Disney’s Monsters University push continues with an upgrade to the previous Monsters Meet and Greet in Hollywood Studios. If you’re doing the:
- FASTPASS Toy Story Mania
- Ride Toy Story Mania
- Visit Toy Story Characters
- Visit Phineas & Ferb
thing, you may want to head over to the Monsters shortly after for their 10am meet. You may have time to hop on Star Tours or build a lightsaber at Tatooine Traders in the meantime. Otherwise, arriving at 3:10pm for the 3:20pm meet would be easiest so you don’t have to wait through a break.
You’ll find them across from Studio Catering Co. in the Streets of America. That’s also right outside the exit to Studio Backlot Tour or in between Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and the entrance to the Backlot Tour.
The character makeover isn’t too drastic. Sort of like if I wore a different color polo for one time in my life. Mike’s added a hat and as if Sulley wasn’t already hot enough in the Florida heat, he’s added a varsity jacket.
It may be hard to tell from the picture, but the backdrop has a 3D quality to it with a “real branch” and window. It’s not just a painting.
The Meet and Greet reopened on the 25th and I’d expect it to continue through at least the summer, if not the rest of the year. There’s always the Blu-ray release.
The queue is detailed with information about the monsters:
And there’s always welcome letters and paperwork:
While waiting, information, biographies, and other info is displayed on monitors.
I waited about 20 minutes for the characters to appear and never saw the same screen twice.
With an emphasis on beer.
Apparently Monster Cafe is themed to Pecos Bill. Just another example of recycling concepts to cut costs.
THE SCHOOL OF SCARING SUPPLY ROOM WAS A SACRED PIECE OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY AND AN EVIL SOULESS CORPORATION LIKE THE COFFEE CLOSET COMES IN AND RUINS EVERYTHING. WHERE AM I GOING TO GET MY CINNAMON ROLL NOW?
8:07pm: Randall places a water bottle filled with dry ice inside of a trashcan in the School of Door Technology building resulting in a small “boom” sound. Held on 1 million dollars bail.
I hope a considerable portion of the marketing budget was not spent on formulating these jokes.
Versus Forest Gump. Next thing you know you’re going to tell me the Russian monsters are good at ice skating.
Dazney reminding you that Despicable Me 2 comes to theaters July 3rd.
Over in the Animation Building in the back of the Animation Courtyard, the back room is decked out in Monsters U. regalia. You’ll see it as you exit the Tour or if you walk down the corridor on the upper level away from The Incredibles characters:
I wish Disney would do even more with new releases. Even though Monsters U is animated, there must be warehouses full of sketches, designs, props, storyboards, etc that could be shown off.
I’m not sure what possessed me to ride Studio Backlot Tour. I blame it on severe dehydration, general delirium, and a bizarre urge to listen to Michael Bay discuss why he regrets not casting Megan Fox in the role of Petty Officer Doris Miller. Cuba Gooding Jr. was okay…but I’m not sure he has Miss Fox’s je ne sais quoi.
So they’re still doing this.
If you do want to participate, ask the cast member at the entrance. I believe you need to be at least 18 years old. Spots don’t generally fill that quickly because it isn’t advertised.
This is the quality of the monitor video these days. It’s like watching a blue blob with gray lowlights. Still a better war movie than Pearl Harbor.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ is so irrelevant that they haven’t even bothered to switch out this shed from Hanna Montana: The Movie. Disney is sitting on how much cinematic greatness again? AND THEY GIVE US THE SHED FROM HANNA MONTANA……THE MOVIE. A prop from John Carter would be an improvement. And that isn’t a sentence I thought I would ever type.
At least they have props inside from hit films such as The Santa Claus 2, Marvin’s Room, and Honey I Blew Up the Kid.
The tram ride is otherwise as you left it.
You’ll roll by costuming and props.
It was neat to see people working on things. The last several times I’ve ridden the buildings have been entirely vacant.
If you ride during a Lights, Motors, Action! show you’ll pass by the stage during the action, which is an added bonus. Before each show you may also see them warming up their cars.
Catastrophe Canyon may be worth putting up with the rest of the Backlot Tour. Just imagine if it included eight of these sorts of sets with live actors instead of the slow ride through the sewing room. Of if it was Cars Land instead.
It all seemed so peaceful. You may want to prepare youngsters for the Canyon, where you’ll briefly see the truck catch fire and then the water tower tip over and quench it. The whole thing lasts about two minutes and shouldn’t be too frightening for anyone that understands it’s “fake.”
A few of the usual props close things out.
The AFI Exhibit pictures number 50+ and are found in this post.