Since the announcement was made on August 15, 2015 that Toy Story would officially have it’s own land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, people have been watching and waiting with anticipation. Today, the wait was finally over as thousands of guests (or toys as we were all referred to) showed up with smiles to be among the first to enter Andy’s backyard.
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Unfortunately, those smiles were met with a three hour wait time. Due to the limited size of Toy Story Land, visiting toys had to wait in a line that stretched up to and around the Chinese Theatre. From my observation, it didn’t seem to matter much, everyone was in high spirits and ready to wait their turn. Anyone fortunate enough to have a fastpass, was permitted to bypass the standby line and head directly in for their allotted ride time.
Once inside, the wait didn’t seem to matter much after Woody gave the old “Hey Howdy Hey” greeting at the now famous Toy Story Land sign. It was obvious that Andy has a wild imagination with all the amazing creations set up in his backyard. It really gave everyone the sense of becoming one of his beloved toys.
Walking in, we see the bright red coaster track with Jessie and Rex perched high above, bantering back and forth. Suddenly, Slinky Dog himself comes roaring around the winding track. You can hear Slink’ having a great time as he twists and turns round and round.
Tinker toys are built up as light posts, only to compliment the multiple strands of Christmas lights wrapped all around the yard. Andy definitely must have considered playing after sunset. Even Though the land was at full capacity, it did not feel overcrowded inside. Yes, there were massive crowds waiting, but Disney seemed to be keeping everything under control. The crowds did not take away from the overall experience.
Andy put together three main attractions for his adventurous toys. The Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania were all extremely popular. If you wanted the experience, Slinky Dog would cost you 270 minutes of your time, Swirling Saucers 180 minutes and to my surprise, only 65 minutes for Midway Mania.
Andy made sure that his army men had a large presence to make sure the toys were kept in order and also provide some entertaining laughs. One thing is for sure, these green troops are surly going to be a hit if they stick around through the years.
Woody’s Lunch Box was packed (no pun intended). Andy really got creative when he thought of this area. Feeding all these toys is a huge responsibility and there was no slacking when it came to food and seating. Andy put together chairs made from Babybel Cheese and benches from Popsicle sticks and Lincoln Logs. Toys were chowing down on delicious looking sandwiches and drinks. There are so many options I intend on reviewing in the near future, including the Monte Cristo and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Even with the massive wait times and high humidity levels, all the toys were willing to wait in long lines to ride Andy’s newest creations. The biggest hit of the entire day was definitely Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. These new attractions provide family friendly thrills, both on and off the rides. Andy made sure that you can experience these new ride up close and personal all throughout his backyard. Toys can walk right up to the swirling saucers and enjoy watching all the spinning smiles. Slinky Dog can be seen up close all through Andy’s backyard. You can hear Slink encouraging the thrills as he yells out with excitement.
Andy wanted to make sure that all his toys had a chance to remember the time they spent in his backyard, so he filled his toy camper and toy dump truck with some pretty great souvenirs. Buzz, Woody, Jessie, Slinky and even the aliens were all ready and available to head home with you. Maybe you could write your name on the bottom of their feet.
We all know how creative Andy is, but he is also a pretty good artist. He made sure that all the little details stood out, so visiting toys would feel right at home. Andy obviously loves his toys and the memories they create, so he made sure that we all had opportunities to make memories of our own. There are so many details, it will take many visits to really experience them all.
Overall, opening day seemed to be a success. Yes, there were long lines, yes it was hot and yes it even rained, but it didn’t stop the fun. It certainly didn’t stop the excitement of returning to childhood again. The chance to become a toy and really feel like a part of Andy’s imagination was achieved. Whenever we feel like the world is just to grown up for us, we now know that Andy’s backyard is there!
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