As previously reported, Toy Story Mania! will be opening at the Tokyo DisneySea Park at the Tokyo Disney Resort on July 9. The attraction, already immensely popular at other Disney theme parks, will be the focal point of the all new Toyville Trolley Park, an old-fashioned amusement park in New York. Guests will enter the attraction via the mouth of a 26-foot tall sculpture of Woody’s face.
Toyville Trolley Park will also be home to: the Toy Box Playhouse, where the audio animatronic Mr. Potato Head will reside; Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley; and Bullseye’s Carnival Corral where guests can enjoy three types of old-fashioned carnival games featuring characters from the Toy Story films. Guests can see their funny reflections in Manic Mirrors, run as fast as they can at Blazin’ Buckaroo, and bring a miniature carnival scene to life at Woody’s Wonder Wagon, for heartwarming fun with the entire family.
From July 9 through August 31, the Resort will offer the ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Challenge in which guests are challenged to solve a crossword puzzle by looking for the names of the Toy Story Mania!
characters, along with locating a specific Cast Member who can provide them with a special hint. When participating guests successfully reach the goal, they will receive a medal of friendship featuring Woody, Buzz and other Toy Story characters. (A separate fee of ¥500 is required to participate in this program.)
Also through August 31, the restaurants and lounge at Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta will offer special menus themed to the new Toy Story Mania! attraction. Desserts will come with cookies designed with Woody and the Little Green Men.
Beginning July 5, approximately 75 items such as snacks, straps, memo pads and more will be offered designed with the attraction logo and featured characters to commemorate the opening. Food menus will salute the opening of Toy Story Mania! with a sausage pastry themed to Slinky Dog, as well as bottle cappers designed with Woody and Mr. Potato Head. At the popcorn wagons, a souvenir bucket featuring the characters from the Toy Story films will also be offered.
Oriental Land Company, Ltd., owner and operator of the Tokyo Disney Resort, has announced that on July 9, 2012, it will welcome the 3D attraction ‘Toy Story Mania!’ based on the popular Toy Story franchise from Disney/Pixar to the Tokyo DisneySea theme park.
The 3D attraction, a first for the resort, will be located in a new area of the park, Toyville Trolley Park, themed to an old-fashioned amusement park. Guests will enter the attraction through the ‘wide open mouth’ of Woody whose face will measure more than 26 feet in height. Once inside the attraction, the queue will appear full of ‘oversized’ toys and board games, similar to that of the queue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time there is no mention of the troubled Mr. Potato Head interactive audio animatronic found at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort (Disney California Adventure) locations.
According to OLC, ‘Toy Story Mania!’ comes to the DisneySea theme park at the staggering cost of nearly $150 million, almost twice as much as what the original attraction is reported to have cost to design and build. It will be FASTPASS enabled and be supported by the ‘Slinky Dog’s Gift Trolley’ merchandise location.
A couple of brief refurbishment updates for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World.
First, we realize we caused some shockwaves when we first announced way back in March that Toy Story Mania would be closing for a refurb in mid-August. Many confused this with the recent TS3 additions that have already taken place, but the refurb is something completely different (reportedly something to do with unloading gates). And while Disney Parks has yet to confirm it, a recent tweet from DHS cast member @PaulChadkin confirms our announcement with a minor date change. According to Paul, the new dates for the refurb are August 16 through August 28 (opening on the 29th). Given this new announcement from another source we consider to be extremely credible, we will be updating ReSearch with these new dates.
Paul also announces the temporary closure of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream which is scheduled to close on August 16 as well, but won’t re-open until November 3.
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UPDATE: 06/02/10 – Updated with official correct dates as per Disney
GLENDALE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2009 – Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was honored today with the top award within the themed entertainment industry.
TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) announced that Toy Story Mania! received the Award for Outstanding Achievement for an Attraction. Toy Story Mania! is a high-energy, immersive, ride-through adventure that invites guests to test their skills at a variety of carnival midway games hosted by the characters from the Disney·Pixar Toy Story films. The attraction is located at both Disney’s California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
TEA announced the 16th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. Recognized internationally as a symbol of excellence, the Thea Awards consider project submissions from all over the world. TEA praised Toy Story Midway Mania! as follows in their press release:
Title: Toy Story Mania! (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: August 14, 2009
iTouch?: Yes, but no bonus feature
Pros: Portable version of its theme park candidate, fun graphics, good re-play value
Cons: Some controls can be annoying
Review: If you’ve been to Disney’s California Adventure (Anaheim) or Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Orlando) within the past year, you no doubt are familiar with Toy Story Mania!, the Toy Story-themed 4D (that’s park-speak for 3D with cold water splashed on you) video game/attraction. Set to make its in-home debut later this year on the Nintendo Wii (minus the cold water), the iPhone edition is a happy medium which allows you to take the charm of the game with you no matter where you go.