Goodbye, Earffel Tower
The Walt Disney World Resort last night finished the task it'd previously said it would do... and tore down the Earffel Tower.
The Earffel Tower, with its topiary twin, back in the days of the old Backlot Studio Tour
If that "punny" name doesn't sound familiar, the sight surely looked familiar to millions of Disney fans. It was the water tower with Mickey ears that stood next to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
Disney had announced that it would remove the iconic tower as part of its ongoing transformation of the park. The Earffel Tower was located in the backlot area that the old tram tour visited and that is now set to become Toy Story Land.
The Earffel Tower appeared as the studios park's symbol on many Disney promotional materials, along with the Magic Kingdom's castle, Epcot's geosphere, and the Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life. Sometimes Disney used the old Sorcerer's Hat that once stood in front of the Chinese Theater as the park's icon instead, but that's gone now, too. That leaves the Tower of Terror as the leading pick for the Studios' icon at the moment, though many sarcastic Disney fans might suggest that a construction wall would be the most appropriate icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios these days.
Disney closed the Backlot Studio Tour, Streets of America, and the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show theater to clear space for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land, two new themed areas for Disney's Hollywood Studios that will open at some point after 2017.
Fans of Disney-themed water towers can rest assured that the company's original water tower, which inspired the Earffel Tower, remains at the Disney corporate headquarters in Burbank, Calif.
And a copy of the Earffel Tower remains at Walt Disney Studios Park, about 50 km away from the "e-pun-ymous" Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It was a water tower for an icon.... they would display it next to a Castle, a Geo-sphere, and the Tree of Life. Even though it was a poor park symbol by comparison... I will miss her.
Is it (was it) an actual functioning water tower or just a prop?
A new water tower has arrived at Disney Springs. Why the love for meaningless landmarks? They are a waste of money. Oh well.
It's all about place making and creating a feeling of history and time gone by.
RIP Disney-MGM Studios. Most of what made you so beautiful and unique is now gone. Hopefully what is in your future is even better than your past.
I wonder if/hope Hollywood Studios changes the front entrance to the park. If I'm not mistaken, it's earily similar to DCA's entrance.
I actually agree with Anon....GASP
The water tower with mouse ears makes a lot more sense then an old empty elevated train track for a turn of the century FLORIDA town.
@70.114: Does its function give it meaning? Not really. Why would a studio park need to have a water tower in the first place? Disney's studio park opened well after the invent of modern irrigation systems. So it's a homage to the old times? Like when Disney covered up the Chinese Theater for 20 years with the Mickey Sorcerer's Hat. The water tower ceased to have any meaning within the studios conceit. It became a wienie that you can't even visit from within the park especially when the Backlot Tour was discontinued. You must see it from afar. Why didn't they save it for Disney Springs? Disney Springs got an entirely new one. What's its excuse?
"...Into thinking that it's Universal Studios which is what it was trying to rip off."
I don't get it, a whole article and a bunch of sad people for a prop. All in a park that is old and tired and is going to get a different theme. No more "this is a working studio and we explain how we make movies" but "ride the movies". They'll keep the nice looking part of the small park and replaces a lot of badly used space with at best something decent. Maybe they even add a villain area and expand on the muppets. It's a good thing so put your big boy or girl diapers on and be happy stuff finally is changing. Maybe they even replace those tired old shows in the process like Beauty and the Beast and Indiana Jones.
Well, OT, while we can all agree that these changes are definitely for the better, but just because it's better doesn't mean that it's not gonna leave an emotional impact.
"though many sarcastic Disney fans might suggest that a construction wall would be the most appropriate icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios these days."
is there anything left i n this park:>(
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