Local 6 Theme World: Sorcerer's Hat to be removed from Disney's Hollywood Studios

By Ken Pilcher - Producer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Breaking Theme World news. For the past 13 years, it has served as the icon on Disney's Hollywood Studios. This view is soon to disappear into history:

Disney Spokesman Bryan Malenius just confirmed to Local 6 the park plans to reimagine the park's central plaza by removing the Sorcerer's Hat in early 2015. That means we may have a view like this again:

Removing the hat will restore the careful perspective to Hollywood Boulevard. The hat debuted in September 2001 as part of the "100 Years of Magic" celebration that marked Walt's 100th birthday. Originally, it was to be temporary. But temporary lasts a long time at Disney. 

That's not the only change. Disney's walkthrough attraction "The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow" will be closing on Nov. 6.

As you see, Disney confirmed that on the main Walt Disney World website.

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow debuted  in December 2012  with a lot of special effects, and not a lot of substance. Still, kids loved seeing Jack Sparrow in person.

Disney describes it this way: "State-of-the-art technology brings the swashbuckling world of Captain Jack, from an eerie treasure cove to an epic ship-to-ship battle. The attraction is included with theme park admission, located in Soundstage 4."

The effects are widely believed to have been a test for Shanghai Disneyland's Pirates attraction. It replaced a walkthrough Narnia Exhibit.

Just weeks ago, Disney closed the iconic Backlot Studio Tram Tour. These closings all point to big changes coming soon.

"Work continues on bringing new experiences to life at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and we look forward to sharing more information at a later date," Disney officials said.

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