The Muppets at Walt Disney World

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The Muppets at Walt Disney World
Format Comedy
Written by Jerry Juhl
Directed by Peter Harris
Starring The Muppets
Charles Grodin
Raven-Symoné
Wayne Allwine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Jim Henson
Producer(s) Martin G. Baker
Diana Birkenfield
Location(s) Walt Disney World Resort
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Jim Henson Productions
Walt Disney Television
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original airing May 6, 1990

The Muppets at Walt Disney World is a television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. This was the last Muppets special that Jim Henson worked on before his death on May 16, 1990. The special aired on NBC as part of The Magical World of Disney on May 6, 1990.

Prelude[edit]

At the start of The Magical World of Disney, Michael Eisner talks about this special while in the presence of Fozzie Bear and his mother Emily.

Plot[edit]

In the television special, the Muppets are visiting Kermit's family for their annual reunion where they meet up with Kermit's aunts and uncles consisting of Harry, Mary, Larry, Terri, Gary, Perry, and Lou. When the others learn that the swamp is right next to Walt Disney World, they sneak in, and are pursued by a security guard named Quentin Fitzwaller (played by Charles Grodin). Attractions and areas featured include Big Thunder Mountain, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Star Tours, the Mad Tea Party, World Showcase, the Walt Disney World Monorail System and the utilidors. The special is notable for making the three parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios) seem like one connected area, despite the parks actually being apart from each other.

The story ends with the Muppets having a friendly meeting at Mickey Mouse's office where the signature characters of Walt Disney and Jim Henson compare their companies' theme songs, "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Rainbow Connection" (sung by a young Raven-Symoné to cheer up Kermit) respectively and the ideals behind them.

Cast[edit]

Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Rickey Boyd and Rick Lyon

Trivia[edit]

  • During the song "Rockin' All Around the World", Muppets inspired by the Audio-Animatronic children characters from the "It's a Small World" attraction appear.

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