At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Miss Piggy statue has been removed from atop the Muppets fountain for refurbishment (we hope).
Muppets Fountain Refurbishment
The fountain, right in front of Muppet*Vision 3D, has been turned off and is surrounded by rolling planters.
Usually, water would spout from a Lady Liberty-inspired Miss Piggy statue on top of the blue centerpiece.
Miss Piggy has been completely removed — but this is likely just for a refurbishment of the fountain’s pipes, not a permanent change.
The fountain also has fish that spit water around its basin, as well as a few other figures, but these are all blocked from view.
It looks like the fountain has been mostly drained of water. Below are pictures of the fountain when it’s visible and operational.
A potential new food stand is also under construction at the edge of the Muppet*Vision 3D courtyard.
Hopefully, the Miss Piggy statue will return soon. Maybe in time for the holiday show Miss Piggy and Kermit will be hosting during Disney Jollywood Nights. The show will be on the other side of the park in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard — home to “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” — but guests will definitely want photos of the Muppets fountain.
Muppet*Vision 3D opened in 1991 as one of the first representations of the Muppets in Disney Parks, and the only permanent Muppets attraction since then. As production began on Muppet*Vision 3D, there was a tentative agreement for Disney to purchase the Jim Henson Company. However, Henson’s death in 1990 ended that agreement and delayed the attraction.
Directed by Henson, it was one of his and puppeteer Richard Hunt’s final Muppets projects. It was the last time Henson performed as Kermit the Frog, as well as Waldorf and The Swedish Chef, and the last time Hunt performed as Scooter, Statler, Beaker, and Sweetums. Hunt passed away in 1992, after the attraction premiered.
Disney never did acquire the Jim Henson Company in full, but purchased theme park rights to the Muppets, and eventually purchased the property entirely in 2004.
Muppet*Vision 3D has run mostly unchanged for 32 years, even as other Muppet attractions are closed and canceled, and as Disney’s Hollywood Studios changed around it. Until 2016, it was part of Streets of America. The area was then officially known as Muppets Courtyard, before becoming Grand Avenue in 2017.