Want the ultimate guide to Toy Story Land Disney World? From food and attractions to the newest Instagram walls, get the scoop on Disney’s awesome new land!
Disney provided my family with tickets and accommodations in order to attend the Toy Story Land media preview. This post may also contain affiliate links. All opinions (and my love for Disney) are 100% my own!
My girls and I have been so excited about the opening of Toy Story Land Disney World! We’re big fans of the movies and couldn’t wait to see what Disney had in store. It looks like we weren’t the only ones. Even Tim Allen, voice of Buzz Lightyear, showed up for the Toy Story Land opening ceremony! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World, you’ll want to check it out too! (Don’t forget to check out my favorite place to save on tickets, Undercover Tourist)
Want all the details? Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and more!
- What Are The New Rides In Toy Story Land
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Mania
- How To Avoid The Lines At Toy Story Land
- Get a Fast Pass
- Arrive before rope drop
- Stay late
- What Toy Story Characters Can You Meet
- Woody, Buzz and Jessie
- Green Army Men
- What To Eat In Toy Story Land
- What Toy Story Land Souvenirs Can You Buy
- Buzz Lightyear Bubble Blower
- Slinky Dog “Ears”
- Launching Slinky Dog Toy
- What Is The Play Disney Parks App
- Toy Story Land Games
- Magic Kingdom Games
- Where Are The Best Photo Walls
- Block Wall
- Popsicle Wall
- Andy’s Wall
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Toy Story Land is that everything is larger than life. The land is designed to make you feel as if you’ve been shrunk to the size of a toy in Andy’s backyard. Everywhere you look there are giant tinker toys, game pieces, Rubik’s cubes and other toys that Andy just left lying around (I’m glad it’s not just my kids who don’t pick up after themselves!).
Look down and you’ll see Andy’s oversized footprint, which at 25 feet, would be the equivalent to a size 240 shoe. Look up and you’ll see Christmas lights strung throughout the land. This is one reason you should visit during the day and then again at night. It’s fun to see it in full daylight but all the lights at night make it an entirely different experience.
Here’s the full scoop:
Toy Story Land has three main rides, two new ones and an updated version of a popular favorite.
Slinky Dog Dash
This ride is by far the most popular of the three. It’s a family friendly roller coaster with a Slinky Dog car that races around the tracks. As you’re riding, you’ll get an awesome view of the entire 11 acre land. I loved riding it and thought the thrill level was similar to that of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Since the height requirement is only 38 inches, this is a great attraction for families to ride together (and a great “starter” coaster for the little ones).
At one point Slinky Dog stops, backs up and takes off just like a pull-back toy. Don’t forget to look for Wheezy as you pull back into the station. Though he has supposedly been “fixed”, you may just be able to hear him give a little squeak or two as he belts out “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”.
Another bonus? As you’re going around the track, you can also get a sneak peek at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge!!! It’s being built on the other side of Toy Story Land and you can spot it just behind the Alien Swirling Saucers.
Alien Swirling Saucers
I have to admit, I was a little worried that this ride might be too much like Alice’s Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom. Though I loved it as a kid, it’s a little to “spinny” for me now, as my kids like to say. Luckily, the Alien Swirling Saucers didn’t make me dizzy at all and we had a great time as alien saucer pilots spun us around the tracks. The Pizza Planet theme is colorful and cute and if you ride at night, it’s lit up like a disco, minus the Donna Summer songs!
The height requirement for this ride is 32″ and 2-3 people can ride per car, making it another great family friendly ride. If you let the kids ride on their own, just be aware that there are two exits so you’ll have to keep open for which exit your kids decide to come out.
Toy Story Mania
This has long been one of the most popular rides in Hollywood Studios and is one of my favorites too! In fact, one of my goals in life is to one day beat my husband’s score. Mine gets higher every time but so does his! One day…
If you’ve never ridden Toy Story Mania, just know that it’s impossible not to have fun on this one. This 3d carnival style shooting game has you aiming at ducks, plates or any other objects that pop up in front of you. There’s no height requirement so even the youngest kids can play.
The entrance has been moved inside Toy Story Land and now that they’ve added a third track, lines should move more quickly. However, this is one of those rides where you don’t really mind waiting in line. Not only is it a great place to escape the hot Florida sun, you’ll have fun checking out all the oversized toys and games along the way.
Like any new opening at Disney World, the lines for this are going to be LONG. Some days there may even be a wait to get in the land (and that’s before you get in line for rides). If you’re like me, you’ll do anything you can to avoid lines. These tips won’t help you avoid them completely but they will make the wait much shorter.
Get A Fast Pass – This will probably only work right now if you’re staying at a Disney hotel. That’s because when you stay on property, you can reserve fast passes 60 days in advance. Since all three Toy Story Land attractions are Tier 1 rides, you’ll only be able to choose a fast pass for one of them and you should try for the Slinky Dog Dash first. If that’s not available, go for the Alien Swirling Saucers, with Toy Story Mania as a backup choice. Do it as soon as you are 60 days out because these fast passes will disappear quickly.
Go Early – Get to the park at rope drop (or sooner) and head straight to Toy Story Land…do not pass go, do not collect $200! You won’t be the only one doing this so you’ll have to be quick. In fact, we’re going back soon and even though my six year old doesn’t use a stroller anymore, we’re bringing one just for this purpose (she can be a bit pokey otherwise). When you get there, go straight to the Slinky Dog Dash, since that’s the ride that’ll have the longest lines.
Stay Late – I’ve read that lines are shorter if you go at night. That’s when the little ones are worn out and the nighttime shows are going on. I’m going to try this out myself next week so I’ll let you know how it goes!
The bonus is that you get to see Toy Story Land at night, which should definitely be on your to-do list. With the attractions lit up and Christmas lights strung throughout the park, it’s a pretty cool sight to see.
Of course your favorite Toy Story characters will be making appearances. Buzz, Woody and Jessie will be meeting visitors at various locations throughout the land.
Army men will also be roaming around the park. Just watch out…they may just demand that you drop and give them 20 at any time.
If you’re there at the right time, you might even catch the Green Army Man Drum Corp!
If you’re hungry, you’ll want to check out Woody’s Lunch Box. It’s a whimsical walk up window shaped like an oversize lunchbox and propped up by a giant thermos. They have a separate menu for breakfast and lunch/dinner, with a selection of kid’s meals to choose from too.
There’s something for everyone, even grown up drinks for mom and dad. Plus, there’s mobile ordering for when you don’t feel like waiting in line. I haven’t tried it yet but it’s definitely something we plan to do next time!
I wasn’t there for breakfast but the S’more French Toast Sandwich was the talk of the town (or should I say, the land). It’s as indulgent as the name suggests, with marshmallow and chocolate ganache stuffed in grilled custard soaked brioche encrusted with graham cracker crumbs. If you’re going to splurge on vacation, this might be just the place to do it!
Other breakfast choices include a scrambled egg breakfast bowl, smoked turkey breakfast sandwich and a banana split yogurt parfait.
There were so many great lunch and dinner items that it’s hard to decide where to start! These were some of the most popular…
BBQ Brisket Melt – During the media preview I sampled the BBQ Brisket Melt and Tomato-Basil Soup. Both were totally delish and while I tend to be on the
cheap frugal side when it comes to buying food at Disney World, I thought they were both worth the price ($12.99 for the sandwich and $3.69 for the soup). In fact, the Brisket Melt was so good that I already plan to order it again when I go back!
Totchos – One item that I didn’t try, but that got rave reviews from my blogging friends, were the Totchos. Think of tater tots covered in chili, shredded cheese and queso with tomatoes and corn chips, topped with sour cream and green onions. It’s definitely not a diet friendly choice but who cares about that when you’re on vacation, right? These will set you back $8.99 but word on the street is that they’re totally worth it!
Lunch Box Tarts (also available at breakfast) – I had a chance to try the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart, a pop-tart style pastry coated in Maple Fondant and Candied Bacon If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, I totally recommend it (it’s also reasonably priced at $3.29!). If you like fruity pop tarts, you may want to try the other version made with Raspberry Fondant and Raspberry Marmalade.
Other lunch and dinner options include sandwiches such as Smoked Turkey, Monte Cristo and Grilled Cheese. There are also kid sized versions of the turkey sandwich and grilled cheese. If you’re just looking for a snack, there’s Macaroni Salad, Potato Barrels, and Babybel Cheese, the official snack of Toy Story Land…yumm!
If you’re thirsty, Woody’s Lunch Box has all the traditional offerings like water, soda, coffee and milk. You can also order adult beverages like beer, hard apple cider and Grown-up’s Lemonade made with cherry vodka, lemonade and black cherry puree. Get the full menu, along with prices, on Disney’s website.
It wouldn’t be Disney without souvenirs and there are plenty of new ones available to celebrate the opening of Toy Story Land. Just look for the two kiosks, one that resembles a toy camper and another that looks like a toy truck.
Disney gave us a few to check out and my girls couldn’t have been more excited! Their favorites were the Launching Slinky Dog Dash launching toy, Buzz Lightyear’s Bubble Blower and Toy Army Man.
Because Disney goes all out in everything they do, even the box was really stinkin’ cute!!!
My youngest is obsessed with her Launching Slinky Dog Dash but the souvenir I liked best was the Slinky Dog ears. I wore them all around the parks and kept getting stopped by people wanting to know where I’d found them (the park hadn’t actually opened yet)! If you can’t get your hands on the Slinky Dog Ears, the three eyed Alien ears are pretty cute too!
Just look for the merchandise carts that double as oversized toys (yes, even the merch carts are adorable!). If you’ve got the kids with you, don’t even bother looking. If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll spot the toys from a mile away!
For even more fun, try downloading the Play Disney Parks app! This app just debuted and it’s a great way to kill time when you’re waiting in line. Developed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, up to 5 people can play “Andy’s Board Game Blast” while in line for Slinky Dog Dash. You can also take party in a “Playset Party” where you’ll help with assembling the Toy Story Mania playset.
For even more fun, try downloading the Play Disney Parks app! This app just debuted and it’s a great way to kill time when you’re waiting in line. Developed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, up to 5 people can play “Andy’s Board Game Blast” while in line for Slinky Dog Dash. You can also take party in a Playset Party where you’ll help with assembling the Toy Story Mania playset.
We tried to start a game while we waited for Toy Story Mania but didn’t get far because the line was moving so fast. That is exactly the kind of “problem” that I love to have at Disney World!
If you’re at Magic Kingdom, you can discover happy thoughts with Tinkerbell before sailing off on Peter Pan’s flight or take part in Galactic Training Missions before you ride Space Mountain. I can’t wait to try the Disney trivia game…I’m totally going to smoke my family at this one (did I mention that I’m a little competitive?).
Ever since the purple wall in the Magic Kingdom turned into the can’t miss Instagram spot, Disney Instagram walls have become the new big thing. Look for the block wall by the bathrooms, the popsicle wall as you leave Toy Story Mania and Andy’s Wall on the far side of the park facing Galaxy’s Edge. (Find all the best Toy Story Instagram Walls here!)
Another great spot is just outside the Slinky Dog Dash. If you time it just right, you can catch Slinky Dog as he goes by in the background.
One more thing…
Florida is hot in the summer. VERY hot! I live here and sometimes even I melt! You’ll want to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and sunglasses. Summer whether also includes a lot of mid-day thunderstorms. We try to remember to bring our own ponchos so that we don’t have to buy pricier ones in the parks (I’d much rather spend that money on a Toy Story Land cupcake!).
What are you most excited to see at the new Toy Story Land Disney World? We’re heading back next week so check back for even more awesome info!
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