Unveiled on 1 February 1999, the Sorcerer Mickey Wand was a giant icon suspended over Spaceship Earth to mark Walt Disney World's millennium celeberations. Initially the icon displayed the '2000' sign, and was later replaced with the word 'Epcot' once the 2000 ecleberations were over. The entire icon was fully removed later in 2008 to coincide with the large refurbishment of Spaceship Earth, restoring Spaceship Earth to it's original opening day look.
Facts and Figures
257 feet: Height to the sparkles above the tip of Sorcerer Mickey’s wand
250 tons: Weight of steel frame supporting the icon
100,000 pounds: Weight of Mickey’s gloved hand, the wand and the “Epcot” lettering
250,000: Number of shimmering metallic eye-catchers used to spell “Epcot”
36 feet: Height of the tallest letters in “Epcot”
5 months: Duration of the construction changeover from “2000” to “Epcot”