Pandemonium Pizza Parlor concept

Concept image featuring animatronic rats.

The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor is an abandoned concept for a Muppet-themed restaurant for Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney's Hollywood Studios) in Walt Disney World, Florida. The concept was to create a restaurant run by Gonzo and Rizzo.

Part of the original concept was to have animatronic Muppet rats deliver pizza to the tables by way of a "train track" system. Other features from the concept included Gonzo being heard crawling through the duct work along the ceiling, video screens depicting classic Muppet clips as well as the pandemonium in the kitchen (featuring Gonzo, Rizzo and the Swedish Chef), and the occasional explosion, blowing open the doors of the kitchen sending clouds of smoke and chicken feathers into the dining room.

The walls of the restaurant, similar to the lobby of Muppet*Vision 3D, would have been covered with recreations of props from Muppet productions, as well as various sight gags.

A second restaurant pitched for the area, the "Hard Luck Café," would have been a take on the Hard Rock Cafe, but themed around Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.[1]

The space originally intended for the restaurant became Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. The concept of a pizza restaurant run by a Muppet, specifically Rizzo, was revisited in late 2016 with PizzeRizzo.

Sources

  1. Craig Shemin, The MuppetCast episode #113

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