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 diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!