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4 Interesting Limited-Time Tests Happening Right Now at Disney Parks

3. Slinky Dog Dash to reportedly begin rider testing soon

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Though we're still about a month away from the official June 30th opening of Toy Story Land, buzz has been growing about potential soft openings and annual passholder/DVC previews for this new land. And while nothing has been confirmed just yet, unverified sources have suggested that Disney may be looking to test out Slinky Dog Dash, the family-friendly roller coaster that will form the backbone of this new land very soon. 

Interestingly, reports suggest that Disney is not ready to allow guests into this new land just yet, so these early rider tests may just be for Cast Members at first. But hopefully if these reported tests go smoothly, we'll get more information soon about how guests who want to experience this land a little early can do so. 

4. Disney California Adventure testing new early access opening event for Pixar Pier

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And speaking of new attractions, Disney California is also getting ready to open the new Pixar Pier-themed land, on June 23. However, in an interesting development, Disney is also hosting a special one-day event on June 22 that will cost $299 per person, and allow guests to experience all the "new" attractions in this land one day before Pixar Pier officially opens to guests, from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Essentially, this is like a paid version of a technical rehearsal or annual passholder preview, (but with food and swag to beef up the value), and while this could just be a one-off event, it is hard not to think of this development as a precursor to Disney’s plans for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We know that this highly-anticipated new area at Disneyland park will be entering its final phases of construction soon, and is on track for a mid-2019 opening, in advance of the opening of the east coast Star Wars Land at Walt Disney World, which will follow in late 2019.

If this event proves to be successful, it doesn’t seem like much of a leap to guess that Disney will start planning premiere event days for both Star Wars Lands in the near future. Excitement is understandably high for both of these new lands, and while $299 may be a high price to pay for some re-themed attractions, when the opportunity to be one of the first to drive the Millennium Falcon is on offer, we’d guess that there would be a lot of interest in paying for that access.

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