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2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's California Adventure

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Published: January 21, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Today, we welcome Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's California Adventure to the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament, as the 10th seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket.

Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's California Adventure

Disney's popular 3D shoot-'em-up game plays at both California Adventure and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida, where it remains the most popular ride in the park. It's even now spawned its own play-at-home version on Nintendo Wii.

We talked with Walt Disney Imagineering designers when Midway Mania opened at Disney World in May 2008 and explored some of the many Easter eggs in Toy Story Midway Mania last year.

Played on giant video screens, Midway Mania feels more like a video game than other theme park shoot-'em-ups. But its "pull string" firing action gives the game a unique feel (as well as serious work for elbow and wrist muscles among expert players). This is also a game that rewards cooperation between players, as some of its high-scoring Easter eggs can't be unlocked unless both players in a car work to clear certain targets off the screen in time.

With so many options for scoring in this game, coupled with the enduring popularity of the Toy Story crew, Midway Mania boasts a high re-rideability factor, helping it become one of the more popular themed rides in the country in a relatively short period of time. But will its popularity drive Midway Mania into the second round. We'll find out in March, when tournament voting begins. In the meantime, please share your thoughts (and scoring tips!) in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Manny Barron on January 21, 2010 at 10:04 PM
Toy Story Mania is just so much fun. TSMM took this ride genre, which started with MIB and Buzz lightyear, and took it up a notch. Definitely one of the rides you want to get on over and over. It's ranked 10th which seems about right, and has a chance to pull off the upset in the first round.
From Anthony Murphy on January 21, 2010 at 11:42 PM
I like it!

Don't forget the tough Ipod/Iphone game!

From Sylvain Comeau on January 22, 2010 at 2:16 AM
Great interactive ride, lots of fun. I just have one question: why nominate the one at DCA? The DHS version is slightly better, due to the much better queue.
From Robert Niles on January 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM
The DCA version had a slightly higher average reader rating when I seeded the field, though the DHS version had more votes. But the Imagineers I've spoken with made clear that the ride was designed with California Adventure's midway in mind, and the the DHS version was the afterthought. That's, ultimately, why I went with the DCA version.
From Joshua Counsil on January 22, 2010 at 7:08 PM
9-Outstanding. About as frantic as an attraction can be, even more so than most of Disney's roller coasters. And, after only riding once, it's difficult to tell how good the attraction is, but I definitely enjoy it more than Disney's other signature shoot-em-up.
From 24.90.249.214 on January 22, 2010 at 9:20 PM
was this the worlds fair that was held in Queens? if so was this the one that was held at Flushing meadows corona park.

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