The ride has a giant animatronic Mr. Potato Head who entertains the people waiting in line. Park guests wear 3-D glasses (or Carnival Games Goggles) aboard spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on midway games.
The attraction features five mini-games after a practice round, each of which includes at least one "Easter egg" that can trigger additional targets or gameplay changes. These games are:
Hamm & Eggs - Hamm and Buttercup invite you to knock down both moving and stationary barnyard animal targets using hardboiled eggs.
Rex & Trixie's Dino Darts - Launch darts and pop balloons in front of a bubbling volcano in this game starring Rex and Trixie.
Green Army Men Shoot Camp - Toss baseballs to break plates at a green army men firing range.
Buzz Lightyear's Flying Tossers - Buzz Lightyear urges you to toss rings and make them land atop the Little Green Men.
Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Gallery - Shoot suction-cup-tipped darts at a variety of mine-cart targets in this game inspired by the "Woody's Roundup" television show.
Compete with friends for the highest score or try to achieve a new personal best! But remember, whether you're an expert or a beginner, everyone's a winner!
Each guest's score is recorded by an onboard display screen as points are acquired with individual toy cannons firing simulated projectiles at virtual targets. Toy Story characters including Woody, Hamm, Buzz Lightyear, Rex and Trixie appear during the attraction's different games.
Similar technology has been used in Disney attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold at DisneyQuest and several Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. According to Disney, it is the first attraction created simultaneously by Walt Disney Imagineering for two theme parks.
The Prospector is seen on the ride, despite the fact he is not part of Andy's toys or Bonnie's toys.
Bonnie's toys were added to the ride before the release of Toy Story 3. This may have revealed spoilers for the end of the film.
Toy Story Mania, guests get to experience what life is like from a toy's perspective by coming into contact with the ViewMaster reels nearly four feet in diameter and the Tinkertoy connectors that are two feet across. Andy's Room will make a 5'6" person feel about 14 inches tall.