When Disney-MGM Studios opened in 1989, the Earful Tower served as the park’s icon. The Earful Tower is a water tower topped with a giant pair of Mickey ears. The water tower is best viewed from The Backlot Tour.
Now you might wonder what a water tower has to do with a park themed to film-making. The Earful Tower was based on the water towers which were commonly found on the backlots of Hollywood film studios during the first half of the 20th century. These water towers served as a safety precaution in case of fire on set.
In 2001, the giant Sorcerer’s hat replaced the Earful Tower as the park icon for Disney-MGM Studios. Though the Earful Tower is no longer the official icon, it has remained in place and can still be seen by guests on The Backlot Tour. You can also find a topiary designed to look like the Earful Tower while on the tour.