Review: Toy Story Land
You don’t know how long I have been waiting for this, the new land at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is now open! My family and I have been counting down the days waiting for this new park to open. I’ve checked every blog, read all the news articles, and even peeked through the fence to catch any glimpses I could. And now, thanks to a good friend of ours, my husband and I got to attend a sneak peak!! Below are my thoughts, now that it’s open to the public, in case you’re considering a trip to Disney to visit Andy’s backyard.
This is one of the best themed lands, period. I could be convinced that Pandora is better, for sure, but I really like this one! The entire land is made to look and feel like you are a toy in Andy’s backyard. From the giant sneaker footprints, to the giant glue bottle, to the really small details like the popsicle stick benches. This land is adorable, especially at night, and I wish I could spend all day there. But I can’t because of how hot it is. I mean, this land has no shade. Like people will pass out from heat exhaustion levels of no shade. They are trying their best with temporary umbrellas set up all over the place and there are some fans in the lines - but there is just no way to really escape the heat. Small umbrellas and fans can only do so much in the middle of the summer in Florida. You need industrial level air conditioning to live here. So while they have done a great job of achieving a spectacular look, I really wish Andy’s parents had put up a lot more shade in their backyard. Really the only place with real air conditioning is Toy Story Mania, which is not a new ride, and the bathrooms. So if you you need a break from the heat…. go to the potty, which they themed really well!
Next, the food and merchandise. The food is good, except there isn’t much of it. There is a cart that sells ice cream and a single outside counter service restaurant called Woody’s Lunchbox. It’s mostly sandwiches, and tater tots, and a dessert that can best be described as a fancy poptart. I did enjoy the food here but do wish there was a sit down of some kind … with air conditioning. As I said before, fans don’t cut it in the summer. And they blow the napkins everywhere! Stuff wise, multiple kiosks are around that sell some cute themed hats and headbands. They also have some really fun toys and general merchandise. No big stores or anything, but enough little things to keep you interested. And some pins for you pin traders out there.
Regardless of all my complaints about the heat the truth is that I have spent all of my free evenings at Hollywood Studios riding the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster. OMG I love it so much. I’m not a huge “thrill” coaster fan, and this is a very fast family coaster, but it is fantastic even for us wimps. Definitely my favorite in all the parks. There are cute little details like springy sounds while on the coaster. How cute is that! And if this fun little coaster is too much for your younger kids (like it is for mine) then Alien Swirling Saucers if for you! Abigail, who is 4 and a half, loves this ride! She starts dancing the moment we can hear the music in line … which is most of the line. I like to call this ride the “better than teacups disco party, with aliens” ride. Either way, the rides are cute, fun, and definitely family themed. Highly recommend trying them out.
This land is way too hot and way too fun! My best suggestion if you are visiting during the summer is to drink a lot of water, use your sunscreen, and if possible – just go to this land at night. With the temperature dropping and the crowds thinning I don’t think there is any better time to go. I’ve seen the lines drop to about 10 minutes for Aliens, 15 for Toy Story Mania, and 40 for the Slinky Dog coaster around 9:30 at night. So do yourself and your family a favor and go to the shows and other parts of Hollywood Studios during the day, and wait for the sun to go down before heading over to Toy Story Land. I do think it is the best part of Hollywood Studios right now, when you aren’t being melted alive by the summer sun.
Revised from my original post here.