Published: October 27, 2011 at 5:36 PMI think it's all going to come down to the box office returns. Getting people to watch a video online for free is one thing. Getting them to pay to watch a movie is an entirely different animal.
But I wouldn't mind at all if Pizza Planet got shuffled over near the Pixar area if it meant a second Muppet attraction.
Published: October 27, 2011 at 6:29 PMI love the Muppets(personal favorite is Miss Piggy who is hilarious all the time) and after the movie comes out(which I hope does well at the box office) I do hope Disney does change a bit of the area surrounding the Muppetvision 3D attraction at Hollywood Studios. I do agree that Pizza Planet has to go as its completely out of place there(perhaps the building that housed "Journey Into Narnia" would be a nice place for the Pizza Planet). As for a possible dark ride, I think it would be awesome if Disney kinda spoofed themselves by building a Muppet dark ride that took you through both the world of the Muppets from the Muppet show to the numerous Muppet movies to Muppets spoofing other films/attractions(I think it would be hilarious to see Muppets spoofing It's a Small World or Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean).
Published: October 27, 2011 at 7:04 PMHopefully the new movie can bring Muppet life to Disney Parks!
Published: October 27, 2011 at 8:16 PMThe Muppets spoof every other dark ride at Disney (as well as some jabs at Universal)?
Make this happen!
Published: October 28, 2011 at 2:49 PMThe Muppets must star in an Animatronic attraction. There's just no excuse for a film starring these characters when they are perfect for the tactile animatronic medium. Dupe some Muppets from Henson, design in the animatronic mechanisms and let's get ready to party.
You're right, the Muppets are more Universal-like in their irreverence than Disney. But they provide Disney's Imagineers (some of which have some Universal Creative experience, by the way), with a safer opportunity to try something wickedly sarcastic without going off the rails and ticking off the fan base the way the awful Tiki Room Under New Management did.
I'd love to see a "Muppets room", with Muppets lining the walls and ceiling like the Tiki Room, subjecting the audience to 10 minutes of absolutely gleeful chaos. Best case scenario? Give the attraction some "Laugh Floor"-like capabilities to tailor the schtick to the specific audience, or at least to keep the jokes fresh and timely. Muppets never must be allowed to grow stale.
Published: November 1, 2011 at 8:20 AMCan't say for sure, however, Animal Kingdom now has a new fake topiary of Rafiki holding Simba up high. Perhaps we'll see a life size stuff Miss Piggy doing the same to Kermit at Hollywood Studios. Orm adding Big Bird to the Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom.
Published: November 2, 2011 at 11:42 AMDisney doesn't own any of the Sesame Street characters, otherwise I'm pretty sure we would have seen them in the parks already.