I was fortunate enough to go to the press preview and dedication of Toy Story Land. I was granted access to Toy Story Land, free tickets, and various other perks in exchange for coverage of Toy Story Land.
Toy Story Land is the latest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and is stirring up quite the buzz. Pun intended.
The movies are obviously fantastic but I dare say the nostalgia factor is pushing the excitement for Toy Story Land over the top.
Toy Story Land is located in Hollywood Studios, which is a park that has been undergoing a lot of changes. In the past year, iconic rides like The Great Movie Ride have been closed however, on the other hand those changes, have made way for the latest and greatest like Toy Story Land and then in 2019 Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The Ultimate Guide to Toy Story Land.
The addition of Toy Story Land gives park goers 2 new rides, Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash.
The goal in the design of Toy Story Land was to make those who visit feel as if they are a size of a toy, in Andy’s back yard. Take a look around and you will notice special touches, that really show the attention to detail. It is worth a stroll all around to see the extras. Disney didn’t leave anything out!
How Many Rides are at Toy Story Land?
First and foremost the burning question, how many rides are in Toy Story Land?
The answer is three. Two totally new ones and one revamped ride.
Alien Swirling Saucers
This is a fun ride, that is less nausea inducing than say the tea cups in the Magic Kingdom. It reminded me of the classic ride that you see at pop up carnivals called the scrambler. The path that the cars make is a large looping one rather than a tight spinning motion.
Just a note, there are two sets of the saucers running at one time and 2 different exits for the ride. Due to the way the line is set up, guests are randomly funneled through based on volume into one of the two areas. So, if you choose not to hop on and are waiting for your family by the exit, be sure to take a close look at the side of the ride they ended up on so you can catch them on the way out.
Toy Story Mania
This fan favorite ride has gotten a face lift in the form of a new entrance to the ride within Toy Story Land and a 3rd track has been added to challenge veteran riders and…to make the line move more quickly. If Instagram walls are your thing, be sure to strike a pose in front of the Popsicle stick wall and the checkerboard wall, both are opposite each other as you exit the ride. Keep your eyes peeled for Mr. Potato Head, while you wait in line, he may even talk back to you…
Slinky Dog Dash
This new roller coaster has made it firmly to the top of my favorite Disney ride list. I was fortunate enough to have access to Toy Story Land before it was opened to the public which also afforded me the chance to ride it over and over again like a little kid.
To be totally transparent with you, I was expecting a Barnstormer type experience, or in other words a kiddie roller coaster.
It was not.
Slinky Dog Dash is the perfect combo of tameness that you would expect for kids and thrills for the coaster lovers. It certainly isn’t an intense thrill ride, but it is at the top of my list of fun rides.
Check out my video of Slinky Dog Dash:
Food at Woody’s Lunch Box
The food in Toy Story Land is unique and some of my favorite. It is a refreshing change from the standard quick service options.
Woody’s Lunch Box serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to take a close look at the some of the chairs in this area. They are made to look like a babybel cheese cut in half.
However, if you were only to get one thing off the menu, my recommendations would hands down be the totchos. Imagine tater tots covered in queso and chili. It is delicious believe me!
Additionally, you can find the following choices at Woody’s Lunch Box.
S’mores French Toast Sandwich
Banana Split Yogurt Parfait
Smoked Turkey Breakfast Sandwich
Raspberry Lunch Box Tart
Chocolate – Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart
For Lunch and Dinner:
BBQ Brisket Melt
Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich
Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam
Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce
Toy Story Land Tips:
Far and away the hottest FastPass in town for a while will be Slinky Dog Dash. Make sure when your 60 day window opens up, you attempt to book Slinky Dog Dash. On opening day guests were experiencing 300 minute waits and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Since the attractions in Toy Story Land are tier 1 for FastPass+, that means I wouldn’t use one of the fast passes for Alien Saucers, it is a cute ride and assuming the line is manageable I would just stand in the standby line. Instead, I would book the Slinky Dog Dash with the FastPass+ and likely book Tower of Terror and Rocking Roller Coaster
Having visiting Toy Story Land in both the day and the night time, there is something truly magical about seeing it in the evening. The place lights up and has a really special hue to it. It is awesome in the daytime as well, but the nighttime adds a whole new element.
Toy Story Land certainly has brought a breath of fresh air to Hollywood Studios, a park that is often skipped over by visitors for not having enough to do.