You have a big travel decision to make this summer! Are you going to head to Disneyland for all of the Pixar Fest fun? Or are you going to make your way to Walt Disney World to check out the brand new Toy Story Land?
That was a trick question… The correct answer is both!
Toy Story Land opens on June 30. To get you fully prepared, Disney gave us all of the details so that you can get to planning your Orlando getaway.
No Vacation Required (NVR): Disney Imagineers did a stellar job with Pandora-The World of Avatar last year, and we’ve heard that they’ve done it again with Toy Story Land. Give Expedia readers the lowdown on what to expect:
Disney: Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre land brings to life all the magic and fun of the hit Disney Pixar animated “Toy Story” franchise. In this land—inspired by Andy’s backyard from the films—guests “shrink” to the size of a toy and set off for thrills and laughs on three signature attractions.
NVR: Don’t leave us hanging. What are the three key attractions?
NVR: We’ve heard the Alien Swirling Saucers are going to be spectacular, so we are especially excited to give the new ride a whirl (see what we did there). Tell us what we can expect.
Disney: Designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant, Alien Swirling Saucers is out-of-this-world fun. “Toy Story” green aliens have powered up their flying saucers and earthbound guests get to play along. In rocket ship toys, guests swirl and whirl among toy planets and space stations as part of the game while “The Claw” hangs overhead. This space adventure is bathed in multi-color lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies.
NVR: As guys who love food, tell us what we can expect for snacks and sips in Toy Story Land.
Disney: The fun extends to food, and meal time comes with a heavy helping of nostalgia. Woody’s Lunch Box will serve up classic on-the-go menu items with a creative twist.
NVR: We will do our best to eat everything, but what should we make sure not to miss?
Disney: Lunch box tarts! A modern interpretation of a breakfast toaster pastry as a hand-held dessert, these feature a uniquely delicate crust. Layer in high-quality ingredients for fillings, add a decorative garnish, and these tasty tarts beat anything mom packed. Choice of Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon.
NVR: How did we make it through childhood without candied bacon on pastry tarts? Okay, now we are really hungry. What else should we add to our “must eat” list?
Disney: Here are four other options.
- S’more French Toast breakfast sandwich: Oozy goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat.
- Grilled three-cheese sandwich: To ensure a soft gooey middle, Disney chefs created a sharp cheddar cream cheese spread, layered in provolone and cheddar and wrapped the sandwich in garlic butter-grilled French bread.
- BBQ brisket melt: With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, BBQ sauce and garlic butter-grilled sourdough.
- Totchos: Bite-sized potato barrels, corn chips, chili and queso. ‘Nuf said.
NVR: You know we’re all in for anything and everything nacho related. After a day full of fun, what souvenirs can visitors find?
Disney: After a day of play in Andy’s backyard, guests can relive their memories with fun merchandise created especially for Toy Story Land. Headbands are crowned by three-eyed space aliens or Slinky Dog. Slinky Dog also inspires a toy with light-up rings; he can even strrreetch around the waist or shoulders and double as a fashion accessory. Kids get bragging rights with commemorative “I Played There” t-shirts that let the world know they were among the first guests to Toy Story Land. These and other playful items will be available in merchandise locations found in Toy Story Land and at select shops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
You would need a backpack the size of a school bus to carry the Buzz and Woody figures that tower over Toy Story Land.
NVR: Finally, we’ve got to ask about the Green Army Men. Where will we find that crew?
Disney: Sarge and the Green Army Man Drum Corps will be marching several times a day through Toy Story Land. As the Drum Corps marches on, everyone’s invited to follow another contingent of Green Army Men to their fun and interactive boot camp, where they’ll “toy” with guests using giant Pixar balls, oversized crayons and a game of SARGE SAYS (their own spin on Simon Says).
NVR: Any final fun facts you want to leave us with?
Disney: We have enough fun facts and “didn’t-know-that’s” to fill a toy chest:
- More than 400 toy blocks fill Andy’s backyard.
- In Toy Story Land, Andy’s footprint is about 25 feet long or the equivalent of a size 240 shoe.
- It would take a Green Army Man roughly 12 steps just to travel the length of one of Andy’s shoeprints.
- The weight of the Slinky Dog Dash track and support columns weighs almost as much as 125,000 gallons of milk.
- Together Rex and the Jenga Tower are as tall as 7½ Green Army Men standing on top of one another.
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What’s your favorite toy from childhood?