Let's taste the food of Disney World's new Toy Story Land

June 28, 2018, 5:39 PM · If you're hungry while playing in Andy's backyard at Walt Disney World's new Toy Story Land, Woody's Lunchbox is loaded with eats, including sandwiches that I never found in my lunchbox as a kid.

Thank heavens that Disney wasn't satisfied to dish out boring old bologna sandwiches and peanut-butter-on-Wonder-bread and choose instead to let its chefs try something a bit more ambitious with this quick-service restaurant. I spoke with Chef Robert (excellent name!) of Disney's culinary team about the menu for Woody's Lunchbox.

I tried the BBQ Brisket Melt ($12.99, served at the restaurant with a choice of tomato soup, macaroni salad, or potato barrels), and the Totchos ($8.99), which come loaded with chili, cheese, and sour cream. Both were solid choices and 10/10 would eat again.

And again. (Someone, please... cut me off!)

Also on the menu are a Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich ($8.99), a Smoked Turkey on Multigrain Bread ($9.99) and — of special interest to west-coast Disney fans like me, the return of a Monte Cristo to a Disney World quick-service menu ($11.49). That's not the deep-fried version from Disneyland's Cafe Orleans, but rather a grilled version, but... hey, Monte Cristo.

After our video, I tried the Grilled Three Cheese and the Tomato Basil soup, and both were outstanding, with a blend of complementary flavors that made me forget that I was sweating in an Orlando theme park instead of eating at some trendy comfort-food bistro. The Raspberry Lunch Box Tart ($3.29) even tasted of fruit instead of the pure sugar I've come to expect from theme park desserts. Let's hope that Disney can keep this up and that Woody's doesn't get "Flo'd."

As for drinks, Woody's Lunchbox also serves Root Beer floats, a Powerade-driven Mystic Portal Punch, and a selection of adult beverages for grown-ups who need a hit of vodka in their lemonade to endure listening to all these kids ask "are we there yet" all the time in line.

If you take no other piece of advice about Woody's Lunchbox, please use the Mobile Order option on Disney World's official app to save yourself what promises to be one more interminable queue in Toy Story Land this summer. Yes, you still have to wait a bit even when using Mobile Order, but hit that up just before you board Slinky Dog Dash or Alien Swirling Saucers [links are to our full on-ride POV videos] and lunch will be a few minutes' prep from waiting for you when you get off the ride.

Replies (5)

June 28, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Just saying, I love a fried bologna sandwich.

June 28, 2018 at 8:42 PM

I'm genuinely astonished that this isn't another boring terrible counter service stand. DHS is notorious for poor food selection. What an unexpected win, can't wait to check it out next week!

June 29, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Potato Barrels must be the non-trademarked version of Tater Tots!

June 29, 2018 at 11:05 AM


June 29, 2018 at 11:07 AM

I'm sorry, what Disney is calling a "Monte Cristo" here is nothing more than grilled ham and cheese. A Monte Cristo, by definition, is dipped in egg batter and either pan or deep fried (usually served with preserves and/or topped with powdered sugar, like at Blue Bayou). Some Monte Cristos can have just the bread battered and fried with the meat and cheese added later, but by grilling like a standard grilled cheese, what they're calling a Monte Cristo is a complete misnomer. Obviously grilling is the preferred cooking technique here to make preparing this menu simpler for staff, but Disney should just call this a grilled ham and cheese, not a Monte Cristo.

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