Toy Story Midway Mania reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Toy Story Midway Mania, a dark ride in Pixar Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Written by Robert Niles
Toy Story Midway Mania melds a dark ride with a 3D video game. You ride in spinning cars, stopping to play five different carnival-inspired video games featuring Toy Story characters. You "shoot" at virtual targets using a pull-string "gun" that launches virtual pies, rings, pins, eggs and suction darts, scoring points with every hit.
The key to a high score on this game? Work together with your seatmate, who's your partner for the game. Sure, you're "competing" with each other, but if you work together, you can reach scores much higher than you can shooting alone, thanks to many "easter eggs" in the games.
Here are the tips and "cheats" that will lead you to a high score: In the first game, Hamm & Eggs, aim for the fox on top of the henhouse in the lower corner of the screen, which spawns several 1,000-point chickens to target. In the next game, Rex and Trixie's Dino Darts, if you and your partner can break all six lava flow balloons, the volcano will erupt with additional 500-point balloons. In the Green Army Men Shoot Camp, you and your partner should try to break the 2,000-point plates in the corners at the same time, which will reveal an additional row of 2,000-point plates. Watch the tank in the middle of the screen, which will throw 5,000-point plates, too. In the fourth game, Buzz Lightyear's Flying Tossers, work with your partner to throw rings around all the Little Green Men on the rocket in the middle of the screen. Clear those, and you'll reveal a monster that you can hit for 500 and 1,000 points a shot. The fifth game, Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Gallery, has three parts. In the first, you and your partner should try to hit each bullseye once, which will spawn additional 1,000- and 2,000-point targets. Shoot through the saloon doors to reveal a bunny and additional 500- and 1,000-point targets. In the mine car scene, hit the bat after the third mine car for 1,000 points. Keep hitting the new mine cars and then hit the next bat, that is worth 5,000. If you can hit that bat, too, then all the mine cars that come out will be worth 5,000 points. In the finale of the game, hit the large bullseye as fast as you can for point values of 500, 1,000 and 2,000 points.
Rivals Men in Black as the best shooter. This ride might just get the edge in theming. 10/10 - Jonathan Katz
Seriously Disney? I agree with what O.T said. Get a Fastpass for Rock 'n' rollercoaster, not this. Astroblasters is much better. 2/10 - Jaiden Cohen
Family favorite but long lines need to change. 10/10!! - Owen Scott
It's the toughest ticket in Disney World, and for good reason. This ride is fun and the type that makes you want to go on again. Fastpasses run out quick so plan accordingly. It's super competitive as well, whether you're trying to beat your high score, the person next to you, or trying to get the high score for the hour, this ride is just flat out amusing and entertaining. - Manny Barron
This was the longest queue in the park. It is the same as the California Adventure, but the queue is much better. It is just tons of fun. - Jeff Krinock
Outstanding! The ride experience went by so fast I can barely remember everything I saw, but it was so much fun it didn't matter. A great update on the Men in Black-type experience, as it is more engaging and interactive. 9/10. - Nick McKaig
Buy a PS3, move, camera and a 3D tv and the game of the same name and you have a better experience without the ridicules line that is in front of this pathetic ride. - O T
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