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  1. #16

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    I'm very, very, very, very to the nth degree happy to say: TOLD YOU SO!!!

    It may just be a symbol being removed, but IMHO it's a symbol of all that's gone wrong at WDW since the late 1990s ... tacky, gaudy, in-your-face marketing over real quality Disney entertainment.

    Hopefully, this is the start of some very good things.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Excellent- I'll be there in a month so I can witness the joy of it coming down (not the joy of it being gone, but still...).

    Couldn't think of a better birthday present for Epcot.













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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    I will be disappointed with Leave A Legacy going byebye - I wonder if I could get my plaque? I requested for my WDW 25th Anniv. brick, and they said I could have it, so who knows.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Now it can go back to its golf-ball glory.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    I will be disappointed with Leave A Legacy going byebye - I wonder if I could get my plaque? I requested for my WDW 25th Anniv. brick, and they said I could have it, so who knows.
    It's my understanding that while they are no longer selling the leave a legacy tiles that there are no current plans to remove the ones that have already been sold as much as I'd like them to be moved.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    I've nearly lost all memory of physically walking up-to and under a wandless SSE. I can't believe it's finally going down. Of course, knowing Disney, it'll take 3 times as long as it should of in the real world.

    Great news.
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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974 View Post
    I'm very, very, very, very to the nth degree happy to say: TOLD YOU SO!!!

    It may just be a symbol being removed, but IMHO it's a symbol of all that's gone wrong at WDW since the late 1990s ... tacky, gaudy, in-your-face marketing over real quality Disney entertainment.

    Hopefully, this is the start of some very good things.
    People at WDWmagic are trying to hog credit for being the first to report it but I am doing my best to remind them that it was all you Spirit!

    Hopefully we will hear some official news about Star Tours and whats gonna happen to MGM Studios soon!

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    COOL! I always hated it! Now if they would just bring the Castle Cake back everything would be perfect!
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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Quote Originally Posted by kcnole View Post
    It's my understanding that while they are no longer selling the leave a legacy tiles that there are no current plans to remove the ones that have already been sold as much as I'd like them to be moved.
    The LaL program was discontinued as of June 16th and while it is true that the more than 550,000 tiles located at the main entrance of Epcot will remain for the time being who is to say what the future holds (aside from Siemens of course).
    Meanwhile, the LaL locator station is being moved to the Camera Center underneath Spaceship Earth.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Quote Originally Posted by photogbs View Post
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...l_tab01_layout

    Mickey arm, wand coming down from Spaceship sphere
    Scott Powers

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    11:13 AM EDT, July 5, 2007

    The 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down.

    Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announced this morning that the time has come to remove the structure, which has served both as a colorful, lighted Epcot sign since 2000, and as a lightning rod for criticism from Epcot purists who contended the image was out of character for Epcot's architecture.

    The structure leans on Epcot's previous and future iconic figure, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion, a180-foot geodesic sphere that can be seen for miles.

    The arm and glove went up for Walt Disney World's 2000 millennium celebration.

    Now, however, with but with Epcot's 25th anniversary this fall, and the temporary closing of Spaceship Earth ride, MacPhee said, "We think the timing of the removal is right."

    Deconstruction of the 50-ton structure begins Monday, and will be completed shortly before the park's 25th anniversary, October 1. Also coming down are the 36-foot-high "Epcot" letters and colored stars splashing across the sphere.

    Also Monday, the Spaceship Earth ride will close to complete a refurbishing sponsored by Siemans AG. The work should be done by November, MacPhee said
    actually, the wand was suppose to be ready to come down a week before WDWGirl and i went to disney world (june 16)
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    3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
    4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
    5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
    6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
    7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
    8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
    9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
    AND FINALLY...
    10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    These two may be the best thing to happen to Epcot: Jim Machpee and Siemens
    Kudos points for both of them. I'm going to feel like a kid again when that horrifying monstrosity comes down.

    One more thing, for those who think the hat at MGM maybe coming down, better stop hoping. Disney just pumped some money to add some lighthing effects added to it. I dont think that will be going anywhere for a while. Maybe when it turns 25 as some of you mentioned...let's hope and see.
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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    What is this deconstruction non-sence? Just get a wrecking ball and slap that baby down. SSE might suffer some physical damage but its nothin disney cant fix in a month. Plus i'd look really really cool.

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    Re: Ding Dong the Wand is Dead: It's Official

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    What is this deconstruction non-sence? Just get a wrecking ball and slap that baby down. SSE might suffer some physical damage but its nothin disney cant fix in a month. Plus i'd look really really cool.
    what happens when that debris from the wand hits a guest/ worker/ building and damages it, or what happens if the wrecking ball flies face forward into SSE? that is something disney may not be able to fix.
    it is going to be hard to think of SSE w/o the wand. it would look so, plain, almost naked looking, as if there was something missing, dont you think? but oh well, "Jim MacPhee, Tear Down Your Wand!!!"
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    WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MICECHAT...
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    2. IF THERE'S CHIPPED PAINT IN THE QUEUE FOR A LINE, EXPECT SOMEONE TO WRITE OUT A BIG STORY BASHING IT. WOOHOO.
    3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
    4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
    5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
    6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
    7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
    8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
    9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
    AND FINALLY...
    10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

    M-U-H Muhfukka.
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    Mickey Mouse arm, wand coming down from Epcot sphere at Disney World (merged)

    What do you think about Disney's plans to remove the Mickey Mouse arm and wand from Epcot's Spaceship Earth?

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    Mickey Mouse arm, wand coming down from Epcot sphere at Disney World

    The 257-foot-tall Mickey Mouse arm, glove and wand logo structure at Epcot is coming down.

    Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee announced this morning that the time has come to remove the structure, which has served both as a colorful, lighted Epcot sign since 2000, and as a lightning rod for criticism from Epcot purists who contended the image was out of character for Epcot's architecture.

    The structure leans on Epcot's previous and future iconic figure, the Spaceship Earth Pavilion, a180-foot geodesic sphere that can be seen for miles.

    The arm and glove went up for Walt Disney World's 2000 millennium celebration.

    Now, with Epcot's 25th anniversary this fall, and the temporary closing of Spaceship Earth ride, MacPhee said, "We think the timing of the removal is right."

    Deconstruction of the 50-ton structure begins Monday, and will be completed shortly before the park's 25th anniversary, October 1. Also coming down are the 36-foot-high "Epcot" letters and colored stars splashing across the sphere.

    Also Monday, the Spaceship Earth ride will close to complete a refurbishing sponsored by Siemans AG. The work should be done by November, MacPhee said.

    At 257 feet, the arm-glove-wand addition to the Epcot dome made the structure the tallest point in all of Walt Disney World.

    Once it comes down, the tallest points according to Sentinel research will be two structures both estimated at 199 feet tall -- the Tower of Terror at MGM Studios and the new Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom.

    The tallest point in the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella's Castle at 180 feet.

    In terms of park centerpieces, Epcot's dome and Magic Kingdom's castle will both be the tallest, followed by Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life at 145 feet and then the sorcerer's hat at MGM standing at 100 feet tall.
    Copyright 2007, Orlando Sentinel

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