In 2008, Toy Story Mania opened in Hollywood Studios. From the moment it opened until about the opening of Slinky Dog Dash, this ride was THE big ticket attraction in this park. Time has not diminished it’s popularity or fun. Even now, after playing it countless times, we still have a blast every time we are on it.

In 2016 Disney opened a 3rd track which has dramatically helped ride times. Slinky Dog Dash is now the big ticket attraction and has the longest wait times. When Star Wars Land opens, who knows what will happen. But the one thing we know is that this ride will still be great. Today we are going to give you some tips for getting a great score, and also give you a few touring tips to understand how to plan your fastpasses for this ride in 2019.

Toy Story Mania – History

The extreme popularity of the Toy Story movies led to two different Toy Story attractions in the Walt Disney World complex. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin is located in the Magic Kingdom, and Toy Story Mania is located in Hollywood Studios.

In 2007 plans were announced to build Toy Story Mania, and it was completed in 2008. Using bits of existing technology that existed at DisneyQuest, Toy Story Mania immersed riders in a set of 3D games that resemble carnival midway games. The ride was extremely successful and was quickly copied to Disneyland and Tokyo Disney. In 2016 Toy Story Mania added a 3rd track, and in 2018 a new entrance opened inside of the new section of Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land.

Toy Story Mania – The Ride

In the ride, riders sit with another player in a spinning car. The car spins riders to different 3D screens. On each screen is a set of games that involve things such as ring toss games, a plate-breaking game, and even a pie toss game.

Each guest gets a score based on the points they rack up with their toy cannons. Many of the Toy Story characters appear throughout the game to give their assistance. Unlike the Buzz Lightyear ride, high scores are tabulated and kept track of. You can compete for best in the car, or even best car of the day!

Toy Story Mania – Tips For a High Score

There are five different games to play. In many of these games, cooperation from your partner is key to getting a high score. We’ll take you through each game and give you some things to look for.

Hamm and Eggs – In this game, you will be shooting barnyard animals. In the lower corners, you will notice that there is a hen house. One strategy is to shoot the fox that is on the hen house. Then you will see the hens dash out of the house and you can shoot them for a lot of points!

Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts – In this game you will be popping balloons. You’ll notice that just under the volcano there are some long balloons that resemble snakes coming from the mouth of the volcano. If you can quickly pop all six, the volcano will explode with 500 point balloons. The good thing is that the 500 point balloons will all be clustered together so you can really reach a high score. Having your partner help is key to making the volcano explode.

Army Men Plate Toss – In this game, there are plates you will be trying to break. The key to a high score on this one is partner cooperation. When you first get to this screen, there are 2 different 2000 point plates that get tossed into the air. You and your partner need to both hit these plates. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with a lot of high point plates to shoot at!

Alien Ring Toss – Most people know that if you can get a ring on all the aliens in the spaceship, it will blast off and reveal a big alien that can give you a lot of points. But once again, it requires partner cooperation to have any chance of getting all the rings on the aliens before the ship takes off!

Woody’s Roundup – This game really lets you rack up points. This particular game lets you build off of success with ever-increasing point sizes. When Woody and Buzz hold up the bullseye shields, try and hit it directly in the center. You will be rewarded with a lot of targets.

There is also a bat that appears at the top in the mine carts scene. If you hit the bat, you can get 1000 points. Then when you hit all the mine carts, you hit the bat again. At that point, the mine carts are all 5000 points.

Finally, get ready to pull the trigger as quickly as possible at the very end, as the more you hit it, the more points you get!

Toy Story Mania – Touring Tips

Toy Story Mania has always been everyone’s first option for a Tier 1 Fastpass at Hollywood Studios. With the addition of Slinky Dog Dash, that’s no longer the case.

It’s now recommended to get a Fastpass for Slinky Dog Dash. You should be able to ride Toy Story Mania in the first hour with a minimal wait. If you can’t get a fastpass for Slinky Dog Dash, definitely choose one for Toy Story Mania.

Regardless of which fastpass you get, I recommend getting to the park 45 minutes early and heading straight to Slinky Dog Dash. It’s a fantastic roller coaster. If you’re early and go there, you won’t wait long. Once you ride that, you will be able to come back and ride Toy Story Mania very easily.

For further details on what to do in Hollywood Studios, please see our Hollywood Studios Touring plan.


Ride Information

Park - Hollywood Studios
Park Section - Toy Story Land
Height Requirement
- None
Ride Type - Shooting Ride
FP+ - Tier 1 Fastpass

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