Disney Reveals Opening Date For Toy Story Land Expansion
Even though the D23 Expo is finished, Disney is still making major announcements regarding future expansions within their theme parks. Very early this morning, Slinky Dog made his way through Times Square in New York City for a very special announcement!
It was announced on ABC’s Good Morning America that the highly-anticipated Toy Story Land expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios would open on June 30th, 2018. The expansion includes an all new roller coaster, a family ride, as well as a makeover of one of the park’s most famous rides.
"Toy Story Land" will open at Walt Disney World on June 30, 2018! WE CAN'T WAIT!! http://abcn.ws/2o4t8ZN
Posted by Good Morning America on Friday, February 16, 2018
Guests will be shrunk down to the size of a toy while exploring the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s 11-acre backyard. The main attraction in the new land is Slinky Dog Dash, a family launch coaster from Mack Rides. Riders will experience the fun adventure created with Andy’s Mega Coaster play kit featuring the beloved characters of Jessie and Slinky himself. The new coaster is a ride for the whole family where Slinky Dog twists his coils around curves, hills, and drops across Toy Story Land.
Take a sneak peek spin on the new coaster!
The second attraction is the highly energetic Alien Swirling Saucers — featuring those love-able aliens from Pizza Planet. The aliens will take guests on a wild ride, while “The Claw” is suspended overhead.
Even with the park receiving two unique attractions, another beloved attraction is also being updated. The iconic Toy Story Mania that debuted in 2008 will be receiving a makeover to coincide with the new expansion. Now, riders will enter the attraction by means of walking through a carnival game box — and the addition of a third track will result in the ride having a greater capacity than before.
“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”
Along with the new attractions, a new restaurant will be opening with the expansion. Woody’s Lunch Box will be a walk up eatery that offers delicious meals, traditional old-fashioned soda floats, along with other tasty eats and treats! The land will also feature an array of themed decorations which include toys such as Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, and of course Tinkertoys!
Here’s the most recent aerial shot of the Toy Story Land construction from February 10th, 2018.
Toy Story Land will open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018. As with most new theme park expansions, we expect the land to have a soft opening before June 30th, but there’s no telling how soon that will be.
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