Saturday, April 9, 2011

Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

Both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort have the Toy Story Mania attraction. The rides themselves are exactly the same, but while the queue in the Disney California Adventure (DCA) version has some cute stuff in it, the queue and surrounding area at the Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS) version is amazingly detailed with lots of things to look at and admire. Because of the climate, queues at WDW tend to be much longer and generally indoors, so they can be a bit more elaborate than queues at the Disneyland Resort, but they've really outdone themselves on this attraction. Following is a photo tour showing the highlights.


To get to the area, you pass through the entrance to Pixar Studios.



Notice the string of monkeys across the walkway between the two buildings.




The DCA version doesn't have Fastpass, but the DHS version does. Love the sign at the exit of the Fastpass distribution area.



The sign is written on a button!




To the left inside the Pixar Studios entrance is a series of buildings with little shops and kiosks for souvenirs and snacks. There are numerous fun things to look at amongst all that.



A Speak and Spell toy is hung by a jumprope from the building.




The ceiling of the little store area has a mini Battleship setup.




An outdoor vending area has a set of collectible spoons and plates on the left side behind it.




On the right side, there's a thermos and a box of cereal. There's also a lunchbox behind the thermos bottle but it was difficult to get a full picture of it.




Green army men are lowering a Scrabble board from the building where the Toy Story characters have a photo op. This is directly across from the attraction itself.




Once you enter the attraction, the queue is full of fun things to look at.



Dominoes and tinker toys in the queue.




Another view of the dominoes and tinker toys. A drawing by Andy is on the back wall.




One wall has Candyland. A section of the ceiling has a checker board, and there's a stack of checkers just to the left of this picture.




Giant Viewmaster reel of Peter Pan.




The back of the Peter Pan Viewmaster reel explains what each scene is.




And there's a giant Viewmaster reel of Disneyland too! I *love* this!




There are giant crayons in the queue. Yes, they're different colors and labeled. They also have varying tips that show different amounts of usage. That's a great little detail.




There's a Scrabble board on the ceiling too. Yes, and monkeys everywhere.




There's also a Chutes and Ladders board on the ceiling.




Tinker Toys container and one Sorry piece in the queue.




The famous Pixar ball!




Andy's drawing of Mr. Potato Head.




The moving/talking Mr. Potato Head can only be seen if you go through the queue. In the DCA version, he's outside, so you can see him just from passing by.




The signature Pixar lamp provides a spotlight for Mr. Potato Head. Notice the spirograph papers on the wall on the left back and the map puzzle in the back.




Lincoln Logs are used to make the structure that holds the 3D glasses for guests to use during the attraction.




This sign instructing guests to get their 3D glasses made me laugh.




The sign to the entrance for guests in wheelchairs is a postage stamp.




In other words, "cast members only".




Tinker Toys and Christmas lights over the loading and unloading area.




Once you load into a vehicle, then you're on the attraction, and then you end up in the same place as where you loaded. The loading/unloading area is actually inside Andy's room.



At the end of the attraction, you see the Pixar ball again as well as some games and books.




At the end of the attraction, you can see that the Christmas lights are plugged in.




The exit area and loading/unloading for guests in wheelchairs.




The exit area has a giant nightlight!




*Love* the Little Golden Book of Tin Toy at the exit.




There are other things in both the queue and the exit area that are a bit more difficult to get a picture of. For this attraction, it's worth the effort to spend a little time exploring both.

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