Breaking: Toy Story Land Opening Date Announced For Walt Disney World

On April 2, 2016, a large portion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed, making guests start to wonder more about the future of the park. It was announced several months ago that two new lands are on their way, one based on Star Wars and the other on Toy Story.

Today ABC New announced the opening of Toy Story Land, one of the most anticipated family attractions in 2018.

It was announced live on “Good Morning America” that June 30 is the big day.

To celebrate the announcement, Disney brought a piece of the new land right to New York City’s Times Square. Slinky Dog Dash is one of many attractions in the new 11-acre Toy Story Land where guests will shrink to the size of a toy and be surrounded by giant versions of childhood toys.

Guests will enter Andy’s backyard and “shrink down” to the size of the toys from the franchise. There, they will meet characters from the movies, including Buzz and Woody. There will also be two new rides in the land.

The first of the new rides will be a family friendly roller coaster called Slinky Dog Dash. The story is that Andy built the coaster in his backyard, using his Mega Coaster Play Kit, and since Andy has a great imagination he came up with a thrilling ride. He combined the kit with some of his other toys, including Slinky Dog, who doubles as the ride vehicle. There will be dips, turns, and drops, but since it is being called a “family” coaster most likely it will not be too intense.



The second new ride will be Alien Swirling Saucers. Fans of the first Toy Story movie will remember the green aliens from the game at Pizza Planet, and they are the basis for this ride. The concept is that Andy got an Alien Swirling Saucers game from Pizza Planet, and you will now be a part of that game. Your ride vehicle will be a toy rocket, and aliens will fly around you, trying not to get captured by “The Claw”. They will try to have you captured by “The Claw” instead. You will swirl around planets and satellites. There will be special effects, lighting, and “Space Jazz” music developed specifically for the ride.

“This swirling saucer attraction is coming to Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort.

“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”


While the original “Toy Story” movie was released in 1995, Toy Story Midway Mania opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure in 2008.

“Woody’s Lunch Box will be a new quick-service window serving tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats within Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when it opens in summer 2018

When it comes time for a bite to eat head to Woody’s Lunch Box, a walk-up window serving old-fashioned soda floats along with other tasty eats and treats.”

When Can I Book My 2019 Walt Disney World Vacation Package?

Q: When can I book my 2019 Walt Disney World vacation package?

A: When it comes to planning a Walt Disney World getaway, it definitely pays to be the early bird. Planning well in advance means that you normally get the resort that you want during the dates that you want not to mention that it gives you plenty of time to save! Therefore, it’s not surprising that one of the questions that I am getting asked the most this week is “When will 2019 packages be officially open to book by Disney?”

Though we don’t know for certain when 2019 packages will go on sale to the general public, what we do know is that Disney World typically releases them around the same time each year. 2018 packages went on sale on June 20, 2017. Therefore we can probably expect 2019 packages to go on sale in early Summer.

I heard I can make a room only reservation now for 2019 is that true? Yes. This means that those starting to make plans for 2019 and who want to book a package with tickets and/or dining will need to wait a bit longer. However, it should be noted that Room Only bookings can typically be made 499 days out. This means that guests do have the option of reserving a room through until the first half of June 2019 just now and converting that to a package when they go on sale this Summer.

Will I be able to get a discount when packages go on sale? When Disney initially releases 2019 packages, these will be at the non-discounted or “rack rate.” The same goes for the Room Only reservations. Disney doesn’t usually release discounts until closer to your actual departure dates. However, with flexible booking policies (contact me to find out more), guests do have the ability to nab a discount even after you’ve booked so you will still be able to take advantage of savings if booking early.

Want to receive your FREE quote as soon as 2019 packages go on sale? Then fill out our quote form and we’ll put some packages together for you this Summer. Or let us know you’d like a room only reservation and we’ll get straight to work! For those looking to chat about options before submitting your quote request, please reach out to us directly. We are always happy to talk Disney!

Happy Planning!