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Now that we're nearly a full month into 2018 it's time once again to take a look at some of the big projects Disney has in the works for the next five years.

For our first update of the year, we take a look at construction updates at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom, as work continues on several high-profile projects. 

1. Slinky Dog Dash

 

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

A brand new roller coaster is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios that will form the backbone of the all-new Toy Story Land, now confirmed to be opening in just a few months during summer 2018. Described as a family-friendly roller coaster (so expect low speeds and small height restrictions), the Slinky Dog Roller Coaster will see guests boarding vehicles shaped like Slinky Dog and then zooming around a winding track, passing through tunnels and other landmarks around Toy Story Land. 

Construction on this attraction was completed late last year, and test runs have been reportedly happening after hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

2. Alien Swirling Saucers

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

The second confirmed new attraction for Toy Story Land is a spinning flat ride named Alien Swirling Saucers (don't try and abbreviate that), which will be inspired specifically by the first Toy Story film and will be designed to look like a play set found in Andy’s room.

During the Alien Swirling Saucers ride experience, guests will be able 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. 

Like Slinky Dog Dash, construction on this attraction is all but completed, with only the finishing touches needing to be added. 

3. Woody's Lunch Box

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Opening in: 2018

Though Toy Story Land is almost completed, we didn't learn until late last year about a new restaurant coming to this new land. Known as Woody’s Lunch Box, this new quick service stop is will resemble a lunch box (complete with Tupperware) and thermos that has been transformed into a walk-up window that will serve both quick service meals and old-fashioned soda floats. Much like the Harmabe Marketplace at Disney's Animal Kingdom, this new location will not have an inside dining room, and will instead have a small amount of outdoor seating adjacent to the walkup window. 

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I never considered that mickey "appeared" in the great movie ride, since it was just film loop in an otherwise dark room. the time i went through the ride, i always thought some amazing scene from forbidden planet would be great to see in there (it was an mgm film, after all). yeah, i know it was supposed to be a wizard of oz scene, but there was far too much of that already in the ride.

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