Advanced Engineering 2019

Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat Icon Dedication

07 December 2001

The dedication of the 100 Years of Magic icon, a 122-foot-tall fiberglass Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat in the heart of Disney-MGM Studios representing the magic of show business and the entertainment wizardry of Disney.

At the dedication of the icon, Roy E. Disney, vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation, was among speakers scheduled to give an insight into what the legacy of Walt Disney means to them. He chose the Sorcerer's Apprentice as his topic -- as an example that represents the two Walts he knew: Walt the kid being Mickey Mouse and Walt the boss being the Sorcerer.

"So it is that this giant hat is such a wonderful symbol of my uncle and my boss. And, it can serve as a reminder of the kid -- and the sorcerer -- in all of us."

Made from composite fiberglass and shaped like the pointed hat worn by Mickey in the animated classic "Fantasia," the icon weighs 156 tons. It is a brilliant blue decorated with moon and star shapes in glittering gold. An equally larger-than-life Mickey Mouse hand tips the 122 foot-high hat, which rests on two shimmering ribbon loops -- stylized versions of Mickey's ears.

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