Inside the Magic - Show 201
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Exhibit and Interviews, Vintage Mickey Mouse Vinyl Recording, Spaceship Earth from the Past, and Much More.
February 8, 2009 – Show Length: 01:34:53
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We visit the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit in Orlando, including a conversation with Jim Henson’s daughter, Heather Henson, the exhibit’s curator, Karen Falk, and others. Skipper Ben is here sharing a fun old vinyl Mickey Mouse recording. I also fulfill a special listener request with audio from Epcot’s past.
While there are plenty of web sites with great pictures and video from the reopening of Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction now featuring Disney and Pixar characters, I haven’t seen any photos from the opening ceremony that took place just for Cast Members prior to the park’s opening on February 5, 2009. In attendance were Mickey Mouse, Disneyland Resort president Ed Grier, and Imagineers Kim Irvine, Tony Baxter, and Marty Sklar.
Here’s a look:
Thanks to Lisa for the pictures!Tweet
Okay, so technically this isn’t AT a theme park, but I spent all day yesterday (Thursday) working on the video and post below so I couldn’t resist using it as my Thursday Theme Park post for the week. If you’re a fan of MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or anything Jim Henson-related in general), you will not want to miss…
Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
From February 6 -- May 3, 2009, visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center are in for a treat as the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit called Jim Henson’s Fantastic World showcases original Muppets, sketches, and other creations in a salute the creative legend Jim Henson.
As part of a sneak preview, curator and historian for The Jim Henson Company Karen Falk guided us through the exhibit, discussing Henson’s legacy along the way. Accompanying us were Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson (an Orlando local) as well as Jim’s wife Jane Henson, both of whom were able to provide a first-hand perspective on why the Muppets, Sesame Street, and other Jim Henson creations have stayed popular for so many decades.
The two Hensons are seen here posing with one of the exhibit’s many exciting actual Muppet displays: Mahna Mahna and the Snowths.
As a fan of the Muppets for as long as I can remember being alive, I was shocked at how much new information about them and their creator, Jim Henson, I learned while walking through the exhibit.
While I don’t want or plan to ruin all of the excitement of seeing it all in person for yourself, I do invite you to watch this 14-minute video from our guided tour of the exhibit. It includes many facts about Jim Henson’s life, artwork, and history that you may not get from walking through on your own. It’s our way of bringing you on the sneak preview tour with us.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, will unveil his No. 88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet at CityWalk’s plaza stage from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in front of a crowd of National Guardsmen and Universal Orlando guests.
Those in attendance will get to see Earnhardt live on stage with a replica of the car he will drive during the 2009 season. Select fans will have the opportunity to ask him questions and all fans can enter to win one of five autographed items.
More than 300 members and potential recruits from the Florida National Guard will also be in attendance, some in full dress uniform. At the conclusion of the unveil ceremony, guardsmen will roll the replica vehicle through CityWalk to the front of NASCAR Sports Grille, where it will be set permanently. The event is free and open to the public.
Universal Orlando Resort partnered with NASCAR Sports Grille and the National Guard to host Dale Earnhardt Jr. and showcase his car, which will make its season debut on Feb. 7 during the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.
Read more about the NASCAR Sports Grille in the Feb./March 2009 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine.