Epcot Fans Rejoice! Mickey's Wand is Coming Down!
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting
that the wand will be dismantled in time for the park's 25th birthday in October. Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee said "We think the timing of the removal is right." Work will begin as soon as this Monday.
Well that sucks... yeah, I'm like the only person on the planet who thinks it looks better with the hand and wand. Otherwise, it looks too plain... I mean, all other park icons have a bunch of different features in archetecture (sp), but Epcot's wand-free ball is just too plain... Cinderella's Castle, Sorceror's Hat, and Tree of Life are all intricate with many details, Spaceship Earth is plain.
Many theme park & architecture fans (myself included) love the elegant simplicity of SSE without the wand. The structure of it is quite remarkable by itself, I believe it is the first freestanding spherical shaped building. True, other Disney Parks icons are intricate buildings full of details that are revealed as you look at them from different angles. EPCOT Center was supposed to be the anti-Disney Disney theme park so it was very appropriate for its icon to make a bold statement by being plain in a sense. Leaving the wand that was supposed to be temporary for the Millennium Celebration is just as bad as leaving the 25th birthday cake over the castle.
It's about time! Simplicity is the soul of elegance. The Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, and, yes, the EPCOT sphere are all elegant structures enhanced by their simple natures. I only wish I could man a giant wrecking ball to take the abominable hands down myself (thought I suspect Disney has a somewhat more genteel dismantling in mind).
i liked the wand there
It's funny. I worked on the wand/icon change-over in the Spring of 2001. The icon originally read "2000" for the turn of the century. Along with the construction of the One Man's Dream and sorcerer's hat icon at MGM Studios, our team was tasked with changing the SSE wand from "2000" to "EPCOT."
I always thought that thing was incredibly tacky, and spoiled the effect of the geodesic sphere. Hopefully the materials, when recycled, will find their way into a good ride or attraction. :)
Thank God. It's about time. Now if only we could do something about that hat in MGM...
I guess i am one of those dopes that actually liked the wand. It made for some great picture ops.
I didn't mind the wand at Epcot, but I'm also happy to see it go. I would much rather see Disney spend the money and tear down Mickey's Hat which blocks the entire Chinese Theater over at MGM.
I liked the hand and wand, but the time has come for it to be removed.
oh yeah...down with the wand!!!
YEAH! the wand is gone for good. I can't wait to see Epcot in the way since 1982.
Personally, I don't mind the big hand, but holding a golf club would have been more appropriate...
^ I am cracking up laughing at that.
Isnt there a reason that Mickey's hat is there? I thought there was a riff between the original Chinese Theater, and the one at MGM. They pretty much used it without permission, is the story I've heard, and could not have the theater be the symbol of the park (the first thing you see, thus being the one thing you remember about the park the most)...Thus the big hat was born to obstruct the view, and become the new thing you were supposed to think about when someone said MGM Studios.
i liked it too, hopefully it will show up elsewhere in a better spot.
I think they should keep the hand and wand. Every time we visit we look for that symbol with the sphere. it looks very cool lit up at nite. i don't think it wrecks the appearance of the park at all. who are these epcot fans who dislike it? if it comes done so be it. maybe being epcots 25th they will out something else up there?
See, I think they built the Sorceror's hat in front of the theater because they wanted an icon that was in the center of the park, like in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. Before, the official symbol of MGM was the Earful Tower, however, it's not even located in the park proper and could only be seen well from the Backlot Tour. It didn't grab your attention at all, so they built the hat. I personally like the hat but I hate the location.
I think I am gonna cry tears of JOY!!! AMAZING. YES YES YES.
I am a bit mixed about the hand because I thought it did look good there, but I did like the Simplicity of the Space Ship Earth. It was calculated and made a bigger statement sans hand. In regards to the Leave a Legacy stuff, I hope it doesn't come down, especially since my face is up there! Still, I think it still adds to the bare front area of EPCOT.
I am absolutely appalled by this decision! Epcot is boring with some sort of statement of Disney (Mickey Mouse). We just went there as a family about 3 weeks ago. We loved the fact that the "golf ball" or "Apricot Park" (as my 6 year old son calls it) had Mickey's wand on it. I wish they would rethink this decision.
Well now that ive read all the insights to the Mickey Hand and Wand over Spaceship Earth at Epcot...Lets set the record streight...When it was erected for the Millium Celebration it said 2000 and switdhed to 2001 a midhingt..now as far as it haivng any deep meaning about Mickey as Good and all that deep mean...Forget it..it was a simple spreading the magic world wide ..and with Magic Kingdoms around the world...Lets keep it simple..and yes Im happy to see it come down
Well seeing as Sorcerer Mickey is one of my favorite Disney characters, I am sad to hear this confirmed. This has been rumored on on the DisBoards and IOACentral for a while. Granted, I never had a problem with the original SSE design before. So I guess when I return to EPCOT this fall I will be seeing the SSE of my youth.
Now they just need to take down sorcerors hat at MGM and Ill be fine!
Its just good to see Disney spending money to keep the park ever changing and updated. I liked the wand when it was up and it will be good to have it down. the only time I get nervous with Disney is when they are just collecting the money and not doing jack to put it back in.
I guess the biggest problem I have with the Mickey Hat at MGM is Disney took away one of the best Hidden Mickey’s. For those who remember when the hat wasn’t built yet, if you turned park guild map upside-down there a giant Hidden Mickey right in front of the Chinese theater. I think I heard about that whole argument about the Chinese Theater not pleased that Disney used it as their icon at MGM, but I though it was the Earful Tower icon that was used for the most part to represent MGM. How about they place Mickey’s Hat on top of the theater and make everyone happy. At least the Wand looked cool at night and didn’t totally block any major attractions.
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