MuppetVision 3D closing for refurbishment later this month

Jan 10, 2020 in "Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3-D"

The Grand Arts Theatre, home of MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is set to receive some updates later this month - including new seats and curtains.

To complete the work, the show will be closed from January 26 through to February 7, with a planned reopening to guests on February 8 2020.

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Article Posted: Jan 10, 2020 / 3:31pm ET
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MadTeacupFeb 09, 2020

It was definitely my misunderstanding that when they stated they were replacing the seats they actually meant the cushions. I should know better. They did have every intention of reupholstering the seats, but the fabric arrived late. They still intend to finish the project, but they'll have to do the seats overnight.

YodaManFeb 08, 2020

Muppets already went 101 for part of the day because of the animatronics.

TrainChasersFeb 08, 2020

That probably got repaired... I saw it later that week (can’t remember which day but before the 31st) and they both looked normal.

Cmdr_CrimsonFeb 08, 2020

Waldorf looked broken as his head was looking downward most of the show and not at the screen and his movements were clunky.

TrainChasersFeb 08, 2020

How so? I saw the show around that time and they looked good I thought. I was even paying a lot of attention to them and the penguins and noticing how S&W react to so many things happening in the show.

Cmdr_CrimsonFeb 08, 2020

Hopefully they fixed Statler and Waldorf they looked the worst when I saw it on the 26th.

wdwmagicFeb 08, 2020

Muppets reopened today. Unfortunately no new seats, and missing bubble and fog effects.

N2druJan 31, 2020

I agree...the Muppets still have a fanbase so updating their only attraction is a good call. Disappointing the Muppets show at the MK was canceled then brought back sporadically. It was a great boost for Liberty Square.

rmwebsJan 20, 2020

The more I think about it the more it makes perfect sense to keep muppets around. With SWGE and TS the park is obviously bringing in a ton of cash, way more than ~5 years ago where it was turning into a ~3 to 4 hour park. That in turn must help make it easier to justify some decent maintenance on a ride that would otherwise close and be an empty box for a few years.

MadTeacupJan 20, 2020

All the fog effects (including the blast of air on the curtain when Waldo says, "Let's burn rubber!") were discontinued during the construction of Galaxy's Edge. The LN2 Tank that holds the gas to create the smoke effects was located within a construction zone and could not be serviced and refilled during construction. THEN when they finally cleared the construction and filled the tank, someone had the bright idea to simply switch the system back on. After almost 2 years of sitting unused, the system did not respond kindly to being re-activated without prepping and cleaning the valves and pipes. Thankfully, they seem to have worked out the bugs and the show has been looking it's best in quite some time. The Curtains are specific to Muppet*Vision. They're doing nothing more than replacing the worn-out fabric and it won't help facilitate any kind of show swap. The seats are likely past their intended lifespan since it sounds like they are doing more than simply replacing the cushions. I know that Mermaid has been having trouble getting replacement parts for their seats lately. There is a portion of the back row at Mermaid where the seats have been replaced with temporary benches. Perhaps Muppet*Vision is having similar troubles? I understand why everyone freaks out when Disney touches the Muppets area, but Muppet*Vision is safe for the time being.

Cmdr_CrimsonJan 16, 2020

Wiki states it seats 564 guests per show...

PatchesleeJan 16, 2020

I'm wondering if the new seats will be smaller/ different configuration so they can up the capacity for each show. Obviously don't know what the fire code capacity is set at, but given the demand for park capacity in general it seems a cheaper option.

KimAnnFranJan 16, 2020

I totally agree.

Cmdr_CrimsonJan 14, 2020

What is sad is that the majority of Muppet performers in that entire show now are either retired or passed on...Except Dave Goelez... I had made a post about this that shows a neat set of behind the scenes photos including the reason sweetums was there.. https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/muppet-vision-rare-behind-the-scene-photos.954514/