Disney Announces Toy Story Land for Disney's Hollywood Studios, Plus Other News from D23
Disney has announced a new Toy Story
-themed expansion for the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World. The 11-acre Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will feature two new rides, in a concept that looks quite different from Disney's exiting Toy Story Playlands at Hong Kong Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios Paris.
All concept art courtesy Disney
"You'll be shrunk to the sizes of Woody and Buzz and the other toys in Andy's collection and you will explore Andy's backyard," explained Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum from the stage at the Disney Parks presentation at the 2015 D23 Expo in Anaheim.
The new land will include two new attractions:
- A spinner ride, themed to the Little Green Men's flying saucers, with "The Claw" looming above.
- A family coaster, themed to Slinky Dog. (We confirmed yesterday the news that a new coaster would be coming to the Studios.)
Toy Story Midway Mania will be part of the new land, and will be getting a third track on that ride, in a previously-announcement improvement to increase the popular shoot-'em-up ride's capacity. It appears from the concept art that Midway Mania might be getting a new entrance as part of the changes, all well.
Disney did not announce an opening date for Toy Story Land, which seemed to be a common theme in the presentation — lots of ambitious new projects, with very few timeframes announced.
In other news...
As for other projects around the world, Disney showed a preview of footage from the upcoming Iron Man Experience ride at Hong Kong Disneyland, the first Marvel-themed ride in a Disney theme park. Utilizing a Star Tours-type motion simulator, Iron Man Experience will take riders on a flight around Hong Kong, as their trip to the Stark Expo is interrupted by Hydra attempting to steal the world's largest arc reactor.
Imagineer Ted Robledo introduced the clip, teasing the audience with an appearance by Iron Man himself. When neither the character nor Robert Downey Jr. appeared, Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek came on stage to help kill time by awarding a "trip to the Avengers tower in New York" to a lucky audience member... who just happened to be Marvel creator Stan Lee, whom Chapek pretended not know, calling him "Stanley." Lee came on stage to a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 7,000.
Another surprise guest was Avatar creator James Cameron. He came on stage with Imagineer Joe Rohde to review some of the announcements about the upcoming Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which will be called "Pandora: The World of Avatar." The new Soarin'-style 3D Banshee ride will be called "Flight of Passage."
Finally, Chapek announced that the new Soarin' Over the World movie will debut next year on the Soarin' attractions at both Epcot and Disney California Adventure.
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Wow, two major "lands" at the Studios announced today! Although I'm not surprised as they recently shuttered several attractions. Are they still keeping the Monsters Inc coaster idea though? This has literally been the best D23 Expo yet!!
I would so love the Monsters Inc coaster!!! The minute I saw the movie, I said that would make a great coaster!!! Very happy so far!
BOOM goes the dynamite!
"Hey Bob we were thinking of bringing a land from Hong Kong over to the states, which one should it be?"
No where exacctly are they going and what the heck is the new name for the park?!?
Come on really ? I actually thought the Pixar place would become a Pixar place, now it's just toy story , I wanted to see Pixar combine a lot of Pixar franchises into one huge theme . Nonetheless I'm still exited for it.
Sounds like the land is a playground and just two new rides! and includes Toy Story Mania. Wonder how the whole land is integrated. Waiting to find out the future of Muppet Vision.
I'm a bit worried about this announcement. Whilst its great that they are putting in something new, and the themeing should be great, the attractions sound a bit like Toy Story Land in Disney Hong Kong.
That coaster looks pretty sweet... not a kiddie coaster by any means. A good solid family ride is perfect for this land and this park. I am glad Toy Story Land turned out to be different from HK and Paris. A much better version if you ask me - at least from the concept art.
I was expecting DHS to get more of a general Pixar Land rather than just Toy Story, but the project still looks pretty good. I'm really glad to see that they appear to have completely redesigned the area from the ground up instead of just copying the highly underwhelming version Paris and Hong Kong have. Given what this land contains, I'm thinking Toy Story Land may be targeted for an opening in the next 2-3 years (probably 2018 to avoid competition with Avatar and Frozen) while Star Wars Land is a longer project. I hope it opens sooner rather than later...I don't want to keep delaying a Florida trip.
I too was hoping for more Pixar rather than just Toy Story. However, since Lights Motors Action is still operating, that should be ample space for the Incredibles or Monsters Inc whenever they finally dump that show.
Wow. Nobody will ever recognize Hollywood Studios in a few years time. I'm really happy with both the Star Wars and Toy Story Land announcements, although I really was hoping it would be Pixar Land, since I am not a huge Toy Story fan to begin with.
C'mon guys, stop drinking the Disney kool-aid. We're talking about two "lands" (Toy Story and Star Wars) that could have gone into any Disney park, aren't really representing a distinct existing place from the films, and are made up of movie franchises well-represented at WDW and abroad. That's soft-ball stuff to me.
Gabriel you took the words right out of my mouth. It's unfortunate they didn't put this much effort into New Fantasyland and the mine train.
2 new rides in Toy Story Land plus 2 new rides in Star Wars Land adds to 4 new rides. Existing 4 rides (Tower, RnR, GMR, ST) equals to 8 rides in DHS. Whatever shows are counted as attractions. We are still begging for more things to do.
Star Wars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....... The rest of Disney Hollywood expansion equals THATS IT!!!!!!!??????? After seeing how amazing Shanghi is going to be, that's the best you can do here in the American parks........ So back to Star Wars... YAY!!!! ??... What the heck happened to the rest of the predicted expansions at Disney Hollywood. This is in no way close to what happened to Disney California Adventure a few years back..... Soooo this means one thing. BACK TO DISNEYLAND!!! And go back to Universal Orlando when in Florida.... In actually okay with that plan.
I don't know what to say to you two anonymous posters bashing the plans for DHS, except that I think you will be proven wrong. Toy Story Land might not float your boat, but consider what an upgrade it will be compared to what currently sits between Toy Story Mania and Lights, Motors, Action. It's a huge improvement, and who's to say LMA won't be ending its run soon, making way for even more expansion in the future?
"What were you hoping for? 4 new e-Tickets at Hollywood Studios?"
The announcements are interesting, but I have to agree with the individual that said that both "Star Wars" and "Toy Story" have been well-represented in the parks. Pixar has had hits with so many films that would lend themselves to great rides - "The Incredibles" could work as a coaster, a 4-D adventure or even a dark ride.
What a great day to be a Disney theme park fan! Im excited about all the projects and its gonna be wonderful following the progression. DHS will be construction wall central for a few years!
I take back my previous concern for this area as that coaster looks like the real deal on the picture. As for concerns that this only has a couple of rides and that's not much, I'd like to ppoint out that Diagon Alley only has 1 ride (1.5 if you go park hopper). I don't say that in a derogatory way, on the contrary Universal has shown how you don't need to have stacks of rides to create an incredible theme park experience. I hope Toy Story Land is able to match this in interactivity.
I was excited about Star Was although I still think it needed more that just 2 rides on it's 14 acers but with Toy Story Land it went down the drain. It looks cheap like all the budget hotels with oversized props. I don't care much for Toy Story and I would rather have many more Pixar Ip's implemented in that land.
Sorry to rain on people's parades, but honestly Toy Story Land looks like it sucks... End of story. No I'm not counting the e tickets or if they are 200 ft tall, I'm looking at how detailed things are. Disney lovers ALWAYS critzise Univeral lovers about how you can see the supports with the roller coasters at those parks. Which yes they have somewhat of a point, but here Disney World does it and no one says a thing, and in fact says that it looks amazing. I'm going to call an onion and onion no matter what. I'm a THEME PARK lover. I don't care where I get my fix at, as long as it's the best. People cut down MK all the time it seems compared to DLAND, but heck, compared to Six Flags or Busch Gardens, MK is amazing. Look, I can't wait for Avatar. It's going to be amazing I feel. It's a world that just looks fun to be in. Now compare what Avatar looks like compared to this Toy Story land looks like and it's night and day. It's not so much about number of attractions or e tickets anymore in my opinion. It's mainly all about can you totally immerse me into a completely different world. Now Harry Potter was the first to do this in a 21 century kind of way. Cars Land has also done it. Avatar and Star Wars will do it. Toy Story........ With what I see in this artist rendering of the land, not so much. It is a GREAT time to be a theme park fan. I'm excited about most things coming up. I think Frozen might be better than expected originally. It's just that I thought something more immersive and original was going to be announced at this expo for DHS other than Star Wars. Bob Iger I feel truly slipped up saying perhaps too early that DHS was going to get a name change because I feel that there should be more changes coming for a name change to feel warrant. Maybe there's more to come, but for now, I don't see a total reimagined theme park. We shall wait and see what happens. Until then, DAK here I come in 2017.
I'm guessing this is the end of the old production studio, what's left will be razed for the new land - scenic shop, costuming, old production bungalows and my place of employment for 8 + years, the Roy O Disney Production Center. Wish I could be there when the bull dozers move in; saw it built, would like to see it go. I think TSL is a fine addition, no hater here.
So excited to see Hollywood Studios finally getting a spinner ride. So long over due.
I think the Toy Story Land looks really cute. It makes sense that they would make a land about just Toy Story since they are about to have 4 movies in this series. I think what I am seeing in the bottom corner is a little Woody's Roundup area. I really loved the little set from the 50s TV show in Toy Story 2. Three rides seems like what the themed lands tend to have so that isn't too surprising. I think having this area themed to one movie is better. Fantasyland is a bunch of movies crunched together, but since many of the movies are set in medieval times in Europe they kind of blend in with the castle and each other. If they made a Pixar area, it wouldn't blend very well together. Brave, Monsters Inc, A Bug's Life, WALL-E, Cars, etc. don't really have anything in common except that they are made from the same studio. Maybe they will make mini lands based on individual Pixar properties in the future.
There seems to be an army men tower ride in the picture too. It's so strange there are no dates given for these lands to open and what they are tearing down. I wonder if this is to keep Universal studios out of the loop. Robert, what do you think?
I had gone to the Disney Studios live action presentation at D23 in the morning, so didn't have a chance for parks & resorts. But... I happened to be in line for the Pandora preview when Joe Rohde and James Cameron walked by the line and stepped in! After Cameron previewed and left, Joe stayed around and I was able to get my picture with him at the end of the preview! Pretty cool. Not much to see except the model of the land, but it was fun to talk to Rohde briefly and hear his excitement for the construction that he said is now up to 90 feet high.
I think we can be hopeful. The bar for themed lands has been set pretty high recently. It would seem silly to me to try to design a themed land with a major IP and not taken the time to learn from Diagon Alley. I'd also like to think they have learned lessons from opening Cars land.
Toy story land seems to be launching with the same amount of attractions as Carsland did. So it could be following that same blueprint.
Disney didn't say where Toy Story Land will be but air photos of DHS show an obvious area behind Toy Story Midway Mania. This is a large rectangle area, now all backstage, extending west from TSMM to the park fence next to World Drive and north-to-south from the backstage parking garage down to Lights Motors Action. The old Backlot Tour was here and all Disney needs to do is move the props items to a warehouse and bull-doze everything. Construction can be done all day because all this area is out of sight from park guests. Maybe this means it can be completed in a year or two instead of 5 years as is the current pace.
Why go with a land based on a specific movie instead of using an entire studios library? Isn't it called Hollywood Studios? Seeing as how they're removing the animation pavilion they could have built a cool exhibit about computer animation as pixar is a pioneer in that industry.....
Im just gonna say it, As a disney hardcore lover and an annual poassholder, I am completely underwhelmed. Weve been waiting so long and for 4 rides, most of which are rehashed rides with a new shell? and people are saying 5 years? How come Universal can kick out a better themed world such as harry potter in as little as 2 years and it takes Disney 4 years to make rides they have already made????? I wanted more, I cant lie.
Here are some noteworthy things I'm seeing on this map.
I think it looks cool. The coaster seems as if it has 5-6 story "zones" to it, and I love the idea of Andy digging trenches for the coaster in his backyard.
I've already been to the Andy's giant props park. It's called All Star Movies Resort. It's very cute and was built like 10-15 years ago.
To Mr. Anonymous above, they are closing all those attractions to build Star Wars Land, too.
Disney stock down to 101 this morning, that's around a 15-20% decline in the past couple of weeks. No stock bounce from the D23 announcements.
So if Tomorrowland is not getting Star Wars does that mean it will get Tron. Maybe Guardens of the Galaxy can replace Buzz Lightyear. Tomorrowland needed Star Wars at WDW and DL. I don't think George Clooney and Captain EO can save it.
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