Gamers, prepare yourself for the ultimate 3D interactive
entertainment experience at Disney's Toy Story Mania. Currently
under construction at both Disney's California Adventure and the Florida Disney-MGM Studios,
this new interactive theme park promises to be fun for all ages. Set for
a 2008 summer opening, Toy Story Mania takes its inspiration from the Disney/Pixar
movies, "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2". Toy Story
Mania Disney World in Florida is being built at Mickey Avenue, which will be
aptly re-named "Pixar Place" when the park is finished. Mickey
Avenue officially closed on July 9th, 2007, and the former "Who Wants
to be a Millionaire" sound stages at both the California and Florida Disney theme parks will be effectively replaced with the Toy Story
Designed in part to resemble the classic midway games, Toy Story Mania will
push the current interactive gaming standards to all new heights. Visitors
will enter the world of Toy Story characters Woody the Cowboy, Buzz Lightyear
and the little Green Men for a gaming experience that is part ride, part interactive
competition. Before you enter Toy Story Mania Disney World, you will come
across a 6-feet tall Mr Potato Head as you wait in line. In much the same
way Crush the turtle interacts with guests at Epcot
Center, Mr. Potato Head will be a groundbreaking audio-animatronics figure
able to listen and respond to visitors as they wait to enter the new theme park.
As with the original Mr. Potato Head, the interactive offering will be able
to add and remove body parts. Mr. Potato Head appeared in both Toy Story
and Toy Story 2, with Don Rickles providing the character's voice.
After an engaging meeting with the famous spud, gamers will prepare to don 3D
glasses for the technological gaming environment that awaits them once they
enter Toy Story Mania Disney World.
Visitors entering Disney's Toy Story adventure will board a spinable vehicle that will transport them through an array of virtual environments. Each ride vehicle seats up to 8 people, with a seating pattern that pairs four groups of two. Before the real competition begins, participants will travel in their ride vehicles to a training area, where they will learn how to use the various controls at their disposal. This will better prepare them for the adventure at hand, where physical sets take a back seat to an environment ruled by video displays. Aboard your ride vehicle, you will then begin your real journey through Disney's Toy Story virtual gaming world. To make the Toy Story Mania Disney World experience all the more realistic, 3D imagery will team with effects ranging from accompanying smells to wind and water spray.
Perhaps the most interesting feature of Disney's Toy Story Mania is
the ability of the different games to identify the skill level of each player
and tailor the playing experience to fit both beginners and experts. This
means that all riders will find Toy Story Mania Disney World both challenging
and rewarding. The idea is to create a gaming experience that changes
with each ride. Also upping the attraction's re-ride-ability factor
is Disney Imagineering group's plans to alternate the games offered.
This furthers the originality of each experience, guaranteeing that riders will
want to return again and again. Be prepared to engage in virtual ring-tossing,
ball throwing and dart throwing as you meet Disney's Toy Story characters
at their respective booths. Disney's Toy Story gaming experience at MGM-Studios
will join an impressive Disney
Hollywood Studios show list. Visitors can also expect daily parades
at MGM-Studios, like those found at Magic
Kingdom and Disney's