The Muppets may not have been having the best couple years when it comes to film and TV, as The Muppets: Most Wanted only earned a modest sum at the box office back in 2014 and the 2015 The Muppets TV series was cancelled after only one season on ABC. However, despite their recent troubles, it looks like these beloved characters are going to be making a big splash at Walt Disney World in the next few months. And while there are several Muppets-related developments in the works, there is one coming soon to Disney's Hollywood Studios that has recently been confirmed and detailed... 

1. PizzeRizzo confirmed to be coming later this year to the Muppet Courtyard

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Though we’ve known about it for some time, Disney finally confirmed yesterday that the former Pizza Planet quick service dining location (which has been under refurbishment for several months now) is being turned into a new Muppets-themed restaurant in order to fit in with the newly-created Muppets Courtyard land at this park. And as expected, this new dining location is being themed to everyone’s favorite rat—Rizzo!

As you might imagine (considering the name) PizzeRizzo will basically have the same menu items as the former Pizza Planet restaurant, with personal pan pizzas confirmed to be headlining the menu at this reimagined eatery. Though the announcement confirming this new restaurant did mention this dining location will serve “casual Italian-American dining” as well (so you might see some pasta or breadsticks on the menu in addition to classic pizza), PizzeRizzo is still very much going to be a classic pizza joint and won't be much different from Pizza Planet, at least in terms of cuisine. 

Image: Disney 

However, the menu is where the similarities with the former Pizza Planet end. According to the official announcement, Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on overhauling the interior of this dining location, hiding “hints of Rizzo, his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years” throughout the newly-reimagined dining area. In addition, there will also be special themed dining rooms, including one that will have a cheese theme and another one that has been “designated just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends”.

Though construction is still well underway on this new (ish) dining location, Disney has confirmed that this PizzeRizzo should be open sometime later this fall. Interestingly, the official Disney Parks Twitter account initially confirmed a September opening date for PizzeRizzo. However,  that Tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with a generic “Fall 2016” date. Though it looks like we don't quite have a specific opening date yet, it is all but certain that this dining establishment will be open before the end of the year, which is definitely good news. And though it feels like we've been waiting forever for confirmation of this new restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, even MORE Muppet-related changes are coming soon to Walt Disney World as well... 




I was always surprised how little muppets were integrated into the theme parks. I actually was afraid they may cut them from the parks entirely. But seeing Jim Hensons creations still becoming an integral part of Disney is fabulous. Keeping his vision alive is something Walt would have wanted. They were both very creative individuals who each had a part in reshaping family entertainment. This is great news.

Oh, please make Mama Melrose an interactive Swedish Chef restaurant!!

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