One of the most popular rides in all of Disney World is Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios. Each morning as the park opens, there is an event akin to the "Running of the bulls" as visitors rush to get to the ride to get a fast pass or enter the stand by queue before the line reaches its typical two hour wait.
What makes this ride so popular? Part of it is that it's more than a ride. It's also a game. And my family gets very competitive with our scores! The game part of the ride is in 3-d.
You begin at a practice screen so that you see how the "trigger" works. Then you twist and turn your way to several midway carnival type games. Like shooting ducks. Or breaking plates. Popping balloons.
But, I do think the main reason it's so popular is that it's a ride that the entire family can do. And at Hollywood Studios, there are very few rides that will accommodate the huge range of ages and abilities like Toy Story Midway Mania.
So...how do you conquer the long line? How can you ride more than once? My best advice for the parks, is to be there early. At least 15-30 minutes BEFORE the parks open. And this is especially important at Hollywood Studios. Not only will you have the mad dash to the ride - but here is a huge tip - this park often opens BEFORE the posted opening time. If there is an opening time of 9am - it will typically start to let visitors in between 8:30 and 8:45. This is for every guest - not just resort guests. And this also does not mean that you are let in just to be held somewhere - it means the park is fully open.
So...be there early. Then, take part in the dash to the ride. Go ahead and ride it standby. It might have a posted time of 30 minutes - but first thing in the morning, it's really not that long. Go and enjoy the amazing queue.
Before this past year, we had never stood in the standby queue. We typically got a fast pass and then went to do something else. But what I'd recommend is that you actually wait in line - and then when you are done with your ride, then get a fast pass for later in the day. This way you can ride at least twice - and again - you can check out the queue. The details here are just Disney as its finest.
You have the ceiling in game boards like Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, and Scrabble.
You can see Andy's art work on the walls.
You can immerse yourself in the world of the toy with huge Tinkertoy containers.
Shelves containing games.
And even Mr. Potato Head as the Midway barker.
So...what about you? Do you take part in the run to get fast passes? Which game on the ride is your best?