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Today in Disney History: Muppet*Vision 3D Opened Its Doors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Muppet*Vision 3D officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on this day back in 1991.

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This 3D attraction features favorite Muppet characters – and the world’s first computer-generated Muppet, Waldo C. Graphic – in hilarious musical numbers. (And who can forget that glorious three hour finale?).

What do you love about this attraction? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

Comments

  • Jennifer, I’m not sure if you’ll actually receive this message, but I am wondering what will happen to the Muppets when the Star Wars construction takes place. Should I prioritize MuppetVision if I visit in the next 10 months or so?

  • I love this!

  • Why do I remember experiencing this in November of 1989 and again in May of 1990 with friends and family?

  • Muppet Vision is great. I first saw it in California. It was very exciting for me to finally see it, after hearing so much about it. I have gotten years of enjoyment out of it (I am a Muppet fan) but I really think that the Disney parks need a NEW Muppets attraction. Especially since the Muppets have been doing so many new things lately.

  • PRE-SHOW PRE-SHOW PRE-SHOW!!! THE BEST IN WDW.

  • Miss Piggy! She has always been my favorite sassy diva. The pre-show is terrific, too.

  • Was it the first 4D attraction in the Floridia complex? I went opening year, and still take the kids to go see MuppetVision, some of the humor is a bit lost on them… but I grew up watching the Muppet Show and I enjoy sharing my childhood with them. (and I’m with Amanda the pre-show Rizzo is AWESOME!!!)

  • I wouldn’t say that Jim was more in love with technology than Kermit. He was always looking for new and better ways to advance his craft. From monitors for the muppeteers to be able to see their performance to figuring out how to get the Muppets riding bikes, he was always pioneering and looking forward.

  • The pre-show is my favorite part. When Rizzo comes out as Mickey Mouse and says, “They’re tourists, what do they know?” cracks me up every time. Being a native Floridian, I can definitely relate! 🙂

  • When are they going setup Muppet 3D at California Adventureland in the Hollywood back lot?

  • Ryan – When the park was built, Disney thought they had a deal with Jim Henson, but the deal fell through, so all these years, the use of the Muppets was on loan from Brian Henson, and had to keep Jim’s corporate name in it. Until Disney officially bought the Muppets years later, and then it was okay.

  • I agree that the preshow was overlooked. I love walking around and looking at all of the props and other hidden items. The mouseketeer tribute is usually overlooked as well. I also Do love the three hour finale but I must be getting old since it only seems like minutes now.

  • I’ve always wondered, I’ve tried Google, why is Jim Henson’s name no longer on the ride?
    I’m not looking to complain, I really can’t find out online why his name was removed.

  • Sam Eagle, the Swedish Chef, The Three Ds, and Sweetums are some of my favorite things in the show. Like everyone else, I love all of it!

    “What kind of foolishness would you like to see?”

  • No one’s mentioned the pre-show – I love it! (especially Rizzo as Mickey). Also all of the details (and puns) in the pre-show area. My favorite quote, courtesy of Sam the Eagle: It’s called ‘A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America’.

  • By ’89-’90, Jim Henson was more in love with technical gimmickry than he was with Kermit & Co., and his directing of MuppetVision was officially supposed to introduce Waldo to the world, to work into his new TV show.
    (Along with Bean Bunny already taking over Scooter’s old backstage go-fer job, as performer Richard Hunt was already ailing.)

    Still, unlike the new movies, it’s the last great blast of Old-School Muppets:
    Henson playing Kermit and the Swedish Chef, Frank Oz playing Fozzie, Piggy and Sam, Henson and Hunt playing Statler and Waldorf…Like a band’s farewell performance they had to get on film. 🙂

  • My favorite has always been and always will be the Swedish Chef!

    In response to the glorious 3 hour finale….”YA GOT A MINUTE AND A HALF!”

  • Every time Sweetums comes out, my kids get so excited!

  • I definitely love the end cannon fight. It literally brings the house down every time. That’s the only attraction you can say that about.

  • Really?!? I have to pick one thing?

    Well I pick from the moment we walk into the theater until the moment we walk out of it. There is just too many fun and entertaining things going on to pick just one.

    Since the shows run continuously and you get to wait inside with air conditioning it’s a great way to cool off on hot (or humid) days.

  • We sure do miss our version in California. Any hope it’s coming back anytime soon?

  • Love this attraction. My favorite thing is that they put it in California Adventure so I can visit it regularly (and will as soon as Frozen has moved out of there)! The last big project Jim worked on. A true treasure.

  • Originally it would have supposed to have been Muppet Studios that also would have included The Great Muppet Movie Ride-A “misguided” tour through movie history, given Muppet-style and Gonzo’s Pandemonium Pizza Parlor.

  • I know they do not say this but in 1991 the park was named Disney’s-MGM-Studios, From 1989-2008, is there a reason you can not say that in all History books.
    But this is a cool place and the Muppets are still rocking

  • Bean Bunny is my favorite part of the attraction — cute, mischievous but ultimately a good natured character! I hope he gets to be part of the new Muppets show on ABC this fall.

  • I wish Disney would put more attractions in Hollywood studios, that have to do with the Muppets. Here’s hoping.

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