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The mania behind Toy Story Mania!Pixar fans rejoice: Southern California's Disneyland has opened the doors to its new <i>Toy Story</i>-themed ride. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi travels to the "happiest place on earth" for a look at the technology behind the multidimensional experience...
^M00:00:03 >> Hey there, I'm Cara C. Boyd, CNETNews.com. I'm here at Disney's California Adventure World. All these people you see behind me are here for the grand opening of Toy Story Mania, and we hear it's a five-hour wait in line. [ Music ] >> We have a lot of mixture of new technology and old technology that went into this. So what happens is the vehicle has to report where it is. Our screen action shooters have to report where they're pointing, and they have to be able to handle guests that can pull the string up to ten times a second that's a lot of network traffic going on, and it all gets routed to computers upstairs that are about four or five times as powerful as your typical home computer and those are what display the 3D image in front of you. >> How long have you been waiting in line already? >> About an hour and a half maybe. >> Why are you so excited to see Toy Story? >> Well, because we -- that is our favorite movie. My favorite movie when it came out and my kids both love it. >> This is one of the first times that Pixar Animation has actually become real-time, so we had to get these beautifully rendered characters into a real-time environment and that was a real challenge for us. Also, we have the characters reacting to what you're doing and they like pull targets and move targets and that was all -- all new. We had never done anything like that before. >> And the fact that it's like very multi-dimensional, I mean, you're seeing something but then you're also like feeling puffs of air and stuff like that, how did that happen? >> Yeah, so those are our special effects. So we have systems that can control the 4D effects and the projection and those have to work with the games which will tell it, you know, when to trigger an air puff and trigger a water puff. And sometimes we actually know before we've even drawn the projectile on the screen that it's going to hit an air puff or a water puff. [ Background noise ] >> What was your favorite part about working on this attraction? >> I think my favorite part was working with the kids and the families that come. We have play testers so they come like throughout our project and tell us if it's good or, you know, what needs to be worked on; what they like, what they don't like. So it's fun to hear the kids talk. >> Now, if I didn't love my job so much, I think I'd want that job that sounds like a ton of fun. That's great. So why should every family come down and visit Toy Story Mania? >> Well, I do want to mention that this was designed with everybody in mind. It's not just for kids. It's not just for teenagers or gamers, this is for everybody. My mom went and rode it and she looked at me and said, it's fun. Like she had no idea that it was going to be fun for her. So we do -- we -- we make sure that everybody has a good time. >> Ouch. >> There are you happy now? >> Toy Story Mania clearly has a lot to compete with with all the other great attractions here in the park but for the true Pixar fans I'm sure they're going to be willing to wait in the line no matter how long it takes to get to the front of it. And don't expect those crowds to go away any time too soon. Reporting from Disney's California Adventure, I'm Cara C. Boyd CNETNews.com.