For those keeping track of changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, there’s one more to add to the list. You already likely know that the construction of Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land is now officially underway, as evidenced by the very recent closure of Streets of America fixtures such as Studio Catering Co. and the Lights! Motors! Action Extreme Stunt Show to make way for the new ventures.
But what about Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano? It was always part of the former Streets of America section of the park, and yet it’s still in operation. (Yay!)
Well, it’s now part of the newly renamed Muppets Courtyard! The new name of this area of the park is revealed in the updated Guide Map for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (it’s listed on the bottom right of the shot below).
You’ll also spot, naturally, the Muppet Vision 3D attraction listed in the same section (you know, the movie that ends with “a salute to all nations, but mostly America.” ).
All this, of course, lends a WHOLE LOTTA credence to the rumors that the closing of Toy Story Pizza Planet will result in a Muppets-themed restaurant when it reopens in late 2016. Of course, there was already plenty of support for the rumors, thanks to the fun construction walls surrounding the restaurant obviously inspired by Muppet-style humor.
Rumor ALSO has it that Mama Melrose will undergo a makeover of its own beginning sometime later this year. Is Muppets theming in the future for Mama Melrose? And will it be a whole new restaurant, or simply an overlay of the Italian eatery as it already exists?
We can’t wait to find out! In the meantime, we’re signing off with a big “Wocka, Wocka, Wocka” from the new Muppets Courtyard!
What do you think of this “new” section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Please let us know with a comment!