PHOTOS: Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Three-eyed Toy Story Aliens take guests on a whirling flying saucer ride in toy rocket ships as part of Alien Swirling Saucers, one of the new attractions inside Toy Story Land, opening June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation StudiosÕ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

As guests become “honorary toys” in the new land, they encounter Alien Swirling Saucers, a playset that toy-owner Andy of Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. The new attraction whirls and blinks with colorful lighting, electronic space music and nonstop fun.

Alien saucer pilots are straight out of the Toy Story movies, with their pointy ears, three eyes, short antennae and facial expressions designed to convey surprise or delight. Each extraterrestrial has hitched its flying saucer to one of 22 rocket ships; together, flying saucers and rockets spin through the Pizza Planet galaxy.

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation StudiosÕ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

With “The Claw” dangling overhead, guests climb aboard their rocket ships and hover in Pizza Planet’s version of “deep-dish space” for an out-of-this-world saucer whirl to the beat of new versions of Toy Story songs and musical themes. During the adventure, the Aliens spin guests around toy icons like Planet Pepperonia and a pizza-inspired space station.

Before boarding Alien Swirling Saucers, guests can pose for a photo with a Buzz Lightyear action figure standing more than 14 feet tall on top of toy building blocks near the entrance to his Star Command Space Station Playset. Toy robot guards flank the Pizza Planet-inspired marquee.

Inside Star Command, there are buttons to push, dials to turn and a switch to toggle for audio and visual effects. His creativity never flagging, Andy built a toy gantry with his Construx toy pieces that guests use to traverse from Buzz’s command center to the Swirling Saucers game.

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation StudiosÕ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Guests who are spin-averse can swirl vicariously by watching from the viewing area in between and around the playset.

“This is a world created by a boy’s imagination,” said Dave Fisher, Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Story Editor. “Andy has brought out all his space toys – it’s a really fun and high-energy attraction.”

Little green Aliens from Pixar Animation StudiosÕ Toy Story films pilot toy rocket ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The out-of-this-world attraction is inspired by Andy’s toy playset from the Pizza Planet restaurant. With multi-colored lighting and sound effects from throughout the galaxies, Walt Disney World guests swirl and whirl in the toy rocket ships while the Aliens try to get captured by “The Claw” that hangs overhead. (Steven Diaz, photographer)

Before or after a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, guests can pose for an out-of-this-world selfie with a stationary, photo-ready green Alien in its colorful saucer just outside the attraction. Toys of all makes and sizes – from a 10-foot-diameter “rubber” ball to colorful Cooties – have been carefully placed by Andy among the landscape of overgrown grasses, toy shrubs and playset trees throughout Toy Story Land.

 

Alien Swirling Saucers: At a Glance

  • Type of attraction: Swirl-and-whirl ride
  • A Disney first: Three-eyed green Alien pilots
  • Number of passengers per seat: 2 to 3 honorary toys
  • Number of saucer/rocket ships: 22 (11 in each of two playset areas)
  • Height restriction: 32 inches
  • FastPass+: Yes

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Tom Corless

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  • How do these compare to say the teacups at Magic Kingdom? We’ve never done the teacups because we aren’t “spinning ride” type people so I was just wondering if we should use a fastpass on these or stick to Slinky Dog coaster?

    • It’s pretty different from typical spinners, and I’d say they’re a step up in enjoyment from the teacups. You don’t really get that dizzy/spinning feeling. It’s more like moving around and the occasional whip action. It’s actually more fun and energetic than it looks. I’m basing this on the Mater ride at California Adventure, and this seems like it’s a clone.

      As for using a fastpass on it, that’s up to you. I don’t know how the tiers work, but if it would be between the coaster and this, I’d recommend the coaster. The saucers are a fun flat ride, and definitely worth riding, but probably not worth a FP+ with better alternatives. However, if you have an extra FP+ to use (or can get a bonus one for it after your others are spent or whatever), then it’s worth an experience. It’s not the classic spinner.

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