The Muppets have officially arrived at Magic Kingdom to bring a couple of American history lessons to the streets of Liberty Square… all while keeping the tone light, silly and fun! So, in the words of Kermit, let’s keep “movin’ right along.”
1 – Muppets at Disney World
Since Kermit the Frog was introduced to the world in 1955, he’s been spreading happiness with a sense of humor around the world! Kermit and the Muppets are no strangers to Disney World with their Muppet Courtyard at Hollywood Studios boasting the fun attraction, Muppet Vision 3D which opened in 1991. New to the scene as of Fall 2016 in Muppet Courtyard is the quick service restaurant, PizzeRizzo, featuring Rizzo the Rat. So, while Muppets may not be new to Disney World, they are new to Magic Kingdom – and we happy they have arrived!
2 – Look Up in Liberty Square
In October 2016, the Muppets made their way to Magic Kingdom for a live show called The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History. Now, before you go looking for a specific building for this new entertainment, you might be surprised to find out they actually aren’t located in one building. Instead, head to Liberty Square’s The Hall of Presidents attraction. The Muppet performance is spread between the top of The Hall of Presidents and the building located to the right of The Hall of Presidents (The Heritage House). To spot the Muppets, stay outside of the buildings and look up to the windows during one of the show times. There are roughly 8 shows stretching between the morning hours and early afternoon with only a 10-minute duration for the full show.
3 – A Muppet Filled Cast
At the present time, The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History offer two different shows. One features the Declaration of Independence while the other is all about the midnight ride of Paul Revere. For the Declaration of Independence show, a Cast Member dressed in his historically patriotic best makes his appearance as James Jefferson (aka “JJ”), the Town Crier of Liberty Square. He walks out ringing a bell and shouting “Hear ye, Hear ye” to summons guests to gather around for a lesson in American history. He breaks into a song which is interrupted by the very patriotic American eagle Muppet – Sam Eagle. Sam appears in the small circular window above The Hall of Presidents. With more singing about “The Great Moments in History”, a classic cast of Muppets appear in the windows above the Heritage House, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. The midnight ride of Paul Revere show features all Muppets, including Sam Eagle, above the Heritage House. There is no Town Crier in the Paul Revere show. We personally prefer the Declaration of Independence show, but you never know which show will be presented at the specific show time.
4 – Humorous History Lessons
While Sam Eagle tries his best to keep the history lesson as serious as possible, Kermit shows Sam Eagle that history can be entertaining with dignity! Historical figures from the Declaration of Independence and the midnight ride of Paul Revere are reenacted by these silly and entertaining Muppets. Costume changes for the Muppets, silly jokes, songs, crowd involvement, and knowledge of history in a discreet way that the kids won’t know they are learning – this entertaining Great Moments in American History provides a patriotic message with a pop of humor to keep it light.
5 – A Few Tips
We’ve discovered this slice of entertainment doesn’t get very crowded. Yes, a crowd does gather but it’s not extremely large and there is still room for guests to walk along the path in Liberty Square. We recommend stepping back away from the crowd, as you can see better since the Muppets are located on the second floor of the Heritage House. As we stated above, the show is only 10 minutes at the most, so it’s an easy one to catch and move on to your next adventure!
What are your thoughts of the new Muppet Great Moments in History at Magic Kingdom? We’d love to hear from you!