For months, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has been teasing the grand opening of its brand new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guess what folks - it’s finally here.
This weekend, June 30-July 1, Toy Story Land will officially be opening at the popular theme park. Disney has been sharing sneak peaks such as photos and videos with excited fans for the past few months, offering exclusive looks at the layout and rides expected in the new theme land. Most recently, was a dazzling inside look at how the Pixar favorite will light up at night.
Last week, Disney World tested out audio and lighting integrated together on the attractions for the first time at night.
“You think you understand just how dynamic it’s all going to be when it comes together, but frankly nothing can really prepare you for the moment when you see all of that come together in harmony like it has tonight,” Ryan Wineinger, Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering told iNSIDE Disney Parks. “It is fantastic, we’re so excited for guests to see it.”
Some of the rides tested for nightlife included Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Alien Swirling Saucers features a Pizza Planet toy for the aliens made famous in Toy Story that spins while rotating around the track. Each song that plays while the ride is in motion has a unique lighting effect to go with it.
“Riding Slinky Dog for the first time and riding tonight with the lighting and special effects and audio was so exciting,” Dave Minichiello, Executive Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering said about the highly anticipated addition. “After so many years of developing the different pieces, seeing it here in Toy Story Land all together with the Pixar team has been monumental for us.”
The 11-acre land will feature characters from Toy Story like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, Rex, and even the Green Army Men, who visitors are meant to feel as small as when they enter the park.
Toys and games make up the landscape of Toy Story Land, with features that include lampposts shaped like Tinkertoys and benches made out of Lincoln Logs and K’nex.
The new addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also include Woody’s Lunch Box, a pit stop for hungry park-goers who hope to get a taste of upgraded lunch snacks, and new merchandise like small-scale replicas of the rides Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers available for purchase.
One thing’s for sure, Andy is going to have a lot of visitors stopping by his room this weekend. Watch below for more sneak peaks and surprises!