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Robert Niles

Disney to release Toy Story Mania home video game for Wii

Published: March 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

I suppose that this was inevitable: a video-game-inspired theme park dark ride becoming... an actual video game.

Disney announced today that it will release a "Toy Story Mania!" video game that includes the games from the Toy Story Midway Mania attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's California Adventure. The game will be released for the Wii console this fall.

The Wii version will include the games from the rides, as well as additional galleries, according to Disney's press release.

I find it interesting that the press release continues the on-going internal battle about the name of these attractions, which Walt Disney Imagineering and the signs in the parks call Toy Story Midway Mania, but that Disney's PR departments insist on calling just Toy Story Mania. What the heck, people?

Replies (10)

Published: March 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

I think the PR folks are smart. The word "midway" is a loaded term, and emotes something other than the ride.
Don Neal

Published: March 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Been a while since the kids got a new Wii game, I am sure this will show up on their wanted list at some point.
Corey Romberg

Published: March 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

It was what I would love is if they put into the ride some of these new galleries they will have in the Wii game!
Gareth H

Published: March 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Power to the people man.

What do the "Regular" people call the ride?

Toy Story Mania, or the mouthful it got named?

It makes more sense to go with a name people can understand!

Robert Niles

Published: March 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I dunno. When it comes to Imagineers versus suits, I prefer to side with the Imagineers.

Published: March 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM

I call it "Midway Mania"
Amanda Jenkins

Published: March 24, 2009 at 8:25 PM

We prefer to call it "the ride that has the longest wait next to Peter Pan's Flight and suspiciously runs out of fast passes two minutes after the park opens." I know it wouldn't make a great game title, but this is how we recognize it :-)
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 24, 2009 at 10:27 PM

Let's just hope it's better than Universal Studios Theme Park Adventure. Nothing like a video game that simulates standing in line for Back to the Future.
W McDougal

Published: March 25, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Toy Story Mania doesn't have FastPass, so that may be why you can't find FP for it. ;-)

The video game should mean shorter lines at the park for the ride. Why wait 45 minutes for something you can do almost identically at home? And if you want water squirted on you when you hit the balloons, I'm sure someone can sit next to you while you play your Wii and spray water at you when you hit them.

Amanda Jenkins

Published: March 25, 2009 at 2:02 PM

It has fast pass. We just didn't want to come back at 8 at night when we had dinner reservations at MK.

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