Today this new prop seems to rotate through the same set of information and games. However, since these queue elements are basically a huge computer-controlled monitor, it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult for Disney to change the content, or even make it interactive, and tie it into Disney’s MyMagic+ initiative. Wouldn’t it be fun if the Etch-a-Sketch knew it was your birthday as you walked by and sketched out a personalized birthday greeting?
Since Toy Story Midway Mania regularly has a 70-minute standby wait even when the park isn’t crowded, it makes sense that Disney added the Etch-A-Sketch to keep people occupied during their long wait in line. It’s a fun addition, although not quite as dramatic or fun as the Mr. Potato Head that Disney installed when the ride first opened.
Video of new Etch-A-Sketch.
While I love this addition, I have to wonder if Disney is adding it now because they expect that the standby waits will grow even longer when more people can use MyMagic+ and FastPass+ to schedule this popular attraction in advance. If more of this ride’s capacity is allocated to MyMagic+ and FastPass+ than is currently allocated to the old fashioned FastPass, then the standby wait will inevitable grow even longer. All the tired, huddled masses shuffling through the well-beyond-an-hour wait will welcome a few more diversions.
Do You Like The New Etch-A-Sketch In The Toy Story Mania Queue?