A couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Walt Disney World and experienced Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios park for the first time. To be honest, our expectations were low as from the photos and videos of the new land made it look rather cheap compared to the more highly immersive addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Were we surprised? Is Toy Story Land charming, or is it lame?
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Summer is almost over and for Disney fans, it’s been an eventful theme park season. While California has been caught up in the pageantry of Pixar Pier’s opening at Disneyland Resort, Florida has been having an “Incredible Summer” at Walt Disney World. The bigger ongoing gala at Disney World, however, has been the opening summer of Toy Story Land, a brand new area of the park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Themed to Pixar’s beloved animated films, Toy Story Land is merely the first stage of revitalization for Hollywood Studios, which will also serve as the East Coast outpost for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land set to open next year on both sides of the U.S. There’s even a seamlessly connected Star Wars hotel on the way.
As the poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “The unexamined theme park is not worth visiting.” That may or may not be an extreme bit of paraphrasing, but Toy Story Land is chock-full of Easter eggs; it even adds a few new wrinkles to movie continuity by fleshing out character origins and adding new in-universe elements to the mythos. If you haven’t made it down to Florida yet but you want to plan a trip or just take a vicarious visit to Toy Story Land, then get ready to shrink down to the size of the Green Army Men, because we’re about to enter Andy’s backyard from the Toy Story movies. Here’s your end-of-summer photo tour of Disney World’s Toy Story Land.
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Since we’re big theme park buffs here at /Film, we’re all over the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The new theme park section recreates Andy’s toy-filled backyard from Toy Story, featuring all of his favorite toys: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the gang. And the pop culture novelty shop BoxLunch is celebrating the opening of Toy Story Land with a special tour and exclusive merchandise. Read More »
Disney has started surveying Disneyland and Disney World annual passholders about the possibility of adding a block-out period for a theme park for the first two months of a new attraction like the upcoming Star Wars Lands, Pandora: The World of Avatar, Toy Story Land or Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. But will Disney add an AP block-out for Star Wars Land?
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It’s been a while since the last Theme Park Bits, and I have a lot of bits saved up to discuss, including the following:
- Universal Studios Hollywood launches a virtual tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- FastPass+-style tests being conducted at Space Mountain in Disneyland.
- Watch a multi-angle perspective video of Fast & Furious: Supercharged.
- Captain America will be leaving Disneyland next week.
- Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land permit maps reveal Disney Hollywood Studios changes.
- Could Disney World’s Star Wars Land open in time for Christmas 2018?
- Marvel teases a new Haunted Mansion comic book series.
- Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will launch a Disney villain-only dinner event called Club Villain.
- New details on Animal Kingdom’s upcoming “Rivers of Light” show.
All that and more, in today’s Theme Park Bits. Hit the jump to board the ride.
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The Disney Parks panel at D23 Expo 2015 featured not only news of additional Star Wars attractions coming to theme parks, but of new Toy Story and Frozen attractions coming to Disney Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center. The Toy Story Land announcement features all-new details, while the new Frozen Ever After reveals include some things we didn’t know from previous announcements. Read More »