Found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park the Muppet Vision 3D attraction originally opened on May 16, 1991. While the show features a 3D film of Jim Henson’s Muppets, the use of audio-animatronics like Statler and Waldorf in their expected balcony seats, to a live-action Sweetums rushing out as the theatre’s stagehand trying to help regain control over the performance before the audience is then showered by bubbles, that the show is often referred to as a 4D attraction. Directed by Jim Henson this would be the final Muppets project to be released by him, and the last time he would do the voice for Kermit before his death in 1990. Like many of the attractions found in Disney’s theme parks the queue leading into the Muppet Vision 3D theatre has been designed to help keep the guests entertained while they make their way in, winding its way through the “Muppet Labs” before passing several office doors featuring outlandish job descriptions and into a large “props” room containing three sets of television monitors, displaying backstage preparations for the upcoming performance and serves as the preshow before the guests are seated.
The actual film begins with a tour of the “lab” and the theatre’s backstage by Kermit the Frog where many of the other Muppets can be seen preparing for their segments in the show. And while known for many lasts, Muppet Vision 3D re-introduces the world’s first computer-generated Muppet Waldo C. Graphic who is created at the beginning of the show in the “Muppet Labs” by Dr. Honeydew and Beaker, but proving uncontrollable, goes on to wreak havoc throughout the remainder of the film and even the theatre itself as the Swedish Chef resorts to the use of a large cannon trying to stop Waldo’s escapades.