Toy Story Land’s Early Woes: Unsafe Fences, Poorly Executed Restrooms, and Slow Food Service Plague Disney World’s Latest Addition
Surely any new theme park attraction faces its share of problems in the early days of its existence. Who hasn’t heard the horror stories of Disneyland’s opening day back in 1955? However, the year is 2018 and Disney has been in the theme park business for over 63 years now, so some of the problems plaguing the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios seem more like oversights than things that a company with a wealth of experience in the field would need to learn this late in the game.
First up, let’s talk about the plastic fences. The Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster is surrounded by these hard plastic fences with metal frames. I can’t think of many places in Disney Parks with plastic fences so I’m not sure how these happened here. Long story short, the fences were deemed hazardous and areas surrounding the coaster with these plastic fences have been roped off from guest access. This is a real shame since these areas offer the best vistas the new land has to offer.
Many of the fences have been covered up with wood boards to make sure a guest doesn’t bust through them and fall into the ride area. Cast members in the area were told it had something to do with the height of the fence, but boarding the lower area up would do absolutely nothing to fix such an issue.
Maybe if Imagineers had been provided the original budget intended for the land, we could have had sturdy metal fences to start?
This viewing area was closed off thanks to the fence issues.
Cast members are now stationed near all of these fences to make sure guests don’t go near them.
Here’s a look up at the fences from the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.
This side was not yet boarded up when we last visited.
On the other side of the land, the men’s restroom has had an interesting issue: all of the urinals were built at child height…
This has led to some interesting issues, including male guests “missing their target” and leaving puddles on the floor. Custodial cast members can be found in here constantly mopping the floor.
At Woody’s Lunch Box (see our breakfast and lunch/dinner reviews if you’ll be visiting soon), the Monte Cristo sandwich has already been removed. This was our personal favorite, so its a huge loss for the new restaurant. Cast members claimed that it wasn’t popular, but we assume the need to make french toast style bread for this dish slowed down the production in the kitchen and it was easier to just keep all of the items that are on the other style of bread.
And of course, no post complaining about Toy Story Land would be complete without talking about the lack of shade. Guests will find no refuge from the Florida Summer heat and rain in Toy Story Land other than portions of queues. The character meet and greets put guests out in the hot sun, large portions of queue for Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash are outdoors with no cover, and most umbrellas in the area can only be found above some tables at Woody’s Lunch Box, often leading to guests without food taking up tables needed for those who actually ordered something to eat or drink.
Despite the land being rather cute and charming, it has some serious issues right out of the gate, some of which won’t be easy to fix in an attractive, well-themed manner. Hopefully in the weeks and months ahead, much of this will be addressed for the future enjoyment of guests. Before the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge would be nice…