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Walt Disney World is getting ready to open up its next big expansion, dedicated to the world of Toy Story. While the new Toy Story Land won't be quite as big as when Star Wars Galaxy's Edge opens next year, it will certainly bring a lot more guests back to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's everything you'll need to know when the new area opens in just over a month.
First and foremost, you need to know when it opens, which will be June 30, 2018. The new land is part of Disney's Hollywood Studios and has been built on the west side of the park, adjacent, fittingly, to the existing Pixar Place region. That area will be going away as one of the changes that will be taking place is that the existing Toy Story attraction in the park, Toy Story Mania, will have a brand new entrance once Toy Story Land opens so the Pixar Place walkway will be redundant.
Toy Story Land takes up 11 acres of space and the entire thing is themed to feel like you've been shrunken down to the size of a toy and are wandering around the various playsets in Andy's backyard. As such, everything from the ride design to the concession stands will look like oversized objects. Woody's Lunchbox is one such quick service food location that is designed to look like an actual lunchbox, if you were only a few inches tall. The menu of Woody's Lunchbox certainly sounds like it was created by a kid as items like a smores french toast breakfast sandwich, and a raspberry tart, that resembles kid favorites Pop Tarts, will be available.
In addition to the existing attraction, which has guests firing pop guns at 3D targets for points, two brand new attractions will open. Alien Swirling Saucers (pictured above) has guests sit in cars pulled around in a circle by the little green aliens from Toy Story while trying to avoid "the claw" overhead. The second ride is the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, which is designed as a family-friendly coaster, meaning smaller kids will still be able to ride it and won't go quite as fast as the roller coasters in other Disney Parks.
In addition to the rides, numerous Toy Story characters will also be available to meet and greet. Woody, Buzz, Jesse and the Green Army Men will all be walking around Toy Story Land for guests to take pictures with. In addition, the animatronic Mr. Potato Head who was removed from Toy Story Mania when the ride was refurbished a couple years ago will be making his return. There will also be an all-new animatronic of the penguin Wheezy outside of Slinky Dog Dash.
Toy Story is one of many Disney properties that seems to resonate with many people in a very special way. The new land is sure to be a special place for those with a special place in their heart for these characters and the world that the movies create. You'll be able to visit Andy's backyard in June.
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