While the show and other nearby areas will officially close on April 2, 2016, it is not know if the theater will be demolished (or partially removed) right away.
No surprise here. That's got to be an expensive show to run. Also, I would guess that is right where they want to put Star Wars land. I think the Muppet theater is in trouble.
This is fantastic news. And, yes, please retire the Muppets.
I'm typically against the "nothing to do here" arguments at DHS, but ending this show officially cuts the park in half.
3 fastpasses and go Home .Now a 4 hour park ..I am all for change but don't close everything at ounce.
"And, yes, please retire the Muppets."
Muppets must stay, but need to take over that area. It always felt strange to have the little Muppet square with only one attraction for them, and a half of a store.
There are so many ways Disney could take them: they're built for making folks laugh at every day stuff and wonderful to use in parodies. If I were them I'd consider revamping the show and allow it to have new elements added in every so often to keep it fresh. (SW Land opens, have Darth Vader take over the screen for a few moments until shut down by kermit, have one of the monsters walk through wearing storm trooper attire, that sort of thing.
SW isn't going into that area. A major portion of the backstage for LMA is in the new Toyland zone. Also this LMA area is going to be needed early on simply for staging equipment, materials etc. There is a tremendous amount of work to do, outside, in the real world. This expansion is not being constructed inside existing buildings or only at night.
Top of the parking garage is going to have a great view!
Disney continues to charge full rate for the park and that is ethically indefensible. I'm not a fan of the constant "What would Walt do?" crowd that portends to gatekeep, but in this instance I DO think Walt would cut the rate and tell his shareholders to suck it up and tough it out a few years.
PS: I wouldn't be surprised that the usual 8' high construction walls become more substantial - think Streets of New York style facades. Higher walls provide more noise and dust control. There are no site lines to preserve either. (Like Hub construction, etc).
I respectfully disagree with the above, as the best attractions in the park are Toy Story, Rockin' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror. Once you've seen LMA, you've seen it and don't need to again. The backlot tour was boring ever since they cut it way down. Streets of NY is pointless now that Osborne Lights are gone. Muppets is so blurry/analog/outdated that it must either go or get updated. While it's not technically in the Star Wars Land area, it is right next to it, so it might be better to just go. Most kids these days don't know or care about the Muppets, so should Disney really keep it for the 35-55 crowd who used to watch it on TV? I don't think that makes sense.
The bottom line is we've all been complaining that this park needed to be gutted with a major expansion, and guess what? It's happening, so celebrate the changes with Pixar and Star Wars. If you don't want to spend full price, don't buy the ticket. Go visit Universal or Seaworld. It's fine. The market will take of all that. If they see attendance drop, they'll do something about it.
I agree with JB. The Muppits have to go. I have seen it a few times, and the quality is very poor. Ironically, the Star Wars display filled the park with people, so I don't think Disney will reduce the price. If Disney is smart, it will keep adding tidbits of the future Star Wars films. This will add crowds. This park desperately needs this upgrade. It will be under construction for a few years, but wow, when it's finished, it will be amazing! We just have to be patient!
Bart Simpson: Dad, what's a Muppet?
Homer Simpson: Well, son, it's not quite a mop...it's not quite a puppet...so to answer your question, I don't know.
The Simpsons were making fun of the Muppets lack of popularity among kids back in the 1990s, so they were already kind of a joke 20 years ago. Modern audiences really don't care about these characters.
Disney owns the Muppets. They will not let that investment go down the drain. Stay tuned.
I actually think they will keep the Muppets attraction. I also feel Pizza Planet will be no longer, and once reopened will be a Muppet themed restaurant. They could also add back the meet n greet. Disney just did 2 Muppet movies and now has a Muppet show on ABC, which will be revamped for the Spring. The Muppets are far from dead. Mark my words, you will see more of the Muppets!
The Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Muppet*Vision 3D will not close as part of these changes nor is it expected to.
"Most kids these days don't know or care about the Muppets, so should Disney really keep it for the 35-55 crowd who used to watch it on TV? I don't think that makes sense."
Who was it again that said "Your dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway."?
Anybody else think that the Muppets should move over to EPCOT?
With Captain EO gone and HISTK gone, Why Not just move it to that theater?
Maybe re-theme the entire Imagination Pavillion utilizing the Disney Muppet assets including them in a new ride to imagination? You could also adopt Figment as a Muppet?
Plus, EPCOT needs Characters and moving the Muppets would give EPCOT some
Maybe start with a Muppets meet-n-greet in the now empty Innoventions West, and if the interest is strong enough, give them the Imagination or Energy pavilion (move those dinosaurs to Animal Kingdom).
Look, the Muppets are ok for what they are. The glory days are over.
In a real sense the muppets don't have legs - they're never going to be as popular as they once were - unless perhaps they went to total animation and then they could more easily utilized in "Pixar" fashion
Disney owns all kinds of characters, many were once just as popular as the muppets were. Buying additional properties when they go up for sale, like the muppets, doesn't necessarily equate to some enormous effort by Disney to make them more important, as it were, and the fact that Disney owns something certainly doesn't equate to that something being popular or a smash success etc.
There is a lot of mid/late 20th century entertainment property near being shopped around. Studios will buy this stuff, most of it will be put away and forgotten about.
What's next, Kukla Fran and Ollie Land? Mr Rogers Neighborhood? Archie's in Riverdale?
Scooby Doo Haunted Mansion? (THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!)
Kukla, Fran and Ollie? Boy, that goes back! I don't think anyone under the age of 50 remembers them! Scoopy Doo haunted mansion would be great at Universal! I won't go there about Mr. Rogers! How about the Flintstones?
Mr. Maggo's Mirror Maze? Davy and Goliath's coaster?
Mickey and Minnie Mouse?....Oh wait...
Think it's all massive shame. The studios were great with behind the scenes stuff. I'm a great fan of cars land. It's a time of change from each park being a unique experience to a bunch of character orientated rides. The magic for me was moving from a Hollywood street to endor to a tram past Something I'd seen in a film. Times change I know, but favourite park is now Epcot which had no massive charachter tie ins