Disney World announces June 30 opening for Toy Story Land

February 16, 2018, 8:52 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort announced today that its new Toy Story Land will open on June 30 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The 11-acre new land will feature a Mack Rides launched family coaster (Slinky Dog Dash) and a new whip spinner ride (Alien Swirling Saucers), as well as a counter service restaurant (Woody's Lunch Box) and new entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania. It will be Disney's fourth Toy Story Land around the world, following installations in Hong Kong, Paris, and Shanghai, which opens this spring. Orlando's installation will offer a different ride lineup than the other lands, however.

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open one week after the official debut of Pixar Pier at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, meaning that Disney will not repeat last summer's practice of opening its top new attractions for the year on both coasts on the same day, as it did with Pandora: The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disneyland in 2017.

We are still awaiting official word of an opening date for Orlando's other big debut for 2018 — Fast & Furious Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida, though insiders suggest that ride is on course for an earlier opening than Toy Story Land. Stay tuned.

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February 16, 2018 at 9:17 AM · Universal has been running contests to attend the opening of Fast and Furious that state winners should be prepared to travel to Orlando between March 30 and May 15, 2018. Still a big window there, but it does appear that the new attraction at USF will open before Memorial Day.

I'm always curious if PMs meet their original time schedules for new theme park projects. To me, it's odd to open a new attraction on June 30 - yes, it's before July 4, but still after Memorial Day and after just about every public school system in the country has started summer break. Did Disney plan all along to open on June 30 (the way big construction projects are managed these days, PMs are held accountable for shifts in schedule +/- 1 day), or did the schedule slip or get pushed forward? Does Disney consider having the land soft open earlier in June as "opening" even though it may not officially open until June 30th? I'm just curious a bit about how the business works out these schedules.

February 16, 2018 at 9:45 AM · Russell, June 30 does have significance... if you're a Disney shareholder. June 30 is the end of their fiscal Q3, and therefore the last possible opening date that allows them to get a full quarter out of Toy Story Land in their fiscal 2018 year.
February 16, 2018 at 10:29 AM · Well, this will be an uptick for Studio traffic but good to see a new addition like this and should be fun.
February 16, 2018 at 3:48 PM · "Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open one week after the official debt of Pixar Pier at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim." Freudian slip here, Pixar Pier is a debt, rather a liability.
February 16, 2018 at 9:03 PM · I'm hoping we'll be there toward the end of the year. That slinky dog coaster looks like a clever concept.

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