Even before his appearance in Toy Story, Mr. Potato Head was beloved by millions of children. Who knew sticking plastic parts in a vegetable would turn out to be such a good idea? The Toy Story movies brought Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head into the Disney family and perhaps even introduced them to a whole new generation. It’s not surprising, then, that they can be found in various places on Disney property, but what’s interesting is that both their Toy Story and pre-Toy Story versions make appearances.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Mr. Potato Head.
1. Toy Story Mania!
Mr. Potato Head is the star of Toy Story Mania!, or at least of the queue. He’s a sophisticated Audio-Animatronic figure that talks to guests, sings, and tells jokes. He’s not always active, but when he is working, it’s a great reason to actually stand in line for this attraction rather than getting a FASTPASS.
2. Once Upon a Toy
For a Mr. Potato Head enthusiast, this store in Downtown Disney is amazing! You get to pick out your own Disney-exclusive Mr. Potato Head parts for a flat price per container. This site has a list and photos of the exclusive parts (although it doesn’t appear to have been updated in the last couple years). A box is around $20. There’s also a large translucent Mr. Potato Head that you can fill for around $50.
My family did this back in 2006 when they only had boxes, so we filled three of them (one for each household). Then we went back to the hotel to inventory the parts we got… and then we went back the next day and filled two more boxes. And when I say “filled,” I mean filled. This is how full we got the first three boxes:
And here is my personal collection, which includes two standard sets I got at Wal-Mart for $5ish each (click to enlarge):
The key with the boxes is to pile the parts as high as you can while still getting the box to close. Here are a few more tips for getting the most for your money when filling your container:
- Buy Mr. Potato Head at home. There’s nothing special about the bodies you get there, and it’s OK to fill the container with just accessories.
- Have an adult pack the container. (I recommend the grown-up in your party who is the best at fitting a lot of dishes into the dishwasher.) Let the kids pick out the parts they want, but let the grown-ups do the packing so you can maximize the number of items you can get into the container.
- Get the matching pieces to make a complete costume. For example, I have Mr. Incredible’s arms, eyes, and body, but I missed getting his boots. Check with a cast member if you’re not sure which pieces go together.
- Fill every nook and cranny. You can fit smaller accessories inside larger ones like shoes. Even when the container seems full, you can still probably dump in some smaller pieces like ears.
- Focus on the parts that are unique to Disney. Don’t take up a lot of space with standard ears, lips, tongues, etc.—just use them to fill the small spaces. Do put in a few arms, though. You need the special arms sold there to hold some of the accessories.
Finally, don’t forget to take your picture with the Mr. Potato Head figure outside the store.
3. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head at Pop Century Resort
In my post on Toy Story, I mentioned that giant figures of the Toy Story characters can be found at All Star Movies Resort. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head aren’t among them, though. They’re over at Pop Century Resort. They’re in the 1980s section, so they’re not there as Toy Story characters but as pop culture icons. You’ll notice both have different noses and hats than the ones they wear in the Toy Story movies. (Mrs. Potato Head’s shoes and earrings are different too.)
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Ready for a Mr. Potato Head-themed day? Start off in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and head straight for Toy Story Mania! If you get there at opening, you might want to get a FASTPASS and then join the stand-by queue so you can ride twice. Hopefully Mr. Potato Head will be up and running. If not, check with a cast member if he will be later in the day. Once you’ve had your chance to see him in action, hop a bus to Pop Century. Get your picture taken with the Potato Heads, and then take a bus to Downtown Disney. Head to Once Upon a Toy, take your time looking at all the parts, figure out which container fits your budget, and enjoy packing it as full as you can!
Do you have any Disney Mr. Potato Head pieces? Which are your favorites?