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    The other night I re-watched one of my favorite Muppet TV specials: The Muppets at Walt Disney World. The show aired in 1990 just ten days before the death of Muppet creator Jim Henson.

    The show runs about 45 minutes without commercials.

    The show starts with Kermit and company walking through the Florida swamps on the way to a surprise destination.
    Miss Piggy is annoyed at her surroundings, but Kermit assures her they are heading to "paradise."


    The Paradise Swamp. Kermit seems to be the only Muppet who wants to be here. They are told they will get to eat bugs and watch the fireworks from Walt Disney World.


    Immediately everyone splits and heads to Walt Disney World. It's important to note that throughout this special it is implied at all of the WDW parks (Disney MGM Studios, Epcot Center and the Magic Kingdom) are actually one big park.


    This establishing shot of Disney MGM Studios reveals the Chinese Theater without the large sorcerer's hat in front of it.


    Upon arrival Kermit and company are greeted by a security guard played by Charles Grodin (who also appeared in the Great Muppet Caper.) Since they have no tickets and no money he tries to usher them away. However, Animal breaks the turnstile and lets them all in for free.


    Bunsen and Beaker (who has a bucket on his head from an unfortunate incident at the swamp) wander into Disney MGM Studios.


    And within seconds arrive at Epcot Center. Kermit apologizes to Grodin as he and the rest of the Muppets scatter throughout Walt Disney World. Grodin begins to track the Muppets (or as he calls them: the Kismet gang.)


    Gonzo and Camilla ponder checking out the Wonders of Life pavilion. Being that it is rarely open anymore I was excited about the prospect of seeing some video inside. However, Gonzo is distracted by a better exhibit:


    The "used paper cup exhibit." Soon he and Camilla jump in and start their journey through the uh... underside of WDW.


    Coming face to face with Rizzo, Grodin happily concludes that he has captured a member of the Kismet gang. Rizzo, not wanting to be prisoner, decides to "rat out" his fellow Muppets.


    Beauregard escorts Miss Piggy who only wants to see "The Chinese Theater." Bo instead starts dragging her on a series of thrill rides.


    Rowlf the Dog is captured and taken to a kennel.


    As Bo and Miss Piggy take on Big Thunder Mountain.


    Meanwhile, the Swedish Chef has set up shop in World Showcase.


    Fozzie and his mother are hungry, but haven't a cent to their name. So Mrs. Bear starts telling everyone within earshot to throw some money in her hat and Fozzie will tell some jokes.
    They don't get any money.


    Statler and Waldorf ride up and down Main Street U.S.A. commenting on how pretty and clean it is. Then upon realization that there is nothing "to complain about" they start to boo and heckle the buildings.


    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem tour World Showcase where they realize that this provides them the amazing opportunity to do a "world tour" and be done in time for lunch. This is shown in a musical montage to a song called "Rockin' Around the World."


    Statler and Waldorf find an old lady and start to hit on her.

    More to come....
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    Funny! I remember this show.

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    • #3
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      Cute! I can't wait to see more!

      A couple of weeks ago I caught an episode of Boy Meets World where they are at Disney. Cory is wandering around backstage at The Living Seas where he finds Dana (from Step-by-Step). She explains that she was on a tour but decided to hang back and feed the dolphin.
      Like any of that would ever happen!!!

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        Statler and Waldorf ride up and down Main Street U.S.A. commenting on how pretty and clean it is. Then upon realization that there is nothing "to complain about" they start to boo and heckle the buildings.
        I guess they've never read micechat.

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        • #5
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          I watched this on YouTube not too long ago (I also remember watching it when it originally aired). Probably one of the best WDW specials ever and was a great marketing gimmick to promte the Muppets attraction at MGM.

          I love the Swedish Chef... "Taco! Taco! Taco!" :lol:

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          • #6
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            Oh this is great!
            more, more!
            Good morning, son
            In twenty years from now
            Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
            And I can tell you 'bout today
            And how I picked you up and everything changed
            It was pain
            Sunny days and rain
            I knew you'd feel the same things...


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            • #7
              Re: Stills from The Muppets at Walt Disney World

              oh wow, i dont remember this. Anyone found this on youtube or something?
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              • #8
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                I have it on video from when it first premiered.
                It's a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!









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                • #9
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                  LOVE the Muppets! I have never heard of this special and am thrilled at its existence. Especially love the still of Piggy on BTM.

                  I know they have lost their way a little these days, but Disney should do more with the Muppets. I don't think there's been any Muppet quality since Treasure Island but surely their iconic status still makes them deserving of more exposure in the parks? One measly 3D show (abeit the best there is IMO)
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                  • #10
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                    To recap:

                    The Muppets all went to the swamp but then found out they were near Walt Disney World. So they broke into the park (which was really 3 parks, but was depicted as one.)

                    Gonzo was checking out the garbage disposal system, Bo was taking Miss Piggy on roller coasters and Stadler and Waldorf were trying to "get lucky" with an old lady (they didn't.)



                    And Charles Grodin (with Rizzo's help) is trying to capture the Muppets.


                    The seven dwarfs show up as Grodin's crack security team.


                    Miss Piggy rides on Star Tours.


                    Suddenly outside of the Grand Floridian Hotel (I think) Kermit and Robin are cornered by the dwarfs.


                    They separate and Robin gets stuck on the monorail. Now he will have to sit through the ENTIRE "grand circle tour" before he meets back up with his uncle. Not content to wait Kermit moves on.


                    Fozzie is still telling jokes to tourists. They hate them.


                    Rowlf finds the accommodations adequate at the WDW kennel. They even have a piano. A musical number (Doggin' it) commences.


                    Gonzo is still checking out the pipes under WDW.


                    Kermit, sad that he lost Robin, runs into Raven who duets with him on Rainbow Connection.


                    Animal, ever the ladies man, develops a crush on Snow White.


                    Seeing Fozzie's bad luck, his mom goes to Country Bear Hall to drum up business. She brings back two country bears (Tennessee and Liverlips I believe), as well as B'rer Bear from Song of the South and (I think) Bongo and his girlfriend from Fun and Fancy Free.


                    Gonzo, riding in a basket of dirty clothes sings "Love in a Laundromat."


                    Meanwhile everyone seems to arrive at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at the same time.


                    Kermit shoots at Nazis.


                    Once reunited they are corralled at the exit by Grodin who calls Mickey Mouse on the phone.
                    Not only does Mickey not want to press trespassing charges, Mickey wants to see Kermit.
                    They are in the same union.


                    In a history making moment Mickey meets the Muppets.


                    Miss Piggy who had been blow up in the stunt show and became remarkably disheveled on the Mad Tea Party makes a wonderful entrance.


                    Mickey tells the gang that they get to put their feet in cement at the Chinese Theater.


                    They will, but only after a big musical number.


                    Kermit puts his hands in cement.


                    Gonzo does too.


                    And Fozzie.


                    Poor Grodin is forced to clean gum out from under the benches.


                    Animal and Link seem to be fighting for Snow White's affections.


                    Back at the swamp, everyone says they had a great time... but where is Miss Piggy?


                    It seems she stuck around in the cement too long.


                    The camera slowly pulls back with Jim's name appearing on the screen. Sadly, it was his last TV project.
                    Last edited by Guy Hutchinson; 07-31-2007, 04:31 AM. Reason: Spell check
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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by EPCOT1982 View Post
                      oh wow, i dont remember this. Anyone found this on youtube or something?
                      It probably is. i have a copy (of a copy... of a copy) it looks pretty good, but I really wish they would put it on DVD. Or at least re-run this kind of stuff on Disney Channel.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Stills from The Muppets at Walt Disney World

                        I can't find it on youtube.

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                        • #13
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                          I miss good Disney specials like this. I also miss good Muppet specials like this.

                          Combine the two and this makes for one of my favorite specials of all time...

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                          • #14
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                            So the message seems to be - come to WDW - you can break in without paying, solicit without a permit, rummage through the garbage, get chased by 'security', sexually harrass the CMs, destroy the rides and get involved in the shows and end up getting encased in cement shoes. So come to WDW! Its one big park and is a stone's throw from a swamp!

                            Ah! The Muppets at their most educational!
                            Last edited by nathan detroit; 07-30-2007, 11:53 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Stills from The Muppets at Walt Disney World

                              Well when ye say it like that...

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