Ahh – Toy Story. My favorite movie as a child and, quite literally, my favorite kid’s movie as an adult. It was the first movie ever created by Pixar. The new art concept was an innovative idea in the 90’s, which is probably why it was so popular. Disney went from regular animated (illustrated) movies to computer animated movies created by Pixar. A few years after Toy Story premiered, Disney and Pixar merged and voila, Disney’s Pixar. I was so excited when Disney announced their plans to build Toy Story Land. There’s nothing like being able to hang out in Andy’s backyard with Woody and friends. Now that the Land has opened my husband and I decided to check it out. Here’s my Honest Review of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Food and Drinks
Woody’s Lunch Box
During peak hours of the day the ride wait times can be a bit astronomical so we stopped at Woody’s Lunch Box, first, to grab a bite to eat. It’s the only place to eat in Toy Story Land. We tried the Tachos and the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart. Tachos are basically nachos but with tater tots and they’re amazing! They have a condiment bar where you can pick up some Texas Pete Hot Sauce which really adds some heat to this dish. The Raspberry Lunch Box Tart is too die for. It’s flaky and sweet but, also, has the tang from the Raspberry. It is basically a homemade pop tart. I didn’t get a picture because my husband took a giant bite before I could snap it. Haha. There’s also sandwiches available, as well, if you’re looking for a good “lunch” option in that area of the park.
The adult beverage options are pretty good. There’s a mixed drink on draft called Grown Ups’ Lemonade. I couldn’t really taste the liquor in it, and I feel like for $10 you should but that tends to happen with pre-mixed beverages so not a big deal. It’s a mix of vodka, lemonade and raspberry puree. My husband opted for a Bud Light – two actually, an extra for us to stand in line with. For the kids there are plenty of fun drinks they can try, such as a Mystic Portal Punch, which you can get in an souvenir Alien Sipper, or a Root Beer Float. They, also, offer coffee, iced coffee, fountain sodas and bottled water.
Toy Story Mania!
We’ve been on Toy Story Mania a million times but we went on it again just so we could get a feel for the Land as a whole. The ride wait time is usually under 45 minutes and it’s the only ride line that’s inside. So trust me, you’ll want to wait in this line. Haha. Plus, it almost feels like you’re in Andy’s room. Toy Story Mania is a 4D ride that utilizes 3D googles. You sit in a moving, spinning cart that travels from room to room where you play different interactive Toy Story themed games. Plus all ages can ride! This ride is also featured at Disney’s California Adventure and Tokyo DisneySea.
SN: My Husband beats me every time.
Alien Swirling Saucers
The Alien Swirling Saucers are similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure. It’s themed with our favorite green Aliens from Toy Story and the “clawww”. Haha. If you aren’t familiar with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Mad Tea Party (spinning teacups) ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom which has a somewhat similar concept, as well. On the Alien Swirling Saucers, you load into a saucer with two to three people and spin around a floor. It’s a wild ride but it’s short. It’s not worth waiting more than 45 minutes for, in my opinion, because it is such a short ride. We were able to get a FP+ so that may be worth looking in to.
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash is hands down my favorite ride in Toy Story Land! It’s a family coaster which I love. All of Toy Story Land is nostalgic to me. From the line, where you feel like you’re walking through a fort made of cardboard game pieces, to the ride itself, where you get into an actual Slinky Dog, it’s delightful and entertaining. The Imagineers that worked on this ride did an outstanding job of making you feel like you are truly in Andy’s backyard. You, quite literally, feel like a toy. This coaster reaches speeds of up to 40 mph and requires you to be at least 38″ tall. The ride is pretty comparable to any other kid’s/mini coaster BUT you get the added fun from the theme of it. Similar rides would be Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Big Thunder Mountain.
Tips for Toy Story Land
My husband and I have been visited Toy Story Land twice now, both on Sundays. I think the wait times are a little better on Sunday’s, versus Saturday’s, considering most people are either arriving at the resort or leaving to head home. Therefore, if you can get yourself in there on this day you may have some good luck with the ride wait times. Regardless, any day of the week your best chances of getting on the rides without a FP+ (because good luck getting one) would be when the park first opens or later in the evening right before they close. These are, also, the best times to beat the heat.
We, also, visited this Land once, very quickly, in the evening and then once in the day time (so far). I LOVE it at night time. The Land is all lit up and strung with giant market lights, Christmas style. The Slinky Dog Dash coaster is lit up as well so I think it’s just a “more fun” ambiance compared to the day time. Again, let’s be honest, it’s much, much cooler in the evenings anyways.
When you visit first thing in the morning or late in the evenings, the character meet and greet lines are shorter, as well. You obviously don’t see as clear of a scenery in the background but I mean, really, who cares. I, also, like to wander around the Alien Saucer area because, come on, that scene was totally at nighttime in the movie so it feels so real.
I hope you enjoyed my Honest Review of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to shoot me an email or comment below! Hope to chat soon. XOXO.