It’s no secret that I think that the Hollywood Studios (née the Disney-MGM Studios) is in pretty dire straits – that it needs far more money and attention than the other Florida parks to get it up to code. Large swaths of the park need to be completely demolished and rebuilt along a different plan if they’re to meet the current needs of the park and escape the outmoded infrastructure of its working-studio past.
Most of all, the Hat has got to go.
Good news on this front – the Orlando Attractions Magazine has reported on the Imagineering presentation at today’s 20th anniversary celebration, and it seems that certain key Imagineers are just as fond of the Hat as many – if not most – Disney fans. That is to say, they hate it too. Bob Weis in particular seems to have ragged on the accursed Hat a couple of times, with an assist from Eric Jacobson. Tom Fitzgerald was there too, but was probably keeping the lid on his secret plan to replace the Hat and all of Hollywood Boulevard with a giant projection screen and some visible HVAC ductwork.
My proposal: have a hard-ticketed event, with tickets at $250 a pop. Keep the park open all night. Guests get a Disney-branded hardhat and crowbar, and get to tear the abomination down. They could auction off the first whack on eBay. Just sayin.