Disney’s next addition promises big expansion places visitors in the middle of a beloved film franchise, Toy Story.
The latest addition is Toy Story Land, an 11-acre, three-ride area packed with oversized building blocks, construction sets, Christmas lights, green army men, and famous toys, including Woody, Slinky Dog, and Buzz Lightyear.
Set in the character Andy’s backyard, the land is designed to make visitors feel like they are fellow toys playing while their owner is away.
Recent and upcoming park expansions around the world have been built around Frozen, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, Tron, the broader Marvel cinematic universe, and, of course, Star Wars.
Park executives have stressed that they want Toy Story Land to appeal to every member of a multi-generational family, from young kids to grandparents. Look no further than the restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, which serves everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to alcoholic lemonade and chocolate-hazelnut desserts with candied bacon.
None of the three rides in the land are too extreme: Toy Story Mania, an interactive carnivalesque video game that already existed but has been expanded, has no height restriction, while guests must be 32 inches tall to ride Alien Swirling Saucers and 38 inches to ride Slinky Dog Dash, which is described as a “family-friendly coaster.”
By late next year, the park’s profile will have jumped into hyperspace with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Orlando Theme Park Wars Continue
But for the longer term, the theme park wars rage on, with Universal vastly expanding its resort. A new hotel is opening this summer, and a Nintendo addition is coming at some point. The operator, part of Comcast, is widely expected to announce an entirely new park; it has been buying up pieces of land for years.
Universal’s two theme parks have seen attendance grow significantly in recent years, following the opening of Harry Potter-themed lands in 2010 and 2014.