Walt Disney World
Disney Hollywood Studios
In what appears to be a never ending battle between good and evil, the Chinese Theater and the Sorcerer Hat are facing off once again. Let’s hope the Theater can score a KO this time around (or at least a tapout).
The original “Icon” of Disney Hollywood Studios (known then as MGM Studios) was Disney’s recreation of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and was clearly visible at the end of Hollywood Boulevard when you first entered the park. However, this all changed in 2001 with the addition of the Sorcerer’s Hat which was added as part of Disney’s “100 Years of Magic” celebration. Once the celebration was over, the Hat was simply left in place, much to the dismay of many Disney fans. The fisheye is intended to give each building an animated persona and make them appear as though they were getting ready to "face off" for territorial control over DHS.
Similar to an image I took and posted in early 2010, this is actually not the same shot, but a new shot with a revised (and better) composition (I cut off the bottom of the trees in the prior version). The only thing missing now from the shot are the searchlights over the Theater. They weren’t on this particular night because of the Osborne Lights. I guess that means that I’ll have to set this shot up at least one more time for the masterpiece to be complete (actually, I enjoy shooting this area at night, especially with the fisheye).
Thanks for looking!