Full Review of Andy’s Backyard! The Scoop on Toy Story Land
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If you follow our past blogs or our vlogs you probably know that Hollywood Studios is not my favorite place in Disney. Hubby has to practically drag me to Hollywood Studios every trip to see the Star Wars stuff that is over there because I just don’t love it. There is no amazing food there right now, much of the park is closed for construction of Toy Story Land (until recently) and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge; it just isn’t amazing right now, or at least it wasn’t until our last trip; when we experienced Toy Story Land for the first time and I got hooked on Hollywood Studios.
That isn’t to say there was absolutely nothing there before Toy Story Land. I love One Man’s Dream, it always gives me all of the feels and gets me choked up and I love the Beauty and the Beast live show and the march of the First Order is cool but now that Toy Story Land is open, I am happy to say, I love Hollywood Studios.
Our last minute anniversary trip was booked exactly four days before the trip started. It was the dictionary definition of last minute and it was awesome. A full review of our last minute trip to Disney is coming so stay tuned!
We had very few plans going into this trip just because it was so last minute but we knew we were going to experience Toy Story Land. On our second full day Hollywood Studios had early magic hours so we decided to rope drop for that and really get there early to experience as much of Andy’s Backyard as possible.
So, we got to Hollywood Studios a little later than rope drop which was fine and hurried straight to Toy Story Land. We fully intended on having to wait in line for Slinky Dog Dash since we had not been able to secure a fast pass for it. When we walked into Andy’s Backyard we were both just floored. The details were just incredible. We are 80’s babies and all of the toys were from our childhood. Tinkertoys and Cooties and Checkers and Candy Land; it transported us back to childhood and it was amazing.
We got our picture with Woody (the statue not the real Woody) right when we walked in and then right as you walk in, you can see part of Slinky Dog Dash. The colors are vibrant and bold all throughout the land and right past the first merchandise kiosk (we’ll talk merch more in a minute), the end of the line for Slinky Dog Dash started.
Slinky Dog Dash:
We were a little nervous because it said 70 minutes but we were totally fine with it because, as I mentioned earlier, we fully expected to wait in line and for about an hour or so. Hubby set up the tripod to get some footage of Slinky Dog while we waited but within five minutes I had disappeared around the corner and he had to rush to catch up with me; that’s how fast the line was going.
We ended up only waiting in line for about 45 minutes before our first ride on Slinky Dog Dash and boy was it worth it. It is such a fun ride and the details surrounding the coaster are amazing. You even get a pretty good look at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at one point which is pretty cool. For our first ride, we were in the the very back by chance and our second ride, later that day, we ended up getting the very front. Both were incredible viewpoints but I have to say, I prefer the thrill of the front!
The ride is smooth and at night, it’s an entirely new experience because of all of the lighting throughout the land. It isn’t an intense coaster but it is incredibly fun and we had a blast. The cue line is also really incredible. If you have a fast pass for the ride, you of course, skip the cue line but you do wind up missing all of those incredible details throughout the cue.
Alien Swirling Saucers:
We were able to secure a fast pass for Alien Swirling Saucers. We thought it was a blast! In fact, we ended up finding a second fast pass on our last day in Disney and rode it again. This ride is not nearly as thrilling as Slinky Dog Dash but we had a great time on it. The cue line had already substantially lessened from the first week by the time we got there and fast passes were not too hard to come by.
The cue line is very similar to that of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. The same colors and theming were used but the attention to detail is still there. There is more than one ride area so it does help the line to move quickly as well. We got on the ride and you have to click in with a seatbelt and everyone in the car, for us it was hubby and myself, puts on one large seatbelt. Once the ride starts, the aliens swing you pretty rapidly back and forth and the entire ride experience is just about two minutes from what we could tell.
This ride is towards the very back of the land, in fact, it is back by bathrooms, the large statue of Buzz Lightyear and the wall separating Toy Story Land from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge whereas Slinky Dog is located in the center of the land.
We have heard a lot of fellow bloggers, vloggers and Disney enthusiasts complain that Disney did not put a merchandise shop in Toy Story Land to house all of the land’s merch. While I understand where these folks are coming from, I respectfully disagree. I totally understand that when Pandora, World of Avatar first opened, and also when Toy Story Land first opened, that the merchandise flew off the shelves.
Whenever something new comes out, people clamor for it, which is understandable but we hit up Toy Story Land just a few weeks after opening and there was plenty of merchandise available at the kiosks and in the stores, especially throughout Hollywood Studios and I think that had Disney opened a merch shop in Toy Story Land, for Toy Story Land merch, it would have been a waste of space, because as soon as that initial awe wears off, the merch craze always sees an intense drop off. Good job on not having that designated Toy Story Land merch shop inside the land Disney, way to foresee the future, it’s like you pay people to know what guests are thinking and are going to do or something! (Hint, Disney does pay people to do that).
Toy Story Midway Mania:
This may shock you. We had never been on Toy Story Midway Mania prior to this trip. It’s true! Mostly because we rarely went to Hollywood Studios before and for the last year, one of the only things to do at Hollywood Studios was Toy Story Midway Mania so the line was crazy and we could never grab a last minute fast pass.
Well Disney family… I was wrong. We should have spent more time at Hollywood Studios because Toy Story Midway Mania is one of my absolute favorite rides. We laughed so hard and I wasn’t completely awful at this game! I almost won actually and will try even harder on our next trip to win!
Our first time on Midway Mania we waited in standby because it was only a 25 minute wait and the cue line is so cute and detailed. I can only assume it is different that prior to the opening of Toy Story Land but it is definitely cute now! About halfway through the ride, it actually broke down. We came to a screeching halt, the lines came on really fast and we waited about ten minutes before being escorted off the ride through an exit door. No big deal, it was actually kind of cool to see the inside of the ride with the lights on and we took some fun pictures.
As we were going out of the ride, we were given a fastpass for the day which could be used on anything except Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash so we waited about an hour and headed back to Toy Story Midway Mania and got the experience the full ride. It truly is a blast! We had so much fun.
Woody’s Lunch Box:
We are actually going to follow this post up with a full review of Woody’s Lunch Box as a separate post, where we will highlight both the breakfast and lunch/dinner options and our thoughts on them. But, we will give a quick review here as well. We experienced Woody’s Lunch Box for both breakfast and lunch and both times it was great. I highly recommend utilizing Mobile Ordering for this as the line gets pretty long.
There are very few decent places to get a bite to eat in Hollywood Studios right now and Woody’s, even though it is pretty simple food, sandwiches, tots etc. it is really tasty. We really enjoyed everything we tried. By far, my favorite thing, I tried were the Pop Tarts. The homemade pop tarts were absolutely amazing. I am pretty sure, I will never be able to go back to store bought Pop Tarts ever again; that’s how good these were.
I really enjoyed the breakfast options as well. We heard some polarizing comments about the S’mores Stuffed French Toast but when we tried it, it was amazing. I would get it again. It had a great amount of filling and it was messy, for sure, so grab extra napkins and if you aren’t a sweets enthusiast, maybe opt for something else, but I thought it was delicious.
It’s All in the Details:
One of the things that I was most impressed was with Toy Story Land were the details. Everywhere you looked, something you missed the last time you walked by, popped out at you. We heard some complaints from some in the Disney community, that the land looked cheap and that it looked like Disney had cut corners. That isn’t at all what I saw. If you were an 80’s and 90’s kid, like we were, the colors were bright, the toys were big and bright and plastic and they looked exactly like the toys we had when we were kids, just bigger.
I think that the bright colors and attention to detail, to make them, like the toys of this time, have been mistaken for cheap. In reality, these toys are life like and took me right back to my childhood.
Here are a few fun things to look for on your next venture to Andy’s backyard that I thought were great.
Cooties! I loved Cooties as a kid, and there are giant cooties as you are walking back toward Woody’s Lunch Box from the bathroom.
When you are walking into Alien Swirling Saucers, be sure to to look up and you can see the box that Buzz Lightyear came in on top of the ride.
The foliage. Yes, the foliage. If you remember back to when they first started talking about Toy Story Land, the renderings showed that foliage would be put in, to make it look like you were getting lost in the grass and they pulled it off. The foliage in many places looks like giant blades of grass and it is such a neat touch.
Andy’s footprints lead the way through the main area of Toy Story Land. Be sure to check out one of these giant prints in the concrete; definitely a cool detail.
All in all, we think Disney did a great job with the new Toy Story Land. This anti-Hollywood Studios Disnerd has been converted to a Hollywood Studios fan and is proud of it. I cannot wait to get back to Andy’s Backyard!
Be sure to check out our vlog from our first time in Toy Story Land! You can watch it HERE!
Have you been to Toy Story Land? What were your thoughts? What cool details did you notice? What did you think of the rides and the food? We will have more coming on this amazing new land so stay tuned.
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