Disney's Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania
Toy Story Midway Mania
Opened: May 31, 2008
Ride length: 8 minutes
"Toy Story Midway Mania" is one of the most popular attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's a fantastic, fun ride that is not to be missed.
As you approach the brick building where Toy Story Mania is housed, there's a chain of "Barrel of Monkeys" figures strewn over the walkway.
You walk in and you're reduced to toy size. The queue is loaded with an amazing assortment of nostalgic toys, including a giant Scrabble board overhead. You find yourself pointing and saying "Look at that! I had that when I was a kid!"
There's a familiar character from the Toy Story movies who serves as a "Carnival Barker" over the queue. It's Mr. Potato Head and he interacts with guests, cracking jokes and occasionally having a body part pop loose. It makes the long wait a lot more tolerable.
After going through the main part of the queue, you grab a pair of 3D glasses and head up a flight of stairs. You're almost there!
Each car takes 4 guests. What's unique is that you're sitting back to back, with a tall partition between you. Once you're on your way, you'll be facing your own set of targets while whoever is behind you is facing the opposite way and shooting at their own targets. It really is the same as having two completely independent vehicles combined into one.
You have a toy cannon that fires via a pull string. You take aim at the targets at the game booths you encounter along the way. Cheering you on will be Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Hamm and the Green Army Men. Find a hidden target and you'll rack up even more points as you compete for the highest score. The targets and weapons vary with each game. What's even more fun is feeling the rush of air as you pop balloons at one of the game booths. This ride is all about the details and not a single one was overlooked.
The cars do spin, but it's not a crazy spinning like the Mad Tea Cups at Magic Kingdom. It's more of just a quick turn to get to see the next screen.
Handicapped Accessibility: This attraction has specially designed ride vehicles that can accommodate most wheelchairs. ECVs can be driven through the queue up to the ride vehicles (ask the cast members at the front of the attraction where to go).
Fun Fact: "Toy Story Mania" replaced the former "Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Play It" attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is also located at Disneyland's Paradise Pier.