With Toy Story Land’s opening day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios of June 30th right around the corner, anticipation is at peak level. Breathing some much-needed fresh air into a park fast losing its identity, two new rides bring the park’s tally up to a marginally better six. These new attractions will, however, attract swathes of visitors to the park during the opening weeks of Toy Story Land. Surging crowds could be expected for the majority of the summer. So, what to do if you can’t get a FastPass to skip the queue? Or if you don’t want to spend a chunk of your vacation in seemingly-eternal lines? Check out our suggestions below for Toy Story Land dupes to try in Magic Kingdom for a similar ride experience, or for “Toy Story” themed alternatives.
Toy Story Land Dupes: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Toy Story Mania heaving with guests? Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is home to Walt Disney World’s original “Toy Story” ride. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the most perfect of Toy Story Land dupes, was also the first combined dark ride/shooting gallery attraction. Toy Story Mania took this concept and ran with it, updating the technology to give a more responsive feel. With Space Ranger Spin though, you experience the old school charm of a classic Disney Omnimover.
You’re a ‘Star Command’ raw recruit, out to stop Evil Emperor Zurg in his attempt to steal batteries (or “crystallic fusion cells”) from the Aliens. You fire at will with individual space cannons. Different ‘Z’ targets equate to different numbers of points scored. The ride remains tricky enough that it’s not too easy to end the game among the ranks of Cosmic Commandos or Galactic Heroes – but it can be done. It’s a great experience for younger and older guests alike. You can also whip around this ride several times in the same period you would spend waiting for Toy Story Mania, and it’s easily available on the FastPass+ system.
Toy Story Land Dupes: The Barnstormer
Slinky Dog Dash packed with people? The Barnstormer at Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Circus could prove another of the useful Toy Story Land dupes for any kids (or other guests) looking for a not-so-scary roller coaster experience. This junior coaster is also hosted by a favourite Disney dog, this time Goofy in his ‘Great Goofini’ guise. Boarding a stunt plane, guests swoop through the barnyard just like the Great Goofini himself in one of his daredevil acts. Although a shorter ride, it’s a smooth and enjoyable one. Its top speed of 25mph certainly feels more exhilarating than it sounds. Again, queues for this attraction can be minimal-to-none depending on the time of day so multiple rides are easily doable.
If you’re specifically looking for a high-speed launch at the beginning of the roller coaster, like with Slinky Dog Dash, then Hollywood Studios has a dupe itself to offer. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith offers this feature, but ramped up to the next level. Be prepared, as riders experience forces of up to 4.5 G – and you must be 48in or taller to ride.
Toy Story Land Dupes: Mad Tea Party
Alien Swirling Saucers swarming with families? Mad Tea Party is an original opening day attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, and another of the Toy Story Land dupes. An enduring classic, guests join the “un-birthday” celebrations and spin around in the twirling teacups of Wonderland. For those of a more delicate constitution, the speed and direction of your group’s teacup can be controlled by the wheel at its centre. It’s easy enough to board without a long wait. Although queue levels fluctuate, it’s not necessary to use a FastPass+ reservation on these teacups.
If you’d prefer a more ‘galactic’ experience, then hop back over to Tomorrowland. A head for heights? Then here you can find the Astro Orbiter: another dizzying attraction, but this time it’s a rocket-spinner. Although you could be riding as high as 36 feet, these vehicles make about 11 rotations a minute, so it’s a more sedate swirl than others.
Don’t forget the characters!
If you’re big “Toy Story” fans, Magic Kingdom is also a good bet if you’re looking to meet the characters. Buzz has a meet and greet spot in Tomorrowland, near his Space Ranger Spin. Woody and Jessie can often be encountered in Frontierland, next to the Splash Mountain restrooms. “Toy Story” characters are also featured in the “Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party”.
As part of Disney’s “Incredible Summer” this year, you also have the chance to hang out with Buzz, Woody and Jessie at Typhoon Lagoon of all places! “Disney H2O Glow Nights” is a ticketed event, running throughout the season, themed around the “Toy Story” short “Partysaurus Rex”. It’s hosted by none other than the dinosaur himself. Although a bit of an odd combination, if you are a water park fan already then this could be worth your time.
In Hollywood Studios itself, the Green Army Men will also still be out and about to play with guests.
… And don’t overlook the “Toy Story” snacks!
The final location in Toy Story Land, and one which may be easier to visit, is Woody’s Lunchbox. This nostalgia-fuelled snack stop serves up sandwiches and drinks such as soda floats. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the fare though! These eats are angling for Instagram – or certainly a sweet tooth and empty belly! Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam, Totchos, BBQ Brisket Melt and that S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich. Drool…
Another themed food item away from the parks, and created to celebrate the opening of Toy Story Land, is the Toy Story Mousse. This treat can be found at Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge. Not only is it ingeniously shaped like the Luxo Jr ball, but it’s already earned a glowing review from us. Catch this limited edition dessert while you can!
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