Disney’s Magic Kingdom debuts a new Muppets-themed Show

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]agic Kingdom turned 45 yesterday, and today it opens its most significant new attraction in more than two years. The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History makes its debut at 9:30 a.m. in the park’s Liberty Square area, just outside the classic Hall of Presidents attraction. It’s a live show featuring Muppets staged in the second-story windows of Liberty Square’s Heritage House and a live actor — a singing male actor with improv comedy chops, per the audition call — who will engage with the audience and the puppets as the town crier. The show will run at least five times a day.

With the presidential elections a month away, it’s certainly a timely addition to the world’s most visited theme park. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom attracted 20.5 million guests last year, according to industry tracker Themed Entertainment Association, 2.2 million more guests than the original Disneyland in California.

The Muppets-themed show becomes the first addition to the park that isn’t a quickly pieced-together stage show or parade since the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened 29 months ago. The new attraction may not be as thrilling as a family coaster or as marketable, but it does give Disney the ability to expand on a franchise that seemed to stumble earlier this year.

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