You've planned your WDW trip. Surely, it includes a visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios. In all your preparatory research, one attraction keeps popping up as a must-do. It's Toy Story Mania! (Toy Story Midway Mania). You quickly add this to your itinerary for the Studios - but do you know what you're in for?
What you may or may not know, is that you are not the only WDW visitors to have Toy Story Midway Mania on their to-do list. What does this mean to you? Well, saying that this attraction is busy is a huge understatement. Unless you want to have a massive line to wait in to ride, you must get to this ride early in the morning. In fact, if you neglect to get to this ride soon after park opening, you may not even be able to obtain a FASTPASS. These go very quickly! Of course, the busier the season, the faster they go!
I have to say, this ride is very popular with good reason. It's a highly addictive, hugely amusing, 3-D midway-type ride! It's so addictive that you'll definitely want to ride this more than once. You will not want to let your partner, child, parent, or friend get the higher score without a re-match! Especially during the peak seasons, however, riding more than once is no easy feat. It takes determination and commitment! Let me explain...
Of course, if you don't mind waiting in at least 1 hour (but more like 2 hour) lines, then you don't have to be so diligent about the way to go about securing at least 2 rides aboard the carnival-themed trams of Toy Story Midway Mania! If, however, you are like me, and want to ride as many attractions as possible at the Studios in the least amount of time, you may be interested in what I have to say.
Because Toy Story Midway Mania is, by far, the most sought after attraction in the Studios, it is imperative to get to the park for rope drop to ride as soon as the park opens. Keep in mind, however, you will not be the only one with this idea (you will see what I mean). Of course, the earlier you get to the park, the sooner you will be let through the turnstiles, and the closer you will be to the infamous "rope" at rope drop. This will give you the best shot of getting to the ride first. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can obtain a FASTPASS (to ride later) and then jump in the stand-by line with minimal wait (thereby obtaining two rides!).
Once the crowd shouts, "Lights, Camera, Action!", however, all bets are off. You will be a part of the Toy Story Midway Mania experience, whether you want to be or not! The huge crowd, who was, only minutes ago, calm and jovial waiting for the rope to drop, now becomes an angry mob, hungry to be among the first to ride Toy Story Midway Mania! Make no mistake, 99.9% of people who show up for rope drop, are heading to Toy Story Midway Mania.
Now a word of caution for those who, like me, will have babies and children (and strollers!) with them. Keep your children close and your strollers closer! People have a problem respecting the stroller! In the mad dash to Toy Story Midway Mania, people are elbowing, cutting each other off, and having a stroller does not exclude you from the craziness. I have had many people try to cut my stroller off, only to turn around and give me a dirty look for not stopping my stroller and letting them pass! Are they serious to think that just because my stroller has wheels, and not feet, that it's ok to run it over in the insanity?! I must allude to a past experience of mine when a middle-aged, six-foot-something man cut my stroller off, got caught in its wheels and fell face first to the ground. This caused a momentary gasp from the crowd, a dirty look from this embarassed man, and a silent giggle on my behalf. However, not even an injury in the crowd could stop the Toy Story Midway Mania stampede.
So, in conclusion, I must applaud Disney Imagineers for coming up with this clever name for this attraction. They are certainly correct that "mania" is involved in this ride. However, I think it is more of a product of the people who ride it, rather than of the ride itself!
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