Table of Contents
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- Click on the Links Below for Details About Toy Story Land! And Keep Scrolling for More Toy Story Land Info!
- Toy Story Rides
- Character Meet and Greets
- Toy Story Land Dining
- Read our full review for Woody’s Lunch Box here!
- Toy Story Land Merchandise
- Andy’s backyard comes alive in Disney World’s Toy Story Land
- Toy Story Land at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios – overview and history
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- Toy Story 3
- The Attack Dog With a Built-In Force Field
- Original concept
- Relationship with Woody
- Toy Description
- The toys you need to know
- Get ready for an easter egg hunt
- Bo Peep and Woody’s relationship
- There’s one thing about ‘Toy Story 4’ that makes me seriously annoyed
While Toy Story Land is peppered with many distinct touches to give guests the impression that they’re toy-sized, Ms. Magnum said she and her team aimed to have many of the toys work double duty, being both fun and functional. “So we don’t just have park benches,” she said, “but instead the benches are big Lincoln Logs. And one of the walk-up food locations is a lunch pail that’s been propped up with a giant thermos.” Some lamp posts are the shape of Tinkertoys, and at night, parts of the area are lit by giant Christmas lights.
But no theme park would be complete without rides. Here, the signature one is a roller coaster meant to have been designed by Andy (but actually conceived by the Disney team and manufactured by Mack Rides) called Slinky Dog Dash. Guests ride in a version of Slinky Dog on a spiffy red track through family-friendly twists and turns. Park designers wanted to make sure the ride was fun, but not extreme. “I look at it as aspirational,” Ms. Mangum said. “For a lot of kids, this will be their first roller coaster experience, and it’s safe. There are no inversions. But it’s fun.”
In the design stage for the coaster, a 3-D digital version was created so that designers could get a sense of what the ride would be like. The process is so intricate that Imagineers had been virtually riding the coaster for nearly 3 years before the physical version came together.
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Toy Story Rides
Two brand new attractions have made their debut in Toy Story Land.
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash is the family-friendly roller coaster result of Andy’s assemblage of his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit!
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash
And Alien Swirling Saucers is set inside a play set that Andy himself won at Pizza Planet.
Alien Swirling Saucers
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Alien Swirling Saucers
These new attractions join the already popular Toy Story Mania!, which has officially become part of Toy Story Land as well, with a brand new entrance.
Toy Story Mania new entrance
And even more guests are able to take on the ride’s 3D carnival games, thanks to the addition of a third track for the beloved ride.
FastPass+ is available for Toy Story Land attractions for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests who are 60 days out from their check-in date (and 30 days out for non-Resort guests with a ticket or Annual Pass linked up on via a My Disney Experience account). Guests can choose one Toy Story Land attraction plus two other attractions in the theme park.
Alien Swirling Saucers
Additionally, starting July 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be open from 8AM until 10:30PM each day with morning Extra Magic Hours every day and once weekly evening Extra Magic Hours.
Character Meet and Greets
Characters from Pixar’s Toy Story films greet guests in Toy Story Land. Get ready to say “Howdy!” to Sheriff Woody!
And, of course, Buzz Lightyear! To Infinity… and BEYOND!!!
Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl also greets guests in Toy Story Land. Be sure to bring autograph books and your camera to capture the moment.
Toy Story Land Dining
Andy’s very own lunch box has been turned on its side and has become Woody’s Lunch Box, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Toy Story Land guests.
Woody’s Lunch Box
This walk-up window Quick Service location serves meals and old-fashioned soda floats to all of us “toys” visiting Toy Story Land.
Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich
You’ll find nostalgic foods served up with a twist: a S’mores French Toast Sandwich for breakfast, for instance, or a Breakfast Bowl filled with eggs, brisket-country gravy, and potato barrels (tots).
S’more French Toast Sandwich
Lunch and dinner options include a BBQ Brisket Melt, a Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam, and Totchos (tater tot nachos).
Read our full review for Woody’s Lunch Box here!
Be on the lookout! Sarge and the Green Army Drum Corps march through Toy Story Land several times throughout the day. And play “Sarge Says” and other games with the Green Army Patrol during an interactive boot camp.
Green Army Patrol
Be sure to check your Times Guide (you can pick one up at the park entrance) or My Disney Experience app to find out what times you can enjoy the entertainment.
Toy Story Land Merchandise
Want to take something home to remember all the time you spent playing in Toy Story Land? Well, that shouldn’t be a problem!
Play Family Camper Merchandise Stand
Two new headbands, among several other items, have arrived in the Land, inspired by the Little Green Aliens and Slinky Dog himself!
Hats, Headbands, and More
Mugs, T-shirts, toys and more are also available.
Toy Story Land Merchandise
Toy Story Land Merchandise
Toy Story Land Merchandise
Toy Story Land Merchandise
Andy’s backyard comes alive in Disney World’s Toy Story Land
Disney’s Hollywood Studios park just opened Toy Story Land, an 11-acre area, filled with eye-popping details, that allows visitors to experience, hands-on, Pixar’s beloved franchise. So what’s it like being shrunk down to the size of a toy? Arthur Levine While the humans are away, they get to play with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy’s toys in his backyard. As his handwritten sketches and notes make clear, Andy designed the mini amusement park and built it entirely out of found objects. Matt Stroshane, Disney It is a hoot to discover the many details embedded throughout the land. For example, there are oversized blocks, Green Army Men, and other toys casually scattered in overgrown grass and weeds. Arthur Levine There are benches that Andy has fashioned out of Brio train tracks … Arthur Levine Andused Popsicle sticks.You can see the individual wood grain in each stick and the remnants of the flavor colors. Arthur Levine Larger-than-life Christmas tree bulbs that hang from Tinkertoy assemblies serve as the area’s lighting. David Roark, Disney One sight that is hard to miss in Toy Story Land is the roller coaster that snakes throughout the area. Dubbed Slinky Dog Dash, it is a mashup of Andy’s Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Play Kit with his prized toy, Slinky Dog, serving as the train. David Roark, Disney Instead of using a traditional chain lift hill, Slinky Dog Dash is a launched coaster. It doesn’t exactly scream out of the station like most launched rides, but it does pack enough of a punch to get pulses moderately racing. Matt Stroshane, Disney At the midway point, the train glides to a stop for a few moments until a second launch accelerates it uphill yet again. Arthur Levine As passengers learn in the loading station, which Andy has jury-rigged using the packages his toys came in and other materials, the second half of the ride is courtesy of a Dash & Dodge power booster expansion pack. Matt Stroshane, Disney Cuteness factor alert: Just outside the unload area, an animatronic Wheezy penguin croons, Rat Pack-style, the “Toy Story” chestnut, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Steven Diaz, Disney The land’s other new attraction is the spinning ride, Alien Swirling Saucers. It features the crane machine aliens from Pizza Planet, an arcade depicted in “Toy Story.” Matt Stroshane, Disney Vehicles latch onto and revolve around three turntables. When it cranks up, the attraction delivers a few mildly aggressive moments that recall the classic amusement park ride, The Whip. Steven Diaz, Disney Rounding out Toy Story Land is the ride-through 4D attraction, Toy Story Mania, which originally opened in 2008. Passengers play virtual carnival games on large screens and rack up points. Matt Stroshane, Disney Disney expanded the popular attraction by adding an additional track and shifted its entrance to the other side of the show building, which is in the new land. Matt Stroshane, Disney The counter-service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, looks like, well, a giant metal lunch box. A matching Woody Thermos holds the lid of the box open. The menu includes school cafeteria classics such as Pop-Tarts, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tomato soup gussied up with some contemporary foodie embellishments. Matt Stroshane, Disney Even the pathways conform to the themeing. Andy’s huge sneaker prints can be seen in the ground. Arthur Levine Ryan Wineinger, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, points to jumbo Cootie bugs on display and explains how all of the plastic toys in the land include the seams you’d expect to see where the two halves of the molded pieces are joined. Arthur Levine “We’re really proud that we’ve brought toys to life in such an authentic and honorable way,” he notes. “We think it makes the experience richer.” Matt Stroshane, Disney
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When Disney’s Hollywood Studios debuted in 1989 (then known as Disney-MGM Studios), it was Walt Disney World’s counter to the soon-to-open Universal Studios Florida. Both parks initially let visitors peer behind the curtain of the moviemaking process. But nearly 30 years later, they have largely abandoned the backlot tours, the soundstage presentations, and the special effects reveals. Instead, the focus is on inviting guests to bust through the screen and enter fully realized worlds based on popular films.
Case in point: Disney’s Hollywood Studios park just opened Toy Story Land. There are no exhibits about storyboards, voiceover actors, or the technology that drives the computer animation process. There is, however, an 11-acre area, filled with eye-popping details, that allows visitors to experience, hands-on, Pixar’s beloved franchise. It also continues a theme park trend, established with Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, of devoting entire lands to a single creative property.
The clever conceit is that visitors have been shrunk to the size of toys and are, in fact, themselves honorary toys. While the humans are away, they get to play with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of Andy’s toys in his backyard. As his handwritten sketches and notes make clear, Andy designed the mini amusement park and built it entirely out of found objects.
It is a hoot to discover the many details embedded throughout the land. For example, there are oversized blocks, Green Army Men, and other toys casually scattered in overgrown grass and weeds. There are benches that Andy has fashioned out of Brio train tracks and used Popsicle sticks. You can see the individual wood grain in each stick and the remnants of the flavor colors. Larger-than-life Christmas tree bulbs that hang from Tinkertoy assemblies serve as the area’s lighting.
One sight that is hard to miss in Toy Story Land is the roller coaster that snakes throughout the area. Dubbed Slinky Dog Dash, it is a mashup of Andy’s Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Play Kit with his prized toy, Slinky Dog, serving as the train. “The cuteness factor is arguably over the top,” says Phil Holmes, VP, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, about the ride. Watching the adorable pooch and his coiled collection of cars navigate the track, it’s hard to argue with the exec’s assessment.
Instead of using a traditional chain lift hill, Slinky Dog Dash is a launched coaster. It doesn’t exactly scream out of the station like most launched rides, but it does pack enough of a punch to get pulses moderately racing. There is a brief pop of airtime, the butterflies-in-your-tummy sensation, as the train leaps over a hill and twists around a Jenga tower.
At the midway point, the train glides to a stop for a few moments until a second launch accelerates it uphill yet again. As passengers learn in the loading station, which Andy has jury-rigged using the packages his toys came in and other materials, the second half of the ride is courtesy of a Dash & Dodge power booster expansion pack. Before the train heads home, riders experience a series of small camelback humps.
Cuteness factor alert: Just outside the unload area, an animatronic Wheezy penguin croons, Rat Pack-style, the “Toy Story” chestnut, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” His yellow microphone cable extends under the track and is attached to a Playskool cassette tape player on the other side of the train.
It might be even cooler if the train behaved like an actual Slinky Dog and lurched through the course with spring-like action. As it is, Slinky Dog Dash is pretty much note-perfect for its intended audience. It hits a sweet spot between a kiddie coaster and a terror-inducing thrill machine. Holmes labels it an “aspirational” ride. Young children who just make the 38-inch height requirement may approach the ride with some trepidation. They’ll be challenged (and older passengers will get a kick out of the ride), but the coaster is gentle enough that it shouldn’t overwhelm them. Youngsters will leave Slinky Dog Dash with a sense of mastery, what Holmes calls, “the joy and satisfaction of ‘I did it!’ ”
The land’s other new attraction is the spinning ride, Alien Swirling Saucers. It features the crane machine aliens from Pizza Planet, an arcade depicted in “Toy Story.” Vehicles latch onto and revolve around three turntables. When it cranks up, the attraction delivers a few mildly aggressive moments that recall the classic amusement park ride, The Whip.
Rounding out Toy Story Land is the ride-through 4D attraction, Toy Story Mania, which originally opened in 2008. Passengers play virtual carnival games on large screens and rack up points. Disney expanded the popular attraction by adding an additional track and shifted its entrance to the other side of the show building, which is in the new land.
The counter-service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, looks like, well, a giant metal lunch box. A matching Woody Thermos holds the lid of the box open. The menu includes school cafeteria classics such as Pop-Tarts, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tomato soup gussied up with some contemporary foodie embellishments.
Toy Story Land is not as lavishly appointed or on as grand a scale as Universal’s Potter lands or Cars Land at Disney California Adventure (or, it would seem, the hotly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will open next year at Disney parks on both coasts. Batuu’s spires beckon just beyond the fence in Andy’s backyard). But it is undeniably charming and duly geared to small fry and their families. (If there was any wonder about the target demographic, the abundance of pint-sized urinals in the men’s restroom makes it clear.)
That’s not to say that the land isn’t cleverly textured. Even the pathways conform to the themeing. Andy’s huge sneaker prints can be seen in the ground. What at first glance might appear to be cracks in the walkways are actually expansion joints, according to Ryan Wineinger, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Whereas most expansion joints follow a consistent grid-like pattern, the ones in Toy Story Land are haphazard. Combined with the brown tones in the paths, they look like meandering cracks that dried in the yard’s dirt. The joints “provide a functional purpose,” Wineinger says, but they also bring some whimsy to the land because Disney’s creative team “cares about the story the most.”
The Imagineers convey the land’s story using a multisensory approach, including touch. “You can walk up to some objects and feel them,” says Wineinger. ”That’s part of what maintains the immersive experience.” Wood blocks feel like wood, including the side grain that’s familiar to anyone who has ever felt the real thing. Plastic objects are appropriately light and smooth to the touch.
Wineinger points to jumbo Cootie bugs on display and explains how all of the plastic toys in the land include the seams you’d expect to see where the two halves of the molded pieces are joined. “We’re really proud that we’ve brought toys to life in such an authentic and honorable way,” he notes. “We think it makes the experience richer.”
Let’s take a whirlwind tour and run down all of the exciting rides, attractions, lands, shows, and other developments that the Disney parks have in store. Mouse ear hats are optional. Disneyland Shanghai Disneyland: Beauty and the Beast Broadway production (Opening date: Summer 2018): The resort’s Walt Disney Grand Theatre will welcome a Mandarin-language version of the long-running Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” The theater currently presents a Chinese production of “Lion King.” Disney Walt Disney World: Caribbean Beach Resort transformation (Opening date: Fall 2018): One of Disney World’s largest hotels, the Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing a major remodeling. Among the new features will be a new, central registration area and re-imagined dining locations including a quick-service eatery, a table-service restaurant, and a poolside bar. Disney Walt Disney World: Disney’s Coronado Springs resort expansion (Opening date: Fall 2018): One of Disney World’s Moderate Resorts, the Coronado Springs is getting a 15-story tower that will add 500 rooms. Disney is also remodeling the Mexican-themed hotel’s existing guest rooms and redesigning the grounds. Disney Disneyland Paris Resort: Mickey’s Philharmagic (Opening date: 2018): Like the same-named attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Mickey’s Philharmagic will be a “4D” animated presentation featuring Disney’s classic characters. Mickey gets top billing, but the irascible Donald Duck steals the show. Disney Disneyland Resort: Jessie’s Critter Carousel (Opening date: Summer 2019): Woody’s cowgirl pardner from the “Toy Story” films will inspire the makeover of King Triton’s Carousel at Pixar Pier. It will join the existing Toy Story Midway Mania ride along the land’s boardwalk. Disney-Pixar Disneyland Resort: Star Wars- Galaxy’s Edge (Opening date: Summer 2019): The 14-acre land now under construction will transport visitors to an intergalactic outpost. There they will be invited to pilot the Millennium Falcon and join sides in a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort Disneyland Resort: Star Wars- Galaxy’s Edge (Opening date: Summer 2019): Located on the planet Batuu, the name of the renegade village on the edge of the Star Wars galaxy will be Black Spire Outpost. Disney is promising that the area will be richly themed and highly interactive. Disney Walt Disney World: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Opening date: Late fall 2019): A galaxy far, far away is on its way to Disney World as well as Disneyland, just a bit later in the year. Among the characters visitors will get to encounter in the Star Wars land will be Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and BB-8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney Walt Disney World: Star Wars-themed hotel (Opening date: TBA): If visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge wouldn’t be immersive enough, you could take a round-the-clock deep dive into the mythological universe by booking a multi-day stay at this singular (and likely singularly expensive) hotel. Based on Disney’s renderings, it appears guests’ sleeping quarters will be aboard a spaceship. Disney Walt Disney World: Disney Riviera Resort (Opening date: 2019): The 15th Disney Vacation Club resort will offer 300 accommodation units. To be located near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the resort will include a rooftop restaurant that will afford views of the parks. Disney Walt Disney World: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Opening date: 2019): Replacing The Great Movie Ride inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Chinese Theater, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will send passengers on an adventure in a cartoon world. Disney is saying that the attraction will incorporate “2-and-a-half-D,” a feature that will render imagery with depth, but not require 3D glasses. Disney Disneyland Paris Resort: New Lion King show (Opening date: 2019): In a display of the, ahem, circle of life, one of Disney’s most popular and enduring films will inspire a new musical stage show. Since Disneyland Paris is multilingual, we’re not sure what language the performers will use for the Lion King production (but “Hakuna Matata” should translate well into any dialect). Disney Disneyland Resort: Super Hero-themed land based on “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers,” and “Iron Man” (Opening date: 2020): Disney California Adventure’s “a bug’s land” will get squashed and replaced with attractions featuring characters from the Marvel Universe. It will include the existing Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout along with new rides based on Iron Man and the Avengers. Joshua Sudock, Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort Tokyo Disney Resort: New Fantasyland expansion (Opening date: 2020): Additional attractions and other enhancements are on their way to the park’s Fantasyland. Among the additions will be a new indoor theater for live shows. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: Beauty and the Beast area (Opening date: 2020): As part of the New Fantasyland expansion, guests will be able to ride aboard “enchanted dishes” and visit Beast’s castle. The Beauty and the Beast area will also include a themed restaurant and shop. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: Big Hero 6 attraction (Opening date: 2020): Baymax, the robot star of Big Hero 6, will get his own spinning ride in the park’s Tomorrowland. Disney Disneyland Paris Resort: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel (Opening date: 2020): The existing Hotel New York will get a superhero makeover courtesy of the Marvel Universe. Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and other characters will inspire the décor and vibe in the lobby and throughout the hotel. Disney Walt Disney World: Space-themed restaurant (Opening date: Before 2021): To be located near Epcot‘s Mission: Space attraction, the yet-to-be-named table-service restaurant will transport patrons to an orbiting space station. Guests will be able to see the Earth below as they dine. Disney Walt Disney World: Tron coaster (Opening date: 2021): A highly themed attraction based on the two “Tron” sci-fi films is on its way to Tomorrowland. Like the hugely popular ride at Shanghai Disneyland, passengers will board Lightcycle-styled trains and experience Disney’s fastest, and arguably most thrilling, roller coaster. Disney Walt Disney World: Guardians of the Galaxy coaster (Opening date: 2021): You’ll be able to join Star-Lord and his ragtag intergalactic gang on an airtime-filled adventure in Epcot. Disney says the attraction will be one of the world’s longest indoor coasters and will include an innovative ride system. Disney Walt Disney World: Ratatouille attraction (Opening date: 2021): Ooh la la. Based on the Pixar film, Ratatouille, passengers will shrink to the size of an escargot and go on a journey with Remy through Gusteau’s restaurant in Epcot’s France pavilion. Disney Walt Disney World: 50th anniversary celebration (Announced launch date: 2021): The resort will undoubtedly present a big blowout to mark its half-century milestone. All of the attractions and developments listed here should be good to go for the anniversary, with some of the openings planned to coincide with the celebration. David Roark, Disney Disneyland Resort: Fourth hotel (Opening date: 2021): A new 700-room hotel is on its way to the Disneyland Resort. It will be located next to the classic Disneyland Hotel and will feature a platform for the Disneyland Monorail inside its lobby. Disney Disney Cruise Line: Three new ships (Announced launch dates: 2021, 2022, and 2023): Disney’s fleet of four ships will expand to seven with the introduction of three new vessels. They will each include about 1,250 staterooms, which will make them roughly the same capacity as the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, the cruise line’s two largest ships now sailing. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: Frozen land (Opening date: By 2022): The Tokyo Disney Resort is building a new “port” in its Tokyo DisneySea park that will welcome three new micro-lands. The total cost for the expansion project is pegged at $2.3 billion. One of the lands will be themed to “Frozen” and will feature a boat ride about Anna and Elsa along with a restaurant inside Arendelle Castle. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: Tangled land (Opening date: By 2022): Rapunzel’s tower will draw visitors to an area devoted to Disney’s animated film, “Tangled.” An attraction using gondola vehicles will transport riders to a lantern festival. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: Peter Pan Never Land (Opening date: By 2022): The new port will also welcome a Peter Pan-themed area and tell the iconic tale with two new attractions. One will use 3D imagery to soar above Never Land, while the other will immerse guests in Tinker Bell’s home, Pixie Hollow. There will also be a Lost Boys-inspired restaurant. Disney Tokyo Disney Resort: New hotel (Opening date: By 2022): As part of the massive Tokyo Disney Resort expansion, a luxury-level, 475-room hotel will be located inside Tokyo DisneySea. Disney Walt Disney World: Disney Skyliner gondolas (Opening date: TBA): Disney World’s existing modes of transportation, including monorails, ferries, and buses, can get very crowded. A new gondola system, which will link Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Disney’s Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and new Disney Riviera will help ease some of the congestion and offer a fun way to get around the resort. Disney Disneyland Paris Resort: New Marvel, Frozen, and Star Wars lands (Opening date: TBA): The Avengers-themed coaster will anchor an entire Marvel land. It will be part of a $2.4 billion expansion of Disneyland Paris Resort that will also bring new lands based on “Star Wars” and the animated blockbuster, “Frozen.” Disney Disneyland Paris Resort: Marvel Summer of Superheroes (Opening date: TBA): Goodbye Steven Tyler and Aerosmith; hello Tony Stark and the Avengers. The thrilling Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will get a new theme featuring the superheroes. Disney Hong Kong Disneyland: New castle (Opening date: TBA): As with the Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney is planning to invest beaucoup bucks (reportedly $1.4 million) into a major, multi-year expansion at its Hong Kong property. As part of the changes, the park’s centerpiece icon is being upgraded from the comparatively diminutive Sleeping Beauty Castle (which was based on the original castle in California) to a larger, grander, and more unique palace. Disney Hong Kong Disneyland: Frozen land (Opening date: TBA): As part of the massive expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland, visitors will be able to engage in some Frozen-themed fun. A new land based on the film will welcome guests to the mythical kingdom of Arendelle and will include rides and dining experiences. Disney Hong Kong Disneyland: New Ant-Man and The Wasp ride (Opening: TBA): Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters closed to make way for a re-themed ride based on the size-changing Marvel heroes, Ant-Man and The Wasp. Instead of blasting Toy Story’s Evil Emperor Zurg, passengers will battle Arnim Zola and Hydra bots. Disney Hong Kong Disneyland: Marvel land (Opening date: TBA): Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland already has an Iron Man Experience ride and has one featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp in the works. The park will be getting a dedicated Marvel land, however, that will encompass those rides and introduce additional superhero attractions. Disney Replay Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide
Toy Story Land at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios – overview and history
Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may have gotten all the attention in 2017, and 2019 may be dominated by Hollywood Studios’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but there’s actually yet another Walt Disney World Resort addition landing in between them: Toy Story Land, which opened at Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018.
Concept art of Toy Story Land’s entrance
Yes, the 11-acre expansion falls more in the “traditional theme-park land” category than being yet another envelope-pushing area of the future, much like Pandora and Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter are and what all signs are pointing to Galaxy’s Edge being, as well (certainly, the fact that there are already three other Toy Story Lands at various Disney parks around the globe only reinforces this assumption). Whether more conventional or experimental, however, the new Pixar presence is sorely needed for Disney World’s movie park, and it’s a family-friendly section that provides a nice children’s alternative to the likes of the more thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
Toy Story Land – history
The original Toy Story Land – actually called Toy Story Playland – debuted at Disneyland Paris Resort in August 2010. The story of its arrival is suspiciously similar to what we see in Orlando, and for good reason: it’s located at Walt Disney Studios Park, the second theme park at Disneyland Paris and Hollywood Studios’s only sister location in the entire world. There as in Florida, Disney has struggled to find a way to keep the “movie backlot” premise relevant and exciting to guests (a fact which is only compounded by Paris’s routine status as the least-visited Disney resort on the planet), and bringing in Pixar’s flagship franchise was seen as a surefire way to increase attendance at the then-eight-year-old park. (Of course, the fact that Toy Story 3 hit theaters two months earlier certainly didn’t hurt, either.)
The premise was simple: shrink visitors down to the size of a toy and have them play in Andy Davis’s backyard. To realize this concept, bamboo was planted to act as oversized blades of grass, and three attractions were installed: RC Racer, modeled after a giant Hot Wheels race track fashioned in the shape of a giant U, is the land’s flagship ride; Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin is a caterpillar-style kiddie coaster; and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is an 80-foot-tall paratower that has guests rise up and then float back down to the ground.
Just a little over a year later, in November 2011, the land was exported to Hong Kong Disneyland, which was, itself, struggling with anemic attendance; called Toy Story Land, the area represented the first expansion in the park’s then-six-year history and was heavily advertised as being an “Asian exclusive” (since Shanghai Disneyland was only in the design phase and Paris, obviously, is located outside of the region). The Hong Kong version is nearly identical to its French forbearer in terms of rides (being bigger, it does feature a few more minor experiences), but its footprint is different in order to accommodate its host park’s topography – and the fact that Hong Kong Disneyland is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, including a majestic mountain, only helped to boost Toy Story Land’s theming, as well.
Hollywood Studios’s version was announced on August 15, 2015, during that year’s D23 expo. Although keeping its predecessors’ same general concept and thematic touches, its contents are almost completely different from either Paris or Hong Kong’s, featuring all-new rides (and one pre-existing, repurposed one – Toy Story Mania, which originally opened as Toy Story Midway Mania in 2008). There has been persistent speculation that Disney originally intended this land to open shortly after its reveal – perhaps as early as fall 2016 – in order to keep the park’s attendance up while a good quarter of it was shut down to build Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but since the company never ended up unveiling a release date one way or another that year, there is no way to know for sure.
November 2016 saw a Toy Story Land update, but not, interestingly enough, for the Orlando resort: a fourth version of the area was announced for the just-opened Shanghai Disneyland, making Toy Story the park’s very first expansion (just as it was in Hong Kong). Disney had long been planning this addition, laying the groundwork from the very beginning of the newest Disneyland’s operation back in June 2016 – it already featured the Toy Story Hotel (which is the first of its kind) right from day one, after all. Construction was revealed to already be underway, with an expected opening sometime in 2018.
While Disney did offer a slight update on its Floridian Toy Story Land on July 15, 2017 (during the subsequent D23 event), saying that it would open in summer 2018, the company effectively switched gears to focus on the Shanghai version from that point forward. In November and December 2017, the curtain was finally pulled back on the expansion, revealing an official name of Disney Toy Story Land (though that would subsequently be amended to Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land) and unveiling a roster of three rides: Slinky Dog Spin, Rex’s Racer, and Woody’s Round-Up. Each attraction is a variation on a previous Disney theme – the first two are near-direct clones of the Paris and Hong Kong Toy Story Lands’ Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and RC Racer, respectively, while the last (which has a herd of ponies swinging guest-filled carts to and fro as they engage in a square dance) is a modified version of a Cars Land attraction, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, over in Anaheim’s California Adventure.
Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land at Shanghai Disneyland concept art
Rounding out the new Asian development’s lineup are the ancillary attractions. The Meeting Post is a character meet-‘n-greet with the Western-themed Toy Story toys, such as Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye, set in their native environment of an Old West town. Located on the other side of the land is Al’s Toy Barn, a gift shop that, in the films, is where Andy bought his own toys; not far away is Toy Box Cafe, a counter-service restaurant that is made to look like it’s been fashioned out of the packaging that Buzz Lightyear, Lotso Hugging Bear, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head came in.
The last of these bevy of announcements was also the most surprising: the Shanghai Toy Story Land’s opening date was revealed to be April 26, 2018, making it the third (and not the fourth) version of the area worldwide, beating Orlando’s by some two months.
On February 16, 2018, with just four-and-a-half months to spare, Disney finally lifted the curtain on Toy Story Land’s opening date here at Walt Disney World Resort: Saturday, June 30.
Toy Story Land – location
What Disney’s Hollywood Studios looked like before all the changes in 2014
To understand where this all-new Toy Story Land is going to be placed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we must first look to see where its anchor, Toy Story Mania, is located.
The small stretch of the park currently known as Pixar Place was originally a cluster of working soundstages that guests could only access through the Studio Backlot Tour; a long walking portion of the tour that had opened with Hollywood Studios in 1989 was shut down and eventually transformed into the scaled-down-but-still-accurate recreation of Pixar Animation Studios’s campus in Emeryville, California. Although it only consisted of one ride (Toy Story Midway Mania, of course) and one food cart (Hey Howdy Hey! Takeaway), it was immediately popular upon its opening on May 31, 2008.
On September 27, 2014, the rest of the Studio Backlot Tour was shuttered, and its giant swath of real estate (along with tracts of employee facilities, such as offices and the wardrobe department) was wiped clean in order to make way for both Toy Story and Star Wars Lands. The portion of land directly behind the ride formerly known as Midway Mania, in fact, became the home to the Pixar expansion, meaning that the entrance and exit of the fan-favorite attraction was eventually swapped to the other side of its massive show building. Now that Toy Story Land is completed, it is currently believed that Pixar Place will eventually be closed down and once again transformed into an employee-only area (no production tours allowed this time).
Toy Story Land – layout
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (revised version)
Using the official concept art as our guide, the entrance to Toy Story Land is located at the bottom right-hand corner; off to the left side is a path that currently dead-ends but which will eventually become an exit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (which will open in fall 2019). Toy Story Mania is placed in between these, running along the very bottom of the image, mostly off-screen.
Positioned near the (future) exit is Alien Swirling Saucers, the first of the two new rides. The second, Slinky Dog Dash, is located in the upper right-hand section of the artwork, although its tracks weave their way throughout the entire area.
Woody’s Lunch Box at Disney World’s Toy Story Land
Sitting in front of Alien Swirling Saucers is the area’s sole eatery: Woody’s Lunch Box. Serving up quick-service meals, Mini Babybel products, and old-fashioned soda floats, this venue looks like Andy constructed it out of his thermos and (what else?) his lunch box – and surrounded it with a number of his toys, including the green Army men stationed on the next-door lookout tower, who are busy keeping watch for Andy himself.
In between each of these stops, expect to find strings of Tinkertoy-supported Christmas lights and Andy’s giant footprints (you’re the size of a toy, remember?) stamped into the ground.
Toy Story Land – attractions
As stated previously, Disney World’s version of Toy Story Land features an entirely different lineup of attractions from its three international antecedents, although it’s a roster that will still be familiar to previous visitors of Hollywood Studios thanks to the continued presence of Toy Story Mania.
Slinky Dog Dash, the flagship ride, is a kiddie coaster that has guests sit on the famous character’s back as he makes them “dip, dodge, and dash” – as Disney itself puts it – throughout Andy’s backyard. The backstory here is that Andy fashioned the ride himself out of a Mega Coaster Play Kit, and as you zoom along the track, you’ll be able to spot several of his other toys scattered throughout the oversized lawn.
Here’s just a fun little tidbit that’s indicative of the experience that Slinky Dog Dash provides. At the end of the ride, guests pass by an audio-animatronic figure of Wheezy the (squeak) toy penguin, who will sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” with the accompaniment of Mike the tape recorder (who provides the microphone for the solo) and Mr. Spell (who provides “funny commentary” in text format).
Alien Swirling Saucers at Disney World’s Toy Story Land
Alien Swirling Saucers takes its inspiration from the now-legendary claw aliens from the first Toy Story’s Pizza Planet. Once again, it’s a home version that Andy has left outside, which features planets and satellites that guests will spin around in their flying saucers as they’re being chased by the little aliens, who are – of course – attempting to snatch you with the omnipresent claw. Think Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree from Cars Land at Anaheim’s California Adventure (that is to say, a combination of a traditional teacups and whip ride), and you’ll know exactly what to expect.
(More than the next-door Buzz Lightyear’s Star Command playset or the columns and space station fashioned out of pizza, the one touch that Disney consistently touts is Alien Swirling Saucers’s music, which consists of eight familiar songs that have been given the “fun electronic space music” makeover. Make sure to keep an ear out for that while zipping around the galaxy.)
Toy Story Mania’s new entrance unto Disney World’s Toy Story Land
Finally, the newly-renamed Toy Story Mania opened with its original home, Pixar Place, on May 31, 2008 and immediately became a success. The perennially-long lines for the ride, in fact, caused Disney to expand the attraction, adding on a third track in May 2016 to help alleviate congestion. For the arrival of Toy Story Land, the attraction has received a new entrance, which is the box that the Mania game originally came in and which, as previously mentioned, now faces the opposite side of the show building.
Toy Story Land – live entertainment
What would a brand-new Disney theme-park land be without live entertainment? Toy Story Land delivers on this front in two distinct ways.
First up is the green Army men, who march throughout the area as Sarge and the Green Army Man Drum Corps several times a day. Guests are able to join in the processional, which will ultimately lead them to a “fun and interactive” boot camp; here, everyone is invited to play with oversized Pixar balls and giant crayons and engage in a game of Sarge Says, which, apparently, is the Toy Story equivalent of the traditional Simon Says.
Secondly, character meet-‘n-greets with the likes of Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl are available all throughout the land and all throughout the day.
Toy Story Land – dining
Raspberry Lunch Box Tart at Woody’s Lunch Box
As previously mentioned, the main restaurant of Toy Story Land is Woody’s Lunch Box, a counter-service establishment that takes childhood favorites and serves them up in a fresh way – or, as Disney itself puts it, offering “classic flavor combinations with a modern twist.” Here are some highlights from the menu:
- S’more French Toast breakfast sandwich – 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 – this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, BBQ sauce, and garlic butter-grilled sourdough.
- Smoked turkey, tomato, and lettuce on multigrain bread – the quintessential lunch-box sandwich. To give it a kick of flavor, Disney chefs add a creamy Dijonnaise.
- Totchos – bite-sized potato barrels, corn chips, chili, and queso.
- Lunch box tarts – choice of Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit or Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon.
- Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious way to start the day!
Sides include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, potato barrels, and, of course, Mini Babybel snack cheese, which is ubiquitous at Disney World.
Lastly, options in the drink category include good, old-fashioned soda floats; Mystic Portal Punch – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, which is Toy Story Land’s Wizarding World-esque signature custom drink (it has hints of lemon-lime and tangerine); and Grown-Up’s Lemonade cocktail, which includes cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry puree. (If that sounds too fanciful for you, you can satiate your adult thirst by knocking back a standard beer or hard cider.)
And don’t forget about the keepsake Alien Sipper cup, which any fountain drink (or the Mystic Portal Punch) can be poured into.
Woody’s Lunch Box remains open until park close, and, yes, it does participate in the Disney Dining Plan.
Woody’s Lunch Box – photo gallery
Ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened eight years ago, merchandise has gone from being a mercantile afterthought to a central component of a land’s experiences. Disney has already proved that it’s more than capable of competing in this brave new world, with Pandora: The World of Avatar delivering in spades and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge promising even more. And while Toy Story Land may not be quite up to the others in this regard, the items it has on hand are nonetheless fun and capable of providing countless hours of entertainment for children and adults alike – what the whole point of the new area is all about, after all.
So, what can guests happily spend their money on in Andy’s backyard? New headbands, available in the three-eyed alien and Slinky Dog varieties, already seem to be all the rage, but the star of the show just may be Light-Up Slinky Dog, which does double duty as a toy or as a fashion statement (he can be stretched to fit around one’s shoulders or waist). Rounding out the merch roster is the obligatory apparel, which, in this case, highlights that this summer’s visitors are among the first ever to experience the American Toy Story Land.
Alien headband at Disney World’s Toy Story Land Light-Up Slinky Dog at Disney World’s Toy Story Land Apparel at Disney World’s Toy Story Land
(We should probably note that not only can you find all these items in Toy Story Land, select stores across Hollywood Studios feature them, as well.)
“Now Slinky here is as loyal as any dog you could want.” —Andy showing Slinky to Bonnie
Slinky Dog (better known as Slinky) is a supporting character in the Toy Story franchise. He is a toy dachshund with a graveled Southern accent.
Slinky possesses a plastic front and hindquarters, with a very stretchable metal slinky as his middle (hence his name), vinyl ears and a green collar.
“I knew you were right all along, Woody. I never doubted you for a second.” —Slinky
In the first film, Slinky is first seen coming out from under Andy’s bed. He likes playing checkers with Woody. He is also one of the toys who believes it was an accident when Woody knocks Buzz out the window. He is not happy about Woody’s disappearance. He catches the lights when Woody calls them from the window of Sid’s room until a grumpy Mr. Potato Head snatches them. When he and the other toys see Buzz’s severed arm, Slinky looks devastated at what his friend seems to have done. Woody desperately pleads with him to help, but all he can do is close the curtains of Andy’s window.
He is also guilty when he sees Woody telling the truth. He and the other toys make amends and assist Buzz, Woody and RC to make it to the moving van. He uses his stretching ability in an attempt to pull them into the van, but when RC’s batteries rapidly drain, he becomes stretched to the breaking point. He loses his grip on Woody and gets sprung back into the moving van without them. He appears to be badly damaged, and the toys try and comfort him while he laments he should have held on longer. He looks ecstatic when Woody uses the rocket strapped to Buzz to return to them. His slink has been fixed at the end of the film, when the toys have been settled in Andy’s new room.
Toy Story 2
“I may not be a smart dog, but I know what road kill is.” —Slinky
In the second film, when Woody is looking for his hat to go to Cowboy Camp with Andy, it is Slinky who finds the hat. The bad news is that he got it from Buster, Andy’s dog. After Al McWhiggin steals Woody, Slinky goes on the mission led by Buzz to rescue their valuable friend. The rescue squad uses Slinky’s coil as a bungee cord to jump from Andy’s house. Slinky also has to use two traffic cones (one on his head, another on his tail) when crossing the street due to his unique size and structure. At Al’s Toy Barn, while searching in Al’s office with a newer Buzz Lightyear action figure that the toys mistake for Andy’s, Slinky encounters two Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots on Al’s desk and asks them if they have seen “a cowboy doll with a bad arm” (referring to Woody), only to indirectly cause the two robots to fight. As Al enters the office, the New Buzz orders the toys to stow away in Al’s bag, then they arrive at an apartment that houses Al’s Penthouse. After entering the apartment through an air vent, they climb up an elevator shaft and arrive at the topmost floor with help from a rising elevator. When the toys break into the penthouse, Slinky and Bullseye have a growling match that Jessie tries to stop, but Slinky uses his coil to tie up Jessie and Bullseye. He then tells his allies to grab Woody and escape, but they are stopped by Andy’s Buzz, who proves he is the one that the toys recognize, to Slinky’s relief. Slinky feels disappointed when Woody intends to stay with his Roundup gang to be put in a museum, and takes a possibly one last look at Woody before he leaves with the others, but brightens up when Woody declares that he is coming with them. After Al packs up Woody and the Roundup collection into his case and leaves the penthouse, the toys jump onto the elevator, and Buzz opens the emergency hatch on the elevator and uses Slinky to fish Woody out. Just as Slinky opens the case and grabs Woody’s hands, the elevator reaches the lobby and Al steps out, causing Slinky to become stretched out, but Stinky Pete grabs Woody and pulls him back into the case, making Slinky accidentally release Woody and rebound. After the toys leave the apartment, they hijack a Pizza Planet delivery truck, and Slinky controls the pedals of the truck to chase Al to Tri-County International Airport. At the airport, Slinky follows Buzz, but his hind legs become stuck to one of the luggage handles, and is unable to follow Buzz as he becomes overstretched again. However, he is able to rejoin with the other toys as they stun Stinky Pete with flash cameras and finally capture him.
After the toys return home, Slinky is seen standing with Buster at the door, interpreting that Buster wants to get out of the room. Finally, Slinky is among an audience of toys who gather around to watch a fixed Wheezy sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
Toy Story 3
Hamm: Hey, where’s that fur-ball Lotso?!
Slinky Dog: Yeah, I’d like to loosen his stitchin’. —Hamm and Slinky Dog
In the third film, Slinky goes to Sunnyside Daycare with the others when they think that Andy no longer wants them and are put out on the sidewalk by Andy’s mother as trash. Slinky is still very loyal to his friends, but is heartbroken when he believes he and the other toys are thrown out by Andy. At Sunnyside, Slinky, Hamm and Barbie shake hands with Stretch. Later, Slinky is seen being tangled up constantly by the young children and is easily dispatched by Lotso and his gang and imprisoned. Slinky is seen to be the happiest toy to see Woody return and assists him in getting rid of the Monkey who monitors the security cameras. While the Monkey is overpowering Woody, Slinky grabs a piece of scotch tape, and the two succeed in taping up the Monkey. After reaching the dumpster, Slinky, being old but still has a spring in his step, manages to stretch himself across the open dumpster to the closed one so the toys can climb across to safety. Just as the toys are about to execute their leap to freedom, Lotso and his henchmen stop them, and Lotso kicks Slinky’s paws, causing him to return to the chute.
After the toys end up at the Tri-County Landfill, and are pushed onto a garbage conveyor belt, Slinky is the first to be sucked up by a magnetic ceiling due to the metal slinky in his body. After the toys clear the shredders, they are left to die in an incinerator due to Lotso’s betrayal, forcing Slinky to hold hands with Woody and Hamm when Buzz and the other toys held hands with one another, but are saved by the Aliens operating a giant claw. Once outside, Slinky and Hamm wish to get back at Lotso for leaving them to die, but Woody talks them out of it because Lotso isn’t worth it.
When the toys return home, they use Slinky as a bungee cord to jump back up to the roof (the similar way Buzz’s rescue party have done in the previous film when leaving). He tells Woody to have fun at college with Andy as he says his supposedly last farewell to his loyal friend. In the end, he and the other toys are eventually donated to Bonnie Anderson, a little girl who has taken Woody home earlier in the film.
During the end credits, when Dolly shows the toys the drawing Bonnie has made for each toy, Slinky says his catchphrase “Golly bob-howdy!” as he sees the one made of him (however, he doesn’t say the catchphrase during the main events of the movie). Finally, Slinky is last seen watching Buzz and Jessie perform a paso doble to “Hay Un Amigo En Mi,” the Spanish version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
The Attack Dog With a Built-In Force Field
“You can’t touch me, Sheriff. I brought my attack dog with a built-in force field!” —One-Eyed Bart, when Woody is about to arrest him
During Andy’s play scenario that occurs in the opening sequences for both Toy Story and Toy Story 3, the latter taking place in a real-world imagination, Slinky is portrayed as an “Attack Dog With a Built-In Force Field”, who is Mr. Potato Head’s character One-Eyed Bart’s attack dog that, when summoned by Bart, protects him with a “force field” from being arrested by Woody. In the third film, he also protects Bart’s wife One-Eyed Betty (Mrs. Potato Head’s character) and the three Aliens.
In the first film, he gets defeated by Woody’s “Dinosaur Who Eats Force Field Dogs” (Rex’s role), allowing Woody to send Bart to “jail” (Molly’s crib). However, in the third film, he is spared because a spaceship controlled by Evil Dr. Porkchop (Hamm’s character) appears, and Dr. Porkchop warps the villains, along with their attack dog, back inside the spaceship.
Originally, Slinky was depicted as a long-suffering, abused right hand of Woody and was also one of the more unpopular toys among Andy’s collection. According to Woody, the only reason Slinky wasn’t hauled off to Goodwill, much less is actually played with by Andy, was because of Woody. Eventually, after Woody not only attempted murder against Buzz Lightyear, as well as being severely insulted by Woody when he hesitantly spoke up against what Woody did, he turned against his former master by telling the other toys to throw him out the window just as he had done to Buzz. This concept, as well as Slinky’s overall demeanor, was changed after the infamous Black Friday viewing of the film that resulted in it receiving an extensive redo.
Slinky maintains a nearly unflagging faith in Woody
Slinky is a nice, friendly, and playful dog. He is quite well-behaved compared with some of Andy’s other toys. He shows faith in Woody (sometimes acting like his pet) and he will do anything to help his friend out, including Buzz Lightyear. He is friends with all of Andy’s toys, has a sense of humor, and enjoys playing checkers with Woody.
Relationship with Woody
Slinky has been one of Woody’s closest and loyalest friends.
From Official Website:
|“||A dog is a man’s best friend, and the saying holds true for the plastic variety as well. Slinky maintains a nearly unflagging faith in Woody, and the practical pup will go great lengths to help his friend.||”|
- Slinky had larger eyebrows in the first two films. However, his eyebrows are quite trim in the third film. The reason for this is unknown.
- Slinky is made of wood with articulating legs and head, unlike the real life toy which is made of plastic and stands completely still.
- At one point in Toy Story 2, Slinky says, “I may not be a smart dog, but I know what roadkill is.” This is a reference to the quote “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is” from Forrest Gump, which starred Tom Hanks, the voice of Woody.
- Slinky Dog is based on Slinky, a pull toy by James Industries, which was popular in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. With the permission of James Industries, Slinky Dog was partially redesigned for the film by Bud Luckey to make him more appealing as an animated character.
- In the first two films, Slinky was voiced by the late Jim Varney, who died shortly after Toy Story 2 was released due to lung cancer in 2000, one decade before the third film. In the third film, Blake Clark, Varney’s replacement, voiced Slinky. Prior to Varney’s death, he had been good friends with Clark.
- This makes Slinky the only character who had to be recast for Toy Story 3.
- Also, in the third film, Slinky’s voice is a bit low pitch. In the first two films, his voice was a bit higher; this can be explained by the fact that Slinky is not voiced by the same actor.
- He also appeared in Toy Story 3: The Video Game and had his very own ranch called Slinky Corral (Blake Clark was also available to reprise his role).
- At one point in Toy Story 3, Hamm calls Slinky “Slinkykins.”
- His famous catchphrase “Golly bob howdy!” is a tribute to Varney’s most popular character Ernest P. Worrell, whose trademark was this phrase.
- Slinky does not appear or is even mentioned in Toy Story of Terror!. He must have been left behind at home during the events of that special.
- Originally, Slinky was intended to be one of Andy’s more unpopular toys and the least played with, with Woody effectively being the only reason Slinky wasn’t hauled off to Goodwill, with Woody pointing this out when demanding that Slinky force the other toys off the bed after throwing Buzz out of the window. This backstory, however, was cut out after the scene in question nearly resulted in Toy Story being shut down on Black Friday.
From Toy Story
Woody: “Hey, uh, Slinky?”
Slinky: “Right here, Woody. I’m red this time.”
Woody: “No. S-Slink…”
Slinky: “Oh, well, all right. You can be red if you want.”
Woody: “N-Not now, Slink. I got some bad news.”
Slinky: “Bad news?”
Woody: “Shh, shh, shh! Just gather everyone up for a staff meeting, and be happy.”
Slinky: “Got it.” —Slinky asks Woody to play checkers, but Woody must set up a staff meeting “Aah, I knew you were right all along, Woody. Never doubted ya for a second.” —Slinky after Woody assures the toys that they are not getting replaced
Mr. Potatohead: Of course Woody ain’t worried. He’s been Andy’s favorite since kindergarden.
Slinky: Hey! Hey! Come on potatohead! If Woody says it’s all right then darn it it’s good enough for me. Woody has never stered us wrong before.
“Golly bob howdy!” —Slinky saying his catchphrase Slinky: “What have we done?”
Rex: “Great, now I have guilt!” —Slinky and Rex, after Bo Peep reveals that “Woody was telling the truth!”
From Toy Story 2
Slinky: “Fellas! Fellas! OK! I got some good news, and I got some bad news.”
Mrs. Potato Head: “What news?”
Slinky: “Good news is I found your hat, Woody.”
Woody: “My hat! Oh, Slink! Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Where’d you find it?”
Slinky: “Well, that’s the bad news.” —Slinky finds Woody’s hat Slinky: “I beg your pardon, ma’am, but where’s Al’s office?”
Tour Guide Barbie: “Please hold all questions until the end of the tour. Thank you.” —Slinky asking Tour Guide Barbie a question “Whoa! Pork bellies are falling.” —Slinky, as he gets hit by a falling coin (spilled from Hamm) Slinky: “Buzz! Buzz, my back is goin’ to Baton Rouge! Aah!”
Buzz: “Slinky!” —Slinky and Buzz, as Slinky’s hind legs get caught in a luggage handle
From Toy Story 3
Woody: “Slink, gather everyone up.”
Slinky: “Uh…we are gathered, Woody. —Woody telling Slinky to gather everyone up for a staff meeting again
Slinky’s Fourth promo
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That’s right, the neurotic new character voiced by Veep’s Tony Hale is tipped to steal the show in the fourth (and possibly final) entry in the enduring animated franchise. Who could resist that goofy grin, the unibrow, and those pipe cleaner arms?
Forky is joined by a cadre of other new toy-faces as well, with the voices of Christina Hendricks; both titular stars of the late, great Key & Peele; and the internet’s boyfriend, Keanu Reeves. No matter how much the ensemble expands, though, or how hard we fall for Forky, the real draw of this series will always be the core group of toys at its center, and the emotional range they’ve activated in viewers through their onscreen adventures going back to 1995.
It’s been a long 24 years since the first Toy Story and we’ve all been busy. If you haven’t seen each of the previous films, or have somehow avoided even the original, here’s your one-stop shop to get caught up so you don’t have to go in cold for Forky Fest this weekend.
The toys you need to know
Woody and Buzz Lightyear: The dynamic between this duo is the original foundation of the franchise. Cowboy Woody (Tom Hanks) was the most beloved toy in young Andy’s collection, and the leader of it, before astronaut Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) showed up. The two initially tangled but then became best buds.
Rex: A rather timid tyrannosaurus, voiced by the inimitable Wallace Shawn.
Slinky Dog: Woody’s most faithful defender, who speaks in a laconic drawl originally supplied by Jim Varney, until he passed away; now voiced by Blake Clark.
Hamm: The good-natured piggybank voiced by Pixar’s ubiquitous John Ratzenberger.
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head: Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) has a love/hate relationship with just about everyone, constantly slinging sarcasm and insults. Although Rickles passed away back in 2017, the Toy Story team mined his audio archives for usable lines to keep the character in the new film. Mrs. Potato Head (Estelle Harris) joined the gang in Toy Story 2 and evened out her insta-husband’s personality somewhat.
Jessie: This cowgirl counterpart to Woody first appeared in Toy Story 2, when we found out that Woody was the lead toy in a faddish Howdy Doody-era kid’s show called The Round Up Gang. Jessie is played with total commitment by Joan Cusack.
Bullseye: A silent, equestrian former member of the Round Up Gang.
The aliens: Voiced by Jeff Pidgeon, these overzealous, three-eyed scene-stealers always turn up in Toy Story movies, forever damaged by their formative experience inside a grabber game.
Trixie and Buttercup: A triceratops (Kristen Schaal) and a unicorn (Jeff Garlin) introduced in Toy Story 3. Trixie immediately became cozy with Rex when they were introduced.
Get ready for an easter egg hunt
The first three Toy Story films are rife with Easter eggs and references to other movies. Whether it’s the carpet from The Shining’s Overlook Hotel turning up in sociopathic Sid’s house in Toy Story, Slinky Dog’s nod to that other Tom Hanks project, Forrest Gump, in Toy Story 2, or hints of the supposed shared Pixar universe, you’re gonna wanna keep your eyes peeled.
Bo Peep and Woody’s relationship
In Toy Story, Bo Peep was flirtatious with Woody—”What do you say I get somebody else to watch my flock tonight”—before developing a crush on the newly arrived Buzz Lightyear. By Toy Story 2, Bo and Woody had rekindled their interest in each other, but there was too much going on with the whole Woody-gets-kidnapped plot for many sparks to fly. While Bo is out of the picture for Toy Story 3–thrown away in a purge from Andy’s room that apparently included Etch-a-Sketch–it appears she’ll play a major role in the new film. Perhaps just like Andy playing with his forgotten toys, these two will pick things up right where they left off.
Buzz: “Hmm, sure is a hairy fellow.”
Woody: “No, no, that’s Scud, you idiot.” —Buzz Lightyear and Woody
Scud is Sid Phillips’s manic bull terrier in Toy Story. He loved to chew any toy that came into his sight.
Scud was very aggressive and loved to torture toys as much as his owner did. He was first seen with Sid, who blew up a Combat Carl. Later, when Sid returned home from Pizza Planet with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and an Alien in his backpack, Scud lunged into Sid’s backpack for toys to chew, and Sid tossed him the alien.
When Woody tried to escape from Sid’s house, he encountered Scud, who was sleeping halfway down the stairs, forcing Woody to retreat. Unfortunately, his pull-string ring got caught in one of the curls of the railing as he crept down the upper-level hallway. The ring then snapped off from the railing, triggering Woody’s sampled voice, and Scud woke up and charged toward Woody and Buzz. Buzz told Woody to split up and Woody hid in the closet while Buzz hid in another room. Scud snuck into the room where Buzz is, but was forced to retreat when he spotted Sid’s father sleeping on a La-Z-Boy before Buzz sees the TV commercial for Buzz Lightyear toys and finally discovers that he is a toy.
Later, when Sid took Buzz out of his room, Woody attempted to give chase. He was able to catch the door before it closed, but as he opened the door again, he was confronted by Scud standing on the far side of the hallway. Catching sight of Woody, the vicious dog charged toward him, prompting Woody to dart back into Sid’s room and hold the door shut to prevent Scud’s entry. While Scud stationed himself outside the door, ready to attack any toys that emerged out of Sid’s room, the mutant toys helped Woody realize the plan to save Buzz from Sid’s clutches. The toys tricked Scud into running clear out of the house by sending out the Frog to distract the dog. While chasing after the Frog, Scud knocked down Sid’s sister Hannah–who had just answered the door (only to find nobody out in the front porch)–as he jumped onto the empty front porch. He was then subsequently locked out by Hannah, who was annoyed at his stupidity.
When Woody and Buzz, after leaving Sid’s house, ran after the moving truck to catch up with Andy and his toys, Scud eyed them and gave chase. While Buzz had already made it onto the van, Woody was still trying to climb up a hanging strap; it was during this when Scud caught up with him and attempted to pull him down. Buzz fought Scud off, allowing Woody to climb aboard the moving van, but leaving Buzz behind. Woody dug the RC Car out of storage and used him to try to drive Buzz back before the other toys still believe that Woody is up to no good. Scud refused to give up and chased Buzz into an intersection with oncoming traffic. At the same time, Woody tried to prove his innocence to the other toys, who ambushed him while controlling RC, forcing him to do spins and spontaneously jump. Unfortunately for Scud, as he entered the intersection, he triggered an accident in which all the cars crashed into each other, forming a circle that trapped Scud. Buzz was able to escape on RC while Scud was left behind, desperately trying to find a way out to get Woody and Buzz.
It is unknown what happened to Scud after the movie, though it was possible he was found by his owners when they learned of the accident.
- Scud is one of the few non-toy Toy Story characters who know toys can come to life.
- Scud’s barking and other dog noises were done by one of Gary Rydstrom’s dogs named Buster, which is a name that would eventually be used for Andy’s dog in Toy Story 2.
- Scud sounds more like a lion or a tiger when he’s sleeping or stalking Woody and Buzz in the scene in the hallway. This is because Gary Rydstrom and his fellow sound artists wanted Scud to sound like a monster to Woody and Buzz.
- Unlike the manner in which Scud is portrayed in the film, the real-world bull terrier is a usually gentle and non-threatening dog breed.
- This is evident during the first onscreen appearance of Scud when Sid blows up Combat Carl directly in front of him, causing Scud to hide in fear and then lash back out angrily at the crater where Combat Carl was.
- In a Deleted Scene, Woody Was Behind RC and then Woody goes on Scud’s back, pulls his collar on another truck that says “See you at the Alaskan Sled Dog races” Which means Scud is going to Alaska.
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There’s one thing about ‘Toy Story 4’ that makes me seriously annoyed
- Warning: There are spoilers below for “Toy Story 4.”
- “Toy Story 4” shows Woody get discarded to Bonnie’s closet where he’s collecting dust.
- It’s something that would have made Woody’s original owner, Andy, upset.
- He was planning to hold onto Woody in “Toy Story 3” as he set off to college. In the second movie, Andy’s mom said Woody was an old family toy.
- Andy was hesitant to give Woody to Bonnie at the end of “Toy Story 3” until she said was sure she would be able to take care of his most beloved toy.
- By the end of “TS4,” Woody decides to leave Bonnie. She doesn’t seem to realize Woody’s even missing by the film’s end.
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“Toy Story 4” is in theaters now and it’s a great addition to the series, wrapping a neat little bow on the franchise. However, after walking out of an early screening on Tuesday, there has been one big quibble I have with the film.
If Andy knew how Bonnie was treating Woody at the film’s start, he would have never given his favorite cowboy doll away to her.
At the end of “Toy Story 3,” a college-bound Andy takes a box of his old childhood toys, including Rex, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and Slinky Dog, to the home of Bonnie. Earlier in the film, Woody winds up lost at the little girl’s home decides she would make a good future owner for Andy’s toys in place of being put in the attic.
Andy drives over to Bonnie’s house and introduces all of his toys to the little girl under one condition.
Andy shows Bonnie his toys. Disney/Pixar
“I’m going away now. I need someone really special to play with them,” Andy told Bonnie of his toy collection. “You’ve gotta promise to take good care of these guys. They mean a lot to me.”
Bonnie eagerly takes all of Andy’s beloved toys. Disney/Pixar
After showing all of his toys to Bonnie, the little girl finds Woody at the bottom of the box and yells out, “My cowboy.” Andy never planned to give away Woody, his first favorite toy. Instead, Woody jumped into the box with his friends.
“Woody, what’s he doing in there?” Andy asks aloud as he holds the toy.
Andy doesn’t understand how Woody got in the box with the rest of his toys. Disney/Pixar
As Bonnie goes to reach out for him, Andy recoils. Woody wasn’t supposed to be in there, and it seems as if he’s considering to tell Bonnie that.
Andy doesn’t want to give Woody away at first. Disney/Pixar
However, when Andy sees the sad look on Bonnie’s face, he takes a long moment, sighs, and then changes his mind.
Andy decides that maybe it’s time to part with Woody. Disney/Pixar
“Now, Woody, he’s been my pal for as long as I can remember,” Andy tells Bonnie. “He’s brave, like a cowboy should be, and kind and smart. But the thing that makes Woody special is that he’ll never give up on you, ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
Andy asks Bonnie if she thinks she’ll be able to take care of Woody for him and she nods her head yes. The teenager hands over his beloved doll and then the two spend the afternoon playing one last time together with his old toys.
Bonnie refers to Woody as “her cowboy” in “Toy Story 3.” She couldn’t care less about Woody throughout most of “TS4.” Disney/Pixar
As Andy bids farewell, Bonnie waves Woody’s little hand goodbye and it hits Andy right in the feels. Before he drives off, Andy whispers to himself, “Thanks guys.”
Andy’s choked up a bit when Bonnie has Woody wave to him. Disney/Pixar
So it’s incredibly frustrating that at the start of “Toy Story 4,” we see that Bonnie’s not keeping good on her word to Andy. Sure, she’s playing with the other toys. But Woody? During playtime, she has repeatedly chosen not to play with him. At one point, Bonnie takes the sheriff’s star off of Woody to put it on Jessie and play with her instead. How rude.
Instead, Woody’s been discarded in the closet, left to collect dust bunnies alongside a few other toys and objects like an elephant and a play chair.
A look over the “Toy Story 4” soundtrack shows the score for when Woody’s in the closet is called “Woody’s Closet of Neglect.” The song contains a piece of “When She Loved Me,” the song in “Toy Story 2” from Jessie’s flashback where the cowgirl was abandoned.
Bonnie only starts playing with Woody later in the movie when he’s inseparable from Forky, an arts and crafts creation Bonnie makes at kindergarten orientation, who doesn’t accept the fact that he’s a toy.
Woody’s only on that table to make sure Forky doesn’t try to escape. Disney/Pixar
Yes, Bonnie’s 4-to-5-year-old little girl. She probably doesn’t remember the promise she made to Andy.
I get it. Kids get over toys.
But not Andy. This kid held onto his most beloved childhood toys until he was heading off to college before deciding to part with all of them, except for Woody. He didn’t want to give Woody away unless he was assured Bonnie was really going to look after him and love him the way he did for about two decades.
A flashback scene in “Toy Story 4” shows Andy playing with his collection. Disney Pixar / YouTube
And she didn’t. By the film’s end, Woody, a toy who Andy says is so loyal that he’ll “never give up on you, ever,” decides to part ways with Bonnie. He ditches his owner, who he feels has forgotten him, for a lifetime of being a lost toy with Bo Peep.
In the end, everyone’s happy, though Buzz and the rest of Andy’s toys are a bit sad to see him go. But if Andy knew what had become of Woody, he would have been a bit upset.
In “Toy Story 2,” Andy’s mom says Woody is an “old family toy.” Andy would have been better off holding onto his cowboy, bringing him to college, and holding onto him for his future children to be passed down for generations. After all, everyone seems to forget that Woody is a highly sought-after collectible.
BUZZ and Woody fans have finally got the news they’ve been waiting for – Disney World’s Toy Story Land is opening on June 30.
The toy-filled attraction, based on the hugely popular movies, will launch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
8 Disney World’s Toy Story Land is opening on June 30Credit: Disney 8 On the Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, guests will ride the Slinky Dog trainCredit: Disney
Guests visiting the land will feel they have shrunk to the size of a toy in Andy’s back garden.
There will be oversized versions of fans’ favourite characters, including Woody, Jessie, Buzz and Mr Potato Head.
Two of the rides already plotted for Toy Story Land include the Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers.
On the Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, guests will ride the Slinky Dog train, as Jessie looks on.
8 There will be oversized versions of fans’ favourite toys, including Woody, Jessie, Buzz and Mr Potato HeadCredit: Disney 8 The toy-filled attraction is based on the hugely popular moviesCredit: Disney
The land’s other major attraction, Alien Swirling Saucers, has been designed as a toy play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet.
Aliens fly around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture guests’ rocket toy vehicles with “The Claw.”
Guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!
The area, which has been an attraction since 2008 where visitors taking aim at 3D objects using everything from baseballs to cream pies, has just got bigger.
After families have worked up a hunger on the rides, they can grab a meal at the new food court area -Andy’s Lunch Box.
Andy’s lunch box and thermos have been used to create a walk-up quick-service window that will serve up American food and old-fashioned soda floats.
8 Woody’s Lunch Box in the new Toy Story LandCredit: © 2017 Disney 8 When Toy Story Land opens, guests will shrink to the size of a toyCredit: 2017 Disney
Florida isn’t getting all of the fun though – Pixar, which created Toy Story, is also launching new tricks over at Disneyland in California.
In 2018, the California adventure park is launching Pixar Pier down at the area now known as Paradise Pier.
Guests can discover new neighbourhoods featuring characters from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and “Toy Story.”
It will also get a Pixar Fest – a festival starting on April 13 featuring a new fireworks spectacular with the theme of friendship, ever-present in most Pixar films.
8 Pixar, which created Toy Story, is also launching new tricks over at Disneyland in California with Pixar FestCredit: Disney 8 Pixar Fest also sees the return of two favourite parades featuring characters from films like Toy Story and CarsCredit: Disney
In the show, unlikely Pixar characters will meet for the first time and set out on adventures together, with the story projected on different park locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle and the
buildings of Main Street.
It will also feature a special flyover by Buzz Lightyear at Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Pixar Fest also sees the return of two favourite parades, plus more Pixar characters, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and new merchandise.
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For the first time in two decades, Disney Land is also getting a new hotel.
Set to open in 2021, this hotel will be built at the west end of the Downtown Disney District.
The 700-room hotel will even have its own Disneyland Monorail inside the hotel so guests can get direct transport into Disneyland park.
Guest rooms, public spaces and gardens will provide views of the Downtown Disney District, but most importantly, the upper-level restaurant and lounge will give guests an uninterrupted view of the Disneyland fireworks.