A treasure trove of merchandise inspired by some of the most iconic toys in history is now available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios now that Toy Story Land has opened. The new 11-acre land brings to life all the magic and fun of the hit Pixar Animation Studios Toy Story films. Catch all the details below:
1 – Merchandise for All
Guests find exclusive logoed merchandise, must-have collectibles and unique gifts that become take- home memories of their days in the newest land at Walt Disney World Resort. Designers created merchandise that extends the story of Toy Story Land, explained Brad Schoeneberg, Director, Merchandise Strategy and New Park Experiences Development.
“Merchandise true to the story – that ties everything together – is key,” he said. “Each piece was designed so parents and kids could relive the fun of Toy Story Land long after their Disney vacation.”
2 – Where to Buy
Toy Story characters, beloved by young and old, have starring roles in the playful merchandise available for purchase from two retail stands in the 11-acre land. Themed to a toy dump truck and toy camper, respectively, the locations are as adorable as the merchandise they offer. These two locations offer a limited amount of Toy Story Land merchandise. For the best possible selection, you’ll want to stop by the newly renovated Beverly Sunset store that was formerly the Sweet Spells Shop on Sunset Blvd. Here you’ll find a wide variety of Toy Story Land merchandise. You’ll also find some limited Toy Story Land merchandise in other Hollywood Studios gift shops.
3 – Fun Souvenirs
Guests can wear Slinky Dog, inspired by the Slinky Dog Dash family-friendly coaster. Slinky Dog’s stretching coils wrap around guests as a toy and fashion accessory, with playful light-up rings. The Buzz Lightyear Bubble Blower is sure to be a hit. Buzz shoots bubbles out of his helmet, and everyone’s favorite space ranger also features a light-up chest and arms.
Disney’s new merchandise line also includes small-scale replicas of attraction vehicles – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers – that no shelf in a child’s room should be without. A spring-action Slinky Dog Dash & Dodge Power Boost Set sends Slinky Dog on his way, just like the family-friendly coaster that inspired it. When designing the replica toys, the Disney Parks Merchandise team used the actual 3D files created for the attractions by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Alien-themed light-up tumblers, Toy Story Land water bottles, colorful tote bags, home décor, caps and coffee cups, bracelets and backpacks, collector pins and t-shirts – all will celebrate the new land.
4 – Clothing and Headbands
For true fashionistas, a fun graphic shirt splashed with Toy Story characters is just the ticket. Or accessorize with a necklace playfully strung with Toy Story charms.
Guests can make a fashion statement with a unique headband or stylish apparel. They can “get their alien on” in an optic-green headband with a row of eyeballs belonging to a space Alien; the eyes shift with each head movement. There is also a delightfully amusing headband perched on by Slinky Dog.
5 – Pixar Merchandise
According to Schoenberg, designers updated the entire Pixar line of merchandise, so there is a freshness to everything, including existing merchandise. With special role-playing apparel, guests can dress head to toe like Buzz Lightyear, Woody or Jessie. Incredibles family wear is also available in the park.
Fans can also find the full line of Pixar merchandise in stores crisscrossing Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including Beverly Sunset, In Character and Mickey’s of Hollywood.
RELATED ARTICLE: First Look and Impressions of Toy Story Land Now Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
by Chad and Cindy Nykamp
We’ve spent the last two days getting a special sneak peek at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s brand-new land! The project was announced on August 15, 2015. Just under three years later, the new 11-acre land has opened and everyone is excited to experience it! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time in the land and we’re excited for you to experience it too. Read on for our full review below.
1 – You Are a Toy!
The new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort, inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films, turns guests of all ages into “honorary toys” and allows them to “play big” in the whimsical world of a child’s imagination. In Toy Story Land, Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard. A world of toys surrounds guests: giant building blocks, Tinkertoys, yo-yos, board-game pieces, dominoes, Scrabble tiles, and even a giant roller coaster set. The entire land encourages the best playtime ever. It really is a very cool themed land. The land is very immersive and you’ll actually feel like you are in Andy’s backyard.
2 – Theming
Toy Story Land also celebrates what defines entertainment for kids of all ages. Crayola crayons, a Rubik’s Cube, Cooties, and other toys and games pour on the nostalgia for park-goers – and fascinate young ones. With building blocks around every corner, there are lampposts shaped like Tinkertoys and benches built from Lincoln Logs and K’nex pieces. A balsa-wood glider, a Barrel of Monkeys, giant playing cards and jacks add to the visual tapestry of the new land.
Sheriff Woody, standing nearly 20 feet tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colorful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso.
“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences, Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “This new land will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.”
Be on the lookout for some great themed items such as popsicle stick benches and domino seats. We’re sure they are hidden Mickey’s, but we didn’t have time to find them yet (email us if you spot any). It will be a lot of fun to explore the land more fully in the next few months!
3 – Slinky Dog Dash
The main attraction for this new land is Slinky Dog Dash. From his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit, Andy has assembled his roller coaster for maximum family fun. But instead of just using the roller coaster vehicle that came with the kit, Andy has put his Slinky Dog on the track. The result is a family-friendly thrill ride around the backyard that includes two launches. Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue were snapped together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans. Rex and Jessie helped by stringing lights above Andy’s stacked Jenga game pieces. To complete his creation, Andy picked everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a stretching coil body – Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track. Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the classic 1940s American toy. Riders of all ages delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils (you’ll hear that sound on the ride) around curves, over hills, and down drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer. In a first for a Disney coaster, Slinky Dog Dash features a second launch at its midpoint as riders experience cool sound effects and spinning lights, darting through a series of rings. You’ll actually be pulled back, just like you would pull a toy car back before you dash forward on your way to the attraction’s finale featuring Wheezy, the squeaky penguin from the Toy Story films.
I absolutely loved this attraction. The coaster is well-themed and a whole lot of fun. The second launch is really unique and is a one of a kind experience—it’s the first two launch coaster at any Disney park. This attraction is great for kids of all ages. It’s been dubbed a great family coaster, and almost everyone will enjoy it. This attraction has been compared to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. However, we would rank it one notch higher on the thrill meter, but less intense than Big Thunder Mountain. It’s a much a smoother ride. You’ll find yourself higher off the ground at times, so keep that in mind when trying to decide if it’s right for small children. The height requirement is 38 inches. Young kids should love this ride just as much as the adults!
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4 – Alien Swirling Saucers
The second attraction added to the land is a spin ride called Alien Swirling Saucers. Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills because the Aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucersimmerses guests in the playful world of Andy’s imagination. This galactic space toy is designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. The adorable little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story swirl about in toy rocket ships with guests in tow, while “The Claw” hangs overhead. Two sets of 11 saucer/rocket-ship pairings spin guests through a multi-colored galaxy to a raucous, energetic musical beat.
This attraction has the same ride track as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney’s California Adventure. I don’t normally do spin rides, but I did try this out to experience it. It’s nothing like the Tea Cups, but if you suffer from motion sickness, you may need to sit this one out. However, most people will adore this attraction. It’s just so much fun. The sights and sounds will make this one a favorite for many!
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5 – Toy Story Mania!
While Andy’s away, the toys will play! Toy Story Mania!– one of the most popular attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – receives a colorful all-new entrance. Evoking the fun in store, the entrance is actually the box Andy’s Toy Story Mania!game came in. Recently updated with a third track, the attraction allows even more guests to experience the carnival playset action, using virtual objects from baseballs to creampies to hit targets in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced scenarios. To the highest scorer go the bragging rights!
6 – Woody’s Lunch Box
When it’s time for on-the-go refreshments, Woody’s Lunch Box serves tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window in a setting surrounded by Andy’s favorite toys and a giant vintage thermos. Order a grilled three-cheese sandwich (delicious!), grab a seat under festooned lighting at a Tinkertoy table and take in the scene. You’ll even spot Sarge, the Green Army Men leader, in a tower on the lookout for Andy. Woody’s Lunch Box features Mini Babybel cheese – the Official Snack Cheese of Walt Disney World Resort. Babybel’s famous cheese wheel also provides inspiration for fun chairs and tables nearby. Make sure you get the Lunch Box Tarts-available in raspberry and chocolate-hazelnut flavors. Although they are sort of like Pop Tarts in design, these Disney treats are so delicious they blow away a regular Pop Tart. They were our favorite item on the menu!
7 – Merchandise
Twomerchandiselocations – a toy camper and toy dump truck – offer shoppers logo merchandise, must- have collectibles and unique gifts sure to become long-lasting memories of their time in Toy Story Land. Special items sure to become guest favorites are small-scale replica toys of the attraction vehicles, a Slinky Dog that can be a tabletop toy or double as a fashionable accessory, and colorful headbands sprouting an Alien or Slinky Dog himself.
8 – Character Interactions
To add to the fun, Woody, Jessie, Buzz and their pals appear throughout the land. The Green Army Drum Corps creates a playfully percussive rhythm, and Sarge and the Green Army Patrol march through the land, playing games with guests in a fun and interactive boot camp – ten-hut!
9 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios Expansion
Toy Story Land is part of a multi-year reimagining of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the largest expansion in the theme park’s history. Next year will see the premiere of the all-new, 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This new land will allow guests to visit Black Spire Outpost, a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action. Also coming in 2019 is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction in Disney Parks history will feature new technology, dazzling visual effects and mind-boggling transformations that put guests in the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is transforming into a place where everyone can play together and experience their own adventures in the immersive worlds of their cinematic imagination.
Can’t wait to see the new land? Click here to watch our walkthrough of the new land!
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