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New Toy Story Mania! Game, ‘Toy Story 3’ Character Coming To Disney Parks In May

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts
More big news to share today…a new game with new faces is being added to Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the celebration of the soon-to-be-released Disney*Pixar film, “Toy Story 3.” We’re also introducing a new character that you’ll have a chance to see and greet at both locations –- and it’s all happening in May.

The new Toy Story Mania! game, called “Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts,” will involve shooting virtual darts at all new balloon targets in a primeval world filled with volcanoes and lava balloons. You’ll be cheered on by Rex (the nervous Tyrannosaurus rex) and his new friend Trixie (a blue Triceratops, one of the toy characters from the new film) beginning in late May. Walt Disney Imagineering has also added some hidden surprises to the game that will be replacing “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop.”
And starting May 9, you’ll get a chance to see “Lotso” (short for Lots-O’-Huggin Bear) at both parks. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, he’ll be greeting Guests in the meet-and-greet area inside The Magic of Disney Animation and be part of the “Block Party Bash.” The bear who loves to hug will also join “Disney’s Pixar Play Parade” at Disney’s California Adventure and guests will be able to pose alongside the “Toy Story” gang inside a life-sized “blister pack” as if they themselves are toys.


  • I was at California Adventure today and the new game is now in the ride! Its really fun. 🙂

    Besides Buttercup in the Hamm and Eggs game, there are also new characters from Toy Story 3 in the prize booth scene.

  • This is just so awesome, I’m so glad that Disney is integrating the new characters into the attraction. I totally cant wait will totally be at Disneyland when it opens.

  • So will he be doing a meet and greet at DCA and if so where will he be at. I may not be a big Toy Story fan but I wouldn’t mine to meet Lotso.

  • The first time I saw Lotso, I knew I wanted to give him a big hug. Now I’m happy to find out that I’ll be able to! My son is gonna have to try to beat me to him!

  • Aw, I’m really gonna miss Wheezy being in the attraction. =( I wish this new game could replace any other one, or Wheezy could still be a part of the attraction in one of the games, or be kept in the “award” screen.

  • Sounds really fun, hope it’s still going when we get there on our trip in December.

  • Awesome! How long will this game be up? We will ever see Baa-loon Pop again?

  • Woo! Very exciting! Maybe next we’ll see some holiday games incorporated into the ride!

  • As always – only through Disney magic!!!! Love it!

  • Karen– The new game will be replacing the “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop” game.

  • #12 – Will the additions be using another one of those walls that don’t do anything, or will it replace one of the games already there?

    This is our absolute favorite ride! So much better than Buzz!

    • The new game replaces Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop.

  • Woohoo! Can’t wait to tell the kids! Looks like we’ll be making extra visits to DCA starting next month.

  • How exciting…a new character!! And it all starts on the first day of my vacation to Disney World!!!

  • SO excited i love this ride so much!

    and i can’t imagine the ride would need to go down for an update, it’s like updating your computer, download the update and restart right?

  • It’s really neat that they’re going to change the games up a bit! I must admit, though, that I’m a little nervous. Bo Peep’s was always one of the games I was better at, haha.

  • Will he smell like strawberries too? 🙂

    • Trying to confirm this, Elizabeth. I heard he will but need to double-check.

  • Hooray! I can’t wait to see Lotso, any chance we’ll see any other characters like Barbie or Ken? They’d be really fun to interact with in the park.

  • …When this new game debuts, will Rex also still be partnered with Hamm for the “Hamm and Eggs” game?

    • The “Hamm & Eggs” game will be hosted by Hamm and Buttercup.

  • This is awesome. I love that because the ride’s games are totally digital, they can be swapped out like this with minimal downtime. It would be awesome if you had a whole bunch of games, and guests got a random set each time (but still one of each type of game — Egg Toss, Darts, Baseballs, Rings, Suction Cup finale — and with the difficultly gradually increasing).

  • Very cool! I had heard rumors about this. 🙂

  • Does that mean that Toy Story Mania is going to be closed down for a period of time? If so, when?

  • I love that you are changing the games! I knew it was possible but I thought it would be years before it actually happened! Well done Imagineering!

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