Muppets Haunted Mansion is now streaming on Disney+, and if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll want to make time to do so ASAP because it’s pretty entertaining and full of spooky Muppets fun! It’s too early for spoilers so I won’t give anything away, but there is more exciting news to share. You can now visit the new Muppet exhibit at Disneyland Resort where you can check out rare behind-the-scenes look at the puppeteering process used in the new Disney+ Halloween special set in the Haunted Mansion and starring Muppet characters including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo, and more!
Walt Disney Imagineer shared the following with the OC Register:
“This is your peek behind the curtain at the art and design that went into the production of the special itself. One of the things we’re focusing on right now at the Muppets Studio is this idea of the art of puppetry. This is such an incredible handcrafted art form that’s still alive, even in 2021 at a time with all of the digital prowess.”
The new Muppets Haunted Mansion movie-making exhibit is located in the lobby area of the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction when first entering the park. Guests will be shown how the movie-makers puppeteer Gonzo and Miss Piggy, with a coffin and seat cut away to showcase how “muppeteering” works. Aside from some spooky fun you’ll also get in some laughs as the Muppets add their own commentary to the artifact plaques.
Kim Irvine, who is a well-known figure in the lore of Disneyland’s famed haunted house, stars in the Halloween special as Madame Leota. Her mother and fellow Imagineer Leota Toombs played the role of the original Madame Leota in the actual ride (how awesome is that?!). Irvine also shared with the OC Register:
“When I was on set filming, what I loved so much was just meeting all of the characters for the first time in person. To be able to interact with the Muppets in that way was just a real treat…It was a challenge to figure out how to get [the set pieces] into the building because all the doors to the gallery are pretty small. Our entertainment set team just did an awesome job of taking it apart and then putting it all back together inside the room.”
Keep an eye out in our stories as I will be heading to the exhibit in the next couple of weeks and can’t wait to share this behind-the-scenes exhibit with all of you Insiders!
Have you had the chance to watch the new Muppets Haunted Mansion special on Disney+?!