The Monsters, Inc. franchise has an outpost in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. The attraction, subtitled “Mike and Sulley to the Rescue,” takes you on a classic dark ride journey through scenes from the hit 2011 Pixar movie. Before you ride, the queue entertains you with some interesting tidbits that keep your attention and refer back to the movie and Monster universe.
Just through this door lies another world … (Photo credit Laurie Eck)
Monstropolis Cab Co., the vehicle that will be taking you on your tour of the city
No visit to Monstropolis would be complete without a gourmet meal at Harryhausen’s. In the movie, the restaurant’s name pays homage to stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.
Sulley’s nemesis Randall finally wins his Scarer of the Month award? In Monsters Inc., Sulley has taken the prize every month, and Randall desperately wants to defeat him. Did Randall finally succeed, or is this his wishful thinking?
The CDA (Child Detection Agency) newsreel warns us that a human child is on the loose, introducing us into the storyline on the day Boo enters the monster world.
An ad for a Behemoth. While not specifically named, this is the malfunctioning car Mike Wazowski purchases in the short film “Mike’s New Car,” an extra on the 2002 DVD/VHS release of Monsters Inc.
Everyone is going green: A Mike Wazowski poster encourages us to stretch the scream energy that Monsters, Inc. harvests. And for a change, Mike’s face isn’t blocked in the advertisement!
Monster News, winner of 13 Screamy awards. They’ll be keeping us up to date throughout the ride, via screens in our taxi.
Every mass-transit station needs some vending machines. I guess the monsters want their refreshment taste-free, which also describes some of the products here in the human world!
The most honest vending machine, selling us “Sugar, Salt, & Fat” and “Bag O Calories.” Or if you don’t like Drooler Cooler, you can get Primordial Ooze or Blort to drink.
Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue rarely has more than a 15-20 minute wait. Most of the queue is inside, and all of it is shaded. The monorail passes almost right overhead every few minutes too. It makes for a great afternoon activity when lines get long elsewhere.
BONUS SUPER-SECRET LINE HACK: If you’ve already seen the fabulous Monsters, Inc. line detailed above, or you’re just that short on time, try a Buddy Pass. This works if you have a party of two, or are willing to split up into groups of two. Ask a Cast Member out front of the ride for one (nicely) and enter through the ride exit. You will fill the third row of ride vehicles with smaller parties. Kind of a “Double Rider Line.”
Have you noticed the great details of the Monsters Inc. line in California Adventure? Don’t they make the wait a pleasant one?
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