Jarrod Fairclough – Last year we were treated to the news that The Muppets were getting their own small part of Walt Disney World, Muppets Courtyard. Today, however, we have learnt that while some elements will remain, Muppets Courtyard will be no more.
Before you go hitting that angry reaction on Facebook, I want to stress – MuppetVision 3D is staying exactly where it is, as is Pizzerizzo. However the area will become known as Grand Avenue, and will be inspired by down-town Los Angeles. You can read and excerpt of the information from the Disney Parks blog below.
Muppets Courtyard, along with a portion of the former Streets of America, is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineering to become a new area called Grand Avenue. Inspired by the revitalization and the vibrant culture of present-day downtown Los Angeles, Grand Avenue is where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will soon see facades for “merchants” appearing in this area for a music shop, loft apartments, a tailor and more, with each window on the street featuring charming displays.
The current Muppets Courtyard will become Grand Park, an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Guests can already see changes in the area, with the Muppets theater being renamed “Grand Arts Theatre” and boasting a brand-new marquee. But, not to worry – Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang continue to star in their hilarious and irreverent “Muppet*Vision 3D” show.