I have finally completed my full run through of the fabulous Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. When we were down in Florida last year, it had just opened and it was a mob scene. You couldn’t get anywhere near it nor did I have a desire to be armpit to armpit with people during the summer in Orlando. This last trip with Olivia, we finally experienced this section of the park and it was absolutely adorable. Disney did a really great job with the theme and colors here. It was almost a la Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground feel with how tall everything is to make you feel like a toy.
I’ve compiled a short list of Dos and Don’ts to make your trip successful because this is still a very popular attraction. This isn’t a waltz in whenever you feel like it because you will not get the most out of it type of venue. This visit requires a little planning so that you don’t miss out on the good stuff.
- Do a rope drop or purchase an extra hours package. If you don’t have the extra money, rope dropping is almost a necessity to get the most out of this land. My last trip, rope dropping entitled you to less than 20 minute waits for Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash being around 45 minutes which is a good time for a standard wait. My recommendation would be to get a fastpass for Slinky Dog and hit the other two first. If you are not able to get a FastPass for Slinky Dog, get one for Toy Story Mania and run to Slinky Dog first and Alien Saucers after that. If you have the money to splurge on an after hours, that is an amazing option as well.
- Don’t miss out on breakfast at Woody’s Lunchbox. Olivia and I loved having breakfast here. We tried the smores french toast sandwich, the Box Tarts and the Breakfast Bowl. The Box Tarts and Breakfast Bowl were definite hits. The current seasonal blueberry lemon was our favorite Box Tart and the tator tots in the Breakfast Bowl were an excellent choice. We weren’t huge fans of the sandwich because we felt there wasn’t a huge flavor punch and it was really messy. Parent Tip: This location does serve alcoholic beverages from beer to specialty cocktails!
- Do keep on the look out for Toy Story Characters. There were constantly characters walking to and from in Toy Story Land. I’m not a huge fan of waiting in line for character photos and my daughter doesn’t beg for it too often either. When the characters walk through, they are constantly highfiving and waving at kids. Olivia was perfectly happy with that. We saw the toy soldier drummers multiple times going back and forth as well as Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep.
- Don’t try to tackle Toy Story Land midday. Midday is hottest and most crowded part of the day. There is not a lot of shade and the area itself is not very big. The ride times are also going to be at the highest wait times during this time of day.
- Do the Slinky Dog Dash. I won’t lie, at first glance, I didn’t think this ride was anything super special. Yes it was cute but I’m a coaster die hard and I thought this was going to be a wimpy kids coaster. Now this doesn’t go super fast but there are so many little bumps and twists that make it a whole lot of fun. Adding in the scenery just takes it over the top. If you are curious as to what the ride is like, I encourage you to check out my live Periscope video from the ride here: https://bit.ly/2JNeFgi
I hope that you all got something out of this. Let me know what your favorite thing is about Toy Story Land or what you would want to try. As always, thank you for your support and friendship!