Today in Disney History: Toy Story Land Opened!

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Disney History, Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since Toy Story Land opened at Hollywood Studios.

It feels like yesterday when we were eagerly counting down the days until we could explore Andy’s backyard. Now, it’s hard to imagine Hollywood Studios without it.

Let’s reflect on this buzzworthy (pun intended) two year journey:

The Beginning of a New Adventure

Toy Story Land opened sign

Toy Story land was announced in 2017. Photo by Meghan Leboff

Back in July of 2017 (wow – that feels like a million years ago!), Toy Story Land was announced with some stunning concept art.

We didn’t know too much about the now iconic land at the time, except that there would be an attraction featuring Slinky Dog and lots of our favorite Toy Story characters.

What we did know was that Toy Story Land fit seamlessly into the aesthetic of Hollywood Studios. With Toy Story Mania already one of the most popular attractions and Toy Story one of the most popular Disney franchises amongst adults and kids alike, it felt natural to bring more of it into the parks.

Imagineers kept us guessing, teasing us with concept art that made our imaginations run wild.

It’s really cool that they didn’t tell us exactly what to expect when Toy Story Land opened. We got to experience the magic of it firsthand.

What Toy Story Land Means to Me (and All of Our Inner Children)

It never ceases to amaze me how effortless Imagineers make it to fall in love with their creations.

Toy Story Land Andy's Toys Only

Andy’s Toys Only! Photo by Meghan Leboff

As soon as I saw Woody, Slinky Dog Dash, and all of the bright colors at Toy Story Land’s entrance, I knew it would become one of my favorite places in all of WDW.

Nothing is more thrilling than snagging a Slinky Dog FastPass+ or beating a friend at Toy Story Mania.

But, perhaps even more than that, Toy Story Land is nostalgic for all of us who grew up with the films. Shrinking down to the size of a toy makes you feel like a kid again, and exploring such a fun, vibrant place always feels like an exciting adventure.

There are so many fun easter eggs and intricate details to discover.

So, even if you’ve been to Toy Story Land multiple times, there’s always something new to see every time. That’s the power of amazing Imagineering!

What’s Next for Toy Story Land?

One of my favorite things about Walt Disney World is that there is always room to grow.

Tater Tots at Toy Story Land

There’s already a quick service place in Toy Story Land, but they’re adding more! Photo by Meghan Leboff

When I look at Toy Story Land, it’s hard for me to imagine what else they could possibly put in there to make it even better. But, per usual, the amazing Disney Imagineers found a way to take things to the next level!

Last year, we wrote about the new Roundup Rodeo BBQ indoor restaurant that was announced.

It sounds like it’s going to be one of the most immersive restaurants on Walt Disney World property.

Us toys will get to see our favorite Toy Story characters portrayed as game pieces and toys themselves. There will be lots of color, music, and fun. It’ll be a unique dining experience you can only find at WDW!

What’s Your Favorite Part of Toy Story Land?

sign Toy Story Land opened

Visiting Toy Story Land! Photo by Meghan Leboff

Do you run straight for Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, or Toy Story Mania?

Or, do you make meeting Woody and Bo Peep your biggest priority? Do you prefer the sweet or savory options from Woody’s Lunchbox?

As we celebrate the two year anniversary of Toy Story Land, we want to hear about what it means to you.

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Written by Meghan Leboff

Written by Meghan Leboff

Meghan Leboff is a content writer and an avid Disney lover since her first trip to Magic Kingdom when she was 3 years old. Check out all of her theme park adventures on Instagram, @thefantasmicmeghan.