Believe it or not, it would be your last chance to take final pictures with Mickey’s iconic sorcerer’s hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In October 2014, Disney revealed that the structure will be removed by early 2015, and then on January 2, 2015, the company confirmed that the deconstruction of Hollywood Studios’ big hat begins on January 7th.
For almost 14 years Mickey Sorcerer’s Hat has been the icon of Disney Hollywood Studios, the third of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Built in front of The Great Movie Ride, the giant 122-foot-tall Mickey Sorcerer hat was added in 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort. The structure was inspired by the Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment in Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia”.
Since its opening on September, 2001, the giant hat has replaced the Earful Tower as the park’s icon in marketing material. It has been used as a venue for pin trading and sales, and also served as a backdrop to a great number of special events and shows. Disney has not revealed how long it will take for the structure to be completely removed. There’s no information whether the hat is scheduled to be replaced elsewhere on Disney World property.