Since 1995 when Pixar Animation Studios released the first Toy Story film, Toy Story mania has not let up. With four animated films already out of the stable, the popularity of Buzz, Woody, and the gang has only grown. So, if you, like millions of others, are a Toy Story fan, you might be wondering – Which Disney Park has a Toy Story ride?
Disney’s Hollywood Studios not only has Toy Story rides, there’s a whole Toy Story Land dedicated to making the day exciting for fans of this franchise. The 11-acre Toy Story Land is designed to look like Andy’s backyard with giant toys scattered all around, so guests feel like they’ve shrunk down to the size of a toy. There are three Toy Story rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the ever-popular Toy Story Mania, an immersive ride called Alien Swirling Saucers, and a family-friendly roller coaster called Slinky Dog Dash.
But Hollywood Studios is not the only place in Disney World for Toy Story fans – there are other places where you can enjoy Toy Story rides too. Continue reading to find out which other Disney Parks have a Toy Story ride. Find out what else there is to do in Toy Story Land.
Toy Story Rides at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
As mentioned, there are three Toy Story rides at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Toy Story Mania
One of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World, this attraction has guests whizzing through an exhilarating 4D shooting game with all the favorite Toy Story characters. The spinning ride takes you inside Andy’s room, on board a carnival-inspired tram. You put on a pair of 3D glasses and use a spring-action shooter to take shots at moving targets, as you make your way through a toy chest full of classic games. The fast-paced attraction allows you to compete with other players for the highest score.
Slinky Dog Dash
This marquee attraction at Toy Story Land is a mini coaster where guests get to climb inside a beloved classic character from their favorite movies – the coaster car is none other than Slinky Dog himself. There’s a ton of fun details such as bouncing tails and talking characters throughout the ride. There are no big drops, so it’s perfect for kids who are ready for their first roller coaster ride but too young for an intense ride like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Alien Swirling Saucers
This is a spinning ride that takes guests on a whirlwind tour with a bunch of intergalactic aliens from Toy Story. With futuristic tunes playing in the background, excited space cadets get to whirl through the sky above Toy Story Land for an unforgettable interstellar romp in a flying saucer. This is a ride that younger kids love but it’s also cute for older kids and adults. Keep in mind that the queue is half outdoors and half indoors with no air conditioning. Alien Swirling Saucers does have FastPass+ so you can skip the queue and wait under 10 minutes. However, you may not want to waste your FastPass on this one, given that the wait times are usually not too bad.
Other Things to do in Toy Story Land
If you’re big Toy Story fans, take your time and enjoy the incredible detailing in Toy Story Land. From Andy’s footprints to domino benches, Disney Easter eggs to wooden racetrack pieces, there’s so much to see if only you notice. Besides the amazing array of toys, there are hidden Mickeys in Toy Story Land (look carefully at Andy’s drawings).
Need a sugar fix? Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land is nostalgia served up on a plate, with childhood favorites such as old-fashioned soda floats and s’mores French toast sandwiches. The cute and tasty food is very Instagrammable!
Get clicking – Toy Story Land has some superb backdrops that have become an obsession for some fans. The colorful building blocks outside the restrooms, the larger-than-life checkerboard, and the fence made of popsicle sticks are just some of the things that can all add dazzling colors to your pictures.
Don’t miss walking past Buzz and Woody – these super-sized wooden characters are not just decoration – they talk to you when you walk past.
Watch out for the drumline performance by the Drum Crop of the Green Army Patrol, something that is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Toy Story Land.
Solve puzzles and riddles while you wait in line for Toy Story Mania. The queue for this Toy Story ride at Disney World has lots of fun features such as an interactive Mr. Potato Head and a giant Etch-A-Sketch. The dad jokes cracked us up!
Stock up on some unique merch like a Lotso bear that smells like strawberries and a Slinky Dog headband with a little waggy tail that’s sure to make everyone smile.
Don’t forget to return to Toy Story Land after dark when Andy’s backyard lights up in vibrant colors. The Toy Story ride Slinky Dog Dash is super fun at night when the LED lights on the track change color.
Toy Story Rides (kinda, sorta) at Other Disney Parks
While Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers the maximum Toy Story fun, there are other places you can get a similar experience. Here are our picks for some themed alternatives for Toy Story rides (or dupes as we like to call them):
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
This is the original Toy Story ride located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. It is a combined shooting gallery / dark ride / slow spinning ride that is highly interactive and great fun for the whole family. Guests get to board a XP-37 star cruiser and charge up individual infrared laser guns. The cars can be spun 360-degrees with a joystick so you can blast all the targets in sight. Disney continuously updates the technology to give this attraction a more responsive feel. It’s exciting to see if you can rake up a score and make it to the ranks of the Cosmic Commandos and Galactic Heroes at the end of the ride. Brings out the competitive streak in adults too! A superb alternative to Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Starring Goofy as the Great Goofini, this attraction located in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom is a thrilling junior roller coaster that’s ideal for preschoolers and younger kids. Guests take flight over Storybook Circus in a whacky stunt airplane inside an open-air barn, ascending to the top of a wooden observation tower and subsequently swooping down into a busy barnyard, soaring, and darting before landing safely. Aspiring pilots will love this attraction! We recommend it as a great stand-in for the Slinky Dog Dash Toy Story ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Mad Tea Party
Hollywood Studios swarming with crowds? An iconic attraction that’s been around since the day the Magic Kingdom Park opened is also a great Toy Story dupe – we’re talking about Mad Tea Party, of course. This classic ride consists of twirling teacups that can be controlled with a wheel in the center. The queues are usually short and fast and it’s not usually necessary to use FastPass+ here. We think Mad Tea Party is a superb Toy Story ride substitute for Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land.