After years of anticipation…Toy Story Land has officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Land officially invited us to shrink down and become a toy to visit Andy’s backyard on June 30. It’s obviously been insanely popular making fast passes for the 2 new attractions (Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers) hard to obtain! I’ll go more into my fastpass tips in a bit.
We made the crazy decision to go to Toy Story Land on opening day and it’s an experience I’m not likely to forget. If you’ve never been to a park anniversary or opening day event, they’re pretty insane. Toy Story Land was no exception with Slinky Dog Dash waits going above 6 hours at one point and a 3 hour wait just to get into Toy Story Land. Luckily, we came prepared with fastpasses so we were able to enjoy the 2 new attractions and Toy Story Mania. I also really enjoy opening days and anniversaries because everyone is so excited!
The park was supposed to open at 8am on opening day but due to the crowds they ended up opening at 6:30am. By the time we got to the park at 6:30am, Slinky’s wait was already over an hour so we chose to just explore the land, buy some Toy Story Land merch (basically everything), and were able to walk on Toy Story Mania.
When you first walk into Toy Story Land, Woody is there to welcome you and you may even hear him say a few words. There’s Photopass photographers there as well if you’re wanting a photo in front of the Toy Story Land sign.
Buzz is the first character meet and greet you’ll come across when entering Toy Story Land. He’ll be there with a character attendant and Photopass photographer. They took tons of photos when I was there and Buzz was so much fun to meet, as always!
Woody and Jessie can be found right next to Toy Story Mania. Just like Buzz Lightyear’s meet and greet, Woody and Jessie had a Photopass photographer and character attendant.
I really just love meeting characters and interacting with them so it was awesome for me to see these 3 again.
There are also tons of Green Army Men & Women who wander around Toy Story Land and play around with all of us toys as we explore the land. They’re always a good time so if you happen to come across them, definitely stop and watch. You’ll have lots of fun.
Slinky Dog Dash
Now known as the “Wildest ride in Andy’s backyard”, Andy’s been given a “Dash & Dodge Coaster Set” and decided to turn it into Slinky Dog Dash. Slinky Dog Dash is very similar to Big Thunder Mountain and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.
It is absolutely my favorite ride at Hollywood Studios but is now my favorite rollercoaster. Other than Haunted Mansion it’s my favorite attraction at Walt Disney World. It’s just perfect. I wish I could capture the joy on my face whenever I ride it because I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy.
This coaster features appearances from some of your favorite Toy Story friends including Slink (of course), Rex, Jessie, Wheezy, and tons of others. I’ll save the rest a secret and let you look for them when you visit Toy Story Land. This coaster also features 2 launches and has awesome sound effects that make it sound like Slink is stretching. I’m also a huge fan of Slink talking in Spanish because it’s just so precious!
Overall, Slinky Dog Dash gets a 12/10 because it’s just perfect and I’m obsessed. I can’t wait to go back and ride it again.
Alien Swirling Saucers
On this out of this world attraction, you’ll board an alien saucer and try to escape the claw. This attraction is similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Cars Land in California Adventure. This attraction doesn’t spin like the teacups but it does slide you around quite a bit. When I rode it by myself I was sliding all over the seat and it was AWESOME!!! The most important thing about this ride is the soundtrack. I. Am. Obsessed. I really need Disney to release an album of the techno Toy Story songs found on this ride. Trying to escape the claw has never been so fun!
Toy Story Mania
The attraction is still the same but the entrance has moved inside Toy Story Land! The updated queue is also super cute and references some of your favorite childhood games and toys. Grab your 3-D glasses and step on up to play some Midway games with Toy Story friends.
As with any new attraction, Fastpasses are hard to come by. We were lucky enough to have the 60 day booking window because we had reservations at a Disney resort. If you’re planning on going to Toy Story Land, and even doing Flight of Passage in Pandora, your best bet for Fastpasses is to stay on property and book Fastpasses when they become available 60 days prior to the reservation. You can start booking Fastpasses at 7am at the 60 day mark. That’s obviously when you’re most likely to obtain difficult Fastpasses.
You can also just keep checking for Fastpasses on My Disney Experience or the Walt Disney World website. People often cancel or change their Fastpasses which opens them up to other people.
The Fastpasses at Hollywood Studios are tiered. This means that you can pick 1 Fastpass from “Category 1” and 2 Fastpasses from “Category 2.” At the moment, it’s just Toy Story Fastpasses in Category 1 (Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania). Category 2 is basically everything else at Hollywood Studios and you can pick 2 attractions from this category (Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, Disney Junior – Live on Stage, Fantasmic, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppet*Vision 3D, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Tower of Terror, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid).
If you’re wanting to experience Toy Story Land, try for any of the 3 Fastpasses from Category 1. Try to prioritize for one of the new attractions but you can’t go wrong with any of them. You can always do the standby line if you don’t end up with a Toy Story Land Fastpass!
XOXO — Cannon and the Castle