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Joe Ranft Tribute in Toy Story Midway Mania

TSMM – Joe Ranft Tribute Originally uploaded by indigoskye I had been through the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version of the Toy Story Midway Mania! Fastpass queue at least a dozen times before I noticed this wonderful detail. Just before you enter the main queue room,… Read More »Joe Ranft Tribute in Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania, an Engineer’s look

Michael has a brand new Disney blog called “All Things Disney.” His most recent post deconstructs one of the photos of the Cast Member control panel for Toy Story Midway Mania at California Adventure in Anaheim. About half way down is a distance picture of… Read More »Toy Story Midway Mania, an Engineer’s look

Toy Story Midway Mania: New 4-D Video Game from Disney/Pixar

Toy Story Midway Mania! MarqueeToy Story Midway Mania is a new 4-D video game opening soon at Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. Guests ride through a series of Midway games, each with a different concept related to a Toy Story character, and use a unique ‘pull-string cannon’ to launch various projectiles at various targets and easter eggs in order to score points and be awarded a virtual prize.

What puts the Disney touch on this game is the great design of the queue and loading area and the amazing integration of 3-D and 4-D (real world) effects to raise the experience above something you could otherwise find at home in your living room. That and the addition of the characters from Pixar’s popular Toy Story series.

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Toy Story Midway Mania Fun Facts

I have a long review for Toy Story Midway Mania going up later today. But first I thought you might like to see some of the fun facts behind Disney’s newest attraction. Each ride vehicle weighs as much as 8,580 Woody dolls. It would take… Read More »Toy Story Midway Mania Fun Facts

Buzz Lightyear takes Space Shuttle to Infinity and Beyond

Buzz LightyearBuzz Lightyear’s dream of going “to infinity and beyond” will finally come true this weekend when Disney Parks and NASA send the 12-inch-tall action figure to space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-124 launching from Kennedy Space Center on May 31 at 5:02 p.m. ET (subject to schedule changes).

The launch coincides with the opening of Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s new “edu-tainment” program the “Space Ranger Education Series”. Disney, Pixar and NASA have teamed up to get school children excited about the sciences. The series, hosted at www.nasa.gov, will be available throughout 2008.

The folks at Disney are deservedly proud of this achievement. I’ve received this story from four separate sources at the Mouse House. It’s a pretty great program and hopefully will inspire many of today’s students to become tomorrow’s scientists.

A short video schools can use to highlight the program and the full press release is below the cut:

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Toy Story Midway Mania – Audio Spoiler

I have been lucky enough to come across a small clip of the audio that will be used in Toy Story: Midway Mania, the attraction opening next month in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At least that’s what they told me. It does contain what some may… Read More »Toy Story Midway Mania – Audio Spoiler

Toy Story Musical Hits the Waves

The latest theatrical musical to come from The Walt Disney Company is really making waves. Well, at least the Disney Wonder, the ship upon which it is staged, is making waves. Using Randy Newman’s Oscar nominated hit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as… Read More »Toy Story Musical Hits the Waves