It’s almost universally true:  nobody likes to wait in lines. In fact, Disney spent well over $1 billion on the new FastPass+ system (formerly known as NextGen) to make sure that more guests spent less time waiting in line.

However, if you have to wait, the time is a little bit easier to take if there are fun things to see along the way.

Fortunately, Disney does an amazing job of adding design elements to their standby queues. In fact, you can think of most Disney attractions as a story with a beginning (queue), middle (the ride itself), and end (the post-attraction area). Another way to look at it: some folks call the queue a “Scene 0”, since it is the earliest point in telling the story.

Get Ready to Wait

It’s a good thing that Disney added plenty of design elements in Toy Story Midway Mania; the typical standby wait at the height of the day can range anywhere from 70 minutes to 100 minutes. That’s why Toy Story Mania is the best choice for your limited FastPass+ reservations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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All that said, if you need to wait in a really long line, Toy Story Midway Mania is a pretty good place to do it. If you are over 30, you will recognize plenty of the toys and props. You will have plenty of fun reminiscing about the fun you had with your own toys in days gone by. Plus, unless the line is truly crazy and stretches outside the building, the entire queue is indoors and air conditioned.

One of the interesting things you can see in the queue is the huge Mr. Potato Head animatronic. However, we are going to leave that for another day. Instead, we will focus on some of the other fun you can see during your wait.

Let’s take a look:

This area used to buzz with activity when the old paper FastPass machines were here.  Now it's quiet.

This area used to buzz with activity when the old paper FastPass machines were here. Now it’s quiet.

Welcome to Toy Story Midway Mania!

Welcome to Toy Story Midway Mania!

There is plenty of great toy-themed artwork throughout the queue.

There is plenty of great toy-themed artwork throughout the queue.

Anyone for a game of Life?  How about Battleship?

Anyone for a game of Life? How about Battleship?

It's a good idea to put your name on your toys, like Andy did.

It’s a good idea to put your name on your toys, like Andy did.

The View Master for this Peter Pan disc must be pretty big!

The View Master for this Peter Pan disc must be pretty big!

This Etch-a-Sketch draws on its own.

This Etch-a-Sketch draws on its own.

Buzz and Woody get along, at least in this drawing.

Buzz and Woody get along, at least in this drawing.

So many games, so little time.

So many games, so little time.

After your long wait you finally get to enjoy the ride!

After your long wait you finally get to enjoy the ride!

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You can win this Toy Story Midway Mania trading pin.

You can win this Toy Story Midway Mania trading pin.

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