New Kermit the Frog T-Shirt at Disneyland Resort

Shannen Ace

New Kermit the Frog T-Shirt at Disneyland Resort

It’s not easy being green, but this new Kermit the Frog T-shirt isn’t green, so life should be a breeze with it on. The tee joins a collection of new Kermit the Frog merchandise available at Disneyland Resort and we found it at the Dress Shop in Downtown Disney District.

Kermit the Frog T-shirt – $29.99

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The short-sleeved shirt is heather gray. On the chest is an image of Kermit sitting on a stool. His autograph is printed in black below the image.

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The back of the shirt is blank.

Muppets at Disney Parks

We don’t see the Muppets much at Disneyland these days, but they still have a presence at Walt Disney World. Muppet*Vision 3D opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 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, Muppet*Vision 3D 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.

Other performers who participated in Muppet*Vision 3D included Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, John Henson, David Rudman, Kathryn Mullen, and Wayne Allwine (as Waldo’s Mickey impression). A live actor also portrays Sweetums, who walks through the theater during a section of the show. Audio-animatronics of Statler and Waldorf are in a box seat above the audience.

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 for 32 years at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and recently received new projection mapping.

The show came to Disneyland Resort with the opening of Disney California Adventure in February 2001. It was in the park’s Hollywood Land until late 2014. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration replaced it for a little over a year before Mickey’s PhilharMagic moved in.

The Muppet Mobile Lab premiered at Disney California Adventure in 2007 before moving to EPCOT and then Hong Kong Disneyland.

The Muppets appeared in the Christmas Caroling Coach at “Disney Merriest Nights” in 2021.

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  • Shannen Ace

    Shannen has been a Disney Parks fan and lover of dogs since childhood, despite Pluto's attempt to eat Shannen's Minnie Mouse doll the first time they met. They've made up now. You can email Shannen at shannen@wdwnt.com.