It’s Official! Epcot Wand Coming Down by October 1, 2007

5 Jul

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announced this morning that the time has come to remove the structure, which has served both as a colorful, lighted Epcot sign since 2000, and as a lightning rod for criticism from Epcot purists who contended the image was out of character for Epcot’s architecture.

The structure leans on Epcot’s previous and future iconic figure, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion, a180-foot geodesic sphere that can be seen for miles.

The arm and glove went up for Walt Disney World’s 2000 millennium celebration.

Now, however, with but with Epcot’s 25th anniversary this fall, and the temporary closing of Spaceship Earth ride, MacPhee said, “We think the timing of the removal is right.”

Deconstruction of the 50-ton structure begins Monday, and will be completed shortly before the park’s 25th anniversary, October 1. Also coming down are the 36-foot-high “Epcot” letters and colored stars splashing across the sphere.

Epcot purists will no doubt notice that this is one of precious few times that Disney has made any public statements about the upcoming 25th anniversary. Could there be more to come?

4 Responses to “It’s Official! Epcot Wand Coming Down by October 1, 2007”

  1. sambycat July 6, 2007 at 8:52 am #

    as a disneyland lover and recent convert to the special joys of that OTHER park,,,,, i LIKED the wand! poo! well, at least i’ve got pictures…

  2. Kitty-chan July 6, 2007 at 9:02 am #

    MouseExtra is with you sambycat, feeling your pain. Dave wrote a piece a short time back in defense of the wand.

    And we’ll always have our memories, especially of the awesome Segway-riding CM Chris who chatted with us about the Boston local rock scene, and walked us into the back entrance when my dear son was worried we wouldn’t get on Spaceship Earth before closing! Amazing how the little moments are sometimes the most precious.

  3. MouseExtraDave July 7, 2007 at 9:57 am #

    Yes, I am with the Cat on this one. They are moving Epcot to a more “Disney-ized” place with characters and all. To me, the Wand was actually starting to make sense and looked the part.

    The other thing is that people say the wand kills the “futurism” idea. Well, I want these people to tell me what exactly the future holds for the soon-to-be-exploded geodesic sphere market!

  4. Kitty-chan July 7, 2007 at 3:00 pm #

    I’ll be glad to see the wand go, but I believe this is a topic on which reasonable people can differ.

    And hmm, about the future of that geodesic sphere market . . . I think it’s right behind flying cars on the venture capital track.

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