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Muppet*Vision 3D marquee at Disney California Adventure.

Robin's first trip to Disneyland, as seen in this comic strip from the 1980s.

Jim Henson and the Muppets in the exit corridor of "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln".

Kermit and Miss Piggy in the VoluntEars Cavalcade.

Miss Piggy in Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade, Fall 2011

The Muppets Christmas Caroling Coach

The Disneyland Resort is a theme park resort in Anaheim, California, run by the Walt Disney Company. The first park, Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. The second theme park in the resort, Disney California Adventure, opened on February 8, 2001. The resort also includes three hotels and a shopping, dining, and entertainment district called Downtown Disney.

Attractions

  • Muppetland was a proposed takeover of the park by the Muppets that never came to fruition.
  • A picture of Jim Henson, Kermit the Frog, and other Muppets is hanging in the exit hallway of Disneyland's "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" attraction as part of a gallery of influential Americans in the "Spirit of Imagination" section.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D, an attraction that originally opened at Walt Disney World in 1991, opened in Disney California Adventure in 2001. It had previously been rumored for inclusion at Mickey's Toontown section of Disneyland and later a replacement for the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show, but neither plan came to pass.[1]
  • In 2005, as part of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, the Happiest Homecoming on Earth, a photomosaic of Kermit as the Scarecrow and Miss Piggy as Glinda from The Muppets' Wizard of Oz was situated in Disney California Adventure near the entrance to Muppet*Vision 3D.
  • From February 13 through March 4, 2007, the Muppet Mobile Lab made several test runs at Disney California Adventure.
  • The Muppet Experiment, an "Alternate Reality Game", was held online and at the Disneyland Resort in December 2008.
  • That same year, Kermit, Piggy and Fozzie Bear pumpkin decorations were displayed at Big Thunder ranch for Halloween.
  • On December 31, 2011, the Muppets' 2009 cover video of Bohemian Rhapsody was projected onto the mist screens along the Rivers of America at Disneyland as one of the "Random Acts of Disney" during the park's New Year's Eve party. (YouTube)
  • In October 2021, a section of "Happy Haunts Materialize: The Art of the Haunted Mansion" exhibit found at Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln began to display props and scenery from Muppets Haunted Mansion.[2]
  • For the 2021 "Disney Merriest Nights" event, the Muppets appear in a live Christmas show aboard a Main Street Omnibus refitted as the "Muppets Christmas Caroling Coach," carrying Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Sam Eagle and Pepe the King Prawn down Main Street U.S.A.

Appearances

Tony Danza communicates with Gonzo and Piggy in the Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration TV special.

Kermit and Miss Piggy hosting the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade in 2004.

Gonzo and Camilla aboard the Dumbo ride in a "Give a Day. Get a Disney Day." commercial.

Kermit at the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Spring 2011.

  • In August 2009, The Muppets visited the parks to film commercials for the Give a Day. Get a Disney Day. campaign. Attractions featured in the television commercials and internet spots included, from Disneyland, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mark Twain Riverboat, and the Main Street Fire Engine, and from Disney California Adventure, Toy Story Midway Mania!.
  • Kermit appeared in a May 2011 web video reporting from the "black carpet" at the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland. The end of the video included a teaser for The Muppets. (YouTube)
  • Animal appeared in a video, posted to social media on July 13, 2021, where he goes on a holiday shopping spree in a Disneyland gift store. The video is part of the Disney Parks' "#HalfwaytotheHolidays" campaign. (YouTube)
  • Fozzie Bear appeared in a commercial for the Disney Magic Makers sweepstakes that was filmed outside the Main Street Magic Shop. The video was uploaded to Disney Parks' social media accounts on July 15, 2021. (YouTube)
  • Fozzie Bear appeared in a video promoting the Jungle Cruise refurbishment posted on August 10, 2021 where he took comedy advice from a Jungle Cruise Skipper aboard her boat. (YouTube)

References

  • When Kermit hosted The Tonight Show in 1979, he mentioned that the Muppets went to Disneyland, and that the guard at the gate refused to let them out. Kermit adds that the Disneyland trip was an ego trip for him, especially when he saw that Mickey Mouse was wearing a Kermit wristwatch.
  • In episode 317 of The Muppet Show, during Kermit's introduction to the closing number, he refers to Disneyland as "our favorite country."
  • The Muppet Show episode 520 guest-starred Wally Boag, a Disneyland performer from the Golden Horseshoe Revue who made several references to his Disneyland presence, and performed several of his Disneyland acts in the episode.
  • At the D23 Expo in 2009, Pepe appeared in a video in front of the Muppet*Vision 3D building, mentioning some Disney theme park attractions that could be changed to be centered around him (YouTube). In another video, Pepe and Gonzo are trying to figure out the secret to Disney magic. Fozzie, who says he "interstudied" (presumably referencing the study abroad organization Interstudy) at the Country Bear Jamboree (former attraction, 1972-2001), deduces that part of it is the magic element "Sala kadula", leading to a brief rendition of "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" from Cinderella.
  • Jim Henson once said, "I love Disneyland. It's like one of my very favorite places. Disneyland and Disney World I think are so beautifully done."[3]
  • In a 2014 interview for the Disney Parks Blog, Kermit named the Muppets' favorite attractions: "Miss Piggy loves Sleeping Beauty Castle so much, she tried to sublet it. And Sam Eagle can't get enough of the Enchanted Tiki Room. (It’s a bird thing.) Fozzie, of course, loves the Jungle Cruise – he always brings a notebook so he can write down those jokes told by the guides. (Funn-ee!) Gonzo is a big fan of Space Mountain. There's nothing he likes better than flying through the air in total darkness. And as for me, I've loved It's a Small World ever since I first saw it at the New York World's Fair. Very catchy tune, too."[4]

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is the district in the Disneyland Resort that is host to a number of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

Connections

  • Jason Alexander voiced Weevil Kneevil in the "Its Tough to Be a Bug!" 3-D film at Disney California Adventure
  • Walter Cronkite was a host in the "Back to Neverland" film in the Animation Screening Room (2001-2004) at Disney California Adventure
  • Whoopi Goldberg voiced a caricature of herself in the Superstar Limo ride (2001-2002) and starred as Califia in the "Golden Dreams" film (2001-2008) at Disney California Adventure
  • Neil Patrick Harris voiced the safety spiel (2010-present) for the California Screamin' roller coaster at Disney California Adventure
  • Jeremy Irons was the narrator in the "Seasons of the Vine" film (2001-2008) at Disney California Adventure
  • Michael Jackson starred in the "Captain EO" 3-D film (1986-1997, 2010-2014) at Disneyland park
  • Nathan Lane voiced Tom Morrow in Innoventions at Disneyland park
  • Cheech Marin voiced Chili in the "Its Tough to Be a Bug!" 3-D film
  • Steve Martin worked at Disneyland as a teenager in the Main Street Magic Shop and would host the "Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years" film (2005-present) at the Main Street Opera House
  • Rosie O'Donnell is a co-host in "The Bakery Tour" film at Disney California Adventure
  • Karen Prell animated Buzz Lightyear for the video sequence at the end of the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride at Disneyland park
  • Kevin Michael Richardson voiced Sebastian in The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure ride at Disney California Adventure
  • Joan Rivers voiced a caricature of herself in the queue of Superstar Limo (2001-2002) at Disney California Adventure
  • French Stewart voiced The Termite-ator in the "Its Tough to Be a Bug!" 3-D film at Disney California Adventure
  • John Tartaglia provided live action reference for the updated (2009-present) Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show at Disneyland park
  • Patrick Warburton hosts the safety video in the Soarin' Over California attraction at Disney California Adventure
  • Robin Williams was a host in the "Back to Neverland" film in the Animation Screening Room (2001-2004) at Disney California Adventure

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