Ever since its official announcement back in 2015, fans have been skeptical of Disney’s plans to bring Toy Story Land to life at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, Disney has faced skepticism in the past and exceeded expectations before (most recently with Pandora - The World of Avatar), so hopes are high that this new land will be a nice addition to the park, even if plans for this new area aren't as expansive as those for the neighboring Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land.
It may seem hard to believe, but we're actually only a few months away from this new land welcoming its first guests. And while Disney has yet to announce an official opening date (simply saying that this land will be open for Summer 2018), there have been a number of developments regarding the construction of this new land you should definitely know about if you're planning a visit next year.
1. Construction on Slinky Dog Dash is just about done
Earlier this month it was announced that Toy Story Land reached an important milestone when the final piece of track for the Slinky Dog Dash coaster was installed. To celebrate, Walt Disney Imagineering shared the video above giving guests an up-close look at the new coaster. And then just a few weeks later, Disney shared another video regarding the development of this new attraction, this time showing off the just-delivered ride vehicles:
As you can see, this attraction’s ride vehicles are directly inspired by the character of Slinky Dog, and will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops on the ride.
Now that the track has been installed and the ride vehicles are ready to go, Disney just has to put the finishing touches on this attraction and it will be ready to go for next summer's debut of this new land. And this isn't the only new attraction that is almost ready to go.
2. Construction photos show Alien Swirling Saucers is also coming along nicely
Though Slinky Dog Dash has passed several important construction milestones and looks like it is entering its final construction phases, work on the other new attraction in this land, Alien Swirling Saucers, is also coming along nicely, with construction photos published on WDWMagic showing that the structure for this attraction is nearly finished, with construction on the roof currently under way.
In case you've forgotten, the Alien Swirling Saucers ride will allow guests to board rocket shaped toy vehicles while aliens fly around in toy flying saucers wielding “The Claw”, which will dangle menacingly above. Once things get going, riders will rotate quickly around toy planets and satellites, all while special “Space Jazz” music (which was developed just for this new ride) plays whimsically in the background.