When the opening date for the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was announced, my husband and I were thrilled to learn the new land would open during our vacation! We arrived at Walt Disney World on June 29th, the day before Toy Story Land was scheduled to open.
I had heard there were no plans for a soft opening for the new land, so we headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the day. Late in the afternoon, we decided to park hop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After riding a couple of our favorite attractions, we walked back to Toy Story Land hoping to catch a glimpse of the fun we would get to experience on opening day. To our surprise Toy Story Land had just opened to the public for a soft opening! The new land wasn’t very crowded, though the lines for the two new attractions had already gotten quite long. We walked around Toy Story Land taking in the details, and of course, taking a few photos.
After seeing the crowds at Pandora’s opening in 2017, we knew we would have to arrive early to get into the new land. We set the alarm for 5 a.m. with plans to make our way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios by 6 a.m. The park was scheduled to open at 8 a.m. We woke up to photos on social media showing the enormous crowds already in line to enter the park. Guests had arrived as early as 3 a.m. At that point we decided there was no point in rushing to the park. We arrived shortly after the scheduled park opening, in time for our Toy Story Mania FastPass.
Upon arriving to the park, guests hoping to enter Toy Story Land were directed to a very long line in front of the Chinese Theater. When we arrived, the line was 2 hours long. I heard it got up to 4 hours at one point during the day. Once in Toy Story Land, the line for Slinky Dog Dash was incredibly long. Some friends who arrived to the park before we did waited 7.5 hours to ride. The line for Alien Swirling Saucers wasn’t as long as Slinky, but it did see wait times of 2+ hours for most of the day. As you can imagine, the opening day crowds made the new land, and the park as a whole, extremely crowded.
Toy Story Land
If I had to summarize Toy Story Land in just one word, it would be “Fun.” Toy Story Land really makes you feel like a kid even more so than the rest of Walt Disney World. Upon entering Toy Story Land, guests become the size of a Green Army Man and are invited to play in Andy’s backyard. The details of the land, from seeing classic children’s toys to hearing your favorite Toy Story characters speak to you, help to fully immerse guests into the fun and playful world of Andy’s toys.
Much like Pandora – The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land is amazing after dark. I highly recommend visiting Toy Story Land both during the day and after dark. My first ride on Slinky Dog Dash was at night. It’s amazing to see the colorful lights of Toy Story Land from above. Photographers will especially want to visit Toy Story Land at night.
As with any Disney land, the details are what I’m most interested in. I’ve always been amazed by the level of details the imagineers put into any land or attraction they create. Toy Story Land did not disappoint! Upon entering Toy Story Land, Woody himself greets you. Now, I don’t just mean there’s a giant figure of Woody when you walk in; I mean Woody talks to you! He welcomes you to Andy’s backyard and lets you know you’re his favorite deputy. How cool is that?! Many of the other toys in Andy’s backyard also talk. Guests watching Slinky Dog Dash will hear Jessie and Rex. Over by Alien Swirling Saucers, Buzz Lightyear can be found asking guests to pass along a message to Jessie. Be sure to listen to the Green Army Men at Woody’s Lunch Box; they’ll let you know if there’s any sign of Andy coming.
As you walk through Toy Story Land, take notice of the ground. Andy’s footprints show where he has been walking in the backyard. Be sure to notice the plants, as well. The bamboo and other plants throughout Toy Story Land were chosen to look like grass to a small toy. Many of the railings throughout Toy Story Land are made of K’nex pieces. You may recognize the ride height signs from the Candy Land game. There are so many fun details to notice in Toy Story Land. I won’t spoil all the fun by telling you about them all; just be sure to notice the details as you walk around the land.
Slinky Dog Dash
The new roller-coaster Andy built in his backyard is one of the highlights of Toy Story Land. To build Slinky Dog Dash, Andy combined his roller-coaster play-set with his Slinky Dog toy. As you approach the loading area, you’ll see Andy’s hand-drawn blueprints for the attraction on the wall. Andy is a great roller-coaster engineer. Slinky Dog Dash is a fun ride for guests, I mean toys, of all ages.
I expected Slinky Dog Dash to be similar to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. While Slinky Dog Dash is a great roller-coaster for kids, it’s also a bit more thrilling than Mine Train. I would put it somewhere in between Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain. It’s calm enough for those who may be frightened by the bigger coasters. The hills, larger than those on Mine Train, make the ride thrilling enough that guests who aren’t fans of kiddie coasters will enjoy the ride as well.
Slinky Dog Dash starts off with a fun section of hills as Slinky races past Jessie and Rex who are standing on towers of toys. After the first section of the coaster comes the boost section of the track. Slinky slows down to a stop before backing up and launching through to boost rings and up a large hill. This part of the ride is so fun, especially when combined with Slinky Dog’s commentary. He talks throughout most of the ride. After going up the big hill, guests are in a for thrill as Slinky goes over waves in the track and then downhill. While you’re at the top of the track, be sure to look to your right for an amazing view of the construction progress on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You’ll also have a great view of Toy Story Land from the top of the roller-coaster.
Alien Swirling Saucers
After walking past Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll come to another brand new attraction in Toy Story Land. Alien Swirling Saucers is a fun playset Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here the little green aliens take honorary toys for a fun ride in their rockets. If you’re familiar with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disneyland California Adventure’s Cars Land, this attraction is very similar.
I was excited about Alien Swirling Saucers before we arrived at Toy Story Land, but didn’t expect too much from it. Upon arriving in Toy Story Land and seeing other guests go for a ride with these little green men, I could not wait to ride! Every guest I saw, even adults, were giggling and having the time of their lives while the swirled around the attraction in their rocket.
When it was our turn to ride, my husband and I selected our rocket and buckled up. The rocket began swirling around, going from one section of the ride to the next. Much like the other guests, we couldn’t help from giggling as our rocket slung us from one side to the other. Then we both leaned in to rocket to make it swirl just a little bit more. Alien Swirling Saucers is so much fun! In fact, I loved it just as much as Slinky Dog Dash.
Toy Story Mania
Toy Story Mania, which originally opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008, is also part of the new Toy Story Land. While the ride itself hasn’t changed much, a new entrance was built so honorary toys can enter the attraction from Andy’s backyard. Toy Story Mania, which allows guests to take part in fun midway games featuring Toy Story characters, is still as fun as ever. The new entrance looks great and blends seamlessly with the rest of Toy Story Land. Just to the right of the entrance is a great photo spot where guests can pose in front of the Midway Games Playset featuring favorite Toy Story characters. Many times during our visit, PhotoPass could be found taking pictures here. We also saw Jessie and Woody greeting guests out in front of the Midway Games Playset.
Woody’s Lunch Box
The themeing of Woody’s Lunch Box, Toy Story Land’s quick-service restaurant, is wonderful. The area is sponsored by Babybel® and features a few chairs made from half a Mini Babybel snack cheese. Green Army Men can be found around this dining location. If you listen closely, you may hear them talking to each other. My only concern with the overall design of Woody’s Lunch Box was the seating area. As cute as it is, the seating area did seem a bit small for the amount of people dining at the restaurant. Granted, it’s entirely possible this may have been due to everyone wanting to try out the brand new restaurant. As the newness wears off, the seating area could prove to be enough.
My husband and I ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich with a side of Vegetable Macaroni Salad. We usually split quick-service meals at Disney, as neither of us can eat a whole meal most of the time, so we did the same at Woody’s Lunch Box. The food portions at Woody’s Lunch Box are smaller due to the size of the sandwiches. We each probably could have eaten our own full quick-service meal here. For this reason, I don’t think Woody’s Lunch Box is the best use of the quick-service meal credits.
The Monte Cristo sandwich, which has since been removed from the menu, featured ham, turkey, swiss, and raspberry jam grilled to a golden brown. This sandwich was just ok. I wouldn’t say I didn’t like it, but I also wasn’t impressed. My husband had the same opinion of the sandwich. It tasted much like a sandwich I could have made at home, which in all fairness is fitting for Woody’s Lunch Box filled with food prepared by Andy’s mom. The flavor of the raspberry jam was very minimal.
For our side of Vegetable Macaroni Salad, I was expecting your typical pasta salad with a little bit of vegetables mixed in. While that is pretty much what was in the Vegetable Macaroni Salad, the taste wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The flavor of the peppers and olives, two things I’m not a fan of, was overpowering. I tried eating a couple bits of just the pasta, but the taste of the other ingredients was still very strong. My husband, who is not a picky eater, wasn’t a big fan of the salad either, although he did eat much more of it than I did.
After visiting Toy Story Land, I am happy to report this brand new land is a much needed addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It brings two new and exciting E-Ticket attractions to the park. When walking into Toy Story Land, you can’t help but feel like a kid again. Toy Story Land transports guests into the world of the toy the grew up with. Popular toy such as Candy Land, Cootie, Jenga, and many other classic children’s toys can be found throughout the land. The talking figures of Toy Story characters are really a nice touch. I hope Disney will bring this type of experience to many new attractions in the future. It’s so fun walking past Buzz and Woody and hearing them talk to you! I definitely recommend visiting Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Have you visited Toy Story Land? What did you think of it? If you haven’t visited yet, what are you most excited to experience when you do visit Toy Story Land? Let me know in the comments below.