i think that the wand was a nice addition to the "golf ball". It made it seem more fun and now it just looks very plain!
i didnt care so much for the wand part. i just miss the part that said epcot on the big "golf ball" i mean it just looks so plain without saying epcot on it. o well. we went in 03 and i got a picture in the daytime of it and at night with the lights it was so pretty.
The Mickey wand was basically a huge version of Socerer Mickey's arm extending around Spaceship Earth. The wand said 2000 and later EPCOT in red letters. Many people disliked it. The wand lasted about 6 years. I had nothing against the wand but SSE does have a nice clean slate like appearance now that it is gone.