All Ears® Guest blogger JeanineY is back! You may recall she chronicled the NFFC trip to Tokyo Disneyland a few months ago.
Ride “Spoilers” Ahead. This comparison offers detailed descriptions and photos of the two attractions!
Recently I spent a few days over at WDW, a not-inconsiderable-portion of which I spent playing their newly-opened Toy Story Midway Mania ride at the Hollywood Studios.
The day after I returned, I attended the annual passholder preview of Disneyland’s Toy Story Midway Mania where we were able to ride with minimal waits for designated 6-hour time slots. With luck, I won’t spend next week getting treated for repetitive motion injury.
Toy Story in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is outwardly themed around the Pixar Studio buildings in order to better fit with the generalized show-business theme.
Toy Story at Disney’s California Adventure is designed to fit in more with the boardwalk games that pepper the Paradise Pier area. The ride building is much more attractive and detailed than the other cardboardy-structures around there.
The multi-million dollar Mr. Potato Head is up and singing in WDW, but was boarded off and not visible in the Disneyland cue.
Probably the most noticable difference between the two versions is the queue. In WDW the queue is indoors and the concept that the rider has shrunk to toy size is much more developed. Additionally there’s air conditioning, which is a huge plus.
In WDW they have a standby line, and a separate fastpass/single rider line, although the single rider line does not always run, and is not always a time saver. Disneyland will have a single rider line, but will apparently not have fastpass, similar to the Finding Nemo Submarine ride.
The Disneyland Toy Story queue is all outdoors, with most of it similar to the outdoor Muppetvision queue, decorated with attraction posters. One can only assume the difference may be due to the more inclement weather Orlando has over Anaheim.
Additionally, the WDW queue is multi-leveled, whereas the DL queue is all on ground level (limited by California Screamin’, which runs overhead.)
Frankly, the Disneyland queue looks markedly short, for the number of people you might expect to be waiting for it this summer. One CM stated that he thought the line held a little over an hour’s worth of people, and that they were expecting the line to cross the walkway and extend over the bridge all the way to Golden Dreams, on the other side of the lagoon! Given that I saw the wait times at WDW reach around 190 minutes occasionally throughout the weekend, it seems likely.
As far as the actual rides go, they’re fairly similar. The areas between the shooting screens seemed longer at Disneyland, but the cannons and targets were all identical clones.
On the way out at Disneyland, you pass by this odd little room that, I suppose, is designed to clue you in to the whole “entering the Midway Games toy set” storyline, if you missed it earlier. I am sure some blogger out there knows the significance of the little dog figurines and the bust and the iced tea, but it would not be me.
A curious thing is that at WDW, where the ride has been open to the public for some time, they still have no specific shop or merchandise for the ride, with the exception of one Mr. Potato Head t-shirt going for $40.
At Disneyland, where the ride was only in previews, a whole shop was open, with a multitude of purchasables. One cute item was the cannon-replica keychain that had a pull-string triggering a sound similar to the ride sound effect, and projecting a light image of a hoop from the ring-toss screen.
As other blogs have gleefully noted the low wait times they’ve experienced at the press opening of the WDW Toy Story, I include the wait time we had at our AP preview out here.
It does seem likely that, without fastpass, the waits will be considerably longer than this in the near future as it is a great ride in either park.
Have fun, and remember–keep that fox out of the henhouse!