I’m sticking with the guides, today, and going to one of the most popular attractions at Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Midway Mania. This 4-D game takes guests through the characters of Toy Story while shooting spring-style shooters at 3-D animated targets. At the end of the ride, the scores are added up and a guest wins a virtual stuffed animal prize. Toy Story Midway Mania is the only attraction currently in Pixar Place.
This is one of the most popular attractions at Hollywood Studios so the best way to avoid a long wait is to either get a Fastpass+ or ride the attraction early or late in the day.
My family usually gets Fastpasses for the attractions so we get to bypass the stand-by queue. One time, we got there early enough that we got our Fastpasses and the stand-by queue wasn’t long so we jumped in line to get some great pictures of the stand-by waiting area. There is no single rider ride at Toy Story Midway Mania.
The stand-by queue is one of the most nostalgic queues at Walt Disney World. It is filled with games and toys from the past. Below are just a sampling of what you will see in the queue.
After you pick your 3-D glasses, you merge back into the queue with the Fastpass riders but you are just a few short minutes to riding the attraction. Guests enter their carnival style car, lower the lap bar, and get ready for the shoot ’em action of the attraction.
Once in the attraction, guests participate in six carnival shooting games. Each game lasts around 30 seconds.
- Buzz and Jessie’s Pie Throw – guests throw pies at targets held by Buzz and Jessie. This is a practice round and is not included in the final score.
- Hamm and Eggs – Hamm and Eggs encourage shooters to throw at eggs at cows, ducks, and other barnyard animals.
- Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts – Rex and Trixie take shooters back to the primeval world and throw darts at targets around volcanoes and lava fields.
- Green Army Shoot Camp – The Little Green Army Men instruct shooters to break plates with baseball on a military style shooting range.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Flying Saucers – Buzz makes a reappearance to tell shooters to throw rings over various space objects like planets and The Little Green Men from the Toy Story series.
- Woody’s Rootin’ Shootin’ Gallery – Jessie and Woody take the shooters to the Old West and inform shooters to throw their darts at various Old West object. The game ends with a bonus round where guests shoot at targets on mine cars as quickly as possible.
At the end, the scores are tallied, virtual prizes are handed out and then guests are able to compare their score to others who have ridden in their car, ridden in the last hour, and the high score for the day.
Some loose ends:
- Flash photography or video is NOT permitted inside the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction area. Flash photography and video is permitted in the queue
- There is no height or age restriction to go on the attraction. However, guests who are aged seven and younger must ride with a guest who is aged 14 or older.
- The closest washrooms, for when that queue is extra long, are located just passed where the paper Fastpass machines were station. If you reach One Man’s Dream, you’ve gone too far.
- High point targets are available at both the eye level of kids and adults so kids have a chance to score as well as their parents.
- The Mr. Potato Head is the first time that a Disney animatronic character can remove and then reattach a body part.
- Hamm unleashes $6 of loose change from his bank before his shooting game.
- Before the release of Toy Story 3, Bo-Peep’s Baaa-loon pop was replaced with Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts. As a result, Trixie replaced Rex in the Hamm and Eggs game.
Hope you enjoyed this peek inside of the most popular attractions at Hollywood Studios. As I make more trips to the parks and get more pictures of the attractions and their queue, there should be more of this attraction guides to come in the future.
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