Reach for the sky! On June 30, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is opening the newest area of the park, Toy Story Land. If you’re planning on going opening day, there are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind as you explore this exciting new land that puts you right in Andy’s backyard. As someone who got to experience the grand opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar last summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I’ve gathered my best touring tips and tricks for doing an opening day like a Disney pro.
- The highly anticipated “Toy Story Land” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, officially opens on June 30.
- After experiencing the grand opening of “Pandora: The World of Avatar” at Animal Kingdom last summer, Disney expert Megan duBois has a few tips on how to make the most out of “Toy Story Land’s” opening day.
- You’re going to want to get to Hollywood Studios at least two hours before the park opens.
4It will be busy.
Not only is Toy Story Land opening right in the middle of the summer busy season, this is the first new thing to open at Walt Disney World since last year’s opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar. There are going to be a lot of guests who want to do the same thing you want to do: ride the two new rides, and eat at the new restaurant. Toy Story Land has the same amount of attractions opening as Pandora did, and both have a quick service restaurant. The lines for everything are going to be long. The line to get into the park and into Toy Story Land are going to be long. Pack a little patience and you will be rewarded. Take a friend or two, and be sure to make a plan!
3Go in with a plan.
Heading into the park with a plan already in place is going to give you the most opportunity to do everything you want. You are going to want to pre-plan at home as much as possible. That means having your room reserved and doing online check-in if you’re staying at a Disney resort (which is highly suggested for a grand opening weekend), planning and reserving any dining reservations and FastPasses you might want and planning how you’re going to get to and from the park.
You’re going to want to get to Hollywood Studios at least two hours earlier than park opening on June 30. For Pandora last summer, Animal Kingdom ended up closing half way through the day to all guests because the park was at capacity. Hollywood Studios is a much smaller park, so it will reach capacity quickly. Later in the afternoon, there was a lull in guest entry and a peak in guest exit and Animal Kingdom did reopen to guests wanting to go into Pandora. This is likely what will happen at Hollywood Studios. If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, taking the complimentary transportation to and from your hotel is going to be your best bet to getting to the park efficiently, rather than dealing with the very small Hollywood Studios parking lot.
2It is possible to do everything.
With two new rides, a quick service restaurant, and one ride that got a little refurbishment, it seems like a daunting task to get everything in Toy Story Land done on opening day! Not to mention the immense crowds, and the lines that are going to be wrapped around buildings. With the plan you’ve already created for how to get to the park, and any dining reservations, and possibly one FastPass for one of the new rides, it’s definitely possible to do everything.
If you are planning on doing everything, you’re going to want to be in the group that gets to Hollywood Studios two hours before the park opens. For the sake of this scenario, we are also going to say you got a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash for after lunch. The first thing you are going to want to do when cast members let you into the park is head straight for Alien Swirling Saucers. If you’ve ever ridden Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney’s California Adventure, Alien Swirling Saucers is going to be a similar spinning, flat ride.
By then you’re probably going to be hungry, but don’t leave Toy Story Land because the menu at Woody’s Lunch Box looks delicious! This new quick-service restaurant is going to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a twist on classic American fare. Some of the highlights include a Monte Cristo sandwich and tater tot nachos called tatchos. If you’re willing to eat at more non-traditional hours for a meal you’ll have a shorter wait time and most likely be able to find a seat faster.
After your meal, I would head for your after lunch FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash. This seems to be the ride that people are the most excited for, so the line is going to be long, even with a FastPass. Then if you’re not totally exhausted, I would jump in line for Toy Story Midway Mania. This ride has been at Hollywood Studios for quite some time now, but the queue has been rerouted so guests enter on the Toy Story Land side of the building, and not the Pixar Place side of the building. After that, you’ve completed everything in Toy Story Land.
1Kindness goes a long way.
Cast members are going to do their very best to make sure Toy Story Land’s grand opening is a magical experience for everyone. Being kind to cast members and other guests will go a long way in making sure that happens. During the grand opening for Pandora, even though lines were long, cast members made sure guests were taken care of with water and entertainment. Be sure to thank cast members and managers that you might see around on opening day.
With these tips, you’ll be sure to have a great time opening day, and the weeks to come at Toy Story Land. See you in Andy’s backyard!