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Fozzie and Ma in a Disney Restaurant
Animal introduces himself to Snow White.
Quentin Fitzwaller interrogates Rizzo the Rat.

The Muppets at Walt Disney World premiered on NBC on May 6, 1990 as an episode of The Magical World of Disney. It was part of an awareness campaign to promote the planned merger of the Jim Henson Company with the Walt Disney Company.

In this one-hour special, the Muppets visit Kermit's hometown of Paradise Swamp, Florida for the annual Frog Festival and Bug Fry. Once there, they discover Walt Disney World on the other side of the swamp. After a run-in with Quentin Fitzwaller, an irate, bumbling security guard played by Charles Grodin, the group splits up to explore the wonders of the theme parks and resort complex.

Highlights include:

  • Quentin and Rizzo the Rat try to find the rest of the Muppets all over the park
  • Beauregard forces Miss Piggy to accompany him on a variety of thrill rides, including Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the Mad Tea Party.
  • Rowlf the Dog performs "live from the detention hall of the Disney World Pet Care Center" with other Muppet dogs (including Baskerville, Foo Foo, and Sprocket).
  • Fozzie Bear, who brings his mother Emily along for the trip, performs a comedy routine on a Frontierland street corner to get some cash.
  • While at the swamp, a bucket falls onto Beaker's head, and Beaker's head gets stuck inside the bucket, only briefly coming off and then back on. Later, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew decorates the bucket with a wig and sunglasses.
  • Statler and Waldorf take a ride on a horse-drawn trolley down Main Street, U.S.A. and serenade a female passenger.
  • Gonzo and his sweetheart Camilla the Chicken visit the Disney World laundry facilities.
  • Scooter and Bean Bunny play around the leaping fountains at EPCOT Center's Journey Into Imagination pavillion.
  • Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, accompanied for the first and only time by Clifford, perform in costumes from different countries at EPCOT Center's World Showcase.
  • Raven-SymonĂ© sings "The Rainbow Connection" to cheer up Kermit.
  • The cast gathers at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, where Miss Piggy and Kermit are picked to perform in the stage show.
  • The entire Muppet gang meets Mickey Mouse in his executive office.

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Credits

Executive Producer: Jim Henson
Producers: Diana Birkenfield and Martin G. Baker
Director: Peter Harris
Writer: Jerry Juhl
Special Guests: Charles Grodin (as Quentin Fitzwalter) and Raven-Symone
Muppet Performers: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Rickey Boyd, Rick Lyon, Camille Bonora
Production Designer: Victor DiNapoli
Muppet Workshop: Joann Green, Mark Zeszotek, Henri Ewaskio, Larry Jameson
Costume Design: Polly Smith, Stephen Rotondaro
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