Good Morning America” viewers got brief — but fresh — glimpses Wednesday of Toy Story Land, the attraction under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Among the sights seen were the Aliens Swirling Saucers ride in action — although without people on board — and the Weezie the penguin figure, which will sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” to folks leaving the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster. Viewers could also watch a coaster vehicle being put through its paces on the bright orange rail and footage of the oversized toy props being put into place by a crane.
“GMA” reporter Paula Faris, outfitted in hard hat, was seen in front of the entrance sign and interviewing Imagineer Kathy Mangum. Host Michael Strahan, back in the New York studio, interacted with the Sarge and Buzz Lightyear characters stationed at Hollywood Studios. Members of the studio audience wore Woody-inspired mouse-ear hats.
A pre-recorded segment with actor Tim Allen, voice of Buzz Lightyear, also aired.
“It will be the detail stuff that I want to see … What you hold, what you touch. I want to see how they incorporate that live experience,” Allen said
Toy Story Land is scheduled to open to the public on June 30.
It will be the detail stuff that I want to see … What you hold, what you touch. I want to see how they incorporate that live experience.
The coverage on “Good Morning America” kicked off a day of multiple appearances of Toy Story Land on Disney-owned ABC’s programming.
On “The View, Sunny Hostin and Sarah Haines did a walk-through of the area, and explained to viewers the background story in which park visitors are shrunk down to the size of toys and are in Andy’s backyard. The segment, which concluded Wednesday’s program, spent almost as much time on Hostin’s fear of coasters and her experience on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios.
During “The Chew,” the afternoon show’s hosts sampled two dishes from Woody’s Lunchbox, the counter service restaurant that will open along with Toy Story Land. They exuded over a brisket barbecue melt and the chocolate hazelnut lunchbox tart with bacon.
“Woody, you’re my idol,” host Michael Symon exclaimed.
Finally, on late night’s “Nightline,” we saw Faris again, with further glimpses of the coaster, sound bites with Mangum and further chat with Allen, who jokingly suggested that the entire 11 acres should be devoted to his Lightyear character, which he was also seen posing with.
“I’m excited to be part of it,” Allen said.
Prior to the Toy Story Land segment airing, the Facebook page for “Good Morning America” did a live report that included a look at live entertainment set for the attraction and some merchandise. Show director Tom Vazzana talked about guest participation in a green army man boot camp activity that marches through the land and a drum corps with spinning drums.
“It has to be fun. It has to be immersive,” Vazzana said.
Brad Schoeneberg, who works with Disney’s franchise product development, showed off Toy Story Land souvenirs, including pins for the new rides, the “Buzz Bubbler” and Slinky Dog-related merch, including one that’s wearable (Schoeneberg had it draped over his shoulders) and has a light-up function.
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