Muppet Vision 3D has undergone a lot of change recently, and most of it makes us worry for the show’s future. Just recently, the show’s hours were drastically reduced. Now it seems the building itself has been muted. The back of the building has been painted gray- presumably to blend in better once the new construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is complete.
Just beside the attraction, there’s a frenzy of activity with construction. When completed, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be Muppetvisions new neighbor. The immersive aspect of Galaxy’s Edge leads us to believe this new paint job is strategic. Nothing would spoil the feeling of being on a far-off planet at the edge of the galaxy quite like the bright colors the shows building formerly sported.
The entrance still keeps its original cheekiness though. Statler and Waldorf are still cracking jokes and witty “movie posters” still adorn the entrance. Both are things we hope never change. The irreverent and sometimes wry humor that defines this show is one of the most endearing qualities.
You’d be hard-pressed to remember Disney’s Hollywoods Studios without Muppetvision 3D. Though it was not an opening day attraction the 3D film featuring the shenanigans of the beloved Muppets opened on the Parks 2nd anniversary (back then the Park operated as Disney/MGM Studios) in 1991. Though it’s often criticized today as being outdated, we think that the hijinx in the film is timeless. Who can resist a chuckle when an animatronic Statler and Waldorf begin their heckling? And with the Sweedish Chef behind the projector, things are sure to be a smash right? This classic Hollywood Studios attraction is suitable for the very small but also beloved by adults. The 3D gags and special effects make it unforgettable. There is a sense of nostalgia about it that sets it apart from other attractions.
If this reads a bit like a love letter to Muppetvision 3D, well… I suppose that’s because it kind of is. The reduced hours coupled with its precarious placement in-between Star Tours and the soon to be open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has us nervous about its future. We think this attraction is a true gem. Though do keep in mind nothing is official until Disney says it is and there has been no such announcement. We certainly hope this iconic attraction will continue to delight guests for years to come.