An Icon Will Fall

The Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will soon come down. The faux water tower with the giant Mickey Mouse ears that has stood as the Parks Icon since the days MGM Studios opened will soon make way for the next chapter at Walt Disney World’s third gate.

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Let’s not overstate this. The tower coming down at DHS is the equivalent of Spaceship Earth at Epcot being deconstructed. What once was Disney’s Studio Park, regardless of name and level of actual production is changing. The much anticipated construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land begins soon and with that project, the park will undergo another name change. A new icon will emerge at Disney’s third gate. What will it be?

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The Great Movie Ride is one of the few remaining attractions operating during construction, but once the two new lands have opened what will the future hold for the Chinese Theater?

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Blocked by a temporary giant hat for far to long where does the theater at the end of Hollywood Boulevard fit in the new park? When the younger generation has no attachment to the historic movie house will it continue to grace the pictures taken by guests or be rethemed?

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A lot has happened to Michael Eisner’s working production studio and theme park and the biggest chapter is only now beginning.

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Goodbye DHS, goodbye Earful Tower, the theatre will join you later on, I’m sure; maybe not. Hello artist renderings and construction equipment.

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