The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History
Magic Kingdom
AreaLiberty Square
StatusClosed
Opening dateOctober 2, 2016
Closing dateFebruary 17, 2020
General statistics
Attraction typePuppet show
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
ThemeThe Muppets, American history
MusicValerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn[1]
Duration7-11 minutes
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible

The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History was a live show located in the Liberty Square area at the Magic Kingdom, performed daily and featured the Muppets presenting abridged accounts of notable milestones from the Colonial era of American history and its majority unfolded from the second-story windows of the Heritage House, adjacent to the Hall of Presidents attraction.[2] The show premiered on October 2, 2016[3] and went on a brief hiatus on October 5, 2019, before temporarily returning three months later for a brief holiday run from December 23 to 31, 2019[4][5] before closing for good on February 17, 2020. This was the last Muppets production to feature Steve Whitmire before his dismissal from the role of Kermit and other characters sometime in the same month of October 2016.

The Muppets are physically performed live in the show by the park's in-house puppeteers in synchronization to a pre-recorded dialogue track. The Muppets Studio and Muppet performers Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, and Dave Goelz provided consultation, as well as recording the voices for their respective characters.[1]

Show

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Sam Eagle are featured in the show. A live cast member portrays James "J.J." Jefferson, the town crier who engages the audience in the "Declaration of Independence" sketch.[2][6][7]

Each show performance features one of the following sketches:[8]

Voice cast

Development

The show's development started in the spring of 2014, following the release of Muppets Most Wanted. Originally, the show was only going to feature Sam Eagle interacting with guests and telling them about American history. However, it was later decided that, to make the show more entertaining, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo would be added in.[10] Jim Lewis was asked to provide consultation on the show's scripts. Due to the distance between guests and the Muppet characters, the puppets are made 5% larger than the size traditionally used for film and television.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b Deitchman, Beth (October 3, 2016). "The Muppets Make History at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney D23. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Munarriz, Rick (October 2, 2016). "Disney World's Next Trick: Muppets". The Motley Fool. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (October 8, 2016). "'The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History' Opens at Magic Kingdom Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Sterling, Derek (December 16, 2019). "BREAKING: "The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History" Returning to the Magic Kingdom for a Limited Time". WDW News Today. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Muppets will return to Present Great Moments in American History during the Christmas week". WDWMagic. December 19, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (July 28, 2016). "Disney: Muppets show coming to Magic Kingdom". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  7. ^ Slater, Shawn (July 28, 2016). "The Muppets Are Coming to Walt Disney World Resort This Fall in an All-New Show". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (September 29, 2016). "Disney to debut 'The Muppets Present ... Great Moments in American History'". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (October 4, 2016). "First look: Disney's new Muppet show makes history". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Hill, Jim (November 9, 2016). "WDW's new "The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History" show brings authentic Muppet mayhem to Liberty Square". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2016.


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