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8 Things to Know about Toy Story Mania at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land has been opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios now for almost 1 ½ years, and it just gets better and better each time we visit. The additions of two new attractions—Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers—have proven invaluable in only adding to the fun and excitement at Hollywood Studios. But it’s often the “oldies but goodies” that are the best, and that’s certainly the case with Toy Story Mania. Here are a few things you need to know about this super fun, super popular attraction at Toy Story Land.

8. The entrance was once in different place.

It’s true. Before Toy Story Land opened, the entrance to the famed attraction was in the area that was called Pixar Place. Guests entered the attraction through the FastPass+ and stand-by queues in the front of the building before heading into the area decorated in toys, games, Crayolas and more. Now that Toy Story Land is open, Guests enter through a truly grand entrance as you enter the land and curve around to the left.

7. Get your FastPass+ early!

Toy Story Mania is one of the most popular attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort. For this reason, it’s usually a good idea to secure a FastPass+ time so you can enjoy the attraction with little to no wait time in the queue. This is especially important during peak seasons in the parks.

6. No FastPass+? No problem!

Ok, so you didn’t get your FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania. Take heart! All hope is not lost. No matter what you do, don’t skip this attraction because you don’t have a FastPass+, and this is for two reasons. First, it’s too epic an attraction to miss out on, and second, the queue is interactive and fun—for kids and adults alike! If you end up waiting in the Toy Story Mania queue, just take a few minutes to look at all the toy-inspired artwork on the walls and all the 3D objects along the winding queue.

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5. Disney repurposes its props.

There are several props in and around the Toy Story Mania attraction that allowed Disney’s Imagineers to tell the “toy story” of the attraction, and a couple of them were used previously when the Toy Story Mania entrance was at Pixar Place. One in particular that used to stand just outside the old entrance was a giant spool of twine—one that might be used for a kite. Today, that same economy-sized spool of twine can be seen as you’re exiting the Toy Story Mania attraction. See if you can spot it on your next visit!

4. The area surrounding the attraction is fun too!

The fun begins before you ever even enter the building that houses the Toy Story Mania attraction! As you approach the FastPass+ and stand-by entrances at the very front of the attraction, take a step back and look above you. You’ll notice all kinds of fun surprises! The entire “storefront” of the attraction is created to look like cardboard cutouts. (You’ll notice the trademark zigzags that you find when you cut into cardboard as you look up at the entrance to the attraction.) Look all around you at the bright colors, the nearby blocks and even a huge Tinker Toy creation to your right. Take it all in—you just might miss something!

3. Play Disney Parks!

Yes, Play Disney Parks—the app! It makes wait time in the queue fly by! The Play Disney Parks app is free to download on your smart device, but it only works once you’re in the queue. The app allows you and your friends or family to enjoy your time in the queue with interactive games and activities, all with a Toy-Story theme!

2. You won’t even mind leaving when the ride is over!

That’s because once you have to disembark from the ride, the magic continues! The entire walk away from the attraction once you leave the building that houses it is magical! You’ll continue to feel that you’ve shrunk to the size of a toy as you walk past a “fence” made of pastel-colored popsicle sticks, past green army men that are almost your size and more! It’s so much fun—even when you’re leaving!

1. The attraction is just as epic as ever—it’s better than ever!

Imagine an attraction you can enjoy with friends and family—the more the merrier—one in which you can enjoy five different carnival-type games and try your hand at earning bragging rights for the most points earned—all while being inspired by the characters and storyline of the Toy Story franchise. You don’t have to imagine! Toy Story Mania is all this and more. If you’ve never experienced it, be sure to do so the next time you visit Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.