Fastpass To History: The Earful Tower

The Earful Tower

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.


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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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