Kermit the Frog Hot-Air Balloon to be Removed for Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios

The MuppetVision fountain at Hollywood Studios was temporarily turned into a planter to accommodate the Star Wars themed-land construction nearby, but it seems the galaxy far, far away will have a long-lasting impact on the look of the 1991 Hollywood Studios attraction.

The Kermit the Frog hot air balloon as it has looked since it was repainted in 2008 to remove references to the Jim Henson name.

The Kermit the Frog hot air balloon as it has looked since it was repainted in 2008 to remove references to the Jim Henson name.

It appears as if the iconic Kermit the Frog hot air balloon (which has loomed over the Muppets Courtyard for nearly 26 years) will be removed at some point over the next few weeks. Disney has not stated if the balloon will be reused somewhere else, but it doesn’t sound like the balloon will be returning as of this time.

The balloon as it appeared from 1991 until 2008.

The balloon as it appeared from 1991 until 2008.

The balloon is being removed because it would be visible from inside of the Star Wars-themed land that is being constructed.

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    • Michael Clute

      My guess is they intend to replace it with something that will visually work from both sides and they are going to start work on it soon.

      • Walt Disney Imagineering

        Yes, on the Muppets side it will be a constantly changing parody billboard lampooning current events as only the Muppets can. On the Star Wars side, we felt it would be best to encapsulate the true goal that Walt Disney Imagineering has set out to achieve when given the task of bringing the Star Wars universe to life. That is why we we’ll be featuring a billboard for Imperial Credits that can be purchased and used as real currency within Star Wars Land so that you’ll truly feel like you’re a part in the Star Wars Universe!

        Please Note: Imperial Credits can only be used within Star Wars land and can not be used in any other parts of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or other retail locations within the Walt Disney World Resort. A minimum purchase of $200 is required and Imperial Credits are non refundable.

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