Perdita, ” I view the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat as an unnecessary and sad mistake. I have never visited Hollywood Studios when there was not the big, blue hat to greet me when I walked up Hollywood Boulevard. I think it was a symbol that was representative of the Disney magic; a huge, larger-than-life reminder of one the Disney movies. If they thought that it really had to moved for an open view of the Chinese theater, I wish they would have at least relocated it somewhere else in the park.”
Roly, “I see them taking the Sorcerer’s Hat down as a mistake, especially when replacing it with the “Earful Tower” as the logo. I am interested, though, in seeing the Chinese Theater unobstructed for the first time. To me, even though seeing it will be interesting, it does not make make up for the hat, which has been there since my first visit.”
Pongo, “Removing the Sorcerer’s Hat really does not bother me. It is familiar and does not seem “out of place” to me; as I have never seen Hollywood Studios without it. I do not think that it added much , though. Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. is iconic, as is the Epcot Ball. The Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom has the wonderful, intricate carvings, and to me, fits as a centerpiece. The parks look and feel like they were built around each of these. Not so much with the hat, it feels like it was placed there as an afterthought (which I guess it was). I will reserve final judgement for when I see it in person.”
The magic of Disney captivated me from the time I can remember through their movies and the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. I visited Walt Disney World when I was 17 with my family when there was no Epcot and no fastpasses. We stood for an hour in the hot Orlando sun in August to ride one ride. I remember with fondness an Eastern Airlines ride that simulated flight, a submarine ride and a few others that are no longer there as well as some that are. We all came away glad for the experience, even with the sweltering heat and the crowds.
I went again in 1982 when Epcot was new. We all loved the entire experience, even though a lot of the attractions that are there now were not operational then; but, the countries and the whole concept were mesmerizing. I returned a few times between then and 2009 becoming increasingly taken by the magic during each trip.
It was during the 2009 trip that we first stayed at the Beach Club Hotel. I was taken in with the beauty of the hotel, the charm of the cast members, and certainly the proximity to the parks. To be able to just walk into Epcot in a few minutes made all the difference in my enjoyment of the park. We rode the Friendship boats to Hollywood Studios and enjoyed them almost as much as the park.
We returned again in 2011 during the Christmas season. This trip marks the true start of my utter fascination, addiction, fanaticism (supply similar adjective). This trip could not have been any better for a variety of reasons. We stayed at the Beach Club again and, to my great surprise and enjoyment, we were upgraded to the concierge floor. They supplied us with food and drink and turndown service. The thing that “made” the trip however was all of the Christmas ambience from the smells and music at the Beach Club to all of the beautiful decorations both inside and outside.
Since then, we have dove in head first, returning several times per year, taking a Disney cruise, and going to Aulani. I look forward to sharing insight that I have gained including seasonal variation, theme park tips, money-saving tips, hotel tips, DVC tips, and more.
Yours truly, Perdita.
Coming tomorrow: Our feelings on the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Welcome to the “Second Star to the Right Disney Blog.” My name is…not important, but you can call me Pongo. My wife, Perdita, our son, Roly, and I will all be contributing. We have become Disney fanatics together, but of course, each have our different perspectives.
We live in the fly-over zone of America. So, most of our experiences are from Walt Disney World. We have spent Christmas, Easter, and Halloween at WDW. We have attended the Flower and Garden and Food and Wine Festivals. We are Disney Vacation Club members, have stayed in many of the resorts and villas, and are fortunate to visit 2-3 times per year. We have also gone on a Disney cruise, vacationed at Aulani, and will soon be going to Disneyland in California. We have many experiences to share.
Our goals of this blog are to share experiences, give reviews, offer tips, discuss Disney news, and give general commentary on all things Disney (and occasionally related topics). Hopefully, you will find this blog helpful, informative, and occasionally entertaining.