By now you have probably heard TOY STORY LAND is open! If you haven’t…you know now. Unboxing day was June 30th with a soft opening June 29th. If you didn’t arrive early and I mean early; the park surprised guests with a 6 am opening on Saturday; then you were stuck waiting in a very long queue. Crowds waited 90 minutes and longer just to enter the land. The line for Slinky Dog Dash wrapped around the old Toy Story Mania queue, The Great Movie Ride Queue, and ended near ABC Commissary. Waiting nearly 6 hours! I decided to play it safe and wait til the hype ended…I didn’t attempt visiting the new attractions til the day after it originally opened. Here are my thoughts about Toy Story Land:
Be prepared to wait in long lines for all three rides. When we entered the queue for Slinky Dog Dash we were informed it was a 265 minute wait (only 10 minutes after park opening- to the general public.) Yes! This was an extra magic hour morning for resort guests. HOWEVER, the queue moved quickly and we waited only 110 minutes. Definitely worth the wait. Most of the queue is open with minimal coverage. I would recommend bringing an umbrella, wearing a hat and lots of sunscreen for protection from the sun and other elements. This ride is perfect for kids of all ages with a minimum height requirement of 38″.
Toy Story Mania is the same ride and still holds an extensive wait time. The queue now begins inside Toy Story Land. As you exit the ride keep your eyes open for the NEW Popsicle Wall and Checker Wall. We waited 65 minutes to ride. Of course if you download the NEW Disney Play app for Android and iPhone the wait time flies by. This app is interactive with games, trivia, and music.
Alien Swirling Saucer is the third ride in the all new Toy Story Land and had a wait of 75 minutes. Due to the heat (there is like no shade in this area of the park) we decided to wait til next week to ride when we can utilize our FastPasses.
NOW how do you score a fast pass? Book a resort stay and you can reserve your FastPass 60 days in advance. Resort guests have a better chance of grabbing a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash. If it is not available definitely grab one for the Alien Swirling Saucer. FastPasses are a little more difficult to get for Annual Passholders, as we can only reserve 30 days in advance. Remember FastPasses open at 7am 30 days out. It is possible to get FP’s for Alien Swirling Saucer or Toy Story Mania 30 days in advance. But not both as all rides in TSL are Tier 1. I have yet to see one available for Slinky Dog Dash.
There is so much to see as you meander through Andy’s backyard. New Disney Walls, Green Army Men, Over-sized Toys, and more magic then you can ever imagine. And don’t forget to enjoy a special treat at Woody’s Lunchbox. This is where you can try the new S’mores French Toast Breakfast Sandwich.
Remember Buzz and Woody are always looking for new recruits and you are on their radar! I hope these tips help you. If you would like to book your future resort stay at WDW please send me a direct message. I am a Pixie Planner and I can’t wait to sprinkle some pixie dust on your next vacation.