Paradise Pier:Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania was part of the massive $1.1B expansion plan for California Adventure. This astoundingly creative ride plays off the guest interactivity that Astro Blasters presented across the plaza at Disneyland. It’s basically Astro Blasters¬†kicked up about eight notches! Unfortunately, with the quality comes the crowds…


…and more crowds.

Okay, so maybe the last one is a bit of an exaggeration.

Don’t get me wrong. This attraction is well worth the wait, so don’t let the queues sway you from experiencing this classic…all I am saying is make sure that you hit the bathroom first and maybe grab a snack or a cold drink while you are waiting. You have been warned!

I always get a chuckle when I see this pin, which was released at the Walt Disney World Resort “across the pond” as a cast lanyard hidden Mickey pin. Surprisingly the DCA version of this ride does not offer a fast pass return option. This has always been a mystery to me.

Also a mystery is the lack of a 5-year Anniversary pin for DCA Toy Story Mania, being a collector of anniversary pins, this would have been a nice add. Again, our friends to the East have a celebration pin.

But of the two parks, DCA wins for location of theme. Paradise Pier is a carnival theme and midway mania fits in just fine, right down to the Mr Potato Head barker out front.

While I am going to miss the fish and chips stand BR (before remodel) I do love a good challenge and Toy Story Mania supplies a terrific interactive experience for all ages and skill sets. I am only up to a rabbit prize, so there is definitely room for improvement!

Shoot away, but there is still much to see!


Posted on August 27, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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