Your Guide to Toy Story Land

Toy Story Mania inside of Toy Story Land
New and improved Toy Story Mania offers another track and a new entrance inside of Toy Story Land. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Whatever you do, don’t skip Hollywood Studios on your next trip to Walt Disney World. New for Summer 2018, Toy Story Land offers the first glimpse of what’s ahead. With more to open in 2019, Hollywood Studios will transform offering new lands to experience and new transportation options too.

Toy Story Land

No surprise here, Toy Story Land is perfect for kids of all ages. Towering versions of our favorite toys can transform a 6-foot dad into a kid again.

With Tinker Toys used to frame the 11-acre playful land, walk into an area designed for kids of all ages. The green army men march keeping order. Of course, Buzz and Woody are at the ready for a family pic. And the melodic green aliens take over a corner of Toy Story Land.

Walk under the giant Christmas lights strung along the walkways. See a cheery new entrance for Toy Story Mania. And Slinky Dog bounces through Andy’s backyard delighting the young-at-heart.

Of course little kids love Toy Story Land, the surprise is how much older kids and adults love the new addition to Hollywood Studios. With rides for kiddos who measure 31” and 39” tall, Toy Story Land is fast becoming a family favorite for everyone.

New for 2018 Hollywood Studio's Toy Story Land offers the favorite Toy Story Mania, along with a couple of new rides. Find your favorite Toy Story Characters and a new place to eat in this cute and cheerful area. #DisneyWorld #ToyStoryLand #FamilyTravel

Toy Story Mania

Hard to make everyone’s favorite ride better but Disney did it. By adding another track, now three in total, riders will spend more time scoring and less time waiting.

The arcade-style shooting game is fast and fun for the whole family. Who knows, Mom might be the high scorer.

The entrance has been moved into Toy Story Land with a fun, fresh façade. And Fast Passes are available.

Slinky Dog Dash. Toy Story Land.
Slinky Dog Dash offers fast turns, deep dips even belly laughs during the ride. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Slinky Dog Dash

Hop aboard a happy dog coaster as it romps across Andy’s backyard. Don’t let the name fool you, Slinky Dog Dash offers some quick turns and deep dips along with belly laugh-inducing humps.

See Rex and Jessie along the ride. Then half way through, the Slinky Dog cars stop, pull backwards and launch. A favorite with kids of all ages. Don’t let the older kids sit this one out, teens love this coaster.

The minimum height requirement is 39”. And Fast Passes are available.

Carful of Kids Tip: Slinky Dog Dash is a bit longer and more aggressive than Magic Kingdom’s Barnstormer. More along the lines of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train if you’re trying to decide if your kids are up for it.

Swirling Alien Saucers. Toy Story Land.
The friendliest alien you’ll even meet at the Swirling Alien Saucers. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Swirling Alien Saucers

The endearing green aliens from the Pizza Planet restaurant have landed in Toy Story Land. Hop aboard and the aliens pilot kiddos and their families around a covered ride. Spinning in figure eights, the Swirling Alien Saucers are spinny enough for big kid thrills.

Carful of Kids Tip: If the teacups in Magic Kingdom give your kids that icky stomach feeling then Swirling Alien Saucers might be a skip. For riders 31” and taller and Fast Passes available.

Toy Story Land Characters

Kids love that moment when their favorite characters come alive. And the Toy Story characters especially are beloved.

Find Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie all available in Toy Story Land for character meet-n-greets. If you miss them, then take your kids by the larger-than-life statues sprinkled throughout Toy Story Land.

Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios.
Woody’s Lunch Box offers kids favorites like grilled cheese along with adult beverages. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Where to Eat in Toy Story Land

If the kids are getting cranky then head to Woody’s Lunch Box. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, sample the S’more French Toast in the morning. Or find sandwiches like BBQ, smoked turkey and a grilled three-cheese sandwich.

As a bonus, find adult beverages at Woody’s Lunch Box too. The Grown-Up Lemonade was my favorite. And the root beer floats offer a tasty treat for everyone.

Galaxy's Edge. Hollywood Studios.
On the horizon, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge takes shape–modeled after Black Spire on Batuu is scheduled to open late 2019. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

A New Hollywood Studios

A new Hollywood Studios is on the horizon. More so that any other Walt Disney World park, Hollywood Studios is transforming before our eyes.

Peek over the back wall of Toy Story Land, see Galaxy’s Edge take shape. It’s an ambitious new experience that seems to be wowing everyone with its massive scale. Shrouded in scaffolding, the new Star Wars-themed area will transport fans to the Outer Rim and Wild Space.

As a new way to experience Star Wars, visitors will live their own adventure as they explore the Black Spire Outpost, an infamous stop for adventurers on the planet Batuu.

On track to open late fall 2019, Galaxy’s Edge is a must for fans. A new hotel experience is also in the works though will open after Galaxy’s Edge.

Also up for Hollywood Studios, find a new attraction coming to the now closed Chinese Theatre. The Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroal will have riders step through the movie screen to experience the wacky world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. It will be the first ever Mickey-themed ride-through attraction.

Skyliner in Walt Disney World, a new gondola.
See the supports for the Walt Disney World’s gondola Skyliner, set to open late 2019. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

And finally, a new way to get around. New for 2019 find an aerial tram, the Skyliner,at Hollywood Studios.

With 10-person gondola cars, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will connect with Caribbean Beach Resort. Additionally the Art of Animation and Pop Century value resorts will also be on the new aerial tram line.

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Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.

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