Long before the giant Mickey sorcerer’s hat sat in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s reproduction of the Chinese Theater, a giant inflatable sorcerer Mickey once rose above the building nightly. The park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Sorcery In The Sky,” ran from 1990 to 1997, but this version, narrated by Vincent Price, was only used until the horror film icon’s death in 1993. Besides the giant Mickey, fireworks were also launched off of ...
“Coming Soon: Muppet Studios” That’s what the sign on the construction wall said that was visible from the Backlot Tour Trams. Disney and Jim Henson were in talks to transfer the rights to the Muppets and despite the lack of a contract, construction was in full swing. For any kid growing up in the ’70s and ’80s this was an exciting idea as we grew up in love with both companies. The idea of them working together was full of promise.
When the Tower of Terror opened in 1994, it was truly spectacular. While the Magic Kingdom was in the mode of shutting down classic attractions (all of Tomorrowland, The Main Street Electrical Parade, The Walt Disney Story) Disney-MGM Studios was in a era of rapid expansion. The attraction was hyped to be the park’s crown jewel and it more than lived up to the hype when it opened in July of 1994.
I don’t know exactly why, but for some reason in the early 1990s I went on a logo digitizing binge. When the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1994 the attraction became an obsession as the quality of the architecture, grounds, interior design and music shone through. Creating a vector version of the logo for the Hollywood Tower Hotel was a natural project.