Review: Toy Story Land at Disney World (2022 Updates)

Toy Story Land is located in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This review will cover everything you need to know about planning a visit to the Pixar-inspired land. In addition, we will look at the attractions, layout of the land, and dining options.

This review was last updated for 2022 vacation planning.

Disney’s Toy Story Land is truly the most adorable addition to the park. When you visit, expect to be surrounded by vibrant colors, whether it’s day or night. And I promise, there will be plenty of little green aliens.

You might even see a green army man here or there. Speaking of green army men, guests are invited to shrink down to toy size and consider themselves an honorary toy while visiting!

So right this way, partners, to find out all the information you need to know to visit Toy Story Land for your Walt Disney World vacation.

Toy Story Land Review

When you arrive at this Disney park, there are two separate entrances and exits for accessing Toy Story Land. The main entrance is around the corner from Walt Disney Presents and the former Pixar Place.

That’s where you’ll run into Woody leaning up against the Toy Story Land sign.

Additionally, the secondary entrance for Toy Story Land is past Alien Swirling Saucers. This entrance/exit will take you into Galaxy’s Edge.

The land is themed, similar to what you would expect from the original Toy Story film. The idea is that you have stepped into Andy’s backyard. You can expect to see classic toys like a Rubik’s cube, a Tinkertoy set, Slinky’s, and more in the backyard.

If it’s not too crowded, you might even notice Andy’s footprint stamped into the concrete. While there are many references from the Toy Story movies, there are also a few things you won’t find. For instance, there’s no Pizza Planet or Al’s Toy Barn.

You will find several attractions, including the original Toy Story Midway Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, and Swirling Saucers.

Additionally, there’s a quick-service dining location, Woody’s Lunchbox. And eventually, we should see another dining option, Roundup Rodeo BBQ. But that one hasn’t quite come to fruition yet.

Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect to encounter at Toy Story Land.

Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky Dog Dash is a fan-favorite roller coaster and headliner attraction. The ride has stolen the hearts of many park-goers with its fun-theming and gentle tickle your tummy drops.

Not to mention its little wagging tail and Slinky body. You might remember that Slinky Dog was one of Andy’s toys in the movies.

I never anticipated loving this attraction as much as I do. When the concept was first introduced to the parks, I only assumed it to be a gentle kiddie coaster similar to Barnstormer over at Magic Kingdom. From the moment I first rode Slinky Dog Dash, I knew that I had discredited it poorly in advance.

Expect gentle drops and scenic views of the Disney park in the distance. Slinky goes through one section on the right-hand side before pausing in the middle. Then he soars back up the tracks before encountering three small hills back to back. You really can’t help but smile or laugh while riding.

Toward the end, you will encounter Wheezy offering a rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” He even has a Partly Cloudy book providing him with more shade than you will probably ever find in Toy Story Land as a whole.

Slinky Dog Dash is eligible for Disney’s newer Genie+ system. FastPass is no longer a thing at Walt Disney World.

If Slinky Dog Dash is a top priority for your family, I recommend riding it first thing in the morning or last in the evening. This attraction would also be one of my first Genie+ selections to reserve if the time wasn’t terribly far out.

You might be surprised to find that this attraction meets to some of the longest wait times at Hollywood Studios.

While the land is child-friendly, you’ll want to know that this roller coaster does have a height requirement of 38″. I’ve often witnessed cast members re-checking heights right before guests board. So make sure they meet the mark before boarding.

Related: Disney World Height Requirements

The entire review of Slinky Dog Dash is available here.

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is the original Toy Story-themed ride at Hollywood Studios. Midway Mania is a bit of a gentle spinning ride to some degree with 3D effects and a gaming system. In addition, there’s no height requirement to ride Toy Story Mania.

Toy Story Midway Mania is eligible for Disney Genie+.

It’s important to note that most of the queue for this attraction is inside. So if you are in Toy Story Land and it begins to rain, this is usually the quickest place to seek shelter. Additionally, it’s the perfect attraction to experience during the hottest portion of the day.

You can also experience this ride easily during the rain because it doesn’t close. Orlando gets a lot of rain during the hotter months, especially late afternoon. So keep this one in your back pocket if you see the skies start to cloud up during your visit.

Additionally, I’ve found good luck with riding Toy Story Mania at the end of the evening. Usually, you can get in line at about one hour before park close for lower than average wait times.

If you are touring the parks later during the evening try the following:

On a 9:00 p.m. close, ride Toy Story Mania via standby at around 8:00 p.m. Then, if time permits, get in line before park close for Slinky Dog Dash. As long as you enter the queue before the park closes, you can ride that attraction and exit the park after completion.

Read our entire review of Toy Story Mania here.

Alien Swirling Saucers

Our last stop is none other than Buzz Lightyear’s Alien Swirling Saucers. This is a ride that spins but in more of a hoisting motion than an actual direct spin.

What I mean by that is the attraction kind of throws you out in your alien vehicle and then pulls you back in as it moves you around the floor of the ride. Each alien car is positioned around a central element like a claw. So, you work your way around each element as you move around the entirety of the ride floor throughout the experience.

There is a 32″ height requirement to ride Alien Swirling Saucers.

Alien Swirling Saucers is eligible for Disney Genie+. However, this particular experience has not proven to be as popular as others.

Part of the queue for Swirling Saucers is covered and you can see going into the line if you will be in the exterior or interior section in the event of rain. Just like Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers will close in the event of a lightning threat.

But they continue to operate during light rain. The ride portion of Swirling Saucers is in a covered area. However, you will meet the outdoor elements again as soon as you exit.

Above, you can see your alien vehicle driver is positioned (almost rickshaw-like) in front of you. This little guy will pull you around the floor. Warning, there will be a lot of “Oh’s” and “Ah’s.” He will do everything he can to prevent you from becoming a victim of the claw.

Here is a little better view.

You can read the full review here.

Toy Story Land Rides & Rules

I felt like this was a good time to remind you that children (like adults) sometimes have difficulty being patient in line. Therefore, it’s essential to have a plan for everyone’s sanity, including yours, to keep children entertained during the waits.

Additionally, sometimes nature does call in the wake of very long lines. See a cast member for a restroom pass so you can secure your place in line in the event of an emergency restroom break.

Additionally, Disney policy requires that all guests ages seven years old or younger be accompanied by a guest 14 years or older on rides. For example, I ran into this a few years ago when my niece was six, and my son was 13 years old.

At the time, I felt my son was responsible enough to escort my niece on some rides like the Teacups or Barnstormer. My idea was to stand at the exit waiting for them. However, they were both shy of the age requirements to ride without me.

Cast members do an excellent job of noticing parties of children and will ask them their ages upon entry or at the ride load. Thankfully, when my niece visited with us the following year, they were both eligible to experience attractions together while I waited.

Another reminder, in the event of lightning, some attractions will close. However, if there is light rain, most will stay open. In a sprinkle, I would wait and ride. In a drizzle, I would not.

Even with a poncho, you will end up fairly soaked if the skies decide to open up mid-ride. Feel free to ask me how I know this, and this applies to any exterior ride.

Make sure to check Disney’s site here for all of their policies and guidelines if you have any specific issues or questions.

Toy Story Land Meet and Greets

At this time, Toy Story Land characters can be seen in the daily motorcade that comes through the park several times per day. Some of the Toy Story characters are in the Pixar Pals motorcade.

You can check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit to see what times it will come through the park. In addition, Hollywood Studios motorcades are worth taking a few moments to see if you have time.

Additionally, you might be able to see Buzz Lightyear at Magic Kingdom. He’s often out during the day on the Tomorrowland stage. Our updated list of Walt Disney World characters is available here.

In the meantime, if any new characters are added to Toy Story Land, we will update this review. Below, you’ll find an account of the character meets that were available when the land first opened.

Before Toy Story Land opened, there was the opportunity to meet Woody and Buzz across the way from the former Toy Story Mania location. Now that the new land is open and operating, several Toy Story character meets are available.

The only real downside is that all the character meets here are outside. So in the event of rain, there isn’t a good place to meet and greet here.

If characters are a priority on your vacation, consider meeting them early or as late as possible. The four below are all located outside in areas with no shade. Before last year’s closing, Bo Peep was moved to seasonal status, meaning she was no longer making daily appearances.

Check the My Disney Experience app on your visit for exact timing and characters on the specific day of your visit. Here are a few characters you might run into while touring.

Woody is currently meeting in the large open area outside Toy Story Mania. This line extends from this open area back toward the exit.

If you are looking to meet with Woody, expect a 30 minute+ wait. These characters meet for a determined amount of time and take regular breaks. If you are in line, you will get to meet them. That is, unless bad weather shows up, in the meantime.

Know that if you see the characters walk away while you are in line, they will be back within a matter of minutes. So don’t stress, reassure your family they will be back shortly.

Buzz Lightyear meets outside in front of Slinky Dog Dash. You will likely run into him first as you enter Toy Story Land from the main entrance.

Buzz Lightyear also meets to long lines here at Hollywood Studios. If you don’t have the opportunity to meet with him here, you can find him daily at Magic Kingdom during the afternoon.

Bo Peep was first introduced in her modern outfit back around the release of the last Toy Story movies. Her character meet is no longer scheduled daily.

Jesse is the last of the characters in the land. She can be found toward the back of the land in the same area as Alien Swirling Saucers.

This is the only place to meet her at Walt Disney World, so if she is a priority, make sure to fit her into your schedule.

Other popular character meets at the park include:

Dining Options at Toy Story Land

In the future, there will be two dining options at Toy Story Land, but as of this time, there is only one, Woody’s Lunchbox. As with most everything else here, it is an outdoor eatery offering mainly sandwich-type items.

Woody’s Lunchbox is themed to look like an actual lunch box with a lid hanging overhead to protect the counter ordering area.

There’s a sign out ahead of the area offering an overview of the items you can find here.

There are two registers ahead of the pick-up window. To the side of the register, you might notice a thermos holding up one side of the lunch box lid.

Below is the menu for lunch and dinner. Woody’s Lunchbox also offers a breakfast menu if you find yourself here in the earlier part of the day. That lunch box tart is a pretty popular item.

Unfortunately, seating is somewhat sparse at this outdoor eatery, with only a few shaded tables available.

The theming is all very on-point with the idea of it being located in Andy’s backyard. It seems like there would have been an excellent opportunity for shade trees, though, with it being a backyard.

In addition, a new dining location, Round-Up Rodeo BBQ, is expected to open.

Toy Story Land at Night

If you are doing an entire day plan at Studios, then you must take the opportunity to tour the area not only during the daytime but evening as well. The land takes on an entirely different feel and landscape as the day turns to dusk.

You don’t notice this during the day with all of the loud, primary colors. But the glow appeal at night is spectacular.

And Slinky Dog Dash has an entirely different look and feel after sunset. Even the little “Hang On!” pause and “Go!” lights up in fun colors as you blast off again!

Just look at Jessie and Rex stringing up lights in Andy’s backyard. Pause here on your visit for the vocals provided as Slinky Dog dashes by them.

For reference, here are two similar pictures. The photo above shows off how the lights glow in the evening. Below is the same spot during the daytime.

If you are working on a general layout of your touring plan, I recommend starting with Toy Story Land closer to the park opening. Then you can come through again anytime after sunset in coordination with touring Galaxy’s Edge in the evening.

As far as Toy Story Land entertainment goes, you will more than likely hear beating drums around you. Typically the green army men march through the land at various places and stop to perform an act. Make sure to try and see them if you catch them out.

Additionally, you will find that Andy has scattered green army men all over his backyard. Be on the lookout for them! Below, this one appears to be covertly moving a snack from Woody’s Lunch Box.

I always think this one below is mocking all of us staring at our phones. No one remembers that phones were created as communication devices.

Restrooms in Toy Story Land

Because I am a mom and completely understand that when your kid says they have to go, it’s usually the last minute. I thought I would throw in the restroom location if you note these types of things for your trip.

Toy Story Land has one restroom, and it’s relatively easy to locate. They are past Woody’s Lunch Box on the left-hand side, right before the exit that heads into Galaxy’s Edge.

Final Thoughts

This review has covered everything I can think you need to know about touring Toy Story Land. The land is an excellent addition to the park and an entertaining area for children.

The main issue you might encounter here is that there’s a lack of shade from the sun and shelter in the event of rain. So make sure to tour with these items in mind and adjust your plans properly if needed.

And remember, Toy Story Mania is going to be your closest place to seek interior shelter if it were to start raining sporadically.

Slinky Dog Dash will be a must-do ride along with Toy Story Mania for most families. Alien Swirling Saucers is fun, but you won’t leave feeling disappointed if you can’t work it into your schedule.

You might also be interested in the following Hollywood Studios rides.

Additionally, we specialize in providing reviews of the Disney World Resorts. You might enjoy staying at a resort near Hollywood Studios. The following hotels are within walking distance of the park.

So, are you looking forward to planning a visit to Disney World’s Toy Story Land in 2022? What is your favorite ride here? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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