I was lucky enough to see Toy Story Land three times during the construction. It was always exciting to see the progress each month. Today, June 29, I stepped onto the finished project. It is even better than I had hoped.
I attended the dedication, representing Disney Dining. The ceremony was streamed live on Disney Parks Blog, and you can watch the replay here. Toy Story Land was dedicated by Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, was a surprise guest for the celebration. He seemed to be having a blast, even in the heat.
My first impression of Toy Story Land is that it is huge. I knew that it was going to be big, but I was still surprised by the size. I did not get to ride either of the new rides because they were preparing for the dedication while I was there, but I did get to watch them. Alien Swirling Saucers kind of reminded me of a teacup style ride, but with more swinging from side to side and no spinning it yourself.
I can’t wait to ride Slinky Dog Dash. I’m not a fan of huge roller coasters, but this one just looks like a lot of fun. Slinky Dog travels seamlessly along the track. It has to be the most adorable roller coaster in the world. I’ve talked with several people who have ridden. The general consensus is that it’s kind of a combination of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The entrance to Toy Story Mania! had not yet moved to Toy Story Land when I was there, because the ride was still running in Pixar Place. I did get to see some of the exit line. The attention to detail is amazing.
Also new at Toy Story Land is Woody’s Lunch Box. All three meals are served. It features grilled cheese and other sandwiches, plus several other delicious choices.
One thing that you will want to keep in mind when you visit Toy Story Land is that there is little shade. There are some umbrellas up, and more are supposed to be coming, but if you walk from one end of the land to the other during the day you will be in the sunshine.
Part of the fun of Toy Story Land is found in the details. You’ll see Andy’s footprints everywhere, and since you’re the size of a toy those prints are gigantic. The lighting fixtures are tinker toys. There are nods to games and toys that transcend generations. My favorite small touch is the Candy Land game pieces that are also used to measure height for Slinky Dog Dash. It’s the small touches such as that one that make Toy Story Land so charming.