Saturday, July 16, 2016

Confirmed: PizzeRizzo Coming This Fall to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

A Muppet themed restaurant is coming this fall to the newly named Muppets Courtyard at Walt Disney World!

The Hollywood Studios restaurant that once housed the Toy Story themed Pizza Planet, will be taken over by Rizzo and be renamed PizzeRizzo!

According to the DisneyParks blog:
Rizzo The Rat owns and operates the pizzeria, where guests can grab a pizza pie and a cold drink. Enjoy a casual Italian-American dining experience in a whole new way, through the eyes of the lovable, wisecracking Muppet. 
Walt Disney Imagineering hid hints of Rizzo, his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years throughout the two-story quick-service location. In addition to the expansive indoor and outdoor seating area, guests will be able to dine in a “cheesy” banquet room, or take five in a special booth designated just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends.
Oh My Disney talked with Rizzo himself about his new restaurant venture:

“Opening PizzeRizzo is a dream come true for me and my entire extended family. The Muppets are pretty happy about it, too. (Miss Piggy said something about being happy to see me ‘doing some actual work for a change.’ Oh brudder!) While it’s true I ain’t part of the upper crust, I guarantee you’ll have the cheesiest, most entertaining dining experience of your life at PizzeRizzo. So come, sit, relax and eat! That’s what I’ll be doing.”

You may recall that this space was originally conceived to be a Muppet-themed restaurant by Jim Henson and Disney Imagineering when Henson first announced the sale of The Muppets to Disney in 1990!

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