How to Get Your Joke Told at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

Of the many ways to participate in the shows and attractions at Disney World, one of the easiest is getting a joke included in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Here’s how to make it happen.

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When you enter the Laugh Floor attraction, you’ll first be placed in a holding room pre-show area with several TVs hanging from the ceiling. The screens will give a message which states, “Text Your Joke Now to 12345” (12345 is a placeholder, the actual number varies from show to show) and gives the following instructions:

  1. Start your text with the word (rotating key word).
  2. Include your first name and hometown so we can thank you!
  3. If chosen, your joke will be performed in the show and you’ll be famous.* (*Famous in monster world only. Human world fame may vary.)

While these instructions seem pretty simple, lots of folks fumble them. A common mistake is forgetting to include the show-specific key word. Without the key word, they don’t know that you’re actually at the theater and they won’t include your joke. Follow instructions and you’re ahead of the game already.

While sending a text is simple enough, the other critical part of getting your joke included in the show is sending in a good joke. In my unscientific study of a dozen shows, I’ve noticed a pattern in the jokes that were selected for inclusion. Jokes used during the show are typically short (they have to fit in a text, duh), use G-rated language, have a teeeeeny gross-out factor, or include a pun or Disney character reference. Bonus points if there’s a teeny gross-out, a pun, and a Disney reference!

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If you hit all those points, my observation is that you have a better than even chance of having your joke included and your name mentioned in the show. How do I know this? Well, following the formula, my joke was included in the show 8 of the 12 times I tried. If you go to the Laugh Floor often, you’ll also see that there are some jokes that fit this formula and tend to be repeated often. Here are some that have worked for me and that I’ve seen frequently used in the attraction. (I make NO claim of authorship on these, they’ve been in the ether for ages.)

  • Q: How do you make a tissue dance? A: You put a little boogie in it!
  • Q: Why did Tigger go into the bathroom? A: He was looking for Pooh.
  • Q: How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? A: You rock it. (Get it – rocket.)
  • Q: Why was six afraid of seven? A: Because seven ate nine. (6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Q: Why did the cookie go to the doctor? A: Because it was feeling crummy.
  • Q: What do you call cheese that’s not yours? A: Nacho cheese. (Not your cheese – say it fast.)
  • Q: Why does Peter Pan fly? A: Because he can never, never land.
  • Q: What did Mickey say when he was falling? A: Donald, duck.
  • 1: Knock, knock. 2: Who’s there? 1: Doris. 2: Doris, who? 1: Doris locked, let me in.
  • 1: Knock, knock. 2: Who’s there? 1. Arch. 2: Arch, who? 1. Bless you.
  • Q: Why was the tomato blushing? A: Because it saw the salad dressing.
  • Q: Which side of a chicken has more feathers? A: The outside.
  • Q: What did one math book say to the other math book? A: I’ve got problems.
  • Q: Why do birds fly South in the winter? A: Because it’s too far to walk.
  • Q: Why did Mickey fly into space? A: To find Pluto.
  • Q: What’s the difference between a fish and a piano? A: You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.
  • Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A: Frostbite.

You get the idea – basically, if a third grader would think your joke is a hoot, then it’s likely that you’re in.

Have you ever had a joke included in the Laugh Floor show? What’s your favorite family-friendly joke. Let us know in the comments below.o9

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

14 thoughts on “How to Get Your Joke Told at the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

  • November 30, 2013 at 6:20 am
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    Thanks for the tips. We are going soon and my little guy is already screening jokes. I think the current front runner is:

    Q: did the dolphin do a backflip by accident?

    A: no, he did it on porpoise!

  • November 30, 2013 at 8:11 am
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    The number you text to does not vary from show to show. It is constant. It’s 42319. Get it? “For twenty-three nineteen”? 23-19 was the code for a human contamination in Monsters Inc. What changes is the keyword you need to start the joke off with. That’s how they determine what show you’re going to be in.

  • November 30, 2013 at 8:49 am
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    We’ve had a couple chosen before. One was:
    Q: Why can’t Cinderella play soccer:
    A: Because she always runs away from the ball.

    The other was:
    Q: What’s a pirate’s favorite subject?
    A: Arrrt or Arrrithmetic (I forget which we picked.)

  • November 30, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    My joke chosen was – what did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt. Again the childish 3rd grade math gets the laugh. The jokes are the best part and you laugh every time.

  • November 30, 2013 at 9:23 am
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    We live in a town that the name is hard to pronounce. Would we be better off using a town nearby that has an easier name? Do you think it would make a difference on our joke being told?

  • November 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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    Q:why do you put band aids in the Fridge
    A:for COLD CUTS!
    worked for me

  • November 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm
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    My nephew’s joke was chosen and he got a huge kick out of it. The joke was:
    Why don’t seagulls fly over the bay?
    because then they’d be BAYgulls! (get it-bagels?) hehe…

  • November 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm
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    They picked my joke once – it was…

    Knock, Knock – (Who’s there?) Dwain… (Dwain Who?) Dwain the bathtub I’m drowning!

    Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor is always fun!

  • December 1, 2013 at 7:33 am
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    Why did the chicken cross they playground?

    To get to the other SLIDE!

  • December 2, 2013 at 7:58 am
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    My cousin had this one make it into the show:

    Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up?
    Because it was too tired.

  • December 3, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    We’re considering a few for our upcoming trip. Lot’s of good ideas here 🙂 Last year, our joke was picked:

    Q: What’s brown and sticky?
    A: A stick

  • April 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm
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    What is white and with red all over? Poke a dots

  • April 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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    What rhymes with banana ? Savanna

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