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Vintage Walt Disney World: Holidays at the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 8th, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Another big icon here at Walt Disney World Resort used to get into the ho-ho-holiday spirit with a giant 342 3/8th sized Santa hat. I’m talking about the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Of course, when this photograph was taken in December 1989, it was Disney-MGM Studios. The ears on this icon weigh 5,000 lbs. – so it’s no wonder it takes a hat that is 28.5 feet in diameter to wrap around them!

The Earffel Tower During the Holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The holidays weren’t the only time in the past that the Earffel Tower has been altered to celebrate a special event.

Earffel Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios Altered to Celebrate the Opening of Walt Disney Pictures Live Action 101 Dalmatians

Back in 1996, spots were added for the opening of Walt Disney Pictures live-action “101 Dalmatians” (and the Backstage Pass attraction on Mickey Avenue).

Earffel Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios Altered to Celebrate the Premiere of Fantasmic!

And in 1998, for the premiere of Fantasmic!, the ears were painted to look like the sorcerer’s hat.

The Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

And while the Earffel Tower may not get into the holiday spirit any more, I’m pretty sure there are millions of lights nearby that make up for it during the holiday season. I hear they even dance nowadays.

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10 Comments 4 Replies

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Aaron on December 8th, 2011 at 10:19 am

I miss the Earful Tower’s Santa Hat.

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Jamie from England on December 8th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I miss the Santa hat to, if I am not mistaken, didn’t it used to get lights around the ears at Christmas as well?

 

Nate Rasmussen on December 13th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

They might have, but I can’t find any photographic evidence of lights being around the ears.

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Mike on December 8th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I think that you guys should put the santa hat back up for the holiday season

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Tim on December 8th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I seem to remember that during the mid-90′s when the Orlando Magic was in the NBA Finals the Earful Tower was adorned with Blue Eye Goggles in support.

 

Nate Rasmussen on December 13th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Tim, you are correct. Those goggles were gigantic.

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Samantha on December 8th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

How come they don’t put the Santa hat on it any more? I think they should! I’ve never seen that in person and would love to. It would add a nice touch. I am sure its not the easiest to do tho!!

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Cody from TX on December 8th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

fantasmic was the best one

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Jennifer from FL on December 8th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I miss the Earful’s Halloween costume – it was a ghost!

 

Nate Rasmussen on December 13th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Jennifer, after you wrote this we went to look for a picture. We found one! I’ll have to share it one day.

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Chris on December 8th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

What’s that I see in the first picture? A Sorcerer-Hat-Less DHS (Or MGM)? Those were the good days. The days where there wasn’t that giant hat blocking the Beautiful Chinese Theater.

Anyways, I wish they put the Santa hat on the Tower again. It was so… Disney!

 

Nate Rasmussen on December 13th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Keen eyes, Chris.

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Mark on December 9th, 2011 at 11:59 am

Bring back the hat! : )

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Debbie from NY on December 9th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I like the traditional black ears then decorating it for the holidays not that I have seen the holidays in person. Blue ears? nah!

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