Friday, February 16, 2007

Cannonballing Down Through the Sky...


Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

- Stephen Sondheim 1957

50 comments:

Digital Jedi said...

Don't torture me like that. That's a Photoshopped image, right? You wouldn't tease a fragile heart, would you?

Too...old...to...dance...this...hard.

Heart...failing...

:D :D :D :D :D

Tom said...

Let it be that they are removing the dreadful hand and wand! Now, if we could just get to see Grauman's Chinese Theater from Hollywood Boulevard again!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you have some insider information and that this isn't just a joke!!!

Bruce said...

Get out! Is it really true? Can we finally bid fairwell to that awful arm and wand? I'm going to WDW in April. I'd love to see Spaceship Earth in all it's original splendor.

(crosses fingers)

St. Chris said...

BWAHA! That's gorgeous! Hooray for Photoshop. So much for the monorail track...

BratStarMan said...

It is a sad commentary on the state of Disney parks to see that we now celebrate removals with as much enthusiasm as we once celebrated additions.

Charm and immersion have made way for visual monstrosities. One can only hope the "T" is someday returned to the title "theme park".

Anonymous said...

Wait! Stop! Such an explosion would destroy my wife and my favorite bathrooms - we always pay our last respect to the Wand as we exit the park! Begone the wand, but nay tarry at my privvy!

Ryan said...

It'll never happen.

Unless one of you crazy imagineers does some spontaneous imagineering one night.

FigmentJedi said...

Needs to have an inset of Dreamfinder and Figment on the Dreammobile actually shooting it down. Only way that could be even sweeter.

dean said...

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! :o)

Oh no!! It's falling onto Ellen!!!

I foresee small chunks of metal mounted smartly on brown granite bases and being sold as souvenirs in Mouse Gear -- perhaps as paperweights. ;)

SirNim said...

Mine eyes have seen the glory!

John said...

Wow... if that's true that it's coming down, that would be fantastic. Kudos to whoever made (will make) it happen!

Digital Jedi said...

And please, if you do take it down, finish the job and remove those gaudy stars along with it. Pixie dust is for fantasy, not futurism.


Now about that Hat...

Biff Jr. said...

If we are so lucky for it to be true, maybe we will also be fortunate enough for them to clean up the mess that has become Innoventions Plaza as well rethink the entry gardens....dreams really CAN come true...

Anonymous said...

One could only hope that it would fall on one of those Disney Vacation Club booths...

Maybe they could turn it into a stunt, and include it in IllumiNations- Have one of the fireworks take it out. :)

Anonymous said...

If only it WAS going away! I fear they will convert it to The EPCOT wand Villas

Darkclaw said...

Nice PS job ! Almost had me fooled until I looked at the larger pic and saw the clone stamp line on the ball.

As for the Hat at D/MGM, it's there because of Disney not wanting to pay royalties to MGM for the use of it in pictures. The photo pass photographers can't even take pictures with even a corner of the Great movie Ride building in the background.

Ceronomus said...

I've heard that there is to be no official celebration for EPCOT's 25th anniversary. I would certainly accept this as a suitable replacement.

Anonymous said...

The year of a million dreams...ahh...now THIS would be an amazing dream come true. I would fly down to FL and throw a party in between those wretched personalized space rock things, and just bask in the glory of that hideous wand being removed.

Digital Jedi said...

We need to hire a choreographer and just show up at the park doing our own celebratory dance. I say it should be in the form of We Are Here to Change the World from Captain EO. The other Guests would think it's part of the show, but the CMs would be totally creeped out. Either way, what a historic moment that would become.

Anonymous said...

Now I heard they were going to remove the wand, leave the hand there and replace the wand with a wad of cash!

Rus said...

We can only hope that as it comes down, it will fall forward and take out a large portion of the Leave a Legacy momument to capitalism!

Anonymous said...

You're lucky this pic portrays Orlando and not Boston. They'd have taken it as a terrorist threat!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE TELL US ALREADY!

Smilee306 said...

You people are hilarious - but FigmentJedi's comment was the best...
"Needs to have an inset of Dreamfinder and Figment on the Dreammobile actually shooting it down. Only way that could be even sweeter."
I love this. I can totally picture it, and it makes me crack up. To PhotoShop, someone with better skills than I!

Merlin Jones said...

Stepmother is stealing the wand for another crappy sequel...

Alex said...

I can only hope that they will indeed remove that dreadful arm and wand. It is a horrible eyesore.

Mark said...

woot!

jill said...

You know, I'll be going to EPCOT sometime in the next few weeks, and I'm thinking about taking pictures of this monstrosity for the first time - all the while relishing the fact that the pictures may well be part of WDW history. So I have something to mock along with the Magic Kingdom Cake.

Anonymous said...

It seems that Sorcerer Mickey keeps misplacing his accessories. First, he loses his hat at MGM studios. He then left his wand at Epcot. Is his robe going to be now draped over the Tree of Life? Or his ears perched over Cinderella Castle?

I think mickey needs to be told to go clean up his room.

Merlin Jones said...

>>It seems that Sorcerer Mickey keeps misplacing his accessories. First, he loses his hat at MGM studios. He then left his wand at Epcot.<<

Altzheimer's?

BratStarMan said...

What a fitting metaphor for what has happened to the parks - they are littered with "mouse droppings".

The said...

>>
>>It seems that Sorcerer Mickey keeps misplacing his accessories. First, he loses his hat at MGM studios. He then left his wand at Epcot.<<

Altzheimer's?
<<

Gosh, you're right. It must be that. The mouse just pushed over fifty anyway. It makes sense that he can't remember squat. He is even forgetting birthdays already-that's why there's no 25th clebration over at EPCOT.

Anonymous said...

Change the wand to a big arrow that says "You Are Here." You know for dumb people.

Geoffrey said...

Oh please say it is so...

Thank God the ruined photos will end sometimes the best medicine is bad medicine..

To use Bon Jovi "Bad medicine is what i need."

I know that the hat is in front of the Chinese theatre STILL, but other than Disney wanting to save money on the postcards of MGM Studios that they sell is there any other reason that it too has to remain to destroy photographs everywhere??

Let the visual faupauxs die quiet and quick deaths...

Figment571 said...

"Smoke on the Water and Fire in the sky!"

If it was to fall in the lagoon anyway. But in all seriousness it needs to go. PPPPPPPLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE?

FigmentJedi said...

Just made a Photoshop based on my own comment and put it on my Deviantart. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/49571367/
I'd like to see some better executed ones though, especially from smilee, considering he wanted to do it.

Paul (from Idea Sandbox) said...

Just discovered and LOVE your site... I'm the webmaster for Waltopia (waltopia.com) - about Walt's original plans for EPCOT.

Also, I use Walt's philosophies to help businesses be more creative/innovative. That's thru my business and site Idea Sandbox (idea-sandbox.com).

I'm looking forward to reading your site in more detail...

Thanks for putting together such a great collection of information.

I tried to find an e-mail address to contact one of you directly... hope you don't mind me using this space!

Paul

Ceronomus said...

>>Altzheimer's?

No, Waltzheimer's

Foy said...

Wouldn't Waltzheimer's be a good disease?

It should be Eiznerheimers, or something like that...

Anonymous said...

Alright....alright!!! More info....PLEASE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I still say that the fiasco looks like Spaceship Earth landed right on Mickey's head, knocked him to the ground and now he's frantically waiving his wand trying to get it off or get someone to help.

Prydonian said...

Words fail me... I actually have a small elite cadre of recruits who take the time during every visit to EPCOT to leap up into the planters to kick the base, in the hopes that we can eventually loosen a bolt! I couldn't dream of expressing my joy at its actual destruction...

One thing, though... As for this comment:
"As for the Hat at D/MGM, it's there because of Disney not wanting to pay royalties to MGM for the use of it in pictures."

This simply isn't true, I'm sorry... I know it's another in a series of convincing-sounding rumours, but it isn't the case. For a start, MGM doesn't own any rights to Grauman's Chinese! LOL... Just wait four more years, you'll see...

j.slipchinsky said...

This simply isn't true, I'm sorry... I know it's another in a series of convincing-sounding rumours, but it isn't the case.

we're getting our rumours crossed, I'm afraid. I worked at MGM over the summer and was told that was the case, it's just that the original commenter had one fact wrong - it's not MGM they'd need to pay royalties to. the Chinese Theatre changed hands in the past few years, from Grauman to Mann's, and now belongs (I believe?) to WB/Paramount. you can imagine Disney not wanting to shell out to WB, eh?

could be wrong of course, this is all he-said-she-said.

Anonymous said...

4-12-07

The wand is not coming down:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-disney1207apr12,0,3948558.story?track=rss

Ghostbuster626 said...

Well the article just says a Disney represenative said that all of the changes will be the inside. We have no clue what part of the company this represenative is from. They may not know all of the plans.

Anonymous said...

"Well the article just says a Disney represenative said that all of the changes will be the inside. We have no clue what part of the company this represenative is from. They may not know all of the plans".

I hope you are right. I was just going by what the article said:

"Spaceship Earth's overhaul is not expected to affect the controversial, giant Mickey Mouse arm and wand structure that was added in 1999. The structure has been the target of heated criticism from some Epcot fans who say it clashes with the park's architecture.

Allen said all the changes will be on the inside".

Spyne said...

I know I'm in a minority here, but I actually like the wand. Before anybody asks, yes, I have seen Spaceship Earth before the wand was put up, it was during the mid-90's I think.

Then I was there in 2000, during the Millennium Celebration so obviously I saw the wand when it said "2000". I loved it and it was exciting to bring in the new millennium, now that they decided to keep it there and I'm perfectly fine with that.

I think it brings that bit of "Disney magic" to Epcot. There's not really much else I can say, I like it probably because it's a nostalgia feeling with me last being there in 2000. Like I said, I know I'm in a minority with opinions about the wand, but I like it and I always will.

UDsteve11 said...

I like the wand as well. I think that if it is removed it will make EPCOT look bare. I think that the wand is a nice addition because it does bring the magic and Wizardry of Disney to Epcot. It makes the park a recognizeable part of Disney's legacy.

Xander said...

Confirmed to be true now:

"Scott Powers| Staff Writer
Orlando Sentinel
July 5, 2007

The 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down.

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."

More to be seen at the Sentinel's site.