Ever since its official announcement last year, fans have been skeptical of Disney’s plans to bring Toy Story Land to life at Disney's Hollywood Studios. After all, Disney’s first two attempts to create a Toy Story-themed area at parks outside the US (Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris' Walt Disney Studios Park and the identically named Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland) received a decidedly lukewarm reception from fans, and aren't well known for being particularly well-themed or featuring very good attractions.
However, even though the concept behind this newest iteration of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature the same core theme as the previous versions of this land (guests are shrunk down to the size of a toy and experience the world of Andy's Room just as characters like Buzz Lightyear or Woody would), some new details have been released that show that this land will be very different from prior versions.
1. Slinky Dog Dash: aiming to be more than just a roller coaster?
When plans for Toy Story Land were first announced, some were a little disappointed that the signature new attraction was going to be a family-friendly roller coaster with some light Toy Story theming. And while we already had a pretty good idea about what this new ride experience will entail based on the most recent concept art (seen above on a wall at Disney's Hollywood Studios), a recently released concept video reveals a little bit more about what guests can expect to experience when the Slinky Dog Dash attraction opens, and even includes some simulated on-ride footage. Check it out below:
As you can see above, guests who board one of the Slinky Dog vehicles will not only enjoy fast turns and thrilling dips during the ride, but will also zoom past Toy Story–inspired setpieces, where they can check out some of their favorite characters during the ride.
Though a recent concept art update showed that this new ride might not be as initially complex as originally thought (a few twists and turns as well as an underground section that were in the original art are notably missing in the updated image), it looks like Disney is definitely not skipping out on is theming for this ride, which is essential if Toy Story Land is to succeed at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
While fans of the Toy Story franchise might have enjoyed something a little more substantial than a Barnstormer-esque roller coaster to headline the new Toy Story Land, given Disney's likely intention to get this new land open as soon as possible (more on that in a minute) it looks like they are making the best of this family-friendly roller coaster concept considering the constraints of this style of attraction.