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Toy Story Land is Opening Soon! Here are 10 Things We Hope to Experience

For Disney and PIXAR fans alike, Summer 2018 is a big deal—a really big deal! Magic Kingdom is bringing back the Incredibles Super Dance Party in Tomorrowland as part of Walt Disney World’s “Incredible Summer,” in celebration of the upcoming theatrical release of Incredibles 2, slated for June 15. Edna Mode will make her Disney World debut at Tomorrowland, and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, as well as their icy pal Frozone, will also be there. But the most anticipated event of this summer is the long-awaited opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fans of Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Slinky and the gang have been waiting since plans for the new toy-themed land were first announced in 2015. Now, only months away from the opening of Toy Story Land, Toy Story fans are nearly feverish with anticipation and can’t wait to see the real thing, instead of the artists’ concept drawings of the new land. Though we will have to wait a little while longer before our wildest dreams of Toy Story Land are realized, we’re already forming mental touring plans in our heads for the first day there! Here are 10 experiences we hope to have once that day is finally here!

10. We’ve got to ride Alien Swirling Saucers.

With the exception of the cleverly placed, “Ooooooooo” and the even more cleverly placed, “You have saved our lives; we are eternally grateful,” the little green alien men have very few lines in any of the Toy Story movies. But just because they’re minor characters doesn’t mean Walt Disney Imagineering planned on giving them a minor role in the new Toy Story Land. Climb aboard a toy rocket in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction, and hold on tight as the aliens take you on an out-of-this-world adventure. Who knows—you just might be chosen by “The Claw!”

9. We can’t wait to ride Slinky Dog Dash.

Slinky is one of the most lovable PIXAR sidekicks every dreamed up. Think about it—he loves Woody and stands by his side. In Toy Story, Slinky defends Woody when Woody announces that Andy’s birthday party has been moved up a week. In Toy Story 2, it’s Slinky who finds Woody’s long-lost hat. And in Toy Story 3, Slinky saves the day when he helps Woody subdue the monkey who’s watching the monitors at Sunnyside Day Care Center, and the toys are ultimately able to leave Sunnyside where they’ve been imprisoned by Lotso Huggin’ Bear and his cronies. So it’s no wonder Disney Imagineers dreamed up, designed and built Slinky Dog Dash, a family coaster that will be unveiled the same day Toy Story Land opens this summer. In this attraction, Andy has assembled his Mega Coaster kit and Slinky races along the coaster tracks—twisting, turning and stretching. It promises to be a new favorite of Guests and their families.

8. We can’t get enough of Toy Story Mania!

You’re right—this attraction isn’t new. It has been crazy popular since it first debuted at Walt Disney World in 2008. To this day, if you don’t have a FastPass+ time for this super fun carnival game-type attraction, you can bet on spending a chunk of your park time in the queue. During peak seasons, you’ll wait anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes or more to try your hand at several 4-D interactive carnival games. Toy Story Mania will see an upgrade as part of the new Toy Story Land—a third track will make it possible for even more Guests to enjoy this attraction at one time. More room for Toy Story fun? Yes, please!

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.