Muppets at Walt Disney World

A new Muppet series premiered today on Disney+ called Muppets Now. In celebration, here is a history of the Muppets at Walt Disney World.

While not in production due to the new COVID-19 restrictions at the Magic Kingdom, The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History debuted back in 2016.

Muppets at the Magic Kingdom
The Muppet’s Present…Great Moments in American History on Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

The Muppet version of American history was, shall we say, unique and fun. Hopefully, the show will return in the future.

Muppet characters tended to show up in the places you least expected them. Over in Epcot’s Future World, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker would take a spin in their Muppet Mobile Lab to the delight of guests.

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker at Epcot
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and his assistant, Beaker, entertaining guests on their Muppet Mobile Lab at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 62mm Focal Length.

As one could imagine, Beaker had a way of creating some explosive experiments.

Back in 1991, Jim Hensen’s Muppet*Vision 3D opened to rave reviews even with the heckling of Statler & Waldorf from the balcony during each show.

Statler & Waldorf in MuppetVision 3-D
Statler & Waldorf heckling during MuppetVision 3-D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 200mm (300mm DX) Focal Length.

Thankfully, the show is still going strong regardless of the theater being blown up at the end of each show.

What is your favorite Muppet show or event at Walt Disney World?

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2 Replies to “Muppets at Walt Disney World”

  1. Have they stopped bringing out the Muppet Moble Lab in Epcot? I’ve been trying to figure out if that is still something that happens.