“Coming Soon: Muppet Studios” That’s what the sign on the construction wall said that was visible from the Backlot Tour Trams. Disney and Jim Henson were in talks to transfer the rights to the Muppets and despite the lack of a contract, construction was in full swing. For any kid growing up in the ’70s and ’80s this was an exciting idea as we grew up in love with both companies. The idea of them working together was full of promise.
“Michael Iceberg and the Iceberg Machine.” I paused for a moment and contemplated those six words printed on a sign outside the Galaxy Palace Theater, which were followed by showtimes. I recognized them, but this was September of 1995 and it had been over a decade since the synthesizer wizard had appeared at the park. I don’t think I’d run as fast into an attraction since Hoot Gibson and I saw the placard stuck at the entrance of Disney-MGM announcing the soft ...