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Walt Disney World to Remove Kermit the Frog Hot Air Balloon From Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It appears that the Kermit the Frog hot air balloon high above MuppetVision 3D in the Muppet Courtyard area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be removed.  This has become an icon and familiar sight for the area, but must be removed.  This removal is part of the theming being done in preparation for Star Wars land and Toy Story land.  The balloon would potentially be visible from these new themed lands, which would take away form the immersive experience, particularly for Star Wars land, that Disney is hoping to achieve.  A Kermit balloon would be completely out of  place in the Star Wars universe, so it has to go.

This isn’t the first of the casualties that we have seen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The entire Streets of America and back lot area of the park have been shut down and dismantled to make room for the new additions.  We have been waiting to hear about dates for other possible attraction closures and changes.  We will keep you posted as we learn more about other closures and dates for when the balloon is expected to be gone.  I would take any chance you have to see it while you can.  We hate to see things leave the park, but are super excited about the additions to come.  What do you all think about the changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!