Woody and Buzz Lightyear are about to come to life, and not just in Andy's bedroom. At an event in April 2016 in Orlando, FL, Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum shared a sneak peek at the upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Now we have a confirmed "Summer 2018" launch date straight from Disney's Instagram account. The new 11-acre section of the park will make visitors feel as if they are stepping into the world of Toy Story — from the perspective of the toys! The area will feature huge blocks and furniture that create the effect of being shrunken to the size of toys.
Two new rides will join the already-popular Toy Story Mania: Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash will be a family roller coaster that takes riders along a track that "Andy has built all over his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit," Mangum said. Alien Swirling Saucers is a teacup-like ride based on the toy play set Andy got in the first Toy Story movie. As guests spin around the attraction in flying saucers, they'll need to watch out for "The Claw" that hangs above them, and music and sound effects have been developed expressly for the ride.
The opening date for Toy Story Land isn't set yet, but construction is in progress just past the current rides at the park. In addition, a third track has been added to the existing Toy Story Mania ride, which will open Memorial Day weekend. Take a trial ride on the Slinky Dog Dash above, and count down with us until the day we can hang out with our favorite Toy Story characters.