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Pixar's 'Midway Mania' ride construction set as 'Millionaire' closes at Disney-MGM

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Published: June 28, 2006 at 9:17 AM

August 19 is the official last day of operation for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? at Disney-MGM Studios. The interactive game show's been on the block for months now, following both the cancellation of the prime-time version of the show and the shuttering of Anaheim's installation of the attraction.

Once the show's closed, Disney will start converting the space into a new Pixar-themed dark ride, described in much detail recently by Al Lutz (following a tip from a French website that uncovered a Disney patent application key to the new attraction.) The ride will also debut at Disney's California Adventure, where it will run in Paradise Pier, in a space previously occupied by counter-service restaurants. Look for a late 2008 debut for the rides.

Readers' Opinions

From Gareth H on June 28, 2006 at 12:38 PM
Thats a loss for the morning run of the show thats often filmed there too.
From Anthony Murphy on June 28, 2006 at 7:50 PM
Interesting! I am really really going to miss Who wants to be a Millionare. Besides being a dark ride and being Pixar, any other information. Honestly, I do not see what this attraction will do with the movie theme of MGM since the title makes it fit perfectly with DCA's themed land of Paradise Pier!
From Randy Scott on June 29, 2006 at 2:40 PM
My impression is that the MGM contract is close to running out. This ride may serve as a departure from the MGM logo and namesake. This could be the begining of "Disney Studios" or some other name for the park. Maybe then they could get rid of that god-awful "Great Movie Ride" and replace it with a Disney/PIXAR movie ride. The Wizard of Oz only debued about 60 years ago, the ride is a tad bit dated. Just a thought though!
From Randy Scott on June 29, 2006 at 3:09 PM
Maybe they could make a ride like Spiderman at IOA with a twist. Instead of comic book villians attacking you during the ride it could be a giant skinny Star Jones figure attacking the other cast members of "The View". Barbara Walters, fat Star Jones, Meridith Viera and Joyce Behar could battle the evil skinny Star Jones during the ride. At the end of the ride a buff looking Rosie O could crush the life out of the evil skinny Jones and save the day. (Disney owns ABC, right?) A great ride with a Millionaire tie-in!!!! ;-)
From Anthony Murphy on June 30, 2006 at 8:13 AM
I like the great movie ride!

Anyway, I was thinking if they were to make a ride similar to Spiderman, why not make it the Incredables? I mean I could see that using many of the same tatics that Spiderman uses. Bring back Syndrome, the Underminer, and Bomb Voyage!

From Erik Yates on June 30, 2006 at 1:19 PM
Midway Mania will be the first ride to mix live action shooters with 3D technology. There is also a copyright on a device that will use X-ray technology pending. You will be able to use the X-ray gun to see your targets. I like the Pixar films, dont get me wrong, but I think disney is going way overboard on them. The Studios should be the place you see the movies, but thats about it. Lets leave the other parks for the original ideas, like Everest. I love the imagination used on that ride, though I dont really like the ride itself.
Using Pixar on a new "spiderman type" ride and even to the new Monsters Laugh Floor at MK seems like a cop out and an insult to what the imagineers can really come up with.
From Rena P. on June 30, 2006 at 3:27 PM
I agree with Anthony, of all Pixar stuff, why not have the ride based on The Incredibles. Besides the great effect possibilities with Bomb Voyage, there's also that whole sling-shot move with Elastigirl and of course Frozone's ice powers. Regardless of the story, hopefully this ride will be just as great as SpiderMan or even better.

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