Earful Tower

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Earful Tower
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Earful Tower at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Area Streets of America
Coordinates 28°21′24″N 81°33′46″W / 28.35667°N 81.56278°W / 28.35667; -81.56278
Status Operating
Opening date May 1, 1989
Walt Disney Studios Park
Coordinates 48°52′24″N 2°46′34″E / 48.8732°N 2.776°E / 48.8732; 2.776
Status Operating
Opening date March 16, 2002
General statistics
Attraction type Water tower
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Height 40 m (130 ft)
Height (Paris) 50 m (163 ft)

The Earful Tower and Earffel Tower are water towers located at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida and Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in Seine-et-Marne. They are based on water towers often found on Hollywood studio backlots of the first half of the 1900s, which were originally a safety measure to douse fires on highly flammable wooden film sets. They resemble the water tower located at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, except that they have prominent Mickey Mouse ears and only four legs. The real tower has no ears and six legs.

The Earful Tower, constructed in 1989, is the first of the two water towers, and was the original icon of Disney's Hollywood Studios (then-known as Disney-MGM Studios), along with the Chinese Theatre facade of The Great Movie Ride. The Sorcerer's Hat, which was completed on September 28, 2001 and has since served as the park's official icon until its removal in 2015.[1] The Earful Tower is located in the park's backlot area, and could be observed by guests riding the Studio Backlot Tour. After the attraction's closing in 2014, the Earful Tower is no longer viewable, though it still remains.

The Earffel Tower, a pun on the Eiffel Tower, is the icon for Walt Disney Studios Park, standing 163 ft (50 m) tall and including lighting along the outline of its ears at night.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Pedicini; Dewayne Bevil (October 25, 2014). "Disney's Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer's hat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2014.