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Disney has quietly upgraded the look of in-person characters from this PIXAR franchise

Over the last several months, Disney has been quietly giving some of its in-person characters an upgrade, and we like the change!

According to a tweet from @CharactersPhotoBlog, some of the characters from PIXAR’s Toy Story film franchise have gotten an upgrade at Disney Parks around the world, as well as aboard Disney Cruise Line ships, and those locations that haven’t yet welcomed the newest versions of the characters are slated to do so later this year.

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@CharactersPhotoBlogs refers to the upgraded versions of the characters as “fresh faces Toy Story characters.” According to the tweet above, Guests will notice that Woody, Buzz, and Jessie have new looks when they greet them at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (since February 2021), Disney Cruise Line (since April 2021), and Disneyland Resort in California (as of January 2022).

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Per the tweet, Disneyland Paris will see the newest versions of the three Toy Story characters in early March (just in time for the kick-off of the Resort’s 30th anniversary celebration), and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will welcome Woody, Buzz, and Jessie 2.0 in August 2022. No word yet on when the trio will have their makeovers at Shanghai Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Resort.

old vs new toy story characters at disney parks

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Toy Story characters have been in at least one Disney Park since the PIXAR film first debuted. Woody and Buzz and the gang made their Disney World debuts in a parade called (what else?) The Toy Story Parade in 1995, the same year the first film was released in theaters.

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The parade took place at Disney’s MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and featured Woody and Buzz, Bo Peep, Slinky Dog, the Green Army Men, the Monkeys (from the barrel of course), as well as Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, and Rex the dinosaur. The latter three characters appeared in their audio-animatronic forms. Sadly, the parade went away in 1997 and was replaced by the Hercules Zero to Hero Victory Parade.

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Jessie didn’t appear at any of the Disney Parks locations until after Toy Story 2 was released in 1999, as she wasn’t a character in the original Toy Story film. She made her first appearance in Toy Story 2 on re-runs of the Woody’s Round-Up children’s show and in her toy version as one of the toys Al from Al’s Toy Barn attempted to ship (along with Woody, The Prospector, and Bullseye) to an overseas toy collector.

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We like the new look of the characters! Their facial expressions look more like the characters as they are portrayed in the films, and they even look a bit more natural.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!