Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (known as MicroAdventure! in Tokyo Disneyland) was a 4D film spin-off of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids film series that was shown at several Disney theme parks.[1] The audience wore 3D glasses, and the gimbal-mounted theater would shake and rock, creating the illusion of moving along with the characters in the film.[2]

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
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The Attraction in Disneyland
Epcot
AreaFuture World
Coordinates28°22′21″N 81°33′05″W / 28.3725°N 81.5515°W / 28.3725; -81.5515
StatusClosed
Opening dateNovember 21, 1994
Closing dateMay 9, 2010
ReplacedCaptain EO
Replaced byCaptain EO Tribute
Disneyland
AreaTomorrowland
Coordinates33°48′41″N 117°55′02″W / 33.81145°N 117.91725°W / 33.81145; -117.91725
StatusClosed
Opening dateMay 22, 1998
Closing dateJanuary 4, 2010
Replaced byCaptain EO Tribute
Tokyo Disneyland
NameMicroAdventure!
AreaTomorrowland
Coordinates35°37′57″N 139°52′45″E / 35.6324°N 139.8791°E / 35.6324; 139.8791
StatusClosed
Opening dateApril 15, 1997
Closing dateMay 10, 2010
ReplacedCaptain EO
Replaced byCaptain EO Tribute
Disneyland Park (Paris)
NameChérie, j'ai rétréci le public
AreaDiscoveryland
Coordinates48°52′29″N 2°46′48″E / 48.8748°N 2.7799°E / 48.8748; 2.7799
StatusClosed
Opening dateMarch 28, 1999
Closing dateMay 3, 2010
ReplacedCaptain EO
Replaced byCaptain EO Tribute
General statistics
Attraction type3D film with special effects
MusicTrue Colors
Duration23:00
Disney's Fastpass was available
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

HistoryEdit

In December 1993, Epcot announced that a new attraction themed to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movie franchise would be replacing Captain EO for the 1994 season. The new attraction would be called Honey, I Shrunk the Theater.[3] It would be a 3D film featuring special effects, such as vibrating chairs and water sprays. However, in February 1994, it was revealed that the name Honey, I Shrunk the Theater was changed to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.[4] Captain EO would close on July 6, 1994 and work swiftly began on the new attraction. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience would open to the public on November 21, 1994.

 
The Disneyland Paris location.

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opened at Tokyo Disneyland under the name MicroAdventure! on April 15, 1997 in the former site of Captain EO which closed on September 1, 1996.

In March 1997, Disneyland announced that Honey, I Shrunk the Audience would be coming to the park.[5] The attraction would replace Captain EO which closed on April 7 of that year. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience officially opened on May 22, 1998.

On March 28, 1999, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opened at Disneyland Paris. The attraction replaced Captain EO which closed on August 17, 1998. This location was also called Chérie, j'ai rétréci le public.[6]

For the 2003 season, the pre-show was given an upgrade at each location. This would involve replacing the original True Colors version pre-show.[7]

After Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, Captain EO regained popularity on the internet.[8] In September, the Disneyland location was temporarily closed to allow Michael Jackson's family to watch Captain EO on private screenings.[9]

On December 18, 2009, it was announced that Captain EO would be coming back to Disneyland. This would mean that Honey, I Shrunk the Audience would be closing.[10] The attraction would close at midnight on January 4, 2010. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience was stated to be closed temporarily for Captain EO, but it did not return. The Disneyland Paris location closed on May 3, 2010. This was followed by the Epcot location on May 9.[11] Finally, the Tokyo Disneyland location closed for good on May 10. All four attractions were replaced by the Captain EO Tribute.

SynopsisEdit

Viewers enter the Imagination Institute's theater for the Inventor of the Year Award Ceremony, in which professor Wayne Szalinski is receiving the award. Attendees are asked to don their "safety goggles" (3D glasses) in preparation for the scientific demonstrations. The show opens with the crew of the show searching for Wayne, when he suddenly flies on stage miniaturized and in a transportation device called a Hoverpod.

He accidentally drops the control box which sends him and the machine flying off behind the stage out of control. Then the show starts with Christie Smithers introducing Dr. Nigel Channing. Dr. Channing welcomes the audience and introduces Wayne. The Hoverpod comes back and destroys the neon "Inventor of the Year Award" sign over the audience (at first only some letters are knocked out, leaving "NERD" spelled diagonally). Dr. Channing attempts to introduce Diane, Wayne's wife, but she says that she has to go and help find Wayne. She takes Quark, the family's dog with her. Dr. Channing then introduces Wayne's sons, Nick and Adam. Nick, Wayne's oldest son, has a pet snake named Gigabyte around his neck, because he didn't want to leave him in their van.

Nick then demonstrates his father's Dimensional Duplicator, a copy machine, to kill time while the crew searches for him. Wayne's youngest son, Adam, puts his pet mouse, Photon, in the copy machine and quickly multiplies into hundreds of copies. This does not go smoothly, and the audience ends up screaming with the loose mice running under their seats (which is really leg ticklers underneath the seats). To scare the mice away, Nick decides to use Wayne's Holo Pet Generator, which first takes the form of a cat, which then transforms into a lion, by accidentally giving the machine too much power, in the audience's faces. While the demonstrations go away, Wayne manages to use his shrinking machine to return himself back to normal size. He brings out the machine to demonstrate its uses by shrinking a family's luggage, saving space and money when traveling, hoping they will fit comfortably in the palm of his hand.

Unfortunately, the machine goes out of control and shrinks the audience (plus Nick, who pushes Dr. Channing out of the way of the machine's electrobeam). Wayne inspects Nick and the audience and, after making sure they're okay, says the machine blew a fuse. He says that he's got some spare parts in his office to fix the machine (or so he hopes). Diane enters the room asking Wayne if everything is ok. Wayne responds with, "Honey, I shrunk the audience!" The viewers are then antagonized by obstacles such as Diane fainting upon seeing the tiny people and Nick, and Adam taking a picture of them with a blinding flash and picking up the theater so he can "show the little people to Mommy." The whole room is lifted right off its construction for a minute or two before Diane (who regained consciousness) and Channing persuade Adam to put the theater back where he found it. Then Gigabyte, much larger than the miniature audience, nearly eats them (as he had not yet been fed that day). Quark then chases him away with a few barks. Luckily, Wayne fixes the machine just in the nick of time and returns the audience and Nick back to normal size, but Quark is momentarily affected by the beam and then runs backstage out of sight.

Wayne accepts his award and begins his speech, but he is interrupted by Nick warning of a "big, humongous problem." Diane then says, "Wayne, you didn't!" He then responds with, "Honey, I did! I blew up the dog!" The now giant Quark walks out onto the stage and the curtain closes while viewers hear the Imagination Institute's crew trying to stop him from crushing the place. He then finds his way through the curtain and sneezes on the audience for the finale (which triggers hidden water sprayers in the back of the seats). Diane then says, "Bad boy Quark! You know better than that!" As they leave, the audience can hear the commotion from backstage continue.

ProductionEdit

  • The show was sponsored by Kodak.
  • The film movie was directed by Randal Kleiser, who directed the franchise's 1992 release Honey, I Blew Up the Kid along with several classic films such as Grease, The Blue Lagoon, and Disney's Flight of the Navigator.
  • The movie was presented in 3D by using polarized glasses and projectors.
  • The entire audience was on a platform that moved up to four inches high during the presentation to simulate the theater moving and the floor shaking (when Adam Szalinski picks it up).
  • The song "True Colors" is played as part of the pre-show film as an advertisement for Kodak. In Disneyland & Epcot, the song is sung by various artists, one of which is Luther Vandross. In the Disneyland Paris version, it is sung by Cyndi Lauper.[12]

Cast and crewEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Strodder, Chris (2017). The Disneyland Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). Santa Monica Press. pp. 247–248. ISBN 978-1595800909.
  2. ^ Gennawey, Sam (2014). The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream. Keen Communications. p. 362. ISBN 978-1-62809-012-3.
  3. ^ "'Captain Eo' to dance final dance next year".
  4. ^ "'Captain Eo's' audience is shrunk by Disney".
  5. ^ "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience at Disneyland announcement (March 1997)".
  6. ^ "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - Yesterland".
  7. ^ "Honey I Shrunk the Audience refurbishment - WDWMagic.com".
  8. ^ Coker, Matt (June 26, 2009). "Disneyland Urged to Bring Back Michael Jackson's Captain EO". OC Weekly. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Captain EO - Yesterland".
  10. ^ "Captain EO Returns to Disneyland Resort - Disney Parks Blog".
  11. ^ ""Honey, we have to leave for now!" - Orlando Theme Park News".
  12. ^ "Disneyland Park Guide". Archived from the original on January 23, 2010.
  13. ^ "Bruce Boughton filmography". Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2007.

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