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
Wayne Allwine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
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
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. 10 days before the death of Jim Henson on May 16, 1990, this was the last Muppets special that Jim worked on. The special aired on NBC as part of The Magical World of Disney on May 6, 1990.


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.


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 company's 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. 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 stuck in cement shouts for help.


Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppets performed by Rickey Boyd and Rick Lyon.


  • To promote this special, Jim Henson appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show with Kermit the Frog. Jim was joined by Kevin Clash, performing Clifford. The ending was referenced by Clifford where it was mentioned by him that Miss Piggy was mad at being stuck in cement even after the other Muppets got her out. It would be Henson's last live television appearance, and the last known time he performed Kermit the Frog.

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