Sunday, June 29, 2008

Disneyland #1: Toy Story Mania!


I will upload numerous posts over the next week or so. They will all feature bits of info and pictures that I've taken from my recent trip to Disneyland. Some posts will include the Tiki Room's 45th Anniversary, fireworks, and the parks in general. Now, keep in mind that these pictures are taken with a 2-megapixel iPhone, in undesired lighting conditions, and taken while in motion, so the photos won't be perfect.


This post will feature photos, a review, and some interesting facts about the new ride at Disney's California Adventure,
Toy Story Mania!.

Toy Story Mania! is truly amazing. It is a 3D dark ride where you are shrunk to the size of a toy (this is achieved by having gigantic board games and toys along the track). You have a "spring action shooter" that you use to play the various 3D midway games projected on multiple screens. There is:

  • Pie Throw Practice Booth (pie toss target practice game, no points awarded)
  • Hamm & Eggs (egg throw game)
  • Bo Peep's Baaa-loon Pop (dart throw game)
  • Green Army Men Shoot Camp (baseball throw / plate breaking game)
  • Buzz Lightyear's Flying Tossers (ring toss game)
  • Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Gallery (suction cup shooting game)
Each of these games are run by and themed after one of your favorite Toy Story buddies. The spring action shooter that you use to fire the rings or pies or whateever it may be are very cool. The higher you aim the further the projectile travels, like in the real world. Also, if you pop a large balloon, a jet of air comes out at you. There are several moments in the ride where you trigger something by hitting it and you'll get a jet of water or air shot out at you.

Toy Story Mania! is a very fun and interactive game. It is fun to play or fun to watch. Everything is in 3D, and you'll be brought back in time by some of the classic toys that can be seen along the ride. Toy Story Mania! is the best reason I can think of for leaving Disneyland for Disney's California Adventure.

And now, the huge unorganized photo gallery:The spring action shooter used to play the various, virtual midway games.

The entrance of the ride. It is meant to feel like you are actually going into a "Midway Games Playset"

About 3/4 the way into the line you pick up your 3D glasses. And, no, you do not get to keep them.

The entrance, which can be seen while walking along Paradise Pier.


The cars have benches on each side, with two cars per vehicle. In other words, 4 benches per vehicle, and 8 people per vehicle.

The line was always very long. And the worst part was that the majority of the line was in the hot sun!

As you exit the ride, you can see the playset that you were just apart of laying on the floor of an old-fashioned home.

This is the line at about 10:30 in the morning. It stretched all the way up the pier. The wait time was approximately 2.5 hours!

The entrance of the ride from a different point of view.

Another sign notifying the location where you get your 3D glasses.

The very cool Mr. Potato Head voiced by Don Rickles. You can view his little show while waiting in the long line. He tells jokes, sings songs, and can even remove his ear! He is the most sophisticated audio-animatronic figure ever created by Imagineering!

Side view of Mr. Potato Head.

A close-up of the side of one of the cars. Each car has a unique Toy Story Character on its side.


There is one room of the queue line where there are old-fashioned attraction posters representing each game of Toy Story Mania!.

Another old-fashioned attraction poster.

A general old-fashioned attraction poster giving tips and tricks about how to playoy Story Mania!.

A side view of the entrance to the ride, as well as a side view of the car.

The very last section of the ride has some pieces of the box that you are supposed to be going into for the Midway Games Playset.

The 3D Glasses.

The entrance once again!

Now you know all about
Toy Story Mania!. There will continue to be posts featuring photos and information that I acquired from my most recent trip to Disneyland! Next up: Fireworks!

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