Kid-Sized Review: Toy Story Midway Mania

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Orange . Today, we are discussing kid-sized reviews.  My daughter is only nine years old but she is an experienced Walt Disney World traveler with seven trips under her belt already.   In today’s review, she discusses one of her favorite attractions….Toy Story Midway Mania.  She has gone from a four-year old who could barely pull the string to shoot at the targets to a nine-year old sharpshooter.  She is going to provide a brief history of the attraction and then I interview her about her likes and dislikes about the attraction.

Toy Story Midway Mania debuted at Hollywood Studios on May 31, 2008 and instantly became one of the most popular attractions in the park.  The attraction, inspired by the movie, is about five to six minutes long and takes guests through a variety of shooting games hosted by characters from the Toy Story trilogy of movies.

Your host in the queue area is Mr. Potato head:

Your queue host
Your queue host

The queue is not very interactive but does have lots of nostalgia for the parents with lots of games and toys from their youth.

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After guests have made it through the queue, they  make it to the attraction vehicles.  There are two cars per vehicle and each car can hold four people.  The maximum number of people who can ride in a car is eight people.  This size accommodates most groups at Disney but when I went in a large group of 10 back in November, two of us had to ride in a different car separate from the main group.  A little disappointing but not the end of the world.

The attraction features carnival style midway games.  There are six games in total but only five of the games are included in your final score:

  • 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 of the attraction, the scores are tallied up and virtual carnival prizes are handed out and the high score for each car is rewarded as well.

The Interview

Dad: What do you like most about this attraction?

Mo: That you get to shoot objects at the targets.  The string can be hard to pull at times but it’s fun.

Dad: What do you like least about this attraction?

Mo: Nothing.  It’s a fun attraction.

Dad: Is there anything that needs to be improved on this attraction?

Mo: Nothing.  It’s a great attraction where nothing needs to be improved.

Dad: Do you think there is enough to do while you wait in line?

Mo: Yes.  (Dad’s edit: Personally, I think the queue needs some interactive updates.  It can be long wait, at times, and Mr. Potato Head can only do so much to keep people entertained.)

Dad: What would yo like to see added while you wait in line?

Mo: Nothing.  There is enough to keep people entertained.

Dad: Are there any games you want added to the attraction?

Mo: Two more games.  I want a game where you shoot Wheezy the Penguin at Andy’s other toys and I want a game hosted by the bad guys from Toy Story 3.

Dad: Do you think the attraction is too hard for kids?

Mo: For little kids, yes.  For for older kids, no.   (Dad note: There are high scoring targets both high and low on the video screen.  This is to account for the lower eye level of kids compared to adults and to keep the “competition” even.)

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Orange this month. We will be back in next month with all new loops and themes. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with newest posts, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Sophie’s Favorite Attraction – Splash Mountain!

2nd Stop – Mommy to All Girls – The Kolb Girls Review Disney Attractions

3rd Stop – For the Love of Disney – Top 5 Disney Rides for Kids… outside of Fantasyland! 

4th Stop – Sparks of Magic – Magic Kids Talk: Favorite Disney Attractions

Final Stop – Dad for Disney – Kid Sized Review: Toy Story Midway Mania

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10 thoughts on “Kid-Sized Review: Toy Story Midway Mania”

  1. I love the interview style, how fun! I wonder if my girls will like this one more as they get older. I expected them to love it, but we rarely ride. I think it’s because that string *is* awfully hard for little ones. Great post!

  2. You can tell she loves the ride! It is perfection for her! It is one of our favorites too. I think it is a great attraction that appeals to every age group!

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