In the toy-filled backyard that is Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests “shrink” to the size of a toy and explore the world of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends. In the middle of all the fun, Andy has taken his vintage Woody-themed lunch box and propped it open with a thermos, turning it into a walk-up window where his toys can grab a bite to eat. From a nearby tower, green army men stand at the ready, keeping watch for Andy’s return.
Opening June 30, Woody’s Lunch Box will dish up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist, plus nostalgic soda floats and specialty beverages. We caught up with the team at Flavor Lab – the concept development kitchen – to ask how much fun (and challenging) it was to take sentimental food favorites and give them a modern make-over…in flavor and presentation.
“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites,” explained Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World, about the year-long menu development process. “We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey cheese-filled one?”
Here is a peek into Woody’s Lunch Box. Gee, I wish my mom would have packed me a lunch like this!
S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Oozy goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat.
Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers, and Onions on Sourdough – The perfect hand-held stack of breakfast goodness.
Breakfast Bowl – The green army men line up for this hearty bowl of potato barrels, brisket-country gravy, and scrambled eggs.
BBQ Brisket Melt – With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, and BBQ sauce on garlic butter-grilled sourdough.
Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam – Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss, and raspberry jam…and is grilled to a golden brown.
Totchos – Potato barrels, corn chips, chili, and cheese – what’s not to love??
Sides include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, and potato barrels. Mini Babybel snack cheese, the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World Resort, is also an option to eat with your meal or as an on-the-go snack.
Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon – Even toys need a sweet treat! Inspired by breakfast toaster pastries, this modern interpretation, with its uniquely delicate crust, is the perfect hand-held pastry.
The littlest toys can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich, both served with potato barrels and mandarin oranges. For toys looking for more lighter options, they can grab one of these tasty bites at Woody’s Lunch Box or check out the many other healthful offerings available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and grilled meats and fish.
Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious and healthful way to start the day!
Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – This quintessential lunch box sandwich is a light and fresh option. And to give it a kick of flavor, we add a creamy Dijonnaise.
Soda Floats – All toys would agree that a refreshing soda float is the perfect nostalgic beverage!
The adorable Alien Sipper may be purchased and filled with any fountain drink or the signature Mystic Portal Punch – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine.
The big kids can enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up’s Lemonade cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.
Check out the full menu of lunch box favorites here. See you June 30!
For those of you wondering they do offer vegan beef crumbles upon request! 🙂
I can not wait to interact with Green Army Men. How do I sign up for Boo Camp?
Cannot wait to try these items. I have just one question, are the marshmallows vegetarian friendly? Thanks
Looks Fantastic!!! I am somewhat of a picky eater from day to day but I don’t expect everyone to cater to me. These options look great for most people out there. Nice work Disney 🙂
I’m disappointed Disney decided to serve alcoholic drinks at a restaurant themed as a child’s lunch box. This is bad theme-ing and sends the wrong message to children.
For those talking about vegetarian options, the full menu that they linked to in the article lists a Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich, Tomato-Basil Soup, Vegetable Macaroni Salad, Potato Barrels and Mini Babybel® Snack Cheese. The Tomato-Basil Soup, Vegetable Macaroni Salad and Potato Barrels might be vegan, although those probably don’t make up a full meal for a vegan.
Where are the vegan options? I don’t eat anything with a face, or that came from someone with a face. Instead of becoming easier, it becomes more and more difficult to eat at WDW.
It all looks delicious! I can’t wait to go there next year! 🙂
The only problem will be what to choose……..can’t wait!
I am taking another trip this year in September so I can experience Toy Story Land! Can’t wait to have a meal at this fun location!!
Will the Alien Sipper be offered at Pixar Pier at DLR?
Yippee-ki-yay Yee -haw! looks so Scrumptious, Yummy! can’t wait to try all of them.
Looks delicious! The alien sipper will be mine. Thanks for the great new options, Disney. Good job!
I hope that there are a lot of gluten free options, for those of us who cannot tolerate gluten.
Like other commenters, I also optimistic a vegetarian entrée will be an option that is not yet announced. If not, the fried green tomato sandwich at Sunset Market Ranch and the caprese sandwich at Backlot Express will continue to be my go to at Studios.
mmmm looks super yummy!
Will have to wait for 2019 vacation 🙁 miss it by a couple of months…maybe you can deliver??
The menu sounds fantastic! Which makes me happy, since my family and I will be spending a lot of time in Toy Story Land when we’re at WDW!
After taking away the baked potatoes from Hollywood Studios, the park really needs vegetarian options. In the past, we’ve had to leave DHS to find something to eat. I was really hopeful for this new restaurant but now feel disappointed.
If Disney wants family groups with one or more vegetarians to dine in the parks, they need to have vegetarian options available for them. About 10% of the population doesn’t eat meat in some form or another. Last time, we went with a group of 6 and left DHS to get something to eat. Next time, we’ll be going with a group of 8. There are 2 vegetarians in our group. It shouldn’t be this hard to find some place to eat at DHS.
The Alien Sipper is adorable! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
I’m gonna take my guess and say that none of these are vegan/vegetarian. If they were, I’m sure it would be disclosed in the article. It might change, though.
Similar to the comments above… which of these options are vegetarian? For example is the chili in the Totchos vegetarian/vegan like other places in the park? Is the marshmallow in the S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich vegetarian? How about the gravy in the Breakfast Bowl?
I am also curious as to what vegan options will be offered and whether they will be on the permanent menu?
What are the vegan options here?