First off, I apologize if this is really obvious to a lot of people but I had to ask it because I have literally spent probably 20 hours online trying to find an answer to this but I am just stumped: What's the big issue with the Mickey Sorcerer's Hat at Disney Hollywood Studios?
Now, I have never been to HS...so I might not understand how things are setup...but as I understand it the "icon" for HS is the giant blue Mickey Sorcerer's Hat. The way I see it in my head, this seems to be the entrance to the HS park. I've never seen a good picture of the entrance to the park, so I might be assuming wrong so please correct my misunderstanding.
I've read snipes taken at the hat from Imagineers who hate it. In one article I read on another Disney forum, they had a picture of Mann's Chinese Theater in HS and the article made it seem like they built this Sorcerer's Hat on top of it and covered it up. Is that true?
Another article said that the hat was just for a celebration of some kind, but then they kept it up. I remember years ago when they made Cinderella's Castle look like a giant birthday cake and I remember being horrified by that. I thought, "Man, I would have hated to have saved up to go to the MK and then when I got there my pictures would be ruined because the castle was made to look ugly like that".
I've seen the Socerer's Hat referred to as the "moon bounce hat" because it looks like those ugly moon bounces that rich kids get in their backyards for birthday parties in sitcoms.
I'd love to know a few things if you can answer my questions:
* Is the "hat" at the entrance to HS?
* Did the hat cover up Mann's Chinese Theater at HS?
* Is the hat no longer considered "temporary" and is it now there for good?
* Do most people hate the hat?
Thank you in advance for any help with this -- and once again, I'm sorry if I took up room in the forum asking something that might be obvious to some people but I am currently planning a trip to WDW for 2013 and I am definitely going to be visiting HS for the first time (mainly because of MiceChatters and how reading this site has made me want to see ALL the parks and not just MK and Typhoon Lagoon like I usually do).
In planning my trip I keep encountering this negativity towards this giant hat and I want to understand it.