The Muppets at Walt Disney World

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The Muppets at Walt Disney World
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 (Lake Buena Vista, Florida)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Jim Henson Productions
Walt Disney Television
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original network NBC
Original release May 6, 1990

The Muppets at Walt Disney World is a television special starring Jim Henson's Muppets at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The special aired on NBC as part of The Magical World of Disney on May 6, 1990, and turned out to be the last Muppets special that Henson would work on (he would die 10 days following its airing, on May 16).

Prelude[edit]

At the start of The Magical World of Disney, former Disney CEO 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. 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 depicts the three parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios) as 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 Mickey and Kermit compare their company's theme songs, "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Rainbow Connection" (sung by a young Raven-Symoné to cheer up Kermit) and the ideals behind them. After that, the Muppets return to swamp, but find out about Miss Piggy remaining stuck in front of The Great Movie Ride with her feet in the cement. They return to Walt Disney World for her afterwards as Kermit tells Emmy Lou to get the pickaxes. The credits roll as Miss Piggy is stuck in cement as she shouts for help.

Cast[edit]

Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Rickey Boyd and Rick Lyon.

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Jim Henson
  • Producers: Diana Birkenfield and Martin G. Baker
  • Director: Peter Harris
  • Writer: Jerry Juhl
  • Music Producer: Phil Ramone
  • Production Designer: Victor DiNapoli
  • Muppet Workshop: Joann Green, Mark Zeszotek, Henri Ewaskio, Larry Jameson
  • Costume Design: Polly Smith, Stephen Rotondaro

Other characters' appearances[edit]

During the song "Rockin' All Around the World" (in melody of Status Quo's "Rockin' All Over the World"), Muppets inspired by the Audio-Animatronic children characters from the "It's a Small World" attraction appear.

Costumed characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Country Bear Jamboree have cameos.

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