Attraction Spotlight – Toy Story Midway Mania

Probably the most popular attraction over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Midway Mania is a family friendly good time. Opening first at Disney's Hollywood Studios on May 31, 2008, and few weeks later at Disney's California adventure on June 17, 2008, and then over at Tokyo DisneySea on July 9,2012. The gist of the attraction is that Andy has recieved a bunch of carnival style games and once he goes off the toys have gotten them out to play. The idea is to use your cars cannons to shoot the targets and try to get the high score for your half of the vehicle as you run thru the 5 mini-games. The attraction also keeps up with the hourly and daily high scores.

As I mentioned, the attraction is popular, so much so that it is not uncommon for the stand by line to stay at the hour mark or higher practically all day with FastPass and FastPass+ running out early in the day or in FastPass+'s case days or weeks ahead of time. In fact, back in the days before FastPass+, Disney's Hollywood Studios had problems with guests running straight to it in a stampedelike fashion, prompting changes to Rope Drop leading to a guided walk towards the area. It's still extremely popular, but FastPass+ has at least curbed the dash to the FastPass machines there. Also it's worth noting that the popularilty at the Hollywood Studios location has led to it being confirmed that a third track will be added as they build Toy Storyland and Star Wars Land.

The 5 mini-games consist of Pie Throw Practice Booth, which as the name suggests is a none scoring get the hang of it round, as well as Hamm & Eggs (Egg throw game), Rex and Trixie's Dini Darts (balloon popping with darts), Green Army Men Shoot Camp (throw baseballs at plates), Buzz Lightyear's Flying Tossers (ring toss on to little green aliens), and Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Shottin' Gallery (suction cup gun game). Dini Darts used to be Bo Peep's Baa-loon Pop prior to Toy Story 3. All of the targets are virtual and shot with a light gun cannons and is similar to the Pirates game over at DisneyQuest and assorted Buzz Lightyear Games at various Disney Parks. This is however, the first of which to be developed for two parks at the same time.

As for development, the attraction cost $80 million to design and build and is the first to use industrial ethernet for the ride control system. The ride actually has three ride control systems: one for the cars, one for the games, and one for assortd special effects. It uses 150 PC's to run including one for each of the 56 screens used for the games. Aside from using computer networking as part of the control system the PC's were and probably still are running Windows XP. The system also use two different systems to track vehicle positions to pass to the gaming controller so it can compensate for delays and differences in the spot the vehicle stops at each trip around. Without getting too geeky in the details, the systems are designed to deal with about any contingency and since the games are purely software based, they can be changed or updated without a massive attraction downtime.

Stats:

  • Attraction Type: Shooting Dark Ride
  • Theme: Carnival Games with 3-D Glasses
  • Riders per Vehicle: 4
  • Rows: 2
  • Riders per Row: 2
  • Duration: 5-6 Minutes

Fun Facts:

  • It was orriginally developed for California Adventure and Holywood Studios at the same time.
  • Mr. Potato Head has an audio animatronic that interacts with guests during the line and is voiced by Don Rickles, who voiced Mr. Potato Had for the movies. He identifies people, sings, and tells jokes.
  • There is a Toy Story Mania! video game that was released in 2009 for the Nintendo Wii, and later for a Plug It In & Play It” version from Jakks Pacific, complete with 3-D glass (Infini-D Glasses). In 2012 a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 version was released. The levels are similar to those in the attraction.
  • It is referred to as Toy Story Mania! and Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • There was a sigle rider line for the California Adventure version, but it was removed in 2010.

This is one of the funnest attractions to do, but also takes some planning or a lot of waiting to do but it's worth it. I definately recommend going on this attraction.


Patrick

 

Submit a Comment