Updated: Feb 26, 2019
If you are anything like me, you were counting down the days until Toy Story Lands grand opening since it was first announced. Everything was planned out to a T, the Fastpasses, hotel room, which park we would go to first.
Our original thought was to head over to Epcot that Friday night and spend all of Saturday at the grand opening. On the drive to Orlando Friday afternoon, I received a message from someone who was already at Hollywood Studios saying there might be a soft opening and that he would keep us updated. As we approached Lake Buena Vista I received another message saying the land was open! We went straight to Hollywood Studios so we wouldn't miss another moment.
From the second we entered the park we were speed walking to the new Toy Story Land. It was beautiful, the theming was so true to the movie and brought all of the toys to life.
Due to the unexpected (but very welcome) soft opening, the crowd level was fairly low. We were able to ride Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania within two hours.
Slinky Dog Dash was everything Disney said it would be and more. We had known it would be a thrill ride of a moderate speed, allowing the younger crowd to enjoy it as much as the adults that grew up watching the Pixar movie, but we did not know just how nostalgic the ride would make us feel. There are hidden Easter Eggs all over the ride from start to finish. We also get to see Rex, Wheezy, and our favorite cowgirl Jessie. Definitely a ride I will make the line for every trip to Hollywood Studios.
Following Slinky Dog Dash was Alien Swirling Saucers. The ride was similar (in a way) to the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom, but Disneyland visitors would recognize Swirling Saucers to be most like Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters. I have not been to Disneyland yet (on my to do list though), but I have heard they have better technology when it comes to smooth transitions on the track. Swirling Saucers has a little bit of a rough transition when switching tracks, that will need to be fixed to make the experience more enjoyable for visitors. Overall, would ride again if the wait time wasn't too long.
I have yet to take advantage of Woody's Lunch Box, but I can say the pricing is consistent with Disney's counter service restaurants. The theming is incredible! It is sponsored by Babybel cheese so there will be a lot of decor dedicated to the company. I did, however, try the Grown Up Lemonade, if you are of age and enjoy the fruitier cocktails, I would highly recommend the lemonade!