2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Theme Park Insider readers have voted MuppetVision 3D
at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World as the sixth seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
Set in the "Muppet Show" theater, complete with Statler & Waldorf heckling from the balcony, MuppetVision 3D shows us the inside of Muppet Labs, where Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker have "perfected" 3-D technology. To show off their work, Dr. Honeydew introduces us to the first 3-D, computer generated Muppet, Waldo C. Graphic.
Then, as you could probably guess, something goes terribly wrong, and Waldo runs amok throughout the show, ultimately crashing Sam the Eagle's attempt at a patriotic finale. The Swedish Chef even tries to shoot down Waldo, but just manages to destroy the theater in the process.
In short, it's the mayhem you expect from the Muppets.
MuppetVision 3D debuted at Walt Disney World in May
2001 1991, one year after the sudden death, at age 53, of Muppets creator Jim Henson. Henson in 1989 had agreed to sell his company to Disney, which led to the creation of the MuppetVision 3D show at the then-Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. Henson's death ultimately scuttled the deal, but in 2004, Henson's heirs agreed to sell the rights to most of the non-Sesame Street Muppets to Disney.
MuppetVision 3D also plays at Disney's California Adventure theme park in Anaheim.
What's your take on MuppetVision 3D?
It couldn't have debuted in 2001, because it was there when I went in December 2000.
Many 3D movies at theme parks have become increasingly outdated as more and more movies come out in cinemas around the world in the format.
I think it's a typo. Should be May 1991. 2001 is when DCA's version opened.
I agree that this show definitely holds up over the years due to the comedy factor. A lot of these shows try to be funny, but this one actually makes you laugh. It also has some innovative, for the time, "4D" effects without being over the top, like some shows can be. I've been to this show close to when it first opened and then again last year. I think I had more fun the second time than the first!
Umm this isn't one of my favorites. I am stunned that it is ranked at number 6! I believe it goes up against Shrek 4-D which is Way better. Personally i think its time this show gets replaced as it is nearly 20 years old at DHS, and nobody cares about it at DCA.
I love MuppetVision 3D. I remember seeing it in 1990, just a year after Jim Henson died. It was such a perfect project for that creative guy to go out on.
Does anyone know who Jim Henson named Ernie and Burt after? He like the movie A Wonderful Life so much, he names Ernie after Ernie the taxi driver and Burt after Burt the cop. Just one of those mysteries of life solved.
"Its a Glorius 3 Hour Extravaganza"
This show is near-perfect, and one of the few examples of self-aware humor. I love their constant bombardment of purposefully cheap 3D tricks (e.g. ironing board - completely unnecessary, wonderfully stupid).
Oh, and, uh... WOrd 2 yO MoThEr!@#$%^&*()
Looks like I'm going to have to redesign the site's logo to add a tagline:
I know my family & I checked this out when we were at Disney 5 or so years ago, & I remember enjoying the experience. The thing is, I can't for the life of me remember the show itself.
Robert, I love the idea.
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