The Chinese Theater was an excellent copy of the actual theater in Hollywood which leads to the speculation on why the hat was put in front of it. In 2000 the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood changed hands and the rumor was that the new owners of the theater wanted Disney to pay royalty fees anytime they sold a picture to guests with the theater in the picture. So Disney put the hat up in front of the theater to avoid these royalty fees and block the theater from any pictures being taken down Hollywood Boulevard.
So the hat will fall in early 2015. I’m a pre-hat visitor so I’m excited to see the original view we had down Hollywood Boulevard. Let us know if you will miss the hat in the comments below.