Less than 6 months after opening, another problem has arisen in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This morning, the tails on the back cars of the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster trains were removed due to safety concerns.
The bouncing, springy tails are gone from each back car, but the ride remains operational. Funny enough, I had commented to someone who joined me on the ride just last week that “it didn’t sound good” back there. I sit in the back row adjacent to the tail 9 out of 10 times I’m on this ride and distinctly noticed rattling noises I had not before on my last 2-3 rides on Slinky Dog Dash. I can’t confirm that this is related to the issues, but it seems unlikely that it isn’t.
Slinky Dog Dash has also had other issues lately: nearly half of the spring coils on every train are heavily damaged. Most of them are wrapped with rather unappealing grey covers currently, as you can see below.
Above is one that was just starting to break when we rode.
The issues above again point to cheaper materials used for the project, poor design, and poor execution. It is unknown if and when the tails might return, but given there is more than one issue with the trains, they could be headed for some sort of redesign.