It’s hard to believe that Toy Story Land is already celebrating its first anniversary at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! Andy’s Backyard officially opened to the public on June 30, 2018, and with it came two new attractions, a new quick-service location, and countless new memories to be made. To celebrate this milestone, we’re sharing seven toyrific facts about Toy Story Land!
Character Meet & Greets
Toy Story Land gives guests the chance to meet Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and now Bo Peep! Interact, pose, and grab an autograph from your favorite toys right in Andy’s Backyard. Woody and Bo Peep are currently located outside of the entrance to Toy Story Mania, Buzz can be found near the entrance of Toy Story Land, and Jessie’s meet and greet location is at the Cardboard Box wall near the restrooms. All three meetup locations offer PhotoPass photographers, so be sure to grab a photo or two with the whole family!
This land was created from Andy’s creative efforts right in his own backyard. Using his collection of toys, trinkets, and even his lunchbox, he was able to construct the perfect toy playground! As you make your way around the land, take time to pay attention to the little details. From the Jenga block towers to the popsicle stick benches, it’s truly amazing to put together exactly how Andy constructed every aspect of Toy Story Land.
BBQ Coming Soon
During the 30th Anniversary celebration of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new table-service restaurant in Toy Story Land was announced! This new Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant will add to the dining offerings currently available in Andy’s Backyard. Much like the rest of this land, the new restaurant has been designed by Andy himself and features many of your favorite toys including Trixie, Bo Peep, and her sheep. Although not much information on the new restaurant has been released yet, there’s no doubt that this is going to be a very welcome addition to the land.
Lots of Blocks
Constructing this 11-acre land was no easy task and required a lot of toys for Andy to bring it to life. In fact, more than 400 blocks were used during construction! With the help of other toys like dominos, game boards, and K’Nex pieces we can shrink down to the size of a toy and become a part of this world.
Toy Story Land Walls
Some of Walt Disney World’s most memorable photo spots are unique walls found in the parks, and Andy kept this in mind while constructing Toy Story Land! Most of Toy Story Land’s “walls” can be found as you’re exiting Toy Story Mania. From the Checkerboard Wall to the Popsicle Stick Wall, you’ve got quite a few photo spots to keep an eye out for in Andy’s Backyard! If you aren’t riding Toy Story Mania, you can still access these walls by walking through the exit path of the attraction. If you need help finding them, feel free to ask one of Andy’s toys (a Disney Cast Member)!
If you visit Walt Disney World during the holiday season, you’re going to want to make your way back to Toy Story Land as well. Andy is sure to decorate his toys’ amusement park, which is a fun, limited time experience worth seeing! There’s a Christmas Hamm sugar cookie held up by green army men, festive popcorn garlands on top of Woody’s Lunchbox, and your favorite toys decked out in their best festive gear.
It’s All in the Details
Pixar loves to hide Easter Eggs in their films for viewers to find, and this Pixar-themed land is no exception. From domino numbers to barcodes on toy boxes, no detail is by coincidence and every aspect as a special meaning. Even the wait time sign for Slinky Dog Dash is made from Buster’s collar and tag, just check the other side and you’ll find his name and Andy’s address! As you wait in line for the attractions or enjoy a bite at Woody’s Lunchbox, keep your eyes peeled for subtle hints from the movie that Disney’s Imagineers left around Toy Story Land for you to find.
As you can see there’s a lot more to this toy-sized land than meets the eye! So next time you make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, don’t forget to pay Andy’s Backyard a visit and keep these seven fun facts in mind.