The Sorcerer Hat Debate – The Pros and the Cons!

Disney Dining Blog

By Paula

The changes continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Friday, October 24, it was announced that the Sorcerer Hat will soon be removed. The Hat became the park’s icon in 2001 when it was installed to celebrate Walt Disney’s 100th birthday. The gift shop underneath will close when the Hat is removed in early 2015.


People seem to be either thrilled that the Hat will soon be gone or extremely upset about its end. A lot of the division seems to center on when someone first visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios, although that’s not always the case.

I’ve been watching both sides of the debate. Those who want it removed would like to once again have an unobstructed view of the reproduction of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. They also say that the DHS entrance is supposed to represent the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the Hat ruins that feel. Those who love the Hat usually have always seen it there, they don’t know Disney’s Hollywood Studios without it. To them, it is just as iconic as Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, or the Tree of Life. While the Earful Tower was considered the park’s icon before the Sorcerer Hat was there, it’s unapproachable. The giant Hat offers shelter in the rain, character greetings, and a smart place to meet if a group splits up.

I’ll admit that I’m a member of the group who wants the icon to stay. I’ve seen Mark Hamill and George Lucas on the stage in front of the Sorcerer Hat’s. It’s been the backdrop for some great pictures with my family and friends. And yes, it’s kept me from getting wet in a quick summer storm more than once. But I am also curious about what the view will be like without it there. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is a beautiful building and it will be nice to see it clearly; if that is what Disney has planned. Disney has not said that something else won’t occupy the space where the Hat currently stands. They could instead erect a giant statue of Wreck-It Ralph.

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What has me concerned right now is that there are so many changes taking place so quickly. I don’t like the fact that attractions are closing without any official word on what will take their places. They are also shutting them down with very little notice. I don’t like the rumors about other possible closures in the near future. Let’s hope that whatever they have planned will be magnificent, and that we will all be wowed when we learn what the Imagineers have up their sleeves.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.