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Fans Plea for Disney to Change ‘Toy Story’ Experience

Disney's Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land
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Toy Story Land, located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort, is one of the most immersive theme park lands in the world.

An empty street at night in Disney Hollywood Studios with illuminated art deco-style buildings and a replica of a famous theater facade in the distance.

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In the heart of Toy Story Land lies a culinary gem known as Woody’s Lunchbox. Nestled amidst larger-than-life toys and vibrant landscapes, this quick-service eatery invites Disney World guests to indulge in a playful menu inspired by the beloved Pixar franchise. From its famous Totchos to nostalgic treats like S’more French Toast, Woody’s Lunchbox promises a whimsical dining experience for guests of all ages.

However, recently, a growing concern has emerged among visitors at the Disney World park regarding the seating policy at Woody’s Lunchbox. Recent complaints have sparked one guest to start a “petition” urging Disney World to reconsider its approach to seating arrangements in this popular dining spot.

Guests visiting Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

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The guest took to social media to voice their frustrations, stating, “Seriously though, I was there yesterday to finally try the famous Totchos and was amazed by the number of people sitting at a table with 5 chairs by themselves, I assume waiting for their family, while people with actual food were forced to eat at the few standing tables. Also, the fact that there are so few tables incentivizes guests to invade the privacy of others by standing around while those at a table get ready to leave just so they can take it. It leaves people who are not willing to pressure someone to clean up SOL. Finally, there are no benches or other tables in close proximity to Woody’s/Toy Story Land, so there’s no way of navigating out of the situation.”

The sentiment echoed by this guest highlights a common frustration shared by many who have dined at Woody’s Lunchbox. The limited seating options, coupled with the tendency for guests to monopolize tables, have created an environment that detracts from the overall enjoyment of the dining experience. At the heart of the issue is the imbalance between the number of seating options available and the volume of guests seeking to dine at Woody’s Lunchbox. While the popularity of the eatery is a testament to its appeal, it also underscores the need for Disney World to reassess its seating strategy to better accommodate the influx of visitors.

woodys lunchbox

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From the towering structures of Andy’s backyard to the whimsical details scattered throughout the land, Toy Story Land transports guests into the heart of the beloved Pixar film series. Attractions such as Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania! offer thrilling adventures for guests of all ages, while character meet-and-greets provide opportunities for fans to interact with their favorite Toy Story characters. Every detail, from the oversized toys to the playful signage, contributes to the overarching narrative of being shrunk down to the size of a toy and exploring Andy’s backyard. Woody’s Lunchbox serves as an extension of this narrative, offering guests the chance to dine in a setting straight out of the Toy Story universe.

In addition, Toy Story Land just introduced a brand new restaurant, Roundup Rodeo BBQ, which opened in March of last year. The restaurant offers a sit-down, all-you-care-to-enjoy experience, and you should book a Dining Reservation to ensure that you’ll be able to experience it.  Roundup Rodeo BBQ’s inception has taken some of the capacity restraints and overflows off of Woody’s Lunchbox, but the differences have been small.

A spread of BBQ food at Roundup Rodeo BBQ

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As Disney World continues to evolve and adapt to the needs of its guests, it will be interesting to see if this feedback makes a difference in policy moving forward at the restaurant.

Has crowding at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in particular, been a problem for you on your Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments!

This post originally appeared on Inside the Magic

About Andrew Boardwine

A frequent visitor of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, Andrew will likely be found freefalling on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or enjoying Pirates of the Caribbean. Over at Universal, he'll be taking in the thrills of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster and Revenge of the Mummy

One comment

  1. I’ve had similar issues at Woody’s Lunchbox and agree that additional seating is needed. My husband and I always offer our extra seating to others when possible and share the table. It’s a great way to make new friends!

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