Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

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Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Mike and Sulley to the Rescue.JPG
Entrance to the ride
Disney California Adventure
Area Hollywood Land
Status Operating
Soft opening date December 20, 2005
Opening date January 23, 2006
Replaced Superstar Limo
General statistics
Attraction type Dark ride
Manufacturer Ride & Show Engineering, Inc.
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Monsters, Inc.
Riders per vehicle 6
Duration 4:05
Must transfer from wheelchair
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! is a dark ride attraction at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened January 22, 2006 with a grand Sulley-Blue-Fur Carpet Premiere.[1]

It is based on the 2001 Disney·Pixar film Monsters, Inc. The attraction replaced the short-lived Superstar Limo dark ride, and utilizes the same track layout. The CDA agents in the ride are re-dressed and repositioned celebrity figures from Superstar Limo.[2] In addition, Superstar Limo's "stretch limo" ride vehicles were reused for the attraction, repainted and re-dressed as Monstropolis taxi cabs.

Ride[edit]

The queue area, where guests (park visitors) wait to board the attraction, is themed to a bus station named the Monstropolis Transit Authority, featuring posters and videos of commercials of tourist spots in the fictional city of Monstropolis where the film is set. Posters of Harryhausen's (a restaurant from the film named for influential early animation filmmaker Ray Harryhausen) foreshadow a scene within the attraction.

Guests board taxis on a journey through the streets of Monstropolis. A small television monitor in each of the three rows of the ride vehicle plays a clip of a tourism video that is interrupted with urgent news that a female human child named Boo has been seen in the city. The news is the subject of consternation as contact with humans is considered deadly to the monsters of the city.

The taxis exit a tunnel through a detour from the welcoming gate and go down the dark streets of the city, passing characters Mike and Celia in Mike's new car as Mike wishes her a happy birthday. Riders proceed to see Randall (an archenemy chameleon-like character possessing the ability by camouflage to disappear at will), who looks around angrily.

Following are news reporters interviewing monsters frightened by alleged encounters with the human, Boo. Sulley pops up from an alley holding Boo, looking to see if the coast is clear. The taxis drive into Harryhausen's sushi restaurant, where frantic monsters run around as Celia shouts angrily at Mike, as he and Sulley sneak through the back door of Monsters, Inc. with Boo.

The taxis encounter the CDA (Child Detection Agency) searching for Boo as they enter the Monsters, Inc. factory. The taxis then drive passed Needleman and Smitty in the lobby and into the men's locker room where Mike appears worried, saying that he has Boo's door set up on the scare floor while Sulley waits for Boo to use the restroom. Randall appears then disappears in a nearby corner.

In a giant room where teleportation devices (closet doors) are hanging in storage dry-cleaner-rack style, the riders again see Randall who threatens to destroy Boo's door, preventing her to return home, but Mike and Sulley find it again. Riders pass by various closet doors as they open, revealing various monsters from Monsters, Inc. such as the Abominable Snowman, George, or Thaddeus. Boo can then be seen beating up Randall with a bat, changing his colors as the taxis are passed by hundreds of flying doors.

Mike and Sulley say goodbye to Boo as the taxis exit into the factory main lobby. CDA agents cleanse exiting riders as a cameraman films them. An audio-animatronics figure of Roz remarks to the passing riders (Sometimes singling out the riders by the row they're in. Exp. -"You guys in the third row! I'm watching you. I'm always watching!").

Related attractions[edit]

In Tokyo Disneyland, there is an attraction called 'Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek' which is similar to California's 'Mike & Sulley to the Rescue'. The attraction utilizes audio animatronics, fully built interior sets, and an interactive "flashlight" system, which allows guests to search for hidden monsters in the dark. The attraction is held in the Star Tours area of Tomorrowland. The attraction uses the same ride system as the Toy Story Midway Mania! attractions at Disney California Adventure, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea.

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Coordinates: 33°48′30″N 117°55′02″W / 33.8084°N 117.9172°W / 33.8084; -117.9172