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To the left of the glass pyramids and the entrance to the Journey Into Imagination ride is the entrance to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. The sign above the doorway features a miniature shrinking ray that casts smoke every few minutes. Moving inside, we are now in the lobby of the Imagination Institute - a fake organization devoted to honoring the world's greatest inventors. We are going to see this year's "Inventor of the Year" award presented to Professor Wayne Szalinski, the man who created a shrinking machine in the "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" movie. Today, he is being honored and we will see a demonstration of some of the inventions Prof. Szalinski has created here at the Institute.
Looking around the lobby, we see that the tinted windows and the carpet each feature the "Imagination Institute" logo. Signs show pictures of Prof. Szalinski with his invention and banners proudly sport the "Imagination Institute" and "Inventor of the Year" logos. A sign on the far wall says "Imagination Institute" and has pictures of some past recipients of the award. To the left of this sign is this quote: "Imagination is the preview of life's coming attractions." To the right is this quote: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." To the right of the entranceway is a banner with the Imagination Institute logo and the words "Welcome to the OPEN HOUSE" on it. The LCD display over the entranceway tells us how many minutes are left until the show begins. When it is time, we proceed into the Pre-Show area, but not until we've received our 3D glasses called safety goggles for this show. A sign above the podium where Cast Members distribute the safety goggles has a picture of the goggles and says "For your protection, please do not wear safety goggles until you are seated in the auditorium. Thank you. Please return the goggles at auditorium exit."
True Colors Pre-Show
As we move into the pre-show area, the screen says "Welcome to the Imagination Institute OPEN HOUSE." Then the Imagination Institute logo appears and spins around. A series of phrases appears. The first half of the phrase appears to the left of the logo. Then a few seconds later the rest of the phrase appears to the right of the logo.
Stretch your mind
A small circle with a bird flying is projected above those words. The rest of the picture fills in and we see that it was not exactly what it seemed to be (a picture of a bird flying in the sky), but a picture of sunglasses with a bird reflected in one of the lenses.
Think about something else
The first rule of imagination:
The last picture shows two children standing with their bikes in front of a sunset. The background sunset is then replaced with a rainbow.
The next portion of the pre-show introduces the Imagination Institute and the show we are about to see. Continue on to Part 2.
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