I spent today at Hollywood Studios in hopes that they would have a soft opening. After waiting for a good portion of the day (and chatting with some really nice people) they finally let us in!
At 5 p.m. Disney management came out to address the crowd to let us know that we would be allowed in. Needless to say there was an eruption of applause. So we followed them in and got a look at the new land.
Like many others, I hightailed it to Slinky Dog Dash and was able to practically walk onto the ride. Slinky Dog Dash is a really fun roller coaster and a welcome addition to Hollywood Studios. It was a little more intense than I thought it would be. It’s not rough or anything, it’s just faster than I thought it would be, but it was so much fun. I loved seeing Wheezy at the end of the ride. He’s so cute and he’s an animatronic. The ride is a little longer than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, probably around the same as Big Thunder. There are dips, turns, and a second launch where the ride vehicle passes through some flashing arches that say “Go.” It’s really cute and really fun. I highly recommend it. If you can’t get a FastPass for it then I would get to the park before it opens so you can be one of the first in line.
After Slinky I went over to try Alien Swirling Saucers. This is a cute ride that’s perfect for little ones and those that don’t like intense rides. It’s a really mild ride; I would say it’s even less intense than the tea cups in Magic Kingdom. This ride lasts for a few minutes too and you are being pulled around by one of the aliens. It swings you to the side, but it’s not a rough ride it’s very mild..
Next it was time to try Woody’s Lunch Box. I ordered the BBQ Brisket Melt and the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart. The BBQ Brisket Melt was really good and I sat with another solo traveler who also thought the brisket sandwich was really good. Unfortunately, the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart was a little too sweet and the pastry was a little too thick for my taste. Next time I think I’ll try the Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart, it comes with candied bacon!
The merchandise is pretty cute. I ended up getting some Slinky Dog headbands, Alien headbands, Slinky light up toys, Alien cups, and some parachute toys. There are more items available at Beverly Sunset and Mickey’s of Hollywood.
I didn’t see Woody, Jessie, or Buzz walking around, but the Green Army Men and Women were walking around. They were great at interacting with the guests and were walking around the whole time I was there.
By the time I left tonight, Slinky Dog Dash was up to 120 minute wait and they had closed the line. Alien Swirling Saucers was up to an 80 minute wait. So we’re looking at a repeat of Pandora for the summer with the wait times. The good news is Toy Story Mania! didn’t have much of a wait. The wait time said 45 minutes, but it was practically walk on, which never happens. The new queue line for Toy Story Mania! is cute and I was happy to see Mr. Potato Head is still part of the queue line.
When you visit Toy Story Land make sure to look around. The rides are fun, but there are so many details everywhere. For instance, you can see things like pencils and straws holding up the Christmas lights Andy used to light up what he has built. Also, on the ground you will see huge footprints which are, of course, Andy’s footprints. Such a fun detail!
This is such a fun land, it’s not huge (like Pandora), but it’s detailed, so there is a lot to look at. I love that you can see Slinky Dog Dash from almost anywhere in the land.
If you are visiting any time soon and want to see Toy Story Land I would definitely get to Hollywood Studios at least an hour before they open. That will get you towards the front of the crowd and hopefully you will get to see everything. It’s a lot of fun and I definitely recommend making time to see it!
Are you planning to visit Toy Story Land?
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