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). The tower originally served as the park's icon along with the exterior facade of Grauman's Chinese Theatre at the Great Movie Ride. It is located in the park's backlot area, and can be observed by guests riding the Studio Backlot Tour. The Sorcerer's Hat was completed on September 28, 2001 and has since served as the park's official icon. The Earful tower still remains in the park and has a topiary of it nearby.
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.