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Muppet Event in Orlando, Florida

Discussion in 'Muppet Appearances' started by anakin, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. anakin

    anakin New Member

    Here is the link.. scroll down a bit to see the event listing.. but here it is anyhow.


    Thursday, February 5
    6:30 p.m.
    Jim Henson's Fantastic World Grand Opening
    An outdoor celebration inspired by the creator of Kermit, Big Bird, and other beloved characters. Enjoy refreshments, craft stations for children, and other surprises in Heritage Square. Don't miss guest speaker Heather Henson, local puppeteer and daughter of the late Jim Henson, and then head into the museum and be among the first to see the acclaimed exhibition from the Smithsonian. 6:30 p.m. Members free; $25 non-members. Limited capacity. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required for Members and non-members and must be made by January 26, 2009, at (407) 836-7010.

    Saturday, February 7
    6:30 p.m.
    SOLD OUT! "Look Both Ways" with Jane Henson
    Jane Henson, wife of the late Jim Henson and co-founder of the Muppets, gives a behind-the-scenes look at creating a cultural phenomenon. See rare video clips from the Henson Archives and hear stories about the early days of meeting Jim at a puppet class in college. $15, Members free. Limited capacity. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required for Members and non-members and must be made by January 26, 2009, at (407) 836-7010.
  2. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Hey Gang, :)

    Has anybody been to this exhibit yet?

    The reason I'm asking is because on April 4'th or 5'th me and folks might be going to Orlando, Florida and I would like to know more about what is going to be happening at the exhibit during the month of April.

    Does anybody know what puppets are the the exhibit?

    Does anybody know if any Henson people or Puppeteers will be their or not?

    The link to the exhibit doesn't really have any full details about what puppets will be displayed at the exhibit and who will be there on April.

    So if anybody here can give me all the details about the exhibit I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you,

  3. jeremyactor

    jeremyactor New Member

    I was fortunate to attend both events and see the exhibit - lots of fun.

    I'm crafting a full fledged review - but I'll give the cliffs notes version of the whole package:

    The exhibit is fantastic - it features replicas of Manha Mahna (and the 2 original Snowths), an Original Kermit, a Bert and Ernie, a Gobo and Cantus, and replica Watkins and wontkins. Throughout the exhibit are the drawings and doodles/photos we've all seen released in Henson books throughout the years, which was a real treat to see. Lots of storyboards for commercials - Timepeice plays on a loop with the storyboard sketches on splitscreen.

    A gift shop lurks in the left and threatens my bank account.

    The grand opening was fun - great arts and crafts tables to make your own hand puppets, as well as the ability to make your own Kermit collar and Flippers. A chorus of grade schoolers sang The Muppet Show theme song, and Heather Henson gave some brief remarks before we headed inside.

    Jane's event, Look Both Ways, was a treat as well - some rare Sam and Friends clips with her commentary, and she even shared a 60th birthday present that Jim made for her - a video/photo montage set to "In My Life." Many tears in the audience. A short Q&A, and then she showed us Timepiece - something she said Jim was particularily proud of, and said "If Jim was around today - this kind of thing is what he'd want to be doing." In the lobby as we waited, a TV showed The Muppets at Walt Disney world, something she popped in the other day and thought we'd all appreciate seeing (we did).

    Overall the events were a lot of fun. Even the most knowledgable Henson fan learned something last night, and many people in the audience (limited to only 100 or so) were hearing about or seeing for the first time.

    Plenty of other events to come while it's in Orlando - but even if you can't see the events, the exhibit is well worth the price of admission. Ater May 3 it moves to Seattle, eventually goes to Jackson, MS, Pennsylvania (I forget where), and Chicago (And I know there's another stop or 2, but I can't remember where exactly).
  4. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    How much is the price of the admission for the exhibit?
  5. anakin

    anakin New Member

    Well.. beat me to the punch but that review is spot on!

    I was at the opening as well and it was wonderful.. well worth the money. One of the employees of the center told me there were a few more puppets on the way and that a small stage was also being made to do some type of puppet shows but was not clear whether they would be actual Muppet puppets. She did not know what other items were coming but said it would be just a few.

    The price for a non member of the center is 25.00.

    I was sooooooooo thrilled to see the items on display and was amazed at the conditions and with the doodles and other work that was done by Jim himself. Got my pic with Jane and Heather and I will post them as soon as I take them from my camera to my computer. Jane was a dear heart indeed and Heather was just so full of life. There was no photography allowed in the actual exhibit and while I understand that, I was soooo bummed.

    There were some books made up for the event which featured behind the scenes photos of Sesame Street, Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock but they were in the childrens area and there were already pages pulled loose and that was the first night! Other books there were Worlds of Henson and another I cant remember now. Dont really know why they were in that room but they were not for sale, just for the purposes of the event.

    I was so glad to have gone and while I didn't attend the Jane Henson evening, I was familiar with most of that as I had attended MuppetFest. She was just such a nice lady and we talked for about ten minutes or so. My friends and I later ran into her and we all chatted again and also with the people in charge at the center who were very friendly.

    If you are able to see this anywhere, definately do so.
  6. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I saw the exhibit at the Smithsonian last year and I loved it!
  7. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Heres something you guys should check out.


    Click on the Spanish Guide! You'll see a whole lot of Rare Jim Henson Doodles, Scripts and Pictures in the Spanish Guide!

    If you scroll down to page 29 of the Spanish Guide you'll see a picture of Beautiful Day Monster and another Monster and on top of them it has a sign saying "The Muppet Halloween Show!". Could that mean that Jim was planning to produce a Halloween Muppet special in the 60's or 70's? It would have been awesome to see a Muppet Halloween Special featuring the great Muppet Monsters from the 60's & 70's!
  8. jeremyactor

    jeremyactor New Member

    Admission prices are as follows:

    Adult $12
    Senior (60+) $9
    Student with valid ID $9
    Child (5-12) $7
    Child (4 & under) Free
    Members free

    Doing the math on all the special events I was attending, it made sense for me to become a member. $75 for my family (me and the Fiancee) - and we're in to the exhibit as much as I want.

    We do have to pay for some of the screenings, though. But oh well - it still saves us a buck or two for those!

  9. jeremyactor

    jeremyactor New Member

    That link isn't working for me- but the spanish guide I picked up in the exhibit had photos of all the art/puppets etc to help correspond with what the descriptions were about. So all that art/doodles/etc is what the exhibit actually is.

    The Muppet Halloween show was an un-finished product that would have followed the Muppet Valentine Special, according to the exhibit.
  10. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    That makes sense. Still, Too bad the Halloween special idea never made it.
  11. anakin

    anakin New Member

    I guess the 25 was for the opening night and since I wasnt a member. Good value on that membership tho. If I lived closer I would have done that and also gone to the viewing of the programs they will show just for the fun of it. I live in Tampa so it's a bit of a trip for me.

    I hope someone does an exhibit book that will be avail for the public to buy at some point.
  12. anakin

    anakin New Member

    I was going to post my photos.. anyone know how to do that?
    I dont see any way to add them.... thx
  13. talltampa79

    talltampa79 New Member

    I went to the exhibit yesterday and I was expecting more crowds. Thankfully, it was really slow. AAA members get in for ony $6!

    It was awesome to see Gobo Fraggle and Cantus in person.
  14. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

  15. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I'm actually going to Orlando the week after next and I'm planning at least two trips to Jim Henson's Fantastic World. One to see the Labyrinth screening introduced by Kathy Mullen and another to go back and tour the exhibit. I'm incredibly excited! :D
  16. anakin

    anakin New Member

    That's great! I hope you have a safe trip and have a blast!
    If you get anywhere near Clearwater Beach/Tampa area look me up.. I live in Clearwater!:)
  17. HerryGrail

    HerryGrail Member

    This exhibit is a lot of fun...I only had an hour to see it last week, but that was plenty of time. I was mostly interested in the actual Muppets on display, and they included an Ernie and Bert; Rowlf; two Fraggles; the original Sir Linit (a commercial is looping nearby, which is great); replicas of Wilkins and Wontkins; Mahna Mahna and the Snowths; two of the big royal Muppets from the early TV specials; and a Kermit (not sure if it's a poser or a puppet). There is a lot of 2-D stuff that may or may not interest you, plus a small gift shop that includes some older merchandise contributed by the Henson family. There's no exhibit catalog but several free pamphlets of different types, and among them there are photos of all the Muppets on display. (Someone has everything posted on Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/sets/72157607189566994/show/with/2886691378 )

    I had only seen a few Muppets before--an Ernie at the Smithsonian that I barely remember, and a George the Janitor at MGM Studios in Disney World years ago--and I was mostly struck by the size of them...much bigger than I expected. Wilkins and Wontkins are huge! (Gigantic compared to the rubber toy ones, which they also have on display.) Ernie and Bert too. Even though I knew better, I guess I've thought of them in terms of the Questor puppets, including the famous silhouette photograph of Jim Henson sitting eye-to-eye in profile with the Bert. (It seems like all the other Muppeteer photos I have seen show the Muppets at the ends of raised arms.)

    They had a Kermit replica in the gift shop, for $250, and the clerk said it was one of the last two of three they had originally. It was interesting to compare its size and features with the real Kermit that was in the next room, but still in view. The replica is smaller, and I don't get why the pupils couldn't have been more dead-on, but he held his own to be sure. The thing that most surprised me about all the real Muppets, especially as someone who has asked a million questions about the pupils on eBay Herry Monster puppets, is that their pupils are remarkably imperfect...hand cut, with little flaws and points that show they were cut with scissors rather than stamped into perfect circles like we all expect our toys' eyes to be. Will it make me a little less obsessive in future? I'm not sure yet!

    I didn't buy anything in the gift shop...anything I wanted I already had, thought it might have been nice to finally buy the Kermit and always remember where I got him. What I did do, a little sheepishly, was visit the children's area (which was empty) and partake of the build-you-own-puppet attraction, which was a table covered with paper lunch bags and boxes of pom-poms and pre-cut piece of flat foam. I picked up a glue stick and put together a souvenir that will remind me not only of that wonderful historic exhibit but also of the magical creative energy I felt in its presence.
  18. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    For those who were there, I have heard on an epsiode of The MuppetCast that they screened Jim Henson's number films from Sesame Street. Was the rare Henson #1 screened?
  19. Voiceroy

    Voiceroy Member

    More upcoming events related to the Orlando exhibit:

    + http://voiceactors.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/jim-henson-exhibits-in-2009/
    Muppets, Music, and Magic: The Jim Henson Legacy through April 5th, 2009 features TV/movie screenings, archival media, and guest speakers such as Cheryl Henson “and other Henson insiders” to be announced. Their March 29th event will include a screening of Muppets From Space with special guest Muppeteer John Kennedy who performed Fozzie Bear.

    + http://orlando.metromix.com/arts-cu...crystal-redux-downtown-orlando/963667/content

    The Dark Crystal Redux: "Klakk smaithh Skwee Kreh"* A photographic exhibit
    Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ends May 10)

    $12 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children (age 12 and younger), free for members and children under 4

    Event Phone Number:


    Orange County Regional History Center

    Neighborhood: Downtown Orlando
    65 E. Central Blvd.
    Orlando, FL 32801-2401

    The mysterious world of Henson's groundbreaking film The Dark Crystal is captured in 12 character portraits by photographer John Lawrence Jones. By treating the complex world, with its own creatures, environments, and beliefs, as though they were from a long-established, ancient world, Jones provides a window into a magical place from Jim Henson's imagination.
  20. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I have a question. How far is the Walt Disney World parks from the Orange County History Center?

    Me and the family are going to Florida for a week for vacation on April 6th.

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