Although it has been rumored for quite a few months now, Disney finally confirmed yesterday that a brand new Muppets-themed show is in fact coming to Walt Disney World before the end of the year. And surprisingly, this new show isn’t going to be appearing at the newly-created Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which is actually getting its own new addition this fall with PizzeRizzo), but will actually be coming to the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square.
Based on recently-released details, this show sounds like it’s going to be great for both fans of the Muppets characters as well as American history buffs who enjoy the educational aspects of the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square area, Here's everything you need to know about this brand new show, which is still in development, but will debut in the coming months:
1. The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History is coming to Liberty Square
As was originally rumored, this new show will be all about American history, but it will have a uniquely Muppets twist. Favorite Muppet characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggie, Fozzie, Gonzo, and of course Sam the Eagle (you can't have a show like this without the most patriotic character ever created, can you?) will all be making an appearance in The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History, and will be entertaining guests with historical stories in a familiar and funny format that encourages guest interaction and response. Famous revolutionary-era tales that the Muppets will be reenacting as part of this show will include the legendary midnight ride of Paul Revere as well as the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Perhaps unsurprisingly (given the name and content of this show) The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History will be performed in the Liberty Square area of the park, across from the Hall of Presidents at the Heritage House building. Though Liberty Square has historically been one of the few areas of the Magic Kingdom without a bunch of characters in it (or loud attractions in general), this part of the park has also been pretty sparsely populated in recent years, which makes the addition of this new show seem like a smart choice as Disney tries to get guests into an area of the park they may have just simply walked through previously on their way to Frontierland or Fantasyland.
Though a lot will depend on how this new show is executed, hopefully The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History will help guests slow down and enjoy this part of the park, as well as bring the educational aspect of Liberty Square (which guests typically have had to seek out themselves by either visiting the Hall of Presidents or just exploring the area) to the forefront in a can't-miss way that will be entertaining as well.
2. An original song is being composed just for this new show
In addition to the fun new format and story, Disney has confirmed that a brand new song is being composed for The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History as well. Though we all love the classic Muppets tunes that are played in the films, TV shows and attractions, (who doesn't love hearing The Rainbow Connection a billion times) the addition of a new song is definitely exciting news as it has been several years since we’ve gotten a new Muppets tune, and it is great to get more original music in the Disney parks as well as many recent attractions have relied a lot on classic film tunes in recent years.