Following the hit status of ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Disney has decided to make a version of the show in MGM Studios(It is also in California Adventure out in Disneyland). Everything about the show is more or less the same here. The 600 seat studio is filled with you the guests. The way the person in the hotseat is chosen is every guest has a pad in front of them with 4 buttons(A,B,C & D). The faster and more accurate you are on the question, the more points you get and the more likely your chances of getting to be on the hot seat. When there is a void in the hotseat(meaning whoever was there before is done or lost) they see who is ranked #1 in the arena and pick that person. The gameplay is the same as the TV show except you'll be playing for prizes, not money.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! is a perfect example of a great idea being turned into a great attraction. As stated previously, everyone in the audience has a shot at getting into the hotseat. The real key to getting in the top 10 and then hopefully, into the hotseat, is to fully understand how the game works and the best strategy. When answers are displayed, it goes one by one. When the last answer(D) is shown, that's when the audiencemembers can hit their answers. Once you pick an answer, it cannot be changed. It's no joke that if you do not know the answer to the question by the time the 3rd choice(C) is shown(meaning, if it's not the first 3, you have to assume its the last one), you have little shot at getting the question for the necessary points. Luckily for anyone who screws up, after a person is done in the hotseat, all scores are cleared and everyone starts over again. It's good if you messed up, bad for those who were doing well. The best strategy I have is once you know the answer, keep hitting the buttons repeatedly as fast as you can until it records your answer. The logic being you'll minimize the time gap between opportunity to answer and actually doing so.
Gaming strategies aside, the rules are fairly the same. From 0 to 8,000, the questions are pretty easy and the only real competition is in the audience, all of whom are competing against each other. Theres probably more drama on a $400 question in the audience than any other time, as groans and cheers come out as people realize if they got the question right or wrong. The 50/50 and Ask the Audience lifelines are the same as the show, but the phone-a-friend is a random person in the park. Nine out of ten times, they will have no clue. The actual time you will be able to play is a set amount of time, which usually lasts for 3 guests to be in the hotseat. And in case you were wondering, the million point question prize is a free cruise for 4 on the Disney Cruise line.
Due to its semi-remote location, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! is fairly empty in the morning(everyone is going to Tower of Terror or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster) and late in the evening. Due to the large capacity of the arena, if you find yourself waiting inside any part of the actual queue, you will most likely make it. Be aware however, that FASTPASS this attraction to ensure getting in as a majority of the seats are given to those holding a FASTPASS ticket.
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