The Earffel Tower[2] is a faux water tower located at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Its original version previously existed at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.[3] Adorned with a set of Mickey Mouse ears, it was inspired by the real water tower located at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.[4]

A pun on the Eiffel Tower, the tower is 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; it, however, does not contain water.[4]

The original 130-foot tower was located in the Studio Backlot Tour backstage area of Disney's Hollywood Studios.[3] It was the park's original icon (then known as Disney-MGM Studios), from 1989 to 2001, along with the Chinese Theatre facade of The Great Movie Ride. Additionally, the hat was decorated for holidays and promotional purposes. From the 100 Years of Magic celebration onwards, The Sorcerer's Hat then served as the official icon until its removal in 2015.[5] The Earffel Tower Tower was removed on April 29, 2016, to facilitate the construction of the park's Toy Story Land.[6]

The second tower at Walt Disney Studios Park debuted in 2002 and has served as the park's official icon since then.

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References

  1. Bevil, Dewayne (April 29, 2016). "Disney: Earffel Tower removed at Hollywood Studios".
  2. "Vintage Walt Disney World: Holidays at the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios", The Disney Parks Blog (December 8, 2011). Retrieved on February 12, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Disney: Earffel Tower removed at Hollywood Studios", Orlando Sentinel (April 29, 2016). Retrieved on April 30, 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Earffel Tower coming down, attractions closing at Disney's Hollywood Studios", Orlando Sentinel (January 15, 2016). Retrieved on January 20, 2016. 
  5. "Disney's Hollywood Studios removing sorcerer's hat", Orlando Sentinel (October 25, 2014). Retrieved on October 25, 2014. 
  6. "R.I.P. “The Earffel Tower” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 1989-2016". Inside The Magic. Retrieved on 29 April 2016.


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