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Disney - Epcot

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As much as I was glad to see the wand go, I have to say it did make for some pretty cool photo opportunities...

 

Selective coloring done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2...

 

Description of "the wand" from wikipedia:

 

In celebration of the year 2000, a large 25-story "magic wand" held by a representation of Mickey Mouse's hand was built next to the sphere. Inspiration for it came from the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence of Fantasia (although, oddly enough, Mickey did not use a magic wand in that sequence). At the top of the structure was a large cut out of the number 2000. While the structure wasn't technically meant to be permanent, it is unclear as to how long the structure was to be used. After the Millennium Celebration ended, the structure was left standing; the reason why remains unclear, some claim financial issues, another rumor is that it was used for marketing purposes, just two of the many rumors that circulated during the existence of this structure. Whatever the reason in 2001, the number 2000 was replaced with the word "Epcot" in a script font which differs from the park's logotype. On the morning of July 5, 2007, after years of speculation, it was officially announced by Epcot Vice President Jim MacPhee that Spaceship Earth would be restored to its original appearance and that the "magic wand" structure would be removed in time for the park's 25th anniversary on October 1st.

 

On Monday, July 9, the attraction itself was closed for refurbishment, and the surrounding area was walled off. As of October 1st, the entire wand structure, the stars, and the star supports have been removed. In addition, palm trees and other plants that originally stood where the wand was prior to 2000 have been added to the landscape of Spaceship Earth.

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Taken on October 30, 2006