Disney Toy Story Land First Timers Guide

This Disney Toy Story Land First Timers Guide is written in partnership with Walt Disney World. My family and I visited for the first time as a part of a media day experience.

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1995.

That was the year the first Toy Story movie hit theaters. I was 4. To this day, Toy Story is one of my favorite movies. Everything from the green army men to Pizza Planet is still engrained in my brain. The Toy Story movies were among the first Disney movies that we introduced to Tatiana in VHS.

A year after the first movie was released was the first time that I had ever been to Magic Kingdom.  still remember how magical it was. The weather was perfect and the crowd was pretty much non-existent. Being able to see the Disney parade for the first time as a little girl created a memory that I’ll never forget.

A few weeks ago, I was able to experience everything that I loved about Toy Story in person in Andy’s Backyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We missed opening day but I’m kind of glad we did because I heard the wait times were insane. We had high expectations for Disney Toy Story Land before arriving. I decided to create this first timers guide to tell you pretty much everything you need to know before you head to TSL.

Disney Toy Story Land First Timers Guide

When you first arrive in Toy Story Land, you’re arrived by a giant Woody statue. Be ready because everything is giant in Andy’s Backyard. We were the toys in his backyard which I thought was a pretty cool concept.

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The Rides

Toy Story Land currently has three rides: Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Slinky Dog Dash. We only were able to ride two out of the three because I don’t and can’t ride rollercoasters. T was slightly disappointed but no worries, I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is an indoor interactive 4-D game. It’s very similar to the Buzz Lightyear Space Rangers ride if you’ve ever been to Magic Kingdom. I shared a few shots of it here when we visited MK for Disney After Hours. It’s a two-player game where the goal is to win as many carnival games as possible by shooting the targets. There are a couple surprise spins and twirls that add a little extra fun.

Alien Swirling Saucers

I surprisingly loved Alien Swirling Saucers! Typically I don’t like getting on rides that spin at all because I get dizzy pretty easily but the swirling saucers weren’t bad. The ride takes you on a spin through space. It’s a fun experience and not long at all.

Slinky Dog Dash

If you want to see the entire land from a view up above, Slinky Dog Dash is your ride. Slinky Dog takes you on a wild ride that goes through the entire land. There are a few small drops so that’s something to note before you hop on.

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Woody’s Lunch Box

Woody’s Lunch Box is a quick service restaurant located in Disney Toy Story Land. They serve both breakfast, lunch, and dinner items for under $15. They even serve alcohol too. We ordered a couple of things off of the menu. Some we loved and some we didn’t.

Mystic Portal Punch is POWERade Mountain Berry flavored mixed with lemon-line and tangerine. It honestly wasn’t my favorite. I wasn’t a huge fan of the flavors but I loved the look of the drink. I ordered it in a souvenier alien sipper. If you’re wanting to get the souvenir cup but not sure about the punch, you can order a regular drink in the souvenier cup for a little cheaper.

I thought the kids grilled cheese was great. Tatiana on the other hand wasn’t a huge fan. It’s a simple three cheese grilled cheese so you can’t go wrong with ordering it.

The Totchos were my favorite menu item. It was hearty, the flavors weren’t overpowering, and simple enough that you could eat while you’re waiting in line for a ride.

The lunch box tarts were the best! We had both flavors. The pastry was soft and crumbly, and the filling was the just right. It was a great sweet treat to end our day in TSL.

I thought Woody’s Lunch Box had a good selection of menu items but I was a little disappointed that there weren’t any pizza items on the menu since Pizza Planet is such a major part of the movie.

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Where to Buy Toy Story Gear

You can find Toy Story gear throughout the land at the different shopping carts. They’ve got Slinky Dog headbands, Sherriff Mickey’s, and a few other fun things. If you want a larger selection of Toy Story merch, the best place to stop is at Beverly Sunset on Sunset Blvd. They’ve got all of the Toy Story Land things that you could ever dream of. We were able to pick up the Jessie headband that Tatiana wanted so badly.

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In all honesty, we absolutely loved Toy Story Land. The design, the colors, the rides and the overall experience was nostalgic. However, I do wish that it had more to offer. I wish Disney Toy Story Land had more shaded areas. Although there were plenty of Instagram worthy photo spots, if the lighting isn’t right during your visit you’ll end up with an overly exposed photo that the average person doesn’t know how to edit. Hopefully in the future they’ll add more rides as well. Toy Story is such a major part of Disney’s story and the land is so beautifully designed.

If you’re planning on heading to Disney Toy Story Land any time soon, consider getting fast passes to skip the long lines. Since there are only 3 rides in the land, the wait times can get up to over an hour. When we were there the wait time for the Slinky Dog Dash coaster was over an hour. With a fast pass, the wait was less than 15 minutes.

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Have you been to Disney Toy Story Land yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Photos by Emma Shourds Photography

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21 Comments

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    Stacie
    07.30.18 at 3:31 pm

    I’m so excited to take the family to Toy Story Land. We’re huge Toy Story fans, and I see this as being our favorite Disney offering to date. Thanks for this great info!

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    Jeni Hawkins
    07.30.18 at 7:38 pm

    HA! This is PERFECT! My sister is taking my nieces to Toy Story Land for the first time, in 2 weeks. She will flip over all of this awesome information! Thank you so much!

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    Krystel | Travel on a Budget
    07.30.18 at 7:44 pm

    We’re the same age 😊. I can’t wait to go to TSL, glad it was great!

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    Clara
    07.30.18 at 8:40 pm

    I would definitely be a first timer so I appreciate the guide. It looks like you had a ball at Toy Story Land, and it makes me want to visit before the summer is over. Thanks for the tips.

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    Lisa
    07.30.18 at 9:11 pm

    My oldest daughter is sooo excited about going here! She’s 28 lol and Toy Story is her favorite movie. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Thanks for all the great information.

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    Liz Mays
    07.30.18 at 9:31 pm

    I really need to visit Toy Story Land. I love that the place actually looks like Andy’s backyard. The rides sound like fun!

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    Fatima Torres @ Motherhood Through My Eyes
    07.30.18 at 10:21 pm

    I love that you’ve created this guide. As a mom of three who’s never been, this will come in handy when we do. We’re actually looking to go in two years when our newborn is a little older. I definitely don’t want to be traveling with strollers around that park.

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    Natalie
    07.30.18 at 11:23 pm

    I really want to visit Toy Story Land, but in all honestly, I’ve never been to Disney yet. It’s a goal in a few years. These pictures are so bright and colorful, very beautiful. I have a friend who just scored a job in Toy Story Land and I think it’s basically a dream job to work for Disney.

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    Amy
    07.30.18 at 11:24 pm

    Every Time I saw the coaster I wondered why there were so many weeds around it. I had no idea that it was suppose to make humans look small. Very cool stuff.

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    Dawn Lopez
    07.31.18 at 12:31 am

    I am so ready to plan a trip to see Disney Toy Story Land! I can’t wait to ride the Slinky Dog Dash.

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    Mama to 6 blessings
    07.31.18 at 1:39 am

    Love the movies. We are Disney passholders and cannot wait to go there for my birthday in September.

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    Shelley King
    07.31.18 at 2:16 am

    We are going this coming year and we can’t wait!! Toy Story is our favorite. We went to the social mom’s convention and got to see the all the great new magic going on at Disney. We are so excited.

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    07.31.18 at 2:44 am

    This is such an awesome guide! I really love your photos! So cute!!

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    Sarah
    07.31.18 at 6:44 am

    Toy Story Land looks so fun! I really want to take the kids. Your guide is awesome and really making me want to go.

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    Nadalie Bardo
    07.31.18 at 2:25 pm

    OMG I love toy story! No matter how old I get this is one of the best-animated movies with an amazing message of frienship. Can’t wait for the new one to come out. I’d have the best time here!

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    Melanie
    07.31.18 at 3:04 pm

    We are huge Disney fans. It helps living in A sheik. Even having a Disney park so close doesn’t deter me at all from wanting to visit Toy Story Land. It all looks so perfect! I’ll ride the roller coaster for you!

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    mj
    08.01.18 at 12:19 am

    I can’t wait to get to Disney to see Toy Story Park. I mean, I’m sure the kids will like to go. But, mainly me.

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    Ronnie
    08.01.18 at 8:43 pm

    This looks like so much fun! Great concept making everything ‘huge’ so it feels like the guests are the toys. It’s fun to see our regular day-to-day toys be so massive. I am particularly loving that slinky dog headband. I’d like one for me, not the kids. (:D)

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    Kelly at Twentysomething Vision
    08.03.18 at 2:39 am

    I love, love, LOVE the vibrant photos! TSL looks like such a fun, colorful land. I might just tear up when I see this in person…

    The Slinky Dog Dash reminds me of Universal’s Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster. I would ride this regardless of age! Thanks for sharing this guide. The lunch box tarts sound great too. Can’t wait to visit soon!

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    Kathy
    08.04.18 at 10:29 am

    I really enjoyed your post. I haven’t been able to go yet but this makes me wanna go more!! Your work inspires me ❤️

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      Bianca Dottin
      08.06.18 at 10:54 am

      Thank you so much! You would definitely love it there!

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