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Toy Story Land Dedication and More at Walt Disney World

The official Toy Story Land dedication took place on Friday, June 29, 2018. The ceremony started with several Green Army Men, who will be out and about the new land. (Watch for the Green Army Drum Corps when you visit.) They removed the curtain, and suddenly Woody, Buzz, and Jessie joined the party. They were soon joined by Bob Chapek, who is the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. He was there to officially dedicate the land, but there was a snag. When they tried to start Slinky Dog Dash, they learned that batteries were not included. The Green Army Men were on it, and soon there were enough batteries. A special guest then joined the group, it was Tim Allen, who of course is the voice of Buzz Lightyear. With the help of Allen and the batteries, Slinky Dog Dash started to run, and Toy Story Land was officially dedicated.

Toy Story Land features two new rides; Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. The entrance to Toy Story Mania! has moved into the land as well. There is one counter service food option; Woody’s Lunch Box. Toy Story Land is approximately 11 acres in size. Compared to the other areas of the park, Toy Story Land feels huge. Make sure you wear sunscreen, because there is little shade.

There was one bit of other news released after the Toy Story Land opening. A new show is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will take place near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The gang from Radiator Springs will be there to help him out. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is expected to open early in 2019.

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Also released on June 29 was a new image of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The ride, which is also supposed to open in 2019, will take guests inside the world of cartoons. An image of a ride vehicle model has also been released, it’s a picture of a scale model, even though it looks like it’s animated.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.