Disneyland Resort Press Release



MONSTER-SIZE PREMIERE HERALDS THE OPENING OF
MONSTERS, INC. MIKE & SULLEY TO THE RESCUE!

New Attraction, Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures Presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios Film, Monsters, Inc., Brings Screams of Fun to Disney’s California Adventure Park


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2006) - - The Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration continues in full swing as the Disneyland Resort rolled-out the spotted, blue carpet today in a gala Hollywood-style premiere for the grand opening of its all-new attraction “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” The new attraction, inspired by Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios film, Monsters, Inc., is located in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot section of Disney’s California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

In the hit 2001 computer-animated film, the factory of Monsters, Inc. is the No. 1 scream-processing firm in the bustling metropolis of Monstropolis, generating the city’s power supply by scaring children and transforming their screams into an energy source. The monster inhabitants of Monstropolis, however, are terribly afraid of being contaminated by kids. So, when an errant little girl nicknamed “Boo” accidentally enters the child-adverse world of Monstropolis, fun and mayhem ensues.

“This delightful new adventure continues our tradition of creating memorable, immersive storytelling attractions,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s another great example of how our Imagineers take a beloved film and popular franchise and bring it to life in a three-dimensional experience that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”

The popular film has now been transformed into a fun-filled attraction where guests climb aboard waiting taxis and hit the streets of Monstropolis to follow the film’s stars Mike and Sulley on their mission of safely returning “Boo” to her bedroom. As guests witness the chaos of a child-on-the loose in Monstropolis they encounter the super-sneaky Randall Boggs, the yellow-suited agents of the CDA (Child Detection Agency) and other characters from the film. Guests will even get to see the seemingly endless Monsters, Inc. door vault and receive a unique, personalized farewell from the slug-like, ever watchful factory dispatcher Roz!

“With the addition of ‘Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!’ during our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney’s California Adventure continues to broaden its appeal with family-oriented attractions and entertainment,” said Matt Ouimet, president of the Disneyland Resort, citing the recently added “Turtle Talk with Crush” and “Block Party Bash.” “We’re confident that this new addition will become a must-see attraction with our young guests.”

“Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” has been created in the tradition of the classic Fantasyland-style “dark rides” by Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts and attractions worldwide. The attraction features over 40 characters in 16 distinct scenes, plus incorporates the unique use of both black-light and white-light illuminated sets. Technical highlights of the attraction include seemingly personalized farewell remarks to passing guests from Roz and a multi-hued Randall Boggs who changes colors as little Boo “bonks” him on his head in the attraction’s finale.

Staying true to the film, the attraction features newly recorded performances by many of the film’s original voice talents including Billy Crystal and John Goodman. Additionally, the musical soundtrack for the attraction is derived from the Academy Award® nominated “Monsters, Inc.” film score by noted Oscar® winner Randy Newman.

“Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!’ represents the next generation of family-friendly adventures, with humor and adventure to delight every age group,” says Tom Fitzgerald, senior creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We’re bringing this new classic to life with magic and special effects while remaining true to the charming story that inspired it.’”

The new attraction joins an incredible array of innovative new adventures and spectacular entertainment premiering at Disneyland during its 50th anniversary celebration, continuing through 2006. The anniversary is also being celebrated globally and features the introduction of new shows and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan; Disneyland Resort Paris in France and the recently opened Hong Kong Disneyland.

More information about the grand opening of “Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!” and the Disneyland 50th anniversary celebration, plus vacations at the Disneyland Resort is available at www.disneyland.com, by calling (877) 700-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.