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California Adventure's new Monsters, Inc. ride is a solid effort

2006-01-11

By Robert Niles: I've put up a review of the newest attraction at Disney's California Adventure, Monsters, Inc.: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. Quick blurb: It's a solid, if slow, dark ride that marks California Adventure's first passing grade in offering the type of animatronic storytelling that made the original Disneyland an industry prototype. Check it out, and feel free to cast your vote oince you have the chance to ride.

By the way, I'd also like to note that Disney does not yet consider this ride officially "open" since it hasn't held its media event for it yet. This is in spite of the cover art on the park's guide map featuring the ride and Disney running TV commercials in the L.A. market promoting it. How silly. Here's a big raspberry to any news organization that runs a feature or a review of Monsters, Inc. the day of or after the media event. The ride's open now, folks. Go cover it. If you wait for the free food and goodies at the media day to cover anything at the parks, all you are doing is flogging for Disney's publicity machine. That's not journalism.

Finally, allow me to offer a solid cheer for the House of Blues in Anaheim's Downtown Disney. Somehow, I hadn't eaten there before (which I find hard to believe), but having tried it now I rate it among my two favorite places to eat at the Disneyland Resort, along with Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. Laurie called the cheeseburger she had the best she's eaten in months and among the better ones she has ever had. I'd recommend skipping the food in DCA and heading over to House of Blues instead next time you are at the park.

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