Slinky Dog Dash: Toy or Thrill Ride?

by | Jan 29, 2020 | Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog

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Toy Story Land spreads out over 11 acres of land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The idea is that when you enter Toy Story Land, you have shrunk down to the size of a toy.

If you have visited “Andy’s Backyard” then you might have noticed Andy’s foot-print in the cement as you walk by Slinky Dog Dash. That shoe print measures to be 25 feet long! And once you’re this small, you can ride on some of Andy’s favorite toys…

Building Anticipation

The main attraction of Toy Story Land is Slinky Dog Dash. Since its opening in 2018, the wait times still average between 1 and 3 hours (depending on the day).

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Wheezy sings to guests at the end of Slinky Dog Dash. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The queue for Slinky Dog Dash is themed to look like a child was just playing with all of their toys. It is a nice organized mess of letter blocks, drawings and other wooden toys that appear to have just been dropped.

My favorite detail of the queue is that the archway you pass under to join the queue has the packaging of a Slinky Dog toy.

The theming makes me feel like this box was just ripped open and Slinky Dog is ready to be played with. Considering the anticipating felt by guests waiting in line, this was the perfect feature to include at the beginning of the ride.

Is Slinky Dog Dash Too Wild?

My mom doesn’t like roller coasters. If she had it her way, all of the rides at Disney World would be dark rides or boat rides like The Haunted Mansion and It’s a Small World.

We convinced her to go on Slinky Dog Dash the first time we visited Toy Story Land and although she was skeptical, she really enjoyed the ride! So much in fact, that the next time she visited Hollywood Studios (two years later), she insisted that we go again!

What I am trying to do is alleviate any anxieties riders might be feeling around this ride. If you are like my mom and are not a roller coaster person you might still enjoy this ride! It is quite fast, but the drop isn’t nearly as bad as it looks.

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Jessie and Rex watch over Slinky Dog. Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The ride launches you through neon lights in a similar fashion that Rock’n Roller Coaster does, but you are not on a track with and flips, just a few drops and a very fun bouncy “wave”.

After all, the idea is that you are riding on Slinky Dog… you go through the motions the way that his coils would make him bounce!

Riding in the front is an easier experience for anxious riders. When you sit at the back of a ride you experience a strong acceleration because of gravity’s effect on the coaster.

Of course, the train goes at the same speed, but at certain points on the track, the entire train will be going at different speeds. This is why the front feels slower on drops… it is waiting for the rest of the train to catch up with it.

Bottom line:

If you are prone to motion sickness… maybe it is best for you to avoid this ride!

Among Slinky Dog Dash, there are two other attractions in Toy Story Land. Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania. Toy Story Mania was remodeled so that the main entrance would face the side where Toy Story Land now is, instead of the entrance before that opened in Pixar Place.

If you are worried about the intensity of Slinky Dog Dash, I would not say that this ride is anything like Rock’n Roller Coaster, but it is quick and drops a few times.

My mom hates rides that are too fast and have drops, and I believe that if my mom enjoyed this ride then other anxious riders will be happy they went on it!

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Written by Alessandra Sferlazza

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Aly is the Social Media Coordinator for WDW Magazine as well as a contributing writer. For the past five years, she has worked with The Walt Disney Company and completed her BA, B.Ed, and a certificate in Journalism. Aly loves spending every second she can at Disney World with her best friends and family. Follow Aly on Instagram
Alessandra Sferlazza

Written by Alessandra Sferlazza

Aly is the Social Media Coordinator for WDW Magazine as well as a contributing writer. For the past five years, she has worked with The Walt Disney Company and completed her BA, B.Ed, and a certificate in Journalism. Aly loves spending every second she can at Disney World with her best friends and family. Follow Aly on Instagram