“I hope Huey,Dewey and Louie might return to the other Disney parks in the future now that the Duck tales reboot is so good. The trio can only be found at Paris and recently Hong Kong on special occasions.”
This is written by Jim Hill, so take this with a whole mine’s worth of salt, and ignore the hideous syntax.
Once you do that, you’ll be left with…well, with an under-thought overlay that would’ve harmed both the Muppets and Disneyland.
“It was Jack Lindquist — the then-president of the Disneyland Resort — who reportedly dreamed up this promotional scheme. Which was to have involved Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto announcing that…they were now exhausted. Which is why these Disney characters needed a break.
"Enter Kermit the Frog. Who…was to have offered to cover for the Mouse. He’d volunteer to have the Muppets run Disneyland while Mickey & his pals went off on a much-needed…vacation.
"And once Mickey had turned over the keys to this theme park over to Kermit in January of 1991…the Muppets were to have… Well, Muppetized the place. This was to have involved ripping up the much-photographed Mickey-shaped planter in front of the Main Street U.S.A. train station and then temporarily replacing it with a Kermit-shaped one. Not to mention throwing a crudely-painted canvas sign over the Disneyland entrance marquee so that this theme park would then be identified as Muppetland.
"But the pièce de résistance of Lindquist’s Muppets-take-over-Disneyland publicity stunt…involved several hundred gallons of Kermit-the-Frog green paint. You see, what Jack wanted to do…was paint all 147-feet of the Matterhorn green.
"There would have…been some other temporary Muppety touches added to classic Disneyland attractions. Like replacing the winking Cleopatra in It’s a Small World Egyptian sequence with a winking Miss Piggy. Not to mention putting a audio-animatronic version of Animal in place of one of those ne’er do-well cads who chases the wenches in Pirates of the Caribbean but never quite catches them.
"These strictly temporary additions to the Happiest Place on Earth were to have been supplemented by a handful of permanent Muppet-themed attractions. Chief among these was a West Coast edition of Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3D (which — in a somewhat controversial move — was to have replaced Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln…).”
What a strange, well-intentioned bullet to have dodged!
Today I had to illustrate a good memory from this year.
I loved going to Grad Nite in June with my best friends! We basically just spent the entire night circling around Cars Land riding the same two rides over and over until we were too tired to function, and then we spent the rest of the night just hanging out and soaking up all the time we had left with each other before graduating.