Well, being in the MK on thursday and based on previous posts.. we were hoping to get a preview of the show. Watching it earlier in the day.. never spotted anyone lurking around, except for one CM always stationed in front of the queue.. acting more as a Q&A CM or just general help.
We started in TL for the day.. and came back later in the day. When we came back around 3:30 or so.. we found people entering the show building. We quickly scooted that way and walked right in.
No pictures yet, which I'll post when I get home when I can actually get the photos off the cam.. but here's my thoughts.
First off.. what's the deal with this queue? The queue pre-show is nothing but a bunch of vinyl banners hung around all over. Once you enter the pre-show area where they show you the videos.. its a bit better. With various doors with names, some other static effects, etc.
As for the show itself.. hrmm.. I expected MUCH better animation. The rendering framerate is noticably very low and sporatic. Especially with Mike W. The other Monsters seemed better, but for some reason Mike W's framerate was very bad. Including major glitches at the start of the show where the animation was talking for 5+ seconds, but the actor wasn't or it wasn't being heard in the theatre. I never had any complaints about Crush's animation in the Turtle Talk show.
The theatre itself was 'ok'.. but they have a laugh meter, which I don't think they tie into the live action of the show very well at all. I wish they had more physical elements to the show, rather then the pure digital only portion of the show.
The 'comedy' portion was ok.. not amazing, not too boring. It's inline with the other corneyness with the humor throughout the rest of the park. It's tough to build humor with little background, and totally taking away comedy stalewarts like stereotyping, racial or ethnic jokes. They have some feature, which we didn't get to see the full details of because there was no wait in the queue.. where guests can txt message their joke suggestions. The interaction with the guests was ok. Its about the same you've come to expect with Leno/Letterman/etc when they work with the audience.
Overall I felt the attraction was a baby-step up from Turtle Talk. However, Turtle talk last year was hidden away in a small theatre with no real pre-show at all.. so nothing there to detract from things being done poorly. But Monster's Inc has a proper show building, queue, and pre-show area. These are pretty 'cheaply' done IMO. Overall.. an 'ok' attraction.. but still feels like a ride people will goto because 'its there' rather then seeking out because they want to go see it