Disney’s Toy Story Land opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30th and is the hottest new thing at Walt Disney World. Texas Traveling Mom Jill got the opportunity to be one of the first to visit this new and magical corner of Disney. She’s here to give you the full Traveling Mom scoop with eight things you need to know about Disney Toy Story Land.
I have come to the realization that I’m never going to grow up…or at least never feel like a grownup. One of the reasons I have such a strong love for all things Disney is that the magic feeds my inner child. Better yet, I get to experience the magic with my actual children. I was so fortunate to be among the first people to see the newly opened Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and I can’t wait to go back and experience it again with my family. Here are eight things you need to know about Disney’s Toy Story Land to help YOU plan your visit. I hope you enjoy my Toy Story Land tips!
1. Where is Toy Story Land and other basic stuff
Toy Story Land is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The idea is that guests are toys…in fact, Disney Cast Members welcoming guests into the land will greet you with “Welcome, toys!” when you enter. Everything in Toy Story Land is larger than life. Visitors get to experience the toys’ eye view of Andy’s backyard. Andy has constructed an amazing play place out of his toys (you will see some nostalgic favorites) but Andy is nowhere to be found. You will, however, see Andy’s footprints. If you’re looking for tiny, kid-sized sneaker prints, think bigger. Waaay bigger.
Toy Story Land is located on 11 acres near the back of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When you come into the park, walk down Hollywood Boulevard and go right behind the Chinese Theater. Turn right just before you get to Pixar Place. When you see giant blocks and Woody, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place!
2. The there are three new attractions in Disney’s Toy Story Land (kind of)
There are three new attractions in Toy Story Land…kind of. Brand new are the Slinky Dog Dash and the Alien Swirling Saucers. The Slinky Dog Dash is a fun family coaster that thrills the rider with twists and dips. The height requirement is 38 inches so I expected this to be a tame kid coaster that families with small humans take the obligatory ride on because it’s not too scary (but also not very thrilling).
I was wrong and I’m glad.
The Slinky Dog Dash is definitely not a scary coaster, but it definitely is a thrilling coaster. It has enough twists, turns, and thrills to delight the tweens, teens and grownup roller coaster enthusiasts without being too scary for younger riders. The rear of the coaster is the best place to ride for maximum thrills. Toward the the middle and the right side of the car is the best place for a more timid rider…you’ll feel the dips more intensely on the left side of the car. There’s so much cute Toy Story theming going on with this ride that you just can’t not love it. It’s on a similar thrill level to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The Alien Swirling saucers is a fun, spinning ride featuring the play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet. Hold on for some wild fun as your toy rocket takes off, while electronic space music adds to your immersive intergalactic experience. Alien Swirling Saucers is a family ride with a height requirement of 32 inches but beware the claw!
My husband and I have been known to “flip for it” when it comes to who will ride the Teacups with our kids at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I am not a fan of spinny rides but the good news is, Alien Swirling Saucers isn’t super spinny. “I want to go again immediately” isn’t something I usually say when exiting a spinning ride, but I did this time!
Rounding out the attractions in Toy Story Land is Toy Story Mania. Toy Story Mania isn’t new but there are some updates. A third track as been added and the entrance to the ride has been moved so that Toy Story Mania is officially inside Toy Story Land. If you haven’t experienced Toy Story Mania, you should definitely give it a go. It’s a fun midway-themed ride featuring all of your fave Toy Story friends. It’s appropriate for guests of any age and height. It also inspires that competitive spirit, so if you want to challenge your family and friends to a friendly shootout, this one’s for you.
3. Toy Story Land has a new quick-service restaurant
Disney Toy Story Land is home to Disney’s newest quick serve dining option, Woody’s Lunchbox. Woody’s Lunchbox is super cute and it serves breakfast (can anyone say S’mores French Toast?), lunch and dinner. Woody’s Lunchbox offers an array of unique grilled sandwiches, soups, and something called “Totchos” which is tater tots with chili, cheese, and other good stuff loaded on top. Yum, right? I know I want some Totchos and I’m kicking myself for not trying them when I was at Toy Story Land. Always leave something for your next visit, right?
You can use Disney’s mobile ordering at Woody’s Lunchbox. I haven’t tried this yet, but others have really good things to say. Also? Woody’s Lunchbox offers “grownup drinks.” Grownups’ Lemonade is LEGIT.
4. Available character meet and greets
You’ll be able to meet Woody and Buzz Lightyear (of course, right?!?) as well as Jessie inside Disney’s Toy Story Land. The current plan is to have the character meets set up near the entrance to Toy Story Land, although this is subject to change. In addition to Woody, Buzz, and Jessie, there are some fun static toys that make for fun photo opportunities.
My favorite is the Green Army Patrol,which isn’t technically a character meet and greet but there is plenty of interaction and entertainment. The Green Army Patrol loves to play (and encourage kids of all ages to play as well) and if you get lucky enough to catch their drum corps, you’ll definitely want to dance and clap your hands. They are so much fun and their costumes are amazing.
5. Disney Toy Story Land is VERY “Instagrammable”
If you’re a lover of Disney’s “Instagram Walls” then Toy Story Land does not disappoint. Pose for epic snaps in front of Andy’s wall (complete with his adorable drawings), the block wall, the popsicle stick wall, or the checkerboard wall. Or all of them. Go crazy. The popsicle wall is really cute but it’s a little bit hidden. In fact, I didn’t see it during my visit. I had some serious FOMO when I saw my friends’ pictures. Oh well…leave something for next time, right? And, if you can’t find it, ask a Disney Cast Member.
This larger- than-life Pixar ball is my new favorite place for photos.
Even the bathrooms are Insta-worthy.
6. Consider visiting Toy Story Land after dark
There are lots of practical reasons to schedule your visit to Toy Story Land in the evening. Thinner crowds and cooler temps are usually at the top of the list. My main reason for making this recommendation is not all that practical, though: It’s so stinkin’ cute! There are so many lights that are built into the landscape of Toy Story Land. Visiting after dark gives it a different vibe. Also, so much of the Toy Story Land merchandise is light up and designed to be enjoyed (AKA scooped up by your kids) in hours of darkness.
7. Your kids will want all the things
Toy Story Land has some seriously adorable new merchandise. You have two choices here: cover your kids’ eyes when you walk by the two merchandise kiosks (no stand-alone stores at this time) or hand your wallet over and say, “Take my money, Disney!”
There’s a variety of Toy Story Land themed memorabilia and clothing available. My favorites are the light-up Slinky Dog, the Slinky Dog and Alien Headbands and the Buzz Lightyear bubble toy. And yes, of course they sell Toy Story Land pins, so if you’re a pin collector, you’ll need to make sure you add these to your collection! The emphasis right now is on light-up toys, which affirms the fact that Disney Toy Story Land is the place to be after dark.
8. It’s gonna be crowded and it’s gonna be hot
Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the newest, hottest thing going at Walt Disney World, so yes, it’s going to be crowded. You might experience lines to get into Toy Story Land and you’ll definitely experience longer than average wait times for the rides. Definitely get FastPass+ for the rides, especially Slinky Dog Dash. If you have questions about how FastPass+ works with your Magic Bands, check out this post.
The mild Central Florida weather is part of what makes Walt Disney World such an awesome year-round vacation destination. Translation: it’s super hot and humid most of the year. Our favorite times to visit Walt Disney world are February and November and it’s still hot and humid, albeit not July and August kind of hot and humid. Toy Story Land offers very little shade or escape from the heat. In fact, some portions of the lines for attractions are in the full sun (one more reason to visit after dark.) Make sure you’re prepared with hats, sunscreen, and hydration. Normally, you can duck into a gift shop to escape the heat or enjoy lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant but Toy Story Land doesn’t offer these things at this time. Come prepared.
Hope these Toy Story Land tips help you plan the most amazing visit at the newest little corner of the most magical place on earth, Disney’s Toy Story Land!