With the upcoming release of the Toy Story Mania Video Game for the Nintendo Wii only a week away, let's take a look at the continuing popularity of the real Toy Story Mania attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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Ever since it opened Toy Story Mania has been drawing large crowds. In a theme park that has few rides amongst its attractions, this is one that appeals to the whole family.
This is without a doubt the ride that gets the most attention at park opening of any of the Disney World theme parks.
The first picture is not the ride line, but rather the line to get a FastPass in order to ride later at about 9:05 am on a day that the park opened at 9:00 am. The line already extends to the One Man's Dream attraction.
Fortunately this line moves quickly and only took about 10 minutes to obtain a FastPass. The return time for the FastPasses was already at 11:05 am - 12:05 pm.
By that time the stand-by line was already at a 60 minute wait and the FastPass line was continuing to grow.
The last picture was taken at approximately 9:20 AM as the line to obtain a FastPass now extends well beyond the One Man's Dream attraction. By gauging the distance to the "Pixar" Overhead Sign, you can see how far you are from the Toy Story Mania attraction.
The Toy Story Mania attraction is great fun for all ages. The nature of the attraction, with the guest trying to earn points as they complete, leads to people wanting to experience this again and again. Unfortunately, it is a victim of it's popularity and it is now very difficult to ride multiple times in a day.
The challenge for Disney World management is to come up with another attraction or two that has the universal appeal that Toy Story Mania does for Disney's Hollywood Studios. By placing such attractions on the other side of the park near Star Tours, it would certainly help balance out the traffic for the park.
How To Deal With It
In the mean time, Toy Story Mania is worth your time. So, join the crowds and get a FastPass at opening and use it to ride later in the day. It is usually best if you send one member of your party to get the FastPasses and let the rest go to another attraction. This is more productive for your family and it reduces the overall traffic to this crowded area at opening.
Don't be stressed out. Expect that there will be crowds and just make it part of your plans to get your FastPass and come back later in the day.
Best of luck, and remember that you can always pick up the Wii version next week and then you only have to wait in line behind your own family for a chance to play.