Five years ago today, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang set up their carnival games on Paradise Pier at Toy Story Midway Mania! in Disney California Adventure park. Just a few weeks earlier, Toy Story Midway Mania! opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Another Toy Story Mania! followed at Tokyo DisneySea in 2011, and since, guests from all over the world have come to compete with friends and family for the highest score. You probably have your favorite game, but do you know the story behind this attraction? Thanks to the creative minds at Walt Disney Imagineering, I can share the story behind the attraction with you. Let’s get started before Andy gets back!
The “Toy Story” gang was intrigued by the latest game in to Andy’s collection, “Toy Story Midway Games Play Set.” Everyone worked together to assemble the cardboard set pieces and game booths, and before they knew it, Andy’s room was transformed into a colorful maze of midway games. And when guests enter the attraction, they are invited to come along and play as honorary toys.
Sheriff Woody has asked each toy to host one of the games for their guests. Hamm and Buttercup host the egg toss, which is appropriately called “Hamm & Eggs.” Rex and Trixie brave a prehistoric volcano for the balloon-popping game, “Rex & Trixie’s Dino Darts.” Next up, Sarge takes control and commands us to “break those plates” in the “Green Army Men Shoot Camp.” Then it’s to infinity and beyond in “Buzz Lightyear’s Flying Tossers,” where guests toss rings around the Little Green Men and other space-themed objects. “Woody’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Gallery” is the last game on the midway adventure, based on Woody’s hit TV show, “Woody’s Roundup.” But wait, there’s more! Jessie leads us to the Gold Mine for the “bonus round-up” and one last dynamite blast of fun! But of course, no midway would be complete without the prize booth. Before you leave Andy’s room, the “Toy Story” gang congratulates you and reveals your scores.
Like any kid’s room, Andy’s room is piled high games and toys. Next time you’re racking up the points, take a look around for some of the items scattered throughout by the Imagineers who designed the attraction, such as:
- Games: Twister, Walt Disney’s Adventureland Game, Candyland
- Alphabet blocks: What do some of them spell?
- Other favorites like Play Doh, Mr. Potato Head coloring book, Crayola Crayon box
One last tidbit for you Toy Story Midway Mania! fans. Once you’ve exited the carnival tram (which was included in the playset, of course) and climb up the stairs, take a look over the railing in the next room on your way out. This is the office of Andy’s aunt, who runs the shop downstairs. On the rug inside is a toy-scale model of the very “Toy Story Midway Games Play Set” you just experienced in Andy’s room!