Toy Story Land – the secret inside scoop.
This highly anticipated land is finally open. Everyone is losing their minds! Way back in February 2018, Disney took to Good Morning America to announce that the epic Toy Story Land will be opening June 30th in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. This is another PIXAR addition to the Disney Parks along with the Disneyland nighttime fireworks show “Together Forever” and Pixar Pier.
The entrance for Toy Story Land is just to the right of the old entrance for the Toy Story Mania ride on Pixar Place Road.
If case you haven’t experienced this one, I’ll tell you a little about it. Toy Story Mania was one of the most popular rides in Hollywood Studios. (until the Slinky Dog Coaster opened!) This ride is a 4D shooting targets game. You build a score with the targets that you shoot and it features all the Toy Story characters. It’s fun for all ages.
Guests went crazy when they changed the park guide maps to include Toy Story land in February!
All this is exciting news and you can get it all right here.
It is all thanks to the incredible blogger conference “Disney Social Media Moms Celebration”. I was invited in February 2018 and I got all the secret juicy details that they haven’t released to the press. This summer, Disney invited me BACK for a media event to experience it all for myself!
To read all about my experience at the Disneysmmc, CLICK HERE.
Ok, let’s talk about everything INSIDE Toy Story Land. First off, it’s huge. It adds 11 acres to the Hollywood Studios Park. The setting is Andy’s backyard and you, the guest have shrunk to the size of a toy! I was able to snag an interview with Ryan Wineinger who was a Disney Imagineering Art Director for the Toy Story Land Project. He gave me all the inside scoop details of the park earlier this year.
This summer I was able to interview a few more Imagineers after the park opened and I gained some wonderful insight to this whimsical land.
Tom is the Entertainment Director for Hollywood Studios. He shared with me a little bit about his background and his belief that “Good entertainment is timeless!”. Tom told me that the army men & woman and how called the Army brigade. He wanted an atmosphere of inclusively where everyone is invited to “be on stage”. Toy Story Land totally immerses you in the entertainment (the wandering drum core, the photo ops, the Instagram Walls, the characters, the rides!).
I also spent some time with an Operations Director for Hollywood Studios. What a treat! He was patient and answered all of my questions. He was so excited to share Toy Story Land with guests. He told me that the stained popsicle sticks was his favorite element. He remembers the feel and smell of popsicle sticks from his own childhood and it’s the part of Toy Story Land that he most connects with.
That is one of the most beautiful parts of this new land. There is a part of Toy Story Land that will connect with at least a small portion of everyones childhood. It may be a toy, a treat, or a smell that will bring you back to the carefree times of just being a kid! You gotta come visit this land for yourself!
Slinky Dog Dash. This is a rollercoaster that stretches throughout the entire 11 acres from end to end. You ride through oversized models of familiar childhood toys and larger than life replicas of Rex and Jessie. The coaster is a thrill ride with a height requirement of 38 inches. The whole family can enjoy this one!
Alien Twirling Saucers. Oooooh & Aaaah with your favorite little aliens as they lead you in a spinning ride through space. Riders are seated in a cart being towed by a cute little green alien. Beware, there is a special surprise appearance by “The Claw”. Will the claw choose you? Be taller than 32in to find out!
1. Woody’s Lunch Box. Ryan the imaginer explained that the idea behind this walk-up window restaurant is that Andy tipped over his lunch box and now you can enjoy your typical childhood favorites reimagined in a whole new way. Disney is the expert at themed food – so you know these treats will be totally insta-worthy. CLICK HERE to read the full Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner Menus! Mmmmmmmm.
Larger than life toys featured:
Toy Story Land appeals to the kid in all of us. Disney aims to pull out that childhood sense of play and wonder that we seem to tuck away as adults. I want to thank all the Imagineers and Disney World Parks for inviting me along to experience Toy Story Land.
(These are my little kiddos.)