Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are among the winners of the Themed Entertainment Association’s annual awards.
Disney’s Toy Story Mania! was honored as one of two outstanding attractions (along with the Dragon’s Treasure show at the City of Dreams casino in Macau, China). Judges said the ride, which is in both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure, is “consistently innovative, excellently executed and reflects next-generation guest care on every detail.”
While praising the ride’s experience and effects, judges seemed just as impressed by its operational achievements – highlighting, for instance, a higher-than-usual throughput for a ride-through shooting game, a particularly effective practice teaching round, an adjustable lap bar/shooter mount that can accommodate guests from 40 pounds to 400 pounds, on-board closed captioning and easily accessible but well-themed emergency exits.
“It is a suite of many technical and creative innovations,” the judges wrote.