For more than 20 years now, the Toy Story franchise has held a special place in kids' hearts. And now that many of those kids are now parents of their own Toy Story-loving little ones? Well it's no surprise that Walt Disney World's Toy Story Land has been a hugely anticipated attraction ever since it was first announced in August 2015. The good news though is that Disney has finally shared the opening date, according to ABC News. When will Toy Story Land open? Brace yourselves, because the big day is only months away.
With a little help from Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Slinky Dog, Disney announced Toy Story Land's opening date in a segment on Good Morning America Friday, and confirmed that that the 11-acre attraction will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida on June 30. What can park-goers expect to see? According to ABC News, Toy Story Land is set in Andy's backyard, and is filled with "giant versions of childhood toys" meant to give the impressive that guests have shrunk down to toy-size. Rides include the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, as well as the Alien Swirling Saucers, where riders will "board a toy rocket for a spin through space." Coasters and rockets not your speed? The newly-updated Toy Story Mania offers a "midway-style, 4D shootin’ game," for guests of all ages and heights, according to Disney, where an "early 20th-century-inspired Carnival Ride Tram" takes riders through a series of games, like Buzz Lightyear’s Flying Tossers, Woody’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Gallery, and Rex & Trixie’s Dino Darts.
Toy Story Land might be brand new, but Woody and the gang have long been a Disney mainstay — in fact, the original Toy Story Mania attraction first opened a decade ago. In the expanded Toy Story Land however, the Pixar characters will be front and center, and will also include visual elements like "Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, [and] Tinkertoys," according to Entertainment Weekly, as well as a dining option called Woody’s Lunch Box, which will serve food and refreshments from a walk-up window.
It turns out that Toy Story fans won't be completely out of luck if traveling to Florida is completely out of the question though. According to The Orlando Business Journal, the Shanghai Disneyland Park in China is also getting its own Toy Story Land, set to open to visitors on April 26. And on April 13, California's Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be kicking off Pixar Fest, a limited-time event featuring Toy Story characters, as well as those from other popular Pixar films like Monsters, Inc. and Up. In other words, if you've grown up with Toy Story, well, it's a pretty great time to be alive.
The creation of Toy Story Land is a pretty big deal for Disney's Hollywood Studios: according to Orlando Weekly, it's the park's largest expansion since Sunset Boulevard opened in 1994. And while it'll no doubt allow fans from all over to bask in their nostalgic Toy Story glory (and, uh, you know, maybe it'll be fun for little kids too, whatever), it will also serve as a pretty ideal lead-up to the long-awaited release of Toy Story 4 in June 2019, according to Mashable (which, let's be honest, is even more exciting than the prospect of getting to ride a Slinky Dog-shaped roller coaster).
The only possible downside of all of this? If your kids are anything like mine, the news that Walt Disney World will soon have a brand new, super-awesome, Toy Story-themed attraction will mean that they'll inevitably have even more fuel for their already-annoying ongoing argument that we need to take them to Disney immediately, and it'll also likely mean they'll want to start watching Toy Story 3 on repeat every day until that happens (dressed in their Toy Story costumes, of course, because, obviously.)