June 12, 2001
Anaheim, CA -- This summer guests at Disney's California Adventure theme park can experience a recreation of the energy and excitement of the popular 'Who Want To Be A Millionaire - Play It!' game show. This new live show based on the ABC television hit will allow guest to play for points to win unique prizes.
This 25-minute live show will play in a 600-seat studio currently under construction in the Hollywood Picture Backlot area of the park. The studio will feature a replica of the famous high-tech 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' set, complete with its dramatic lighting.
"We're thrilled to now be able to offer our guests the ability to experience the excitement of one of America's most popular game shows," noted Cynthia Harriss, president of the Disneyland Resort. "This live attraction version of 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Play It!' fits in beautifully with the theme of Hollywood Pictures Backlot, where our guests become the stars. Guests will find out for themselves what it's like to sit in their own hot seat."
As on the television show, the guest who can put a series of questions in correct chronological order is the "fastest finger" and will become the first contestant to sit in the coveted hot seat. All audience members play along by using individual keypads as their scores are tallied throughout the session. Guests could also be asked to get involved in the game when players use the "ask the audience" or "phone a complete stranger" lifeline.
Prizes for participants will range from collectible pins, t-shirts and hats to a grand-prize trip to New York City to view a taping to the actual television show.
"We want to ensure that this attraction, 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!' is as exciting and scintillating as the television program," said Gary Gascon, senior show producer for the Disneyland Resort. "We are working closely with ABC to bring this unique and electrifying show to our guests."
The 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!' debuted earlier this year at the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando. Disney expects to open the California Adventure version of the live show in August.