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See the toys we love at Pixar Place in Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Feb 3, 2011
One of my favorite places to visit in Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM) is in the area encompassing Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard. There is so much to do and see that you can spend a good part of your day here and not realize it. This is one of several articles about the three sections of this part of Hollywood Studios.

I particularly love walking around Pixar Place, with the wide variety of toys and games as decorations; and of course, Toy Story Midway Mania. Pixar Place is physically situated just behind the Chinese Theatre housing The Great Movie Ride at one end, and if you can jump the wall at the other end, you’ll be at Rosie’s All-American Café.
Where else can you find larger-than-life characters and toys we all still love, and which are very familiar from the Pixar hits of Toy Story 1, 2 and 3. For example, the Green Army Men on the roof tops and Monkeys in a Barrel hanging across the street from one building to the next. This is also an area of meet-and-greet for the Toy Story film characters.

The primary attraction is Toy Story Midway Mania, a great interactive, 3D experience that actually takes you from game to game hosted by the movie’s characters and using various weapons of choice to score points in not-so-traditional carnival games. Everyone I know loves Toy Story Midway Mania!

But the wait times are really long. The way the entire area is decorated helps to take your mind off the time, but once you’ve been there a couple times, even that doesn’t make you feel better. However, the solution for most is as follows: arrive early and first get a fast pass, ride the attraction if the wait is a half-hour or so, then come back and do it again with your fast pass. If you arrive after Noon, expect a 1 to 2 hour wait.
'SPRING' HAS SPRUNG: Walt Disney World guests take control of their very own "spring-action shooter" and shoot at 3-D targets -- in a "4-D' environment -- as they experience "Toy Story Mania!," the newest attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The cutting-edge attraction immerses guests in the "toy-and-'toon world" of favorite "Toy Story" characters where the game is to aim at playful targets along a colorful midway-themed route. Scores are tallied at the end of the attraction to determine the master of the midway. (Sue Bryan, photographer (c) Disney)
The area around Pixar Place does get crowded attimes of the day and night. Of course, Toy Story Midway Mania being the most popular attraction in all of Walt Disney World tends to contribute to that.
IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN: A trio of Green Army Men characters from the Disney-Pixar animated films “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” march through “Pixar Place” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The newest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Pixar Place” is modeled after Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. The street is adorned with larger-than-life versions of classic childhood toys and games, including Barrel of Monkeys, Scrabble and Battleship. “Pixar Place” is also home to “Toy Story Mania!,” a cutting-edge ride-through attraction that combines the fun of a video game with 4-D technology and interaction with favorite Disney-Pixar stars. (Gene Duncan, photographer (c) Disney)
Did you know?... about Toy Story Mania!
  • Each ride vehicle weighs as much as 8,580 Woody dolls.
  • It would take 5,026 toy soldiers lined up end-to-end to make up the total track length.
  • Toy Story Mania! is the first time that Walt Disney Imagineering is creating an attraction for two Disney Parks simultaneously.
  • It has been estimated that, each day, guests may break over one million virtual plates using the spring-action shooters.
  • Riders in the Sky, the award-winning group that wrote the songs that Mr. Potato Head performs as part of the attraction, is the same group that wrote "Woody's Roundup" for the "Toy Story" feature films.
  • This is the first attraction that Walt Disney Imagineering designed where the Imagineers had to wear 3-D glasses to art direct all the black-light paint elements.
  • The murals located in the load area at Disney's Hollywood Studios are the largest murals painted since Epcot was built.
  • At Toy Story Mania!, every guest gets to experience life at the size of a toy. So in Andy's room, a 5-foot 6-inch person will feel about 14" tall.
  • Guests feel like they have shrunk to a toy size as they queue amid rounded TINKERTOY “connectors” two feet in diameter, TINKERTOY rods that are four inches around, View•Master reels nearly four feet across and holiday lights each 13 inches long.
  • In order to create a show that responds not only to every pull of a guest's spring-action shooter but also every move their midway tram makes, there are more than 150 computers communicating over multiple networks throughout the attraction.  
Mr. Potato Head
  • More time was spent programming Mr. Potato Head than for any other Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Mr. Potato Head will be able to say more lines of dialogue than any Audio-Animatronics figure ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • "It's a ride that's a game. It's a game that's a ride," says Mr. Potato Head to queuing guests. "Step right up and see what's inside."
  • The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure is the first time that an Audio-Animatronics figure can remove a body part and re-attach it (in the case of his ear).
  • The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure has new, highly expressive and animated eyes that can look directly at a particular guest in the queue when speaking to him/her.
  • Mr. Potato Head marks the first Audio-Animatronics figure whose mouth appears to form words and vowel sounds.
Nice to Know:
  • Because of the indoor nature of the attraction and to keep the guest experience fun for all, flash photography or video is not allowed on Toy Story Mania!
  • Everyone can play! There is no height or age restriction for guests to experience Toy Story Mania!, creating a multi-generational experience the entire family can enjoy together.
  • There is even an offline loading area for guests with disabilities. Guests traveling in wheelchairs or using other mobility aids have as much time as they need to board.
Pixar Place Refreshments
You can get a snack here at the Hey Howdy Hey Take Away such as carbonated beverages, ice cream, soda, water and chips. You can wait a while for your fast pass to Toy Story, have a snack and take a look around a limited selection of souvenir’s in this outdoor emporium. There is no place to sit. Here is the latest menu (prices subject to change) from the AllEars web site:
  • Popcorn $3.09
  • Popcorn in a Souvenir Bucket $4.19
  • Wheezy's Breezy Freezy - Coke or Raspberry Lemonade $3.69
  • Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Light Lemonade $2.19
  • Bottled Water $2.50
  • Itzakadoozie Ice Pop $3.09
  • Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar $3.29
  • Chips $2.69
  • Coffee (regular or decaf) $2.09

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February 03, 2011
Great review, Bruce!  I didn't know that this place existed!  I'm a huge Pixar fan (just check out my review of Toy Story 3!).  I actually live not too far from the Pixar Studios and have toured that, but would love to see this other side of it.  Especially after reading your Toy Story Mania and Mr. Potato Head stats :)  Thanks so much for sharing!
February 03, 2011
Love the bullet point facts at the end! Great review!!!
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Hi folks. My blog is A World View - Enjoying Walt Disney World. I actually think it was watching a True-Life Adventure called the Living Desert that started my enthusiastic love of Disney. I must have … more
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