The entrance to Grand Arts Theatre, home of Muppet*Vision 3D

Muppet*Vision 3D is an attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios which debuted in 1991. It was the last major project that Jim Henson worked on before his death in 1990.

Exterior Details

  • The attraction is housed in the Grand Arts Theatre, meant to resemble present-day downtown Los Angeles, but was originally designed for the New York Street area (later called Streets of America).
  • The plaza outside the attraction was originally intended as the entrance to Muppet Studios, a section of the park that would have been a parody of the rest of the park, which would have featured The Great Muppet Movie Ride and The Great Gonzo’s Pizza Pandemonium Parlor (which is now Mama Melrose). The idea was abandoned as merger talks between Disney and Henson fell apart following Jim Henson’s death in 1990.

Grand Park plaza, featuring a fountain and sculpture of “Ms. Liberty”, similar to Miss Piggy’s costume as seen during the attraction.

  • In true Muppet-parody fashion, Gonzo hanging off the minute hand of the clock outside is an homage to the iconic scene from the 1923 film, Safety Last!, a gag that’s been present since the attraction’s opening day.

Gonzo practicing Safety Last!

Queue Details

  • The extended outdoor queue of the attraction features Muppet Pipes, a tribute to the infamous pipes Jim Henson and crew painted at NBC Studios in New York.

Muppet pipes, part of the original queue and an homage to the Muppet Pipes at NBC Studios

Pre-Show Details

A tribute to Jim Henson hangs in the pre-show area. Photo by Estelle

Attraction Details

  • The interior of the theater is meant to resemble the Muppet Theatre, setting for The Muppet Show and featured in The Muppets (2011). This re-creation is complete with a balcony featuring “life-sized” Statler and Waldorf animatronics.

Seeing Statler and Waldorf in-person: a very moving moment.

Waldo: the spirit of 3D!

  • During Sam Eagle’s A Salute To All Nations (But Mostly America), listen carefully and you can hear a line from the “it’s a small world” song as you see small world style Muppets march by.

Waldo causing chaos during “A Salute to All Nations (But Mostly America)”

Post-Show Details

  • Don’t forget to check out the posters seen at the exit area of the theater. These posters show Muppets desperately advertising their post-Muppet*Vision gigs.

Rat, shmat. Besides… they’re tourists, what do they know?

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