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CONCEPT ART: Cuts Made to Toy Story Land, Scenes Removed from Slinky Dog Coaster

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As you know, plans change when building attractions for Disney Parks, and Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no different:

Original Toy Story Land rendering, 2015

 

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2016 rendering

When walls went up near PIXAR Place on April 3rd, so did a new piece of concept art for Toy Story Land (which guests can now visit at the end of the street). Noticeable in the concept art were some changes to the Slinky Dog Coaster, most noticeably the loss of the portions of ground where Andy (or maybe Bonnie) had dug a path for the roller-coaster playset to travel through. As well, one of the large turns that was to travel over a guest pathway now simply travels through a wooded area.

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Among the other changes were the removal of a scene featuring the Green Army Men and a portion where guests would burst through a wall of some kind. Some other set pieces and scenes have also quietly disappeared, but it is hard to make out exactly what was lost in the concept art. The cuts are not being seen as budgetary, but likely to speed up the construction of Toy Story Land, which Disney hopes to have completed by late 2017/early 2018.

Even though there appears to have been cuts, some great details remain:

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Woody’s friend Mic makes an appearance…

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As does Mr. Spell…

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The second launch sends guests through a Hot Wheels-style device.

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There’s even a show scene with Jessie rescuing Rex from a tower of toppling Jenga pieces!

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Looking at the rest of the artwork, taking over what was the Studio Catering Co. space appears to be “Woody’s Round-Up”, a new counter service location.

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Looks like it may even recycle a few props from Hey Howdy Hey Take-Away. The entire building may not just be this small eatery, but this lunchbox and the seating area outside definitely are.

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Just beyond the borders of Toy Story Land is the heavily wooded new planet of Star Wars land. A tunnel will transport guests between the two realms.

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The Little Green Men Flying Saucer ride has its own concept art up on the walls as well. The ride is similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, but there are Aliens in saucers pulling carts around instead while you avoid The Claw.

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Here you can see the ride has an expansive indoor queue area with two separate ride areas

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Guests enter past Buzz Lightyear, down a pathway, and under neath Buzz’s spaceship

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Down at the bottom you can find the new entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania, most likely with the new outdoor home to the Mr. Potato Head animatronic character.

Other details of the land seen in the original concept art aren’t seen here either, but they could just be out of frame (i.e. the Al’s Toy Barn and Woody’s western-style facades). While a few details of Toy Story Land seem to have fallen to time and budget, what’s left still looks to be an impressive and much-needed addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • It doesn’t seem like they had to let TOO much go (regardless of reason), so I’m fine with it. If it can get the construction done sooner to give Hollywood Studios the breath of revitalization it so desperately needs, I think it’s a good thing. As it stands, Studios is a half-day park for me (as long as I have Fast Passes), so anything that can fix that is great.

  • You mean the midway mania entrance was removed and reimagining the whole building with the interactive qeaue, and a Pixar place is changing too?

  • Wow that’s a bummer. I mean it still looks pretty cool, but it seems like disney has the tendency to dream up amazing concept art, only to scale it way back later on. Hope Al’s Toy Barn happens.

  • Maybe you should add an on ride photo on the slinky coaster. Perhaps more attractions will be like a woody’s hoedown theater and a spaceship similar to the golden Zeppelins at DCA in disneyland.

    I hope disney california adventure can add a second toy story land and even shanghai disneyland too. What do you think about that?

  • The concept drawings are all for areas behind what is currently Mania. Think ‘backstage’ where the costuming building is now. The one the Backlot Tour went through. The reference to Studio Catering Company is incorrect. Also notice the rockwork at the far left of the new concept drawings near the end of the path. This should be one link to the Star Wars area that is now LMA-ish

  • Seems like Disney shouldn’t be cutting things when Universal is consistently knocking it out of the park…

  • Great now we get a totally exposed coaster. Way to cheap out Disney. Raise the prices, lower the quality should be Disney’s new motto. Sad.