It’s Time to Meet Muppet*Vision 3D in this Disney-MGM Studios Summer Studio News Pamphlet from 1991

With Disney Parks around the world closed for the foreseeable future, WDWNT is dipping into our archives of vintage parks materials for a look back into parks history! And in celebration of Hollywood Studios Appreciation Week, all this week, we’re peeking into the studio vault with items from the early years of the Disney-MGM Studios! We’re flashing back to Summer 1991, when Muppet*Vision 3D was brand new, The Rocketeer flew in the “Sorcery in the Sky” fireworks, and fun was everywhere in the Summer Studio News pamphlet!

Note: This article will detail the pamphlet page by page, but WIGS Members will have access to download a full-resolution PDF of the entire thing. Head on over to Patreon.com/wdwnt to join WIGS, the WDWNT Inner Globe Society, for as little as $2 a month and unlock access to great content like this, and much more!

Yes, the star attraction of the summer was the brand-new Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D. The attraction officially opened on May 16th, 1991, exactly one year to the day after the passing of the beloved Muppet creator. Nearly three decades after it opened, it has become the longest-running 3D theater attraction in Disney Parks history, still entertaining guests to this day. In the above picture, Miss Piggy handles her water-skiing finale far more gracefully than she does in the actual attraction.

But that was only part of the fun at the Studios that summer! Guests could experience adventure in a galaxy far, far away on Star Tours, or see how Hollywood stunts are done at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, now the longest-running attraction at the park. Also recently opened was the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, where guests could explore a larger-than life backyard set inspired by the 1989 film. And if that wasn’t enough action, the “heroes in a half-shell,” better known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, were also roaming the park! Guests could see Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo in a short show in the Streets of America. And every night, “Sorcery in the Sky” Fireworks lit up the Chinese Theater for an epic cap-off to a day of movie magic. And new in the summer of 1991 was the addition of The Rocketeer, who took to the skies during the nighttime spectacular every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Props from the film and photo opportunities were also available.

If seeing some real TV production live and in person was up your alley, you could attend a taping of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club,” or even try out for The Disney Channel yourself! (Provided you were between 6 and 16.) Guests who visited the park even got an offer for a free month of The Disney Channel to try at home!

From Muppets to jetpacks, there was plenty to enjoy at the Disney-MGM Studios in the summer of 1991!

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jedwa
jedwa
6 months ago

When will this and the super mario bros guidemap be released for WIGS? Haven’t received these in email yet or on Patreon site.

Marcus
Marcus
6 months ago

I so wish Sweetums, Bean, and the other Muppet friends would do meet and greets in the Muppet Courtyard. I met Piggy and Kermit back in the early 2000’s. This always seemed like such a missed Opportunity that they didn’t come out to the public.

SJames
SJames
6 months ago
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Budget cuts to entertainment stopped these. I was an entertainment CM in 2004 when we did have Kermit and Miss Piggy outside on the courtyard of Muppets 3D and even a car for them in Disney Stars in Motor Cars parade. It was a much better time for entertainment in the parks…

RocketeerLady
RocketeerLady
6 months ago

I would weep if there were muppet character meets… don’t know if they would be tears of joy or horror, but that’s pretty on brand with Disney parks these days

Doug
Doug
6 months ago

Muppet Vision 3D is one of my wife and my absolute favorite attractions. We’ve seen it many times, and we never get tired of seeing the Muppets in 3D, and we love their style of humor. We wish they still had it in California Adventure.

ThankThePhonecians
ThankThePhonecians
6 months ago

I understand that there is lots of nostalgia around this attraction- but I find it a waste of time at this point. The Muppets deserve better