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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:11 am    Post subject: Muppets in Liberty Square? Reply with quote

Anyone catch this announcement? Found on Mouseplanet.

"The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History" opens in October, and will star Sam Eagle, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and The Great Gonzo. Another character, James Jefferson, is the human host of the show. According to the casting call for the role, "JJ is a Revolutionary history buff who delights in sharing his knowledge of the Colonial era and Liberty Square with anyone who will listen, and he has teamed up with his good friends Sam Eagle, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and others to share some great moments in American history!"

This new show takes place outside the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square, and is said to be an addition to the "regular, year-round lineup," rather than a limited-time offering. The show almost certainly requires some sort of permanent stage or set for the Muppets, so we'll keep an eye out for new construction in the area.
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Hmm, I find this interesting but I am not sure why. I like the Muppets and I like American history but for some reason finding the Muppets in Liberty Square seems out-of-place. Still I suppose I should wait to see how they do it before passing judgement.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An article I read on it, was that the show would take place out of the windows above the Hall of Presidents building. Not sure if that is the "Stage" they were referring to or if this has now moved.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit torn as well - honestly, I'm sure if it's the Muppets the show will be a hoot. But there was a grounded realism in Liberty Square that this seems somewhat out of place.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got to see the show a few weeks ago, and it was great! It did not distract from the area, and it actually serves as a good draw to the area. Since many folks skip right past Hall of Presidents, maybe this will help increase its attendance as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the post about this! It wasn't running when we were there a couple of months ago and I was curious about it as well.

I agree that this should help draw people to the area and hopefully increase attendance to the Hall of Presidents.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen it myself, but I had a friend who took a video, and it seemed like it was a good fit. They told the actual history, and it's a temporary show so it's not like the muppets live in Liberty Square, they just happened to be there for a moment.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bumping this conversation:

We went to WDW in October (Hurricane Matthew - that was a hoot), and we got to see the show. My family really enjoyed it. While it may not fit in the historical aesthetic of the land, it's not intrusive either - in other words, when the show's going, it's the only thing you're really looking at, and when the show's over, the land is unchanged. I don't think it takes anything away.

Then, you have the Muppets ... and it's a live show, so they're right there. The humor was sharp (Sam Eagle, c'mon, you know it's going to be good!), and it did draw a crowd ... a rather BIG crowd.

I thought it was a fantastic addition.
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