Disney California Adventure

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

April 2006

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! was the second California Adventure attraction to replace a previous attraction (the first was the Tower of Terror, which replaced the interactive -- but, unfortunately, lawsuit generating -- Tower of Terror Construction Zone).

The attraction is a light-hearted affair in which guests board tour buses and drive through Monstropolis, following the antics of the monsters as they attempt to hunt down and (presumably) crush the lift out of a toddling human child. It's all in good fun, and -- as the ride's signs say -- any nightmares or increase in bed wetting experienced by children after experiencing this attraction are solely due to bad parenting and not the Walt Disney Company's responsibility at all.

One particularly entertaining bit of technology is showcased at the end of the attraction. Just before unloading, each carload of guests pauses by a robot of Roz -- Monsters, Inc.'s sluggish bouffant-coifed paperwork aficionado -- to receive a personalized greeting. Greetings are automatically tailored to the occupants of the ride vehicle (thanks to an array of height, weight, gender, and accessory sensors) and can range from, "Hello, heavy woman in the front seat," to, "Hello, very heavy woman in the front seat," to, "Your wife stayed home today because she's having an affair, Chuck."

Some guests have commented on the length of the attraction's name. Although it is not the longest attraction name in Disneyland Resort history, it is certainly the most punctuated. But this punctuation is merely a disguise for the attraction's name's true purpose -- to pay tribute to Pixar, the company that saved Disney's behind in the computer-animation sense. Just take a look at Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!'s initials -- M.I.M.A.S.T.T.R. Or, if read aloud, "My Master." Makes you think, doesn't it?

Trivia: A number of individuals have reportedly complained about Monsters, Inc. replacing Superstar Limo because they considered the latter to be a superior attraction. Among those who lodged their protests were Whoopie Goldberg, Drew Carey, Jackie Chan, and Regis Philbin.

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