Toy Story Midway Mania – Anyone for Disneyland?

Toy Story Midway Mania! Is set to open up at Disneyland on June 17, 2008. It looks REALLY COOL. Basically, it’s a combination of the 3-D movie rides at the parks with Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters game. I’ve always enjoyed the Astro Blasters, competing with everyone to see who can get the best score, so this is pretty sure to top my list of favorites pretty quickly. My anticipation for the ride aside, I also really want to see the latest audio-animatronic venture from the Imagineers – the Mr. Potato Head who entertains the people in line looks amazing. Check it out:

Let’s go to Disneyland! Who’s comin’ with me? …and while we wait, I came across these cool facts about the ride:

In each of the Toy Story Midway Mania! games, there is at least one “easter egg” — targets that can trigger the appearance of bonus high-value targets and other changes in the scene.

Toy Story Midway Mania! is the first time that Walt Disney Imagineering is creating an attraction for two Disney Parks simultaneously.

This is the first attraction that Walt Disney Imagineering designed where the Imagineers had to wear 3-D glasses to art direct all the black-light paint elements.

In order to create a show that responds not only to every pull of a guest’s spring-action shooter but also every move their midway tram makes, there are more than 150 computers communicating over multiple networks throughout the attraction.

More time was spent programming Mr. Potato Head than for any other Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Mr. Potato Head will be able to say more lines of dialogue than any Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.

“It’s a ride that’s a game. It’s a game that’s a ride,” says Mr. Potato Head to queuing guests. “Step right up and see what’s inside.”

The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure is the first time that an Audio-Animatronics figure can remove a body part and re-attach it (in the case of his ear).

The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure has new, highly expressive and animated eyes that can look directly at a particular guest in the queue when speaking to him/her.

Mr. Potato Head marks the first Audio-Animatronics figure whose mouth appears to form words and vowel sounds.

Toy Story Midway Mania! is the first time that Woody and Buzz Lightyear (along with some of their friends) from the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” films appear together in a ride-through attraction.

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