Well, this kinda ruined part of my day.
Now that we are getting the wand taken down, next can we get the granite Leave a Legacy markers demolished? Also, an appropriate celebration for Epcot's 25th birthday? While we're at it, another World Showcase pavilion with an E-ticket attraction? Or how about Beverly sold in 2 liter bottles at Club Cool? :)
Because I was not on the team that originally constructed the wand, I am actually feeling pretty indifferent to the upcoming demolition. I am, however, thankful it was built, because I had the opportunity to climb the ladders (huffing and puffing all the way) and stand at the end of the structure's catwalk above Spaceship Earth.
What a view!
It is also nice to know that Disney continues to show an inclination to invest funds to change (improve) the parks. Removing all of that steel will cost a healthy amount of money. That's ALWAYS something to be happy about!
I'm not all philosophical when it comes to analyzing the meaning of an object like that, nor was I ever astounded on its original structural beauty. Maybe its an architects dream structure, sure not mine. I'm a Christian and I never even fathomed the implications some are making that the wand and Mickeys' hand were making him like God. Yeah, its a cool looking sphere(hard as heck to draw too, i drew it once) But people, some of you are reading too much into it, seriously.
Yes, EPCOT may have been Walts Anti-Disney Disney theme park. I know the whole story. But, if something as simple as that wand just added a little Disney charm, it would make everything else in that park that wasnt part of Walts dream gotta go too. IE: The seas with Nemo and friends(totally Disneyfied), The Gran Fiesta (Mexico pavilion). The wand was just a little Disney Charm that i am sad i will no longer be seeing.
and yes, it was the first ever spherical geodesic dome.
There were many geodesic domes built since the 1920's, all of them were free standing, but never completely spherical. Another first for Disney. Since EPCOT was built as a worlds fair type attraction, the icon focus for the park was to build a very worlds fair type of icon. They played with the idea of a dome, but eventually the engineers had to go one step further and create the first geodesic sphere.
And whoever said Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge were simple, I think they're also intricate. Epcot is gonna look plain like it used to with the wand gone, it makes me sad =(
However, I do think that the Mickey Mouse hat blocks the Chinese Theater in MGM and I agree it needs to be moved or torn down.
The God symbolism is interesting, I don't think that I ever looked at it that way. But, symbols have a very powerful effect on people's internal motivations - this is whole point of advertising. Robert, your thoughts have caused me to wonder about other Disney symbolic implications.
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I b*tched about that darned wand three years ago in a TPI column:
My good karma for the day to whoever at Disney initiated and approved the decision to take down that wand.