Walt Disney World announces the restaurant for its Toy Story Land
Walt Disney World has revealed the name of the restaurant that will serve its upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. And it's not Pizza Planet.
Woody's Lunch Box will be a walk-up counter service window, offering as-yet-unspecified meals. Soda floats also will be on the menu and the sponsor will be Mini Babybel, as part of a new multi-year deal announced today where Mini Babybel becomes the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and the Disney Cruise Line.
Pizza Planet is the restaurant most closely associated with the Toy Story franchise, but it does not appear that it will be part of this land. Heck, Pizza Planet is the restaurant most closely associated with all of Pixar, as the Pizza Planet delivery truck has appeared as an Easter Egg in all Disney/Pixar films, but a Pizza Planet would not fit in Disney's concept for Toy Story Land, which is set in Andy's backyard.
For that setting, a Woody-themed lunchbox, turned on its side, fits perfectly within the concept. Disney's Hollywood Studios used to have a Pizza Planet restaurant, but it bore no resemblance to the restaurant in the Toy Story movies, beyond its name, and Disney rethemed it to The Muppets after it announced the Toy Story Land project. (The restaurant is now PizzeRizzo.)
Toy Story Land also will include a Mack Rides family launch coaster and a spinner ride when it opens next summer at Walt Disney World.
I just feel like this new land is in no way up to Disney standards. Walt is rolling in his grave at the cjeap carnival type revamps. It reminds me of another flop; Dinoland USA at Animal Kingdom. A dark Toy Story ride with animatronics could have been really cool. If its going for the midway type of attractions at least add what they have at other parks with Toy Storylands. This is not going to survive the decades. Within 10-15 years this land will be stale.
Why doesn't Downtown Disney (sorry...Disney Springs) have a Pizza Planet? It's one restaurant that would make perfect sense in that location. Just take the designs shown in the movie Toy Story, adopt the basic operations of your local Chuck-E-Cheese, and you would have a successful restaurant. Heck, actually serve good quality pizza, and I bet you would have a major hit.
B Goodwin, that's actually a really good idea. Too bad Disney already sold many of the things from DisneyQuest. They could have just converted that into Pizza Planet with a little re-theming and turning one of the floors into a restaurant. It wouldn't be a perfect replica, but still far better than the one at Hollywood Studios, and much cooler than an NBA restaurant. They should of just built that somewhere else than instead of tearing down a perfectly good building.
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