Pixar’s most lucrative franchise receives a themed land worthy of its acclaimed movies
Imagine stepping foot onto a whimsical land and finding out that you have been reduced to the size of a green toy soldier. Everything is oversized and larger than life. The first thing that jumps out at you is the nearly 20-foot “rootinest, tootinest cowboy around,” Woody.
Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios turns visiting guests into “honorary toys” from the hit Pixar franchise, and allows them to play in Andy’s backyard. As you walk the streets, you run into Andy’s enormous shoe print along with giant building blocks, Tinkertoys, yo-yos, game pieces, even popsicle-stick benches.
Built over two years and unveiled this past summer, Toy Story Land is arguably the buzziest theme-park land to open since “Avatar Flight of Passage.” There are three main ride attractions in Toy Story Land: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania. We explored all of these shrunken treasures.
SLINKY DOG DASH: For the family that thrill-seeks together, Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly roller coaster that packs a punch. Don’t let the childlike design fool you: This is a thrilling ride, and even includes two launches.
ALIEN SWIRLING SAUCERS: Here’s another winner: On this ride, guests swirl about in their own toy rocket ships, alongside little green men, while “The Claw” hangs overhead. Guests are rapidly spun in every direction as they absorb the extraterrestrial sounds and upbeat tunes.
TOY STORY MANIA!: This ride is great for all family members, even grandma. There are no dips, and a minimum of sharp turns. The carnival-like ride uses virtual objects, from baseballs to cream pies, to hit targets in a variety of quirky scenarios.
WOODY’S LUNCH BOX: Toy Story Land’s on-site restaurant serves various tasty meals, including a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, with many on-the-go options. As you dine you are surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Woody’s even offers adult-toy drinks (try Grown-Up’s Lemonade, complete with flavored vodka) and various beer options.