The Muppets at Walt Disney World

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The Muppets at Walt Disney World television special was the last Muppets project that Jim Henson worked on before his death on May 16, 1990. This special aired on NBC on May 6th of that year. The plot is fairly standard Muppet stuff, the Muppets, who have sneaked into Walt Disney World, are pursued by a security guard played by Charles Grodin. Attractions featured include Big Thunder Mountain, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Star Tours, the Mad Hatter Tea Cups, and the World Showcase. Which is weird since the scenes are from three parks, but the special makes it seem like one big park.

The story ends with the Muppets having a friendly meeting at Mickey Mouse’s office where the signature characters of Walt Disney and Jim Henson compare their companies’ theme songs, “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “The Rainbow Connection” respectively and the ideals behind them.


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