Disney’s Hollywood Studios Gets a Long-Awaited Upgrade

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios got a long-hoped-for upgrade this week, and the finished product shows just how much the upgrade was needed.

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The Walt Disney World Resort is home to four theme parks–Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom–as well as two unique themed water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, more than two dozen resort hotels, and a thriving dining, shopping, and entertainment district called Disney Springs.

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That’s a lot of magic–and a lot of upkeep.

Because the Central Florida Disney parks are so big and offer numerous themed rides, attractions, and other experiences, each inspired by fan-favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars films and offerings, work is constantly being done to maintain, spruce up, and sometimes reimagine entirely, those offerings.

Aside from the regular maintenance of attractions, which ensures they are in proper working condition at all times so that guests and cast members alike are safe, Disney World team members are routinely hard at work making new additions to rides, removing old fixtures and props from attractions, and replacing elements in attractions that have simply taken a beating from the wear and tear that comes from millions of guests visiting the parks each year.

Often, that wear and tear is seen more obviously on elements and fixtures within rides and attractions throughout the Disney World Resort–elements on which guests sit or stand, as well as parts of the ride held onto tightly by guests, such as handrails and lap safety restraints.

At Hollywood Studios, one of the attractions most obviously in need of a sprucing up recently is the auditorium at the Muppet-Vision 3D attraction.

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Muppet-Vision 3D is the result of a unique collaboration between Jim Henson Productions and Walt Disney Imagineering. It opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 1991.

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The experience takes place inside a theater located on Grand Avenue at Hollywood Studios. The theater is a perfect replica of the Muppet Theater seen in the classic TV series The Muppet Show, which aired from 1977 to 1981. At this attraction, however, guests don 3D glasses and enjoy the entire production in “eye-popping” 3D, and though Kermit and Fozzie Bear promise no cheap 3D tricks, the presentation is, of course, chock full of them.

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Guests are invited to take their seats and enjoy the presentation, but of late, guests have become more and more leery of having anything to do with the seats in the theater as they had really begun to show their age. But this week, Disney unveiled the theater’s newly upgraded seats throughout the theater.

The change is quite spectacular, and the photos of the new seats in the theater, as compared with images of the old seats, serve as a testament to how badly the Muppet Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios needed this upgrade.

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Congratulations are in order for Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Great Gonzo, Sam Eagle and the entire Muppets gang! The newly replaced seats in the theater give the space a clean, updated look and will be available for guests to enjoy for years to come!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!