Toy Story Midway Mania marks the greatest achievement of Disney Imagineers to date. The technology used to immerse the riders in the world of Toy Story is absolutely impressive.

The technology used in Midway Mania marks a new step into the digital age. An army of 150 PCs controls the game and incorporates a vast network of Ethernet and wireless technology. This integration of top-of-the-line technology has created one of the most advanced and immersive 4D experiences available.

Every different part of this ride was carefully researched, thoroughly developed, and perfected to create a system that allowed for an amazing experience. For example, the rope used for the shooters was created for both durability and enhanced feedback. The technology behind the rope and the shooter is an amalgamation of many different technologies that were brought together for this ride.

The most interesting aspect of this ride is the game logic. An artificial intelligence system that is able to program the game specifically for each rider. The game logic is one of the first of its kind used in a Disney park and it was first tested in Hollywood Studios.

The overall controls and mechanics that power Toy Story Midway Mania were researched and developed to first be used in this ride. Hollywood Studios provided the testing ground for this technology that has opened the door for many more possibilities. The Imagineers have out-down themselves in the creation of this ride and have developed 4D technology that has created the next-genration of theme park attractions. In-line with the immersive nature of the Disney Parks, in general, I believe this technology will pave the way for the future of completely engrossing attractions. Attractions that will create a world that can be experienced through both the body and the mind.

Check out this video of the ride: