Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have either loved the hat or hated it over the past 13 years. Some say much-maligned giant blue hat took away from the section of the park dedicated to the 1930s and 1940s in Hollywood.
The hat also blocked the view of the Chinese Theater as guests walked down Hollywood Boulevard.
There have been rumors of the hat’s demise swirling in recent weeks after the big blue Sorcerer’s Hat was glaringly missing from new park maps.
And on Friday Disney confirmed the news that the 122-foot tall hat would be gone in early 2015. Construction walls are expected to go up soon – likely in early January.
This isn’t the only change coming to the Studios. It was also announced the The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is closing, and the Studio Backlot Tour closed last month. There is no word on what, if anything, will replace The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow or if the Sorcerer’s Hat will find a new home somewhere else in the park.