Disney Previews Fresh Detail for Toy Story Land
After focusing yesterday on its
new offerings for the summer
, Walt Disney World's promotional team this morning switched its attention to next year and beyond. Pandora: The World of Avatar is coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom next year, with Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land to follow at Disney's Hollywood Studios at some point after that.
Nothing Disney promoted this morning will surprise anyone who has been following these projects for the past several years. But Disney did fill in some fresh detail about Toy Story Land.
This is the project that's going in on the old Studio Backlot Tour site at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The idea is that we are in Andy's backyard — reduced to the size of a toy — and playing with the other toys on some of the contraptions that Andy has built.
On the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, we are riding on a track that Andy has built with his "Mega Coaster Play Kit," riding on the back of Slinky Dog, whom Andy has put on the track to test his stretching limits. Here is a concept video, with some computer-animated POV of the new ride:
Disney also showed concept art and a name for Toy Story Land's spinner ride: Alien Swirling Saucers.
Concept art courtesy Disney
This is a playset of Andy's where visitors will ride on spinning flying saucers, controlled by the Little Green Men, as "The Claw" looms above them, ready to strike.
The third attraction in Toy Story Land will be Toy Story Midway Mania, which is adding a third track to accommodate its overflowing crowds. Fans won't have to wait for that added capacity, though. The additional track will be ready to go by Memorial Day weekend.
But, no, Disney didn't reveal an opening date for the rest of Toy Story Land.
More from the "Awaken Summer" Event:
Thank you Universal for forcing Disney to finally add things to their parks.
so toy story land will be a re-themed tea cup ride and a kiddie coaster?
While the land has potential, there's only one new ride, and it's just a family coaster. Unlike Carsland, Andy's backyard isn't something we see in any of the movies, so the attractions themselves need to be the main draw, not the land itself. Unless they add more, this land will just be a place for people to kill time when Star Wars Land is full.
The Toy Story Lands in Paris and Hong Kong are terrible cheap affairs , I worry this will be similar.
Why can't they afford to put into a few more flat rides? A Merry Go Around would be nice too.
Randy: there's two new rides.
While the spinner doesn't really catch my interest, the coaster has me somewhat intrigued. Will it be just a standard kiddie coaster, or will it be in the same caliber as Thunder and Space Mountain in that the thrills are tame enough for kids to ride but still have enough thrill to them?
Spinner and not only a family coaster but one that has been paired down from original designs, Disney I am not excited.
Randy, I don't get your logic. Andy's backyard may not be in the films, but an area full of "living toys" is essentially what the films are about, so the land itself can easily be drawcard.
I guess the days of actually building attractions that are innovative and fun are over at Disney. A rethemed Mad Tea Party and a kiddie coaster are rather sad additions to the Studio. Hopefully Star Wars Land will be worth the wait. But, again, only 2 new rides there as well.
What's sad is, this is a small piece of the puzzle: two new solid (but not revolutionary) family attractions. But they will market the hell out of it, because it has to carry the park until Star Wars Expeience opens.
After Monsters Inc, Laugh Floor, you'd think the abbreviations for new rides couldn't get crazier. Thanks Alien Swirling Saucers.
I'm honestly a little surprised how much negativity there is about this project. Toy Story Land is NOT meant to be on the level of Cars Land, Avatar Land, or Star Wars Land, it is meant to quickly solve two big issues with DHS at a reasonable budget: A lack of attractions and few family-friendly rides. While the land does only feature two new rides (a C-ticket flat ride and a D-ticket family coaster), it is a great fit for the park. Yes, it would be nice to have a little more, but this isn't bad for a land that is supposed to be complete in two years (according to what I've heard from inside sources).
Honestly so sick and tired of WDC's dependency on building lands and attractions based off of IP's. I miss the good ole days when WDC was actually creative and could build original attractions like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Big thunder Mountain, and the original POTC. This new "Toy Story Land" resembles something that Six Flags would build. It's unoriginal, low budget, and lacks any creativity. The land's main draw is a kiddie coaster that has very basic theming and looks like something an elementary student would dream up. Gone are the days of true imagineering. Sad to see Disney become a low budget mirror image of Universal. #FireIger
This is just sad...
AJ: Kathy Mangum talked about Toy Story Land onstage when they revealed it, and compared it to Cars Land.
Wow, so much negativity!
Disney lost it's magic a long long time ago.
100% agree with Disneyobession!
Looks fun! This is placemaking folks, there is no reason to expect a major attraction when the main anchor of the land, Midway mania, is already there. This is simply themeing and adding supporting rides which look fun. This is very similar to what universal did with Despicable Me and Super Silly Silly fun land and Springfield USA in Universal Hollywood, yet those placemaking projects were generally lauded.
Mr. Galvan NAILS IT!
DHS has 5 rides including 3 really popular rides, RnR, ToT, and Toy Story. The other 2, Great Movie Ride and the current Star Wars are pretty good. Nothing for younger kids. There's nothing wrong wit adding a section with a couple.,C tickets aimed at the younger audience. Parents should like it a lot. A good park had a mix.
The original concept for the Slinky coaster had dug trenches and much more theming. It looked like a solid C ticket family coaster but now it's on flat land and has less theming. The other one is a rethemed clone of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree — an attraction in the style of a whip ride. It's like the dinoland USA in AK and is not wothy of Disney and their prices.
Cheap! It took Universal two years to build and open Diagon Alley which is miles above this garbage. Honestly, even Six Flags has done a better job than this. R.I.P. Disney, you used to be good.
This seems solid. A simple place that caters to families with younger kids. I'd expect TONS of merch and some food locations. I think the comparison to Universal's Super Silly or Springfield USA is a good one.
Did Iger find two nickels in his sofa? Where are the swing sets? How about a slide?
I get it, but Toy Story Land was initially billed as a pretty sizable addition (so large that in fact a Cars Land clone was initially rumored in the same location). My question is then what are they doing with all of that space? The extra track of TSMM is in an already existing soundstage (formerly used for movie previews and temporary exhibits), so the additional space freed up from the elimination of the Animation exhibit and Catastrophe Canyon/studio tram does not jive with the addition of just 2 new attractions (one of which is a small flat ride). I agree with Anon, that one flat ride is selling this new land short, and while no one wants to see a repeat of Bugs Life Land at DCA, Disney could have added at least one more flat to go in the area.
I'm sorry but the amount of land this is taking up seems to have much more potential then what they are building there. I think they need to open the purse strings and invest in at least one E-Ticket for this area.
Now I feel I must provide two comments here...one for positive and one for negative.
That is one unimpressive land.
So Hollywood Studios will be Star Wars Land, (please don't call it Star Wars Experience, that sounds like a museum exhibit) Toy Story Land, and Hollywood Land (Great Movie Ride, Tower of Terror, Rock & Roller Coaster) That still doesn't sound like much of a park to me.
My concern is the land doesn't offer much. It is most certainly promising and looks great. It isn't Carsland for that idea died, but the cost savings is not realized in putting more rides into the land. The biggest issue is it doesn't keep the guests in the land. Where is the play area after "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" Playground is removed? Not exactly a Version 2.0 since there isn't any.
There was no way that Disney was going to dig trenches for Slink Dog, not with Florida's water table. Whoever created that concept art (probably back in Glendale, Calif.) either forgot about that... or Disney actually considered grading up the build site. If that were the case, I'm certain that the grading was the first item to be cut once the accountants ran the numbers on that expense.
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Disneyobsession The sad part is that Six Flags actually builds better rollercoasters than this lame Slinky coaster. Even their mild coasters at Magic Mountain in CA are better than this.
Compare it to Universal's Springfield, which didn't take two years to build...? Alright Disney pixie dust huffers, I'm out.
Robert, need I remind you that Transformers has a whole basement section for their tech booth, break room and glasses room (even with Florida's high water table). "They can't dig a trench" doesn't hold up when they change the elevation of the land around it, either. They planned to one time, but the budget was cut.
Technically 6 flags doesn't build anything. Unlike Disney and Universal, all of their rides are designed and built by 3rd parties.
Robert: Although rare, it is possible to build tunnels in Florida. Aside from the two here in South Florida, there actually are two at Walt Disney World.
This is DHS's version of Dino-Rama at DAK or A Bug's Land at DCA.
126.96.36.199: As much of a Disney fan as I am, I have to agree with you on this one.
I think Hilary Clinton has been moonlighting, as a Disney imagineer. I do believe iger, wrote a check for her campaign.
Okay, let's try this again...
What a lot of people forget, and I've only seen a couple people in this discussion mention it, is that Toy Story Land already has it's E-Ticket attraction(Toy Story Midway Mania). Aside from that, what others complained about with the space issues, remember guys, part of that space is being used for Star Wars Land, the space is being split in half basically. Half for Star Wars and half for Toy Story. I myself agree with someone who mentioned their complaint about building lands based on IP's. I'm sorry Disney, even though Universal had a hit on their hands with Harry Potter, that is not a means to be inspired by them to do the same(I include the upcoming Avatar Land in this statement as well). Universal is meant to follow in Disney's footsteps, hence building the Universal theme parks after the success of Disneyland, not the other way around, although now it would seem that Bog Iger may have been offended when Universal won the rights in a bidding war to build attractions based on Harry Potter, that Bob probably stated....."Ok, fine. You build Harry Potter Land, I'll build Star Wars Land" Bob, I think, approved the plans for both Toy Story Land and Avatar Land only to add insult to injury. As people said, gone are the days of true Disney Imagineering Magic where original ideas brought forth unique and exciting original attractions, like the Magic Kingdom Mountains, or even at DHS...attractions like The Great Movie Ride and Fantasmic! But in the end, remember that the true Disney parks are and always will be Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, so as long as those aren't altered in similar ways......Oops....I spoke too soon....sorry Disneyland, but it looks like The franchise lands are going to start taking over your park first with Star Wars Land. I may be a Star Wars fan, but I would say Walt Disney himself would call that move Blasphemous. How dare you let Star Wars take over Tomorrowland. That is very shameful of Iger to agree to.
AJ HUMMEL: No doubt, Disney is the king of theming. They can also build some incredible roller coasters though. One of my favorite coasters in any park is California Screamin' at DCA. It never gets old.
I love your posts, AJ. Very knowlegeable. I'll call you AJ Fox. Fair AND Balanced! Bwahaha! No, I wouldn't do that.
Welcome to the 21st Century, AJ,where people make quick judgements on things at face-value instead of actually doing any research and find out for themselves what's really going on and what the true motivations are.
If Slinky Dog Dash is comparable to Big Thunder Mountain and Manta, then I would look upon the addition favorably. Still, one more flat ride wouldn't be a bad idea.
I'm with you AJ, but they're really only adding 2 attractions for the 11 acres of space. TSMM is already there and is not consuming any of the 11 acres earmarked for this expansion. That's my point of contention. It would be like Universal touting 5 new attractions when opening the original WWoHP at IOA when in reality only two (Forbidden Journey and Olivander's) were truly new attractions. Even though TSMM is being expanded, the ride itself is not rumored to be changing as a result of the creation of the new land. Not only that, you're considering that the highest profile ride in the new land ("E Ticket") is a ride that's been there for nearly 8 years with no changes other than the doubled capacity coming next month. Perhaps they're considering an upgrade to the attraction (new games, scoring, etc...) when the new land opens, but they're still anchoring the land with an already existing ride. It would be as if WWoHP was anchored by Dragon Challenge and not Forbidden Journey. Sorry, for that I cannot let Disney off the hook here, unless Slinky Dog Dash is really comparable to Sea World San Diego's Manta.
Gabriel, I think you pretty much nailed it. Given an unlimited budget, it would be possible to make the ideal enthusiast theme park. However, in reality there is a budget limit and parks must appeal to the general public, not just the serious fans. When it comes to Disney and Universal, the fans just wants E-tickets that are better than what came before. If you go on a site that is geared toward frequenters of Cedar Fair or Six Flags, everyone just wants a big new roller coaster every year. No park could add an E-ticket level attraction annually and still be financially stable, and the bigger audience your park can appeal to the more visitors you'll get. Perhaps it's from being an engineer, from visiting a wide range of parks, or from participating heavily in the Theme Park Apprentice competition, but I tend to find my opinions can differ from the general opinion of fans. While I certainly wouldn't make a special trip for Toy Story Land, it is definitely something I would check out on my next visit.
Why is toy story called an E ticket? It's a glorified wii game with screens in a mostly empty warehouse? It's popular because its the only age appropriate ride in the whole park, and is basically a well done D ticket in DCA.
The news this morning is that Disney is once again slashing the budget on their Slinky Dog Coaster. Here is the latest concept art:
....you know what the sad part is?
I agree that the new land doesn't necessarily need a new e-ticket, especially if the new coaster is more than a Barnstormer. However, you're opening an entire new land with two new attraction that will inevitably get overwhelmed with lines that are completely undeserved. That will give Disney the impression that they're doing something right, when in reality, guests are just seeking what's new. When you open a land 1 or 2 rides at a time, it's going to have that initial effect, and then you're dealing with a ghost town a few years down the road. They need at least another ride or attraction/show to get guests to want to spend time in this new land.
Disney step up your game and actually give universal a challenge
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