The "hat' at MGM will be the next cool thing to incessantly whine about. :lol:
I cannot believe this! The heavens have opened and choirs are singing! This is a day I will tell my grandchildren about...if I have any...well, maybe I'm exaggerating.
I tend to agree with the Sentinel getting a few facts wrong however the paper work end of it might already be partially complete. It was my understanding that the wand was never meant to be a permanent structure and would come down at some point. So it is conceivable that a demolition plan may already exists and will be filed with OC in the next day or two. In regards to the crane their might not be that much lead time in getting it. I know with the hiring of the cranes I deal with, which are considerably smaller then one that would be used in this project, can be arranged quite quickly. The same might be might be true for the crane that would be needed for this project.One word for this... Merfalicious.
Someone did make a good point. We've seen permits on every little bit of work being done lately, and nothing yet that would point directly at removal of the wand.
And a guy on here works for the company WDW rents cranes from, and I think just as recently as a couple weeks ago, he mentioned there were no rentals scheduled for Disney that would facilitate the removal.
In fact, the only marginal indicator that we've really seen is a ton of bulbs burned out and not being replaced.
It's just weird.
Obviously it looks legit from a few different standpoints, but still. It's just weird that we're not seeing more obvious indicators.
My guess is that maybe the Slantinel has even MORE information incorrect, and that the wand really won't start coming down Monday... More that it's just going to happen at some point before SSE reopens. That would make more sense... Time to file permits, rent proper equipment, probably publicise a monorail route change (if required), etc...
Just got this email not too long ago:
From: WDW Magic Kingdom Communication
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 1:06 PM
Subject: News from Epcot Versa-Tell: Mickey Mouse gloved hand and wand to be removed from Spaceship Earth
Mickey Mouse gloved hand and wand to be removed from Spaceship Earth
As we did with Cinderella Castle for our 50th anniversary celebration, from time to time, we add special treatments to our icons to enhance or “dress them up” for our celebrations and then restore them back to their original state. As a result, beginning July 9, the Mickey Mouse gloved hand and wand treatment that was installed on Spaceship Earth at Epcot as part of the Millennium Celebration and then updated for the 100 years of Magic celebration will be removed. The timing was ideal to restore Spaceship Earth to its original, classic look, since the venue was already scheduled for enhancement work through November. We anticipate the restoration effort will be complete by mid-September.
Many people have asked if the structure will be donated to a local museum or park, but since it is going to take nearly three months to remove, it is doubtful that it will be maintained in one piece. In addition, the size of Mickey’s gloved hand, the wand and the “Epcot” logo weigh nearly 50 tons and each letter in the logo is 36 feet tall. Those letters are also covered with more than 250,000 reflective eye-catchers.
Action Requested from Magic Kingdom Leaders
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Impact: Cast and Guest
Release: July 5, 2007
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