Review

Step right up, everybody! Have yourself the plate-bustin, alien-ringin, balloon-poppingest fun time of your life on Toy Story Midway Mania!

Full of the delightful characters of the Disney-Pixar computer-animated Toy Story films (Buzz, Woody, Rexy, Mr. & Mrs. Potatohead, Slinky, etc), this spinning, 3D carnival attraction is great fun for the young or just young at heart. Have a blast as you spin wildly from scene to scene, using your little pull-string cannons mounted on your car to rack up your score on a variety of fun games and see if you can beat your partner or beat your own score.

After the initial test period where you can figure out how and where to shoot, it's off to the races as you break plates, toss pies, throw darts, pop balloons, use aliens as ring toss objects, and aim and shoot all over your 3D screen in your attempt to score as high as possible. Be on the lookout for higher value targets sometimes spread further away and high or low. If you hit certain targets, a special little surprise awaits you.

Because the ride is so fun and so very popular with the little kiddies your best bet to getting on the ride is (1) get to the Hollywood Studios park at park opening time and speedwalk to it for a short wait in line or (2) do #1 AND then get yourself a fastpass so you can ride a second time. Otherwise, you can be sure of a super long wait even today, several years after the attraction first opened.

The ride itself is a lot of fun as is the entire ride queue experience. As you walk and wind your way through, just look around you at the larger-than-life scale replicas of your favorite childhood games and game pieces. AND, take special note of the incredibly realistic Mr. Potatohead animatronic which can talk, tell jokes, speak right to you, AND even remove his own parts!

Another interesting aspect of Toy Story Midway Mania is....that despite the above average waits, it also has an above average ride time, coming in at about 5 minutes. I guess Disney decided they'd save themselves some grief from unhappy customers who'd certainly speak out if it was only a 1-2 minute long ride.

Although Disney World already had a Toy Story-based shooting game over at the Magic Kingdom ("Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin"), this one is more advanced in its technology and allows you to score higher.

Check out Toy Story Midway Mania....but if you do, remember to go EARLY!

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