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Whether it’s Disney World or a Disneyland, you’ll find several Disney movie-themed rides of all kinds. Dark scary ones, high-speed roller coasters, spinning rides, 4D shootin' games, simulators – the list isn’t exhaustive. Many great examples come to mind, but one of the best movie-themed rides is Tokyo Disneyland’s incredibly charming Monsters, Inc Ride & Go Seek. Let’s look at why it does the original 2001 movie justice, and how it compares against Disneyland California’s Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue.

1. Animatronics

Image: Tokyo Disney Resort
Image: Tokyo Disney Resort

Located at Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek is a dark ride suitable for all ages. You enter the Monsters, Inc. Factory where a blue security tram awaits, and once seated you’re whizzed around the factory and into the heart of Monstropolis, where monsters appear in all shapes and sizes. These animatronic creations are hugely impressive and capture the look and spirit of the characters we’ve come to love for the past 20 years, and you even get to see Sulley, Mike and Boo many times throughout. The attraction at Disneyland California houses great animatronics too, however, Ride & Go Seek’s inhabitants are far more animated - particularly with their notable facial articulations - and not quite as 'stiff' as those in Mike & Sulley to the Rescue.

2. Monstropolis

Image: Tokyo Disney Resort
Image: Tokyo Disney Resort

If there’s one thing that helps bring the movie to life besides its beautifully animated characters and rich storytelling, it’s the world of Monstropolis. With your vehicle’s built-in flashlight, you’ll trace every corner of this vibrant setting for ride-and-go-seekers, as monsters playfully emerge from apartment windows and manholes. The ride first showcases the Monsters, Inc. Factory's Main Power Room, Locker Room and Laugh Floor, before moving onto the urban settings of Monstropolis East and West, all of which are bustling with colorful monsters, each performing their own unique action. And it’s the lively nature of the setting and its inhabitants combined that truly sets it apart from its California cousin, which, though a great Monsters, Inc. experience, doesn’t quite feel as alive or action-packed.

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