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

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

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Iconic Kermit The Frog Hot Air Balloon being Removed from Muppets Courtyard

[…] The Frog hot air balloon that resides above the Muppets Courtyard is being removed. We hear from WDW News Today that the reason is that you would be able to see the balloon from inside Star Wars Land, which […]

DJ
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DJ

It would look rather out of place from inside the Star Wars area.

JimV
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JimV

Will MuppetVision get an update? Barely watchable today.

Ryan B
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Ryan B

JimV, you must be the guy in the Goofy mask.

Waldorf
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Waldorf

That’s no mask.

JimV
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JimV

So you’re happy with the same show for 20 years? Lame.

Statler
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Statler

Sorry lady!

Ricky Lee Kirkland
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Ricky Lee Kirkland

Why not paint a Death Star on the Side facing Star Wars Land !!!

Ralph
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Ralph

Because that would be stupid?

yensidw
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yensidw

Since Star Wars land won’t be open for a few years why the rush to remove the balloon? SMH

Michael Clute
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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
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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… Read more »