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…

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!

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

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