Earffel Tower removed overnight from Disney’s Hollywood Studios


The Earffel Tower started its life as the icon for Disney-MGM Studios, a park Michael Eisner ordered built to prempt the theme park Universal Studios was building just down the I-4 freeway, which is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Last night it met with the wrecking ball to make way for Toy Story Land, which will occupy the backstage area that the tower was located in.

It stood at 130 feet tall and it’s giant ears could be seen from a wide area around the park. Although the tower was designed to resemble the water towers often found on Hollywood studio backlots, like the one at the actual Walt Disney Studios backlot in Burbank, CA, it never actually functioned as real water tower.

There is a similar Earffel tower in the Walt Disney Studios Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort. It’s a bit taller at 163 feet, but it too is not a working water tower. The name Earffel is a play on words with the Eiffel Tower of Paris, France.

The news the tower would be removed was delivered by Disney’s Hollywood Studios of January of this year, but no announcement was made that yesterday would be its last day. This leaves fans to mourn with only memories and photos of the iconic tower.

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4 thoughts on “Earffel Tower removed overnight from Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  1. J Price

    DHS is now utterly without any notable centerpiece.

    Star Wars and Toy Story Land alone can’t save the place. It needs an entirely new vision, and a makeover.

    1. Olivia

      The new icon, I think, will be the Great Movie Ride. I’ve seen concept art about the new Star Wars fireworks show, and The Great Movie ride seems like a very important part to it. Since it’s right down the main stretch center of the park, and has a stage in the courtyard right out front, I think it’s the most obvious choice for an icon.

  2. Janet

    Is there a vision for Hollywood Studios? to me it is just a mish-mash of ideas. I really see no flow…at least not at this point

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