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Sorcerer Mickey's Hat


To mark the 100 Years of Magic Celebration, which in turn marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney, Walt Disney World created a new park icon for the Disney's Hollywood Studios that stands proudly at the end of Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre — a giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat.


The Sorcerer Mickey Hat — The icon at the end of Disney's Hollywood Studios' Hollywood Boulevard is a 122 feet tall Sorcerer Mickey Hat. Built to represent "the magic of show business and the entertainment wizardry of Disney" the new icon was formally unveiled on September 28, 2001, as Walt Disney World kicked off its 100 Years of Magic Celebration. Made from fiberglass and shaped like the blue and gold wizard-style hat worn by Mickey in the animated classic “Fantasia,” the hat weighs 156 tons and is decorated with glittering moon and star shapes. A giant Mickey hand is tipping the hat, which rests on two stylized Mickey ears. Underneath the hat is a major Disney pin station.


The new Sorcerer Mickey Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios follows Disney’s icon tradition of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Spaceship Earth at Epcot and The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Head Measurements: The hat, if it were wearable, would be a size 605 7/8.

Mickey would have to be 350 feet tall if he were to wear this giant hat.

The Hat itself is 100 feet tall.

The interior space equals nearly 60,000 cubic feet.

The hat and ears sit atop a solid foundation that uses enough concrete to cover the length of a football field.

It can hold 444,744 gallons of water.

Six stars and two moons adorn the hat.

Paint Job: The hat is painted with a custom technique called “chameleon paint,” which shifts color as guests move around it. The hat required enough paint to cover 500 Cadillacs.

The Mickey Ears feature a new special effect called “Light Ribbons,” which change color and sparkle with internal pixie dust lighting.

Holding it All Together: There are 13,493 bolts that hold the hat together; 26,986 washers; and 17,000 feet (or 57 football field) of underground utility piping.

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