Thursday, May 29, 2008

Toy Story Mania

I know that Ryan and I were interested in what exactly Toy Story Mania was going to be, so I looked it up today.

Toy Story Midway Mania! (also known as Toy Story Mania!) is an interactive theme park attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disney's California Adventure in California.

Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the Florida version is scheduled to open officially on May 31, 2008 with the California version following on June 17, 2008.

Park guests wear 3-D glasses aboard spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on classic carnival midway games. Ride vehicles seat up to four in back-to-back pairs.

The attraction features five mini-games after a practice round, each of which includes at least one "Easter egg" that can trigger additional targets or gamplay changes.

Pie Throw Practice
Hamm & Eggs
Bo Peep's Baaa-loon Pop
Green Army Men Shoot Camp
Buzz Lightyear's Flying Tossers
Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Gallery

Each guest's score is recorded by an onboard display screen as points are acquired with individual toy cannons firing simulated projectiles at virtual targets. Toy Story characters including Woody, Hamm, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep appear during the attraction's different games.

Similar technology has been used in Disney attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold at DisneyQuest and several Buzz Lightyear attractions. According to Disney, it is the first attraction created simultaneously by Walt Disney Imagineering for two theme parks.

The queue at both parks features a large Mr. Potato Head audio-animatronic figure that appears to interact with guests through pre-recorded snippets of dialogue recorded by comedian Don Rickles, who voiced the character in the Toy Story films.

More info here.

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