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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Williams Family: We Tried EVERYTHING in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

When planning for our summer 2018 family vacation, we soon realized that we would NOT be at Walt Disney World for the opening of Toy Story Land--we would be boarding the Disney Dream the day before!  Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, we added a couple of days at Walt Disney World after our cruise.  So, on Thursday, July 5, 2018, we woke up before the crack of dawn and made our way to Disney's Hollywood Studios to tackle Toy Story Land.
Coming upon the entrance.

Welcome! Be sure to listen to the tall statues.

See the big footprint on the ground?  You're the size of a toy!

Crossing the bridge to Slinky Dog Dash entrance.

Extra Magic Hours, 7:00-8:00 am, were being offered to Walt Disney World Resort guests.  We were at the bus stop at our resort at 6:00 am and on a bus--with other guests--by 6:15.  When we arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios around 6:30, guests were already being allowed into the park and the majority of folks were walking right to Toy Story Land.

We walked on Slinky Dog Dash for our first ride by 6:45, rode, exited, and back in line by 6:55 am with a 30 minute wait posted.

Next, we took a turn on Alien Swirling Saucers.

This matched the theme of our shirts for the day, so thought it appropriate to take a picture!
The music and queue at Alien Swirling Saucers is quite fun!

We then found the new entrance to Toy Story Mania and discovered that Mr. Potato Head was back in the stand-by queue!

We'd had a busy morning and it was time for a snack at Woody's Lunch Box.  The line wasn't too bad and we tried the Breakfast Bowl and Raspberry Lunch Box Tart along with the Mini Babybel Snack Cheese.

Babybel, by the way, is the sponsor for Woody's so be on the look out for Babybel chairs!  All dining is outdoors with tables for both sitting and standing.  We didn't have any issues finding a spot to sit for our mid-morning snack.

While we didn't stop for photos on our way into Toy Story Land, we did stop on the way out.  There were two Photopass photographers taking photos at the entrance sign, which made the process much quicker!

We took a break from Toy Story Land, but did come back later in the day as we had FP for Toy Story Mania.  When we returned, we met the characters located in Toy Story Land, too.
You can see the bathroom entrance behind in this photo.
The Green Army Patrol march back and forth Toy Story Land, interacting with guests and they now have their own drum corp.

Now, for our review:

The land itself is cute and creative.  The boy noticed all the "sponsorships" that the land would need to make it look all plastic--Lego, K'Nex, Tinker Toy, etc.  The queues are creatively done and do look like everything is a toy.

We would rate Slinky Dog Dash, just under Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in terms of thrill level.  The last big hill is great!  There's more room for legs, bottoms, bags, etc. on Slinky Dog than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster!  Thank goodness!

There's a ride photo on Slinky Dog Dash that "automagically" connects to your MagicBand, just like FROZEN.  So, no congregating at the exit to check out photos and watch guests take a photo of the ride photo.  You get the photo with your Photopass account.

There are 7 attractions--including character meet & greets in Toy Story Land--and 5 of those are outside.  Which means, only Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers remain open during inclement weather.  Add wind, and Alien Swirling Saucers will close down.  We asked Cast Members what, if any, plans were in the works to relocate character meet & greets inside, and we were directed to Guest Services to ask/advocate.

If you Fastpass Toy Story Mania, you will miss Mr. Potato Head, so we recommend using the Stand-by queue at least once.  Be ready for the LONG walk to exit Toy Story Mania as it now exits in Toy Story Land.
Stand-by entrance on the left, Fastpass on the right
If you look at this photo, the Stand-by entrance  for Slinky Dog Dash is on the left, while FP is on the right, but the long lines for Slinky Dog seemed to be to the right of the red umbrellas--look at photo below--most of the day, so I'm confused about what happens when those lines cross at the entrance!
Guests in the Stand-by queue stand to the right of the red umbrellas.

Bathrooms.  There is one located on far to the left, across from Alien Swirling Saucers.  It's themed and colorful--reminds me of Legoland Hotel.  It's also big, which is helpful.  What's not helpful is that there is only ONE paper towel dispenser for the entire location.  Not one near the diaper changing station only ONE above one of the sinks.  There are two other "blade" dryers above the sink area that require guests to stand in front of the sink and dry their hands making other guests wait to wash their hands AND since the "blade" dryers are above the sink, little kiddos can't reach them to dry their hands, nor can they reach the paper towel dispenser.  I used the women's bathroom 4 times during our day and 2 out of 4 times that ONE paper towel dispenser was, you guessed it, empty.

We will add Toy Story Land into our touring plans.  Slinky Dog Dash Fastpasses are now the hottest commodity on Walt Disney World property and will be until Star Wars Land opens in the Fall of 2019.

We came to tackle Toy Story Land, and we did!

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