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April 3

April 3, 2016 – Muppets Courtyard Area Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park

On April 3, 2016, the area surrounding the attraction Muppet*Vision 3D was renamed Muppets Courtyard, after a majority of the Streets of America area of the park was closed to make way for the Star Wars Land expansion. After the renaming of the area showed up in park maps, several additions were made to the area through the rest of 2016, including the opening of the Muppet-themed restaurant PizzeRizzo. This name was only temporary, however, as the area was folded into what is now known as the Grand Avenue.

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January 8

January 8, 2010 – The Muppets Appear in the Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade Parade at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

“…the cavalcade celebrates volunteerism and features Kermit, Miss Piggy, along with special floats and vehicles festooned with bright balloons and flanked by parade dancers.”

On January 8, 2010, a special parade kicked off in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, known as Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade Parade. This parade ties in with the new “Give a Disney Day, Get a Disney Day” program set up by Disney, where guests can get a free Disney Theme Park ticket after performing a day of volunteer service with a participating organization; this promotion featured the Muppets as the ambassador characters. This was also the first time that Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared daily in Disneyland. This parade occurred once a day, alongside the Celebrate! A Street Party parade, and pulled guests who had volunteered through the program to be part of the parade.

November 28

November 28, 2002 – The New Kermit the Frog Balloon Premieres at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Hi ho! Kermit the Frog here!”

On November 28, 2002, the 76th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show, a new balloon featuring Kermit the Frog was unveiled; this marks the return of Kermit after a 12-year absence from the parade. This was two years before Disney would officially acquire the Muppets in a deal that originally began in 1989. For this parade, Kermit was also named as the official mascot.

November 18

November 18, 2016 – The Restaurant PizzeRizzo Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking Muppet.”

On November 18, 2016, the quick-service restaurant PizzeRizzo opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Taking the place of the Pizza Planet Arcade, the restaurant is designed like a New York City pizzeria with a Muppet theme; the proprietor of the restaurant is Muppet character Rizzo the Rat. The menu includes various kinds of single-serve pizzas, a meatball sub, and an antipasto salad.

September 24

September 24, 1991 – The Stage Show Hollywood’s Pretty Woman Begins in Disney-MGM Studios

On September 24, 1991, the Muppet stage show Hollywood’s Pretty Woman premiered in Disney-MGM Studios. It was the first show in the Disney Parks to feature the Muppet characters, and also featured the character of Roger Rabbit from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In the show, the characters are trying to impress Roger Rabbit, who serves as a producer for Maroon Studios; the characters perform tributes to classic stars such as Judy Garland and Ginger Rogers. The show ended on November 3, 1991.

August 29

August 29, 1989 – Disney Announces Agreement to Acquire Muppets


“I have enjoyed running my own company, but now I am really excited about joining forces with Michael Eisner and the Disney organization and finding out how much more we can accomplish together for our audiences all over the world.”

On August 29, 1989, the Walt Disney Company announced that they had started negotiations with Henson Associates Inc. to acquire the Muppets. Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, was working with Disney at the time on the new Muppet*Vision 3D attraction when the deal was discussed; under this deal, Henson would become a consultant to Disney to help develop special media pieces, such as television specials and movies. The terms of the deal were exclusive only to the Muppets and did not include characters from the Sesame Street series. Unfortunately, this deal would fall through in December of 1990, after problems arose with estate tax of Henson’s estate after his untimely passing. The merger was reopened and finally followed through in 2004.

August 3

August 3, 2012 – The Special Studio DC: Almost Live Premieres on Disney Channel

“Dylan, Cole, take five. Pepe, Rizzo, take a hike!”

On August 3, 2012, the special variety show Studio DC: Almost Live premiered on Disney Channel. The special featured The Muppets alongside a variety of Disney Channel stars, including stars of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Jokes were interspersed throughout the program referencing other Disney Channel shows and Muppet ventures. A second special premiered on October 5, 2008; neither episode has been released on home video in the United States.