Some Disney residents were surprisingly glad to hear that the hat will go, for it was blocking a separate replica of an attraction titled "Grauman's Chinese Theater" though is known as the "Great Movie Ride" for trademark precautions. There are several theories for the reasoning behind the demolition of the hat. Park residents speculate that the story is centered around the fact that Disney had to pay the true owners of the actual Grauman's Chinese Theater every time a guest at Disney World took a picture of the building, though if you indulge deeper into this theory, you would realize that guests continue to snap photos of the theater though from different angles. This theory can only be applied if the contract between Disney and Grauman allowed Disney to keep the theater but make it so that by passers cannot view it directly...not a very logical explanation. Though there is another way to look at things, it doesn't ensure the reason why the hat must be demolished, on the contrary, it gives people somewhat of an understanding about why it was installed in the first place. Disney fans are under the impression that the hat was placed for the "100 Years of Magic" marketing campaign for Walt Disney's 100th birthday as the timing between the two were compatible. The crew made it as though MGM Studios or "Hollywood Studios" as it is called now, is dressing in a Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey hat to celebrate with the supporters. The flaw here is that the hat was not removed after "100 Years of Magic" ended. No one is certain of the authentic reason of the removal of this feature, though we can safely assume that it has something to do with the "Great Movie Ride" embedded in the "Grauman's Chinese Theater" replica.
The wonderful hat will be missed by many, but there are other, less disruptive versions of the apprentice's hat. These can be found outside of Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California, outside of the Art of Disney Animation exhibit in Walt Disney Studios in Paris, and finally, sitting perched on gold stars at the entrance of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. In other words, the magic is not being killed, it is being reincarnated in different and better ways. What will replace the grand hat is unknown, so we'll leave it up to the Imagineers!
Grauman's Chinese Theater- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grauman's_Chinese_Theater_Panorama.jpg
Sorcerer Mickey- http://smoldering-rose.blogspot.com/2010/09/monday-at-movies-fantasia-1940.html
Half Demolished Sorcerer's Hat- http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/on-the-town/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2015/1/21/disney_sorcerers_hat.html