The hat returns, this time at Animal Kingdom! | Uncle Walt's Insider

The hat returns, this time at Animal Kingdom!

The Sorceror Mickey Hat in its new Animal Kingdom home. Photo credit Mfwills [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons and Katie Harbath [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flikr.

Ah, giant Sorcerer Mickey hat. How we’ve missed you!

WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — It’s back! Removed from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2015, the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat has returned to the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa, this time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Although criticized by many during its time at the Studios for covering up the iconic replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, home of the Great Chinese Movie Ride, Imagineers were extremely careful in selecting the hat’s new location.

“Instead of just throwing the hat someplace it didn’t belong, like a replica of Hollywood,” Disney spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation) told Uncle Walt’s Insider, “we made sure it this time that it would be appropriate to the surroundings and did not block the view of anything important.

“So it’s now at Animal Kingdom — people wear hats all the time at zoos, so it’s super appropriate. And we positioned it in front of a tree, so no one can complain that it’s blocking anything worth looking at.”

Disney (no relation) is excited about the return of the hat. “So many, many people complained when we took it from the Studios. They’ll be happy to know we plan for it to stay at Animal Kingdom for a long, long time!”

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Cover photo of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat in its new Animal Kingdom home by Mfwills [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons and Katie Harbath [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] via Flikr.