Disney has announced that they are finally removing the infamous Sorcerer’s Hat from the end of Hollywood Boulevard at DHS. Sure, it was an iconic place to get a family photo and a nice area for a stage show, but it marred the otherwise meticulous theming of DHS’ main avenue plus blocking the view of the Chinese Theater.
Also, they plan on getting rid of the “Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” in November. Honestly, it was unimpressive, unfunny, horribly disjointed experience (a trait it shared with “Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian”). DHS has not announced what it plans to replace the attraction with, but giving the timing I’d say possibly either Maleficent or Into the Woods is a good bet (though the latter film, like Caspian will likely be forgotten quickly).
EPCOT is poised to lose a “classic” flume ride – “Maelstrom” this month so they can retheme it to the phenomenally popular Frozen movie (which already has a museum dedicated to it in the same pavilion plus a show, shop AND play area in DHS) that was set in the Norway-LIKE kingdom of Arendale (to be differentiated from Norway-SET).
Granted, “Maelstrom” was a horribly dated (and poorly laid-out – the only part I actually liked about it was the fishing village at the end of the ride) attraction and sorely NEEDED a reboot (actually the whole park needs an overhaul, but I digress), but Frozen is the NOT the answer to this park’s problems. What they should do is make the small Outpost refreshment stand into a full pavilion such as Australia\NZ (as it fits the existing theme)… or a South American country (as the only “Latin American” area on the showcase is the embarrassingly dated Mexico pavilion) – and there are no African countries on the showcase at all (though to be fair, DAK is dominated by fictionalized versions of “East Africa” and South Asia).