Yesterday we covered the debut of the Toy Story Land model at Walt Disney Presents, but we wanted to go back and present a detailed tour of the model in photos and video. Let’s begin.
The entrance to the land will be where the former Soundstage 4 building stood. Currently in the process of a very public demolition, the space gained by the demolition will create the entrance to Toy Story Land as seen in the bottom right of the following photo.
At the entrance will be a tall Woody figurine, welcoming you into the new land.
Depending on how high the trees grow, you may even be able to see Rex atop a Jenga tower as part of the theming of Slinky Dog Dash.
An overview of the entrance. It won’t be flashy or provide a lot of theming, but it will welcome you and set the tone (and scale) for the rest of the land.
As you make your way through the entrance and around to the heart of the land, you’ll be faced with three choices. Left to Toy Story Mania (red roof), straight to Alien Swirling Saucers (blue and green roof), or right (over the bridge) to Slinky Dog Dash.
Toy Story Mania
Let’s start with Toy Story Mania. The ride isn’t changing. Or, at least, the location isn’t changing. I’d imagine it wouldn’t be too tough to add a new scene to the ride to try and draw some of the crowds away from the other two attractions, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one. So where is Toy Story Mania in relation to the rest of Toy Story Land?
In the following overview photo, Toy Story Mania is the giant green building at the bottom of the photo. The new entrance will be represented by the red roofed “Midway Games” toy box and the actual entrance to the building will be the tan L-shaped building.
Here’s a closer look at the two buildings mentioned above.
On our latest aerial flyover of Toy Story Land, we can see the tan building is under construction now and the foundation of the red building is underway.
One thing that I found interesting is that it doesn’t appear that there will be a new exit built for the newest track, but rather a path built to the side of the Toy Story Mania facade. In the photo below, we can see the path in between the trees, represented by a colorful fence. The Cast Members at the display noted that the grey pathway would be considered a backstage access road.
A theming element can be found along the exterior of the exit path.
Alien Swirling Saucers
Moving on to Alien Swirling Saucers. Here’s the ride vehicle.
A look at the show building.
The ride should be a replica of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney’s California Adventure. Here’s how Alien Swirling Saucers is described.
A look back at a construction photo of Toy Story Land shows the four turntables being installed.
The entrance to the queue will be located to the left of the attraction, as you approach it, and it appears that the Green Army Men will be in place to perform recon on guests as they enter what appears to be a pre-show building.
Slinky Dog Dash
Let’s make our way over to what will likely be the main attraction of the land, Slinky Dog Dash. Looking at aerial photos of construction and the model, it appears that the coaster will cover upwards of half of the total acreage of the land.
Let’s talk about the ride vehicle. When it had first leaked, there was some speculation amongst fan groups that the capacity would be low due to the size of the displayed ride vehicle. Disney showed off the front, a single middle section, and the rear of the vehicle in their promotional video. As we can see below, the full vehicle will seat 18 guests, not the 6 originally shown off. With up to 3 Slinky Dog trains running, that’s up to 54 guests riding at a time.
Let’s take a look at the description of the ride.
Here’s the attraction entrance. Guests will walk across a blue bridge that the coaster will pass under before reaching the main entrance made from some extra items Andy had laying around such as paper and a pencil.
It appears that there will be a ride vehicle outside of the attraction entrance for guests to test before committing to the queue. You can see the test vehicle in the lower right of the following photo.
As far as the ride itself, it has been described to us that the coaster will be somewhere between a family coaster and a thrill coaster. Turn banking and some hills will provide the “thrill” aspect of the ride, while theming elements from Toy Story movies will make the ride appeal to young ones.
Quick Service Eatery
Taking a look around the rest of the land, we noticed that there will be some outdoor seating areas for the quick-service eatery.
We stacked the focus points in the following three photos to showcase giant footprints (which we assume are Andy’s), a themed ball, and bendy drinking straws, which we believe will be lights.
A different angle near the Alien Swirling Saucers entrance showcases more of the giant footprints that will be scattered throughout the land.
Here’s a look at what could be one of those bendy straw lights, still unthemed and under construction.
Speaking of lights, if we make our way back to the entrance of the land, we notice some deliberately angled tinker toys which could be used for lighting as well.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a new land at Disney if there wasn’t a kiosk to sell the latest Toy Story merchandise. This particular kiosk can be found on the way to Slinky Dog Dash.
Toy Story Land is scheduled to open Summer 2018. We’ll continue to bring you aerial coverage of the new land as construction progresses over the coming months.