Time FrameMay 1, 2015
Construction walls were put up around the Sorcerer's Hat on January 6, 2015. The construction walls feature the Earffel Tower, indicating that will return as the icon for the park. Demolition of the hat appeared complete on February 25th with construction walls remaining in place.
The walls are expected to be removed around the Sorcerer's Hat by the end of April, at which point construction of a new stage is expected.
May 1, 2015: Walls are down around where the Sorcerer's Hat used to be. A planter is now in it's place.
March 16, 2015: Disney released a new park map for Hollywood Studios that shows a label for 'Center Stage' on the former footprint of The Sorcerer's Hat. This confirms that a stage will replace The Sorcerer's Hat.
March 12, 2015: Orlando Parks News posted to Twitter that a new Hollywood Studios park map is expected to debut on March 15th, and it is expected to include a stage in the place of the Sorcerer's Hat.
February 25, 2015: Construction walls are still in place, but major demolition of the hat appears complete. Speculation is that work on a new stage will begin shortly.
February 9, 2015: WDWMagic.com user Bungalow4 listed several rumors surrounding the 2015 Star Wars Weekends, and when discussing the possibility of a Star Wars event on May 4th (May the Fourth), he reported that the walls around the Sorcerer Hat are not expected to be removed until the end of April.
January 18, 2015: WDWThemeParks.com has posted a photo updated on the Sorcerer Hat removal.
January 16, 2015: WDWThemeParks.com has posted a photo update on the Sorcerer Hat removal.
January 6, 2015: Construction walls have been put up around the Sorcerer's hat. @BobbySko on Twitter has posted an image of the construction walls that features the Earrful Tower.
January 3, 2015: Multiple areas are reporting that the Sorcerer's Hat no longer appears on the new park maps for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
November 20, 2014: The Disney Parks Blog continued a series of posts looking at the construction of the various park icons. For Disney's Hollywood Studios, they identified the Earrful Tower as the park icon.
October 28, 2014: WDWMagic.com user wdw71fan has reported that deconstruction of the hat will begin on January 12, 2015.
October 24, 2014: WDWMagic.com has confirmed that the Sorcerer's Hat will be removed.
October 24, 2014: Multiple sources online have reported that an e-mail circulated today to park managers that the Sorcerer's Hat will be removed. This is unconfirmed.
October 5, 2014: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 has reported that the investment into Hollywood Studios may be bigger than the investment into Disney California Adventure. Additionally, plans would include the Sorcerer's Hat as well as a name change.
September 25, 2014: WDWMagic.com user Lee has reported that the Sorcerer's Hat is expected to be relocated.
August 10, 2014: On Episode 62 of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast with Jim Hill, he mentioned that the Sorcerer's Hat may not be removed because the temporary stage is often used for seasonal evens/entertainment.
August 21, 2013: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that Disney has ordered all departments to stop using the Sorcerer's Hat as the park icon for Hollywood Studios.
May 14, 2013: OrlandoParkNews.com reported that the Sorcerer's Hat could be removed by November of this year.
July 2, 2009: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that the hat will be removed. (Post has been removed)