Toy Story Midway Mania is literally filled with references to many nuances of the Toy Story films, even recently including an update to the attraction to already feature characters from Toy Story 3 (a film that opens this weekend). So in honor of the opening of Toy Story 3, this week's column will dive into Toy Story Midway Mania and look at a character we never see in the attraction at all but is referenced just as much as Buzz or Woody.
The story of Toy Story Midway Mania (the short version) is that Andy's toys come alive while Andy is away and have so much fun playing that they break out of their films and into Pixar Studios, the "home" of the Toy Story franchise. The key name there is Andy, the boy who owns these toys and while the toys love to play with each other, their first true love is making Andy happy and being his toys. Toy Story Midway Mania is filled with references to Andy, because while the toys play with each other while Andy is gone, they are still very much in Andy's world.
Since they play in Andy's world, Andy's own mark on their world (literally) can be found all over. In the queue, we find Andy's name spelled out a few times to indicate these are Andy's toys.
Besides Andy's own markings, Andy's other handy work is also in the queue, such as his drawings of his two favorite toys, Woody and Buzz and the imaginary scenarios Andy dreams up of his two heroes fighting for justice together.
Other references to Andy are more subtle, such as in the ride load area finding yourself in Andy's bedroom with Andy's bed in the area with you. These all serve to reinforce the story that you aren't just with the characters from Toy Story, rather, you're in the Toy Story world.
Lastly, I couldn't resist including this reference to Andy, that is not part of the ride at all, but the door to a backstage area for Cast Members only has a clever theme of incorporating the Toy Story feel, complete with Andy's handwriting style font. That is such a smart and fun way of letting guests know they aren't allowed in there.