Muppets Courtyard to be renamed Grand Park

Aug 17, 2017 in "Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3-D"

Alongside the new Grand Avenue redevelopment of the old Streets of America, Disney has today announced that the Muppets Courtyard will be renamed Grand Park.

Muppets Courtyard had only a short existence at Disney's Hollywood Studios, with it being named in March 2016, coinciding with the closure of Streets of America.

The current Muppets Courtyard will become Grand Park, an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.

The Muppets theater was recently renamed “Grand Arts Theatre” along with a brand-new marquee.

It appears that the changes are slowly removing a dependency on the Muppets as an anchor for the area. PizzeRizzo surprised many when it opened with a lack of specific Muppet theming. The removal of Muppet theming on the exterior of the Grand Arts Theatre, along with its easy to change signage, is leading some to speculate that there are plans for something new to eventually come to the area, or perhaps Disney wants the area to be flexible as possible. Of course, the Muppets can continue to appear in Grand Park, as the Muppets are about characters and not a specific location. Disney has said that the MuppetVision 3D show will continue to play at the theater. 

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Article Posted: Aug 17, 2017 / 12:15pm EDT
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Texas84Dec 26, 2019

I turned right around and headed to the old one.

Rob562Dec 24, 2019

Yeah, I walked in after coming off of Star Tours and was surprised at how tiny it was. It's like they relocated the soon-to-be-replaced World Showcase Plaza bathrooms over to Grand Avenue. -Rob

TimeTripDec 23, 2019

Imagine my surprise when I went in the side towards GE and saw (I believe) 1 stall in the men's room. Seems weird that they didn't try to connect both ends.

MovieloverNov 30, 2019

That's a relief! ;)

YodaManNov 29, 2019

Restrooms are now open.

YodaManNov 24, 2019

Not yet, but the work has been brought down and now it’s just a few planters in front of the door instead of the miles of walls.

dingleborderNov 24, 2019

Have these opened yet?

peter11435Nov 10, 2019

This building is new

Rob562Nov 10, 2019

I'm a bit confused... Are they brand new bathrooms? Or are they simply building a new facade and entrance into the back side of the existing bathrooms? -Rob

Magic FeatherNov 10, 2019

Sign above the door is a stylized sign that says “Women” (Bc it’s the entrance to the Women’s restroom). Shady building next door is men’s.

WDWtravelerNov 09, 2019

Photo update as of Friday, November 8, 2019. The building's (a restroom) appearance is very much in the Grand Avenue style. The sign above the door is covered.

WDWtravelerOct 20, 2019

Photo update as of Sunday, October 20, 2019.

RteetzOct 06, 2019

MisterPenguinOct 06, 2019

It wouldn't hurt. There is basically no transition now and even those who defend the integrity of MK lands and sightlines readily admit that that area is atrocious with regard to thematic integrity.