It has been about a week and a half since the new Toy Story Land opened on June 30th, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, and we’ve caught wind of some of the good and the bad!
Andy’s backyard sits on a whimsical 11 acres near the back of Hollywood Studios where the loveable main character of the series, Woody, tips his hat to entering guests. The area features two new rides, Slinky Dog Dash – a family friendly coaster – and Alien Swirling Saucers. Fanatics of Toy Story came by the thousands in the early morning on opening day. In order to gain some crowd control, the park opened two hours early. Vendors were selling popcorn buckets shaped like green aliens, alcoholic Toy Story themed beverages, and various other snacks throughout the area.
Were cute popcorn buckets and a bit of alcohol enough to keep those waiting in line smiling? Not quite, as you might assume. Guests had to wait two hours just to get into the new area. Past that point, waits up to two hours for Alien Swirling Saucers and up to five hours for the Slinky Dog Dash ride ensued! As you can imagine, a late June morning in Orlando is dreadfully hot and muggy, adding to the crowd’s impatience. It wasn’t all waiting, though! Appearances of various characters were made to the joy of the children stuck in line and stickers were given out to eat up some time.
It’s safe to bet that the patrons learned a couple lessons that day:
- It is okay to wait a couple days to visit new attractions; they’re not going anywhere.
- The best time to head to a new attraction is after a heavy thunderstorm.
- Nothing is worth waiting for five hours in the hot, muggy Florida sun.
If you’re thinking about visiting Toy Story Land, go for it! The rides have been rated highly and Andy’s backyard is one big playground. You can also check out Woody’s Lunch Box for some unique, delicious All-American fare. The crowds won’t be as intense as day one but go prepared! Bring snacks, hats, sunscreen, and loads of water.
For more information on Toy Story Land’s opening day and what to expect on your visit, check out this article on The Insider!
Coral is Treadway Industries’ Design & Development Assistant. She is a native Floridian with an ingrained appreciation for theme parks, entertainment, and design. Her hobbies include art, jumping around to local festivals, and spending time with her cat, Bonnie.