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Star Wars Weekends Advertising Art

One of the great new traditions of Star Wars Weekends is the wonderful advertising posters that place Star Wars characters in situations at Disney theme parks that you might not otherwise suspect. Typically these are given to cast members who work the event as a… Read More »Star Wars Weekends Advertising Art

New Game coming to Toy Story Midway Mania

New characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Midway Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Midway Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. He’s the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

Toy Story Midway Mania! – the 4-D interactive ride-game attraction inspired by the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” films – is extremely popular with Disney Parks guests on both coasts. This high-energy, immersive adventure puts players squarely in the action as their game play triggers surprises that deliver a fourth dimension of fun. Toy Story Midway Mania! engages guests in a whole new way with delightful characters of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2.”

Starting in late May, Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and the gang are joined by a whole new set of characters from “Toy Story 3.” The new game greeting guests, “Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts,” invites riders to shoot their virtual darts at all-new balloon targets in a primeval world filled with volcanoes and lava balloons, explained Sue Bryan, senior show producer, director, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Game players are welcomed by Rex (the nervous Tyrannosaurus rex) and his new friend Trixie (a blue Triceratops and one of the toy characters from the new film) cheering them on. The new game (it replaces “Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop”) turns up the fun with more hidden surprises and the potential for volcanic levels of excitement.

Other changes:

  • The “Hamm & Eggs” game will now be hosted by Hamm and Buttercup (a toy unicorn with heart-shaped nostrils).
  • In the prize scene, Trixie, Buttercup, Dolly (a doll), Mr. Pricklepants (a lederhosen-clad hedgehog) and one other surprise – all from “Toy Story 3” – will appear with Woody and Jessie.

“Our number-one goal in creating Toy Story Midway Mania! was to come up with game-play challenges appropriate for all guests, from little kids to serious gamers,” Bryan said. “I love that we are keeping things fresh and new by adding these great new friends and fun to join some of the most popular characters of all time.”

About Toy Story Midway Mania!

In the timeless tradition of Disney storytelling, Toy Story Midway Mania! takes its inspiration from the fact that Andy’s toys spring to life whenever he is away. Soon after Andy got a “Midway Games Play Set” for his latest birthday, the toys jumped at their first chance to open the box and set up the game booths and carnival trams so everyone could ride and play. That means “no assembly required” for their game-playing guests – just nonstop fun. (That is, until Andy gets home!)

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Tina Fey finds her Tall, Dark, and Goofy at Disney World

(Click image for Larger) Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey, star of the hit feature film “Date Night” and executive producer, head writer and star of the NBC series “30 Rock,” poses April 23, 2010 with Goofy at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant… Read More »Tina Fey finds her Tall, Dark, and Goofy at Disney World

In which another Disney Stunt cast member is injured

Today there was another story about a Disney cast member injured while performing a stunt in one of the theme parks shows, Lights! Motors! Action! in this case. They’re okay, but the injury required a trip to the hospital for treatment. The accident only made… Read More »In which another Disney Stunt cast member is injured

Star Tours II – Details Leak Out

When Star Tours II (aka Star Tours 2.0) was officially announced at D23 they showed some 3D podracer footage with your StarSpeeder actually racing along the Tatooine course. While the footage was amazingly cool, it led to some speculation that the whole show would be… Read More »Star Tours II – Details Leak Out

Star Tours 2.0 In 3D Arriving in 2011

Update: New Video of the Star Tours II 3D footage that was shown at the expo below. The eventually arrival of Star Tours 2.0 was worst kept secret over the last few years. From artists at Lucasfilm talking about their work to Anthony Daniels reporting… Read More »Star Tours 2.0 In 3D Arriving in 2011

American Idol Experience – Backstage Video

This is the first video, not shot by Disney, I’ve seen of the backstage areas of the American Idol Experience. These are the areas that only guests who successfully pass the 30-second a cappella audition and the producer’s requirements ever see. But now thanks to… Read More »American Idol Experience – Backstage Video

American Idol Experience to welcome prior Idol stars

I was sworn to secrecy, but now that the secret is out, I feel fine sharing that on February 12th fans of American Idol should get themselves to Disney’s Hollywood Studio for the largest ever gathering of prior Idol winners and finalists. There will be… Read More »American Idol Experience to welcome prior Idol stars