Toy Story Land is Open!

What this means for your Day at Hollywood Studios.

Yee-Haw! Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is finally open and it’s more fun than a Barrel of Monkeys! Just like the Cars Land addition at Disney’s California Adventure and the Pandora expansion at Animal Kingdom, new lands generate a lot of Buzz and excitement. Folks have been anticipating the new land for almost three years when it was first announced at the 2015 D23 Expo. So you can imagine the lines to get in are longer than a game of Chutes and Ladders!


Here are a Five Tips to help you experience everything this new Land has to offer without waiting to be chosen by Claw to save you from the lines!

Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (EMH)
Toy Story Land is hosting Extra Magic Hours starting at 7am until August 25th. Only Guests staying at a Disney Property will have access to these highly valuable hours. With the hot Florida summer weather, having access to the morning EMH will not only help you avoid super long lines, you’ll get to get in and out before you melt like a box of crayons.

Bag Security Check
If you can avoid taking a bag into the park you can skip the Bag Check line and hop right through the ticket terminals. Otherwise, Do Not Pass Go, and enter your first line of the day. If you must take a bag into the park have it/them organized and open (and even smaller bags inside opened) and ready to go to get through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Put on your Sunscreen and pack a little extra Patience
Everyone is excited to get in and play with the Toys in Andy’s back yard. Even with the advantage of Extra Magic Hours, Disney is limiting the number of people into the Land at any given time to help keep the crowds somewhat controlled. Those with FastPass+ reservations have priority. The attractions have outdoor queue’s and there is limited shading and seating.

You’ve Got a Friend in FastPass+
Hollywood Studios utilizes a tiered FastPass reservation system. The three rides in Toy Story Land – Toy Story Mania (the classic ride), Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers (both new attractions) – are all in Tier One. This means you can select only ONE from the new land and two from the remaining options in the park. So far, Slinky Dog Dash has the longest wait times. Securing a FP for this ride will be your best bet from a waiting stand-point. If you are not able to obtain a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash get there early and ride it first.

Woody’s Lunch Box and Mobile Order
Woody’s Lunch Box is the new quick service food location in Toy Story Land. It’s a fairy small venue with only two ordering podiums. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the new Mobile Ordering system in the My Disney Experience App. Place your order, tell it when you are ready and get a notification when to pick up your order.

I hope these tips helps you Play Big during your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

Disney World 101

The Walt Disney World Resort consists of more than 47 square miles of magic (about the size of San Fransisco). There are more than twenty Disney resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a world-class shopping district, golf courses, spas and more!

Here are a few key elements to consider when starting to think about your magical vacation:

Parks and Entertainment

  • Four Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.
  • Two Water Parks: Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.
  • Shopping & Entertainment: Disney Springs, Disney’s BoardWalk.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: Multi-sport complex for cheer, gymnastics, RunDisney, spring training and other events.
  • Golf Courses: Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista and Oak Trail Golf Courses.
  • Word-Class Spa & Health Clubs: Senses Spa and Mandara Spa are located in select resorts.

Park Tickets

  • Base Ticket Entrance to one theme park per day.
  • Park Hopper Entrance to any of the four theme parks on the same day.
  • Park Hopper Plus Entrance to any of the four theme parks as well as the Disney water parks.
  • Special Event Tickets Entrance to park for special hours such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,  Morning Magic and more!

Resort Hotels

Disney Resort hotels are divided into the following categories:

  • Value ($) Just the basics A food court, pools and a modest 260 square feet with two queen beds.
  • Moderate ($$) A few extras Themed pools with slides with additional dining options, lounges, recreation and amenities. Rooms are 315 square feet and sleep up to five guests with two queens and one twin.
  • Deluxe ($$$) Steps from the theme parks these hotels offer comfortably-sized accommodations with private balconies (some overlooking the parks!), concierge services and more. Most deluxe hotels sleep up to five guests per room in two queens and one twin. Multi-room and presidential suites are available at these hotels.
  • Deluxe Villas ($$$ – $$$$) These one, two and three bedroom villas provide all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, dining room, living room, washer and dryer and daily housekeeping. They are perfect for families vacationing together. Accommodations sleep between four and twelve guests depending on the villa.
  • Cabins and Campgrounds ($ – $$$) These one bedroom, one bath cabins complete with a kitchen, dining room, living room and patio, sleep up to six guests. Campsites are available for tents and RVs.

Vacation Packages

Packages include your hotel and Theme Park tickets plus any of the following:

  • A Disney Dining Plan Choose from Quick Service, Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan.
  • Memory Maker Enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass photos. Price is discounted if purchased with package prior to arrival.
  • Enchanting Extras – Unique Access Tours, Dessert Parties, Spa Services, Make Believe and more!
  • Insurance We strongly recommend the insurance. Ask for additional information.

Benefits of Being a Disney Guest

Guests staying at a Disney owned and operated hotel receive the following at no additional cost:

  • Round Trip Transportation from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Extra Magic Hours Enter an hour early and stay up to three hours after closing.
  • Complimentary Door to Door Transportation between your hotel and the parks
  • Early access to FastPasses  Available to book 60 days in advance.
  • Complimentary MagicBands Personalize your MagicBands with names and colors.
  • Magical Extras A list of Magical Extras, like tour and merchandise discounts and more,  are included with your quote. 

Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel puts you right in the middle of the fun but you still need a well thought out plan to make sure you get the most out of your vacation. That’s where I come in! I will help you navigate through all of the options and decisions to make sure your Disney vacation is a dream come true. I can’t wait to help you Start the Magic!