Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Comedy Club now in regular soft openings

Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Comedy Club (MLFCC), the latest addition to Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, is now open for regular soft openings. The attraction won’t be officially open until April 2nd, but if you visit between now and then there’s a good chance it will be open. Between March 30th and April 1st you’ll have to be an Annual Passholder or DVC member (with I.D.) to get in.

Now, longtime readers of this blog know I happened to luck into the very first public preview of the show. You can read that review here. I also managed to catch a show last Sunday and the change was dramatic. A lot of things were cut from the first show I saw.

  • The opening video was much shorter than originally conceived. And as they suggested guests were shown it in the queue. But amazingly enough the special effects and animations weren’t much better than what they had on that first show.
  • One of the sections I liked a lot, where they picked on people in the audience with fun monster themed pop up captions, was cut. I can totally understand why this was cut to save time and because it was very text specific. But the interactivity was very fun and it helped warm up the crowd.
  • Each comic’s segment was much shorter than the show I saw.

I wish I had time to get into a longer review of the whole show. I might after I see it a second time, perhaps this weekend. In the meantime go read Kevin Yee’s take.

Many people thought that MLFCC would totally suck. I had a good time, laughed at many of the jokes, and so did around half the audience. Most everyone was involved at some level during the show and I didn’t notice any body leaving early this time. If the show stays mostly the same every time, as it appears to have been on Sunday, I don’t think the repeatability will be very high. But you could certainly be suckered in a second time thinking that since it’s a Comedy Club the comics and jokes would be different. I know it’s harder for Disney to write a script a live show that can be different at different performances each day, but the technology is definitely there now.

With the addition of MLFCC I think it’s time that Disney finished switching Tomorrowland over to the galactic port theme of Tomorrowland-2055 (which they had originally planned for Disneyland). All that’s left is to retheme the TTA, Indy Cars, and Carousel of Progress (although perhaps they could move that to Epcot). If they’re feeling really energetic, they could convert Space Mountain into a single track coaster with a destination of some alien world somewhere (perhaps themed to The Black Hole)…

My current rating for Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Comedy Club — A solid C ticket with 3 out of 5 trap doors.