Earffel Tower

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Earffel Tower
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Earffel Tower in Florida
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Area Studio Backlot
Coordinates 28°21′24″N 81°33′46″W / 28.35667°N 81.56278°W / 28.35667; -81.56278
Status Closed
Opening date May 1, 1989
Closing date April 29, 2016[1]
Walt Disney Studios Park
Area Front Lot
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 Earffel Tower[2] is a faux water tower located at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in Seine-et-Marne. The original version of the tower previously existed at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando.[3] Adorned with a set of Mickey Mouse ears, the towers were inspired by the real water tower located at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.[4]

A pun on the Eiffel Tower, they are based on water towers commonly 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; the Earffel Towers, however, do not contain water.[4]

The original 130-foot Earffel Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios, was the first of the two water towers and was located in the Studio Backlot Tour backstage area of the Florida park.[3] The tower was the original icon of the park (then-known as Disney-MGM Studios), from 1989 until 2001, along with the Chinese Theatre facade of The Great Movie Ride. The Sorcerer's Hat then served as the park's official icon until its removal in 2015.[5] The Earffel Tower was removed on April 29, 2016, to facilitate the construction of the park's Toy Story Land.[6]

The second, 163-foot tower at Walt Disney Studios Park debuted in 2002 and has served as the Paris park's icon since then.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (April 29, 2016). "Disney: Earffel Tower removed at Hollywood Studios". OrlandoSentinel.com. 
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Nate (December 8, 2011). "Vintage Walt Disney World: Holidays at the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios". The Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (April 29, 2016). "Disney: Earffel Tower removed at Hollywood Studios". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Pedicini, Sandra (January 15, 2016). "Earffel Tower coming down, attractions closing at Disney's Hollywood Studios". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sandra Pedicini; Dewayne Bevil (October 25, 2014). "Disney's Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer's hat". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ McCabe, Adam. "R.I.P. “The Earffel Tower” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 1989-2016". Inside The Magic. Retrieved 29 April 2016.