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Moms Panel Monday: Toy Story Land takes Panelists Back to Their Childhood

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

The much anticipated Toy Story Land is open and it’s time to play big in Andy’s backyard! Last week, two members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Brandy B. and Missy F., had the opportunity to check out all the new offerings, and their suggestion? Run like the wind to the largest expansion yet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and be prepared for a flood of childhood memories, exciting attractions and tasty bites that come right out of Andy’s Woody-themed lunch box!

Walking into the land for her first time, Missy loved how toys from every generation brought back the nostalgia of her childhood. “As soon as I saw that Fisher Price camper van with the throwback style Little People driver, it was as if I was instantly a kid again,” she exclaimed.

Brandy was also amazed by the details of the backyard created through the imagination of 10-year-old boy.

“Andy has transformed his backyard into this magical play area with items you might expect a young boy to use when building playsets. Scraps of notes his mom left in his lunchbox are now tablecloths, Babybel cheeses cut in half are used to make chairs, while its wrapper serves as an umbrella. There are even bendy straws being used as posts and wrapped with Christmas lights!”

Ready to glide along on Slinky Dog Dash and giggle with delight on Alien Swirling Saucers? Our two panelists could not get enough, but Brandy does have some tips for those traveling with smaller kiddos.

“The two new Toy Story Land attractions do have height restrictions. Toys must be 32” tall to ride Alien Swirling Saucers and 38” tall to board Slinky Dog Dash. However, toys of all ages are welcome to experience the rootin’ tootin’ fun of Toy Story Mania. For those with little ones that do not measure up just yet, there is Rider Switch which allows everyone to get in on the fun. This service is now completely digital and can be linked to your My Disney Experience account.”

Missy was quick to say that Slinky Dog Dash is her new favorite attraction. “I squealed with joy as I twisted and turned past beloved characters and toys. I know that my entire family, from my little ones to my teenagers, will LOVE it!”

After all the fun, what’s next? Lunch! Brandy has a few recommendations you must try.

“At Woody’s Lunch Box, you have your choice of items that I am sure mom would like for you to eat – such as the Smoked Turkey Sandwich with a cool macaroni salad – or items we all wished our moms would pack each day – such as the potato barrel Totchos filled with ooey gooey cheese and chili! You really cannot sneak off without picking up a treat straight out of childhood, the Lunch Box Tart!”

And just like a mom does, Missy reminds everyone to wear their sunscreen. “Without a lot of shade, it can be hot, especially during the summer months. Take advantage of water fountains in the standby queues and be sure to apply sunscreen. I suggest bringing a cooling towel with you to help you stay comfortable and refreshed.”

Finally, don’t forget the newest, and ever popular Disney walls. Missy and Brandy were both fond of the #blockwall, made up of primary colored building blocks and located by the restrooms. The #popsiclestickwall was another favorite and is found near the exit of Slinky Dog Dash. Made up of what? You guessed it, leftover popsicle sticks Andy enjoyed on a hot summer day out in the backyard. All of them serve as a unique background for your next selfie or family photo!

For more information on Toy Story Land, or for general Disney vacation planning tips, be sure to visit for a personalized response from our knowledgeable panel.


  • It was so fun following along with Brandy and Missy in real time on Instagram and Facebook! Cannot wait to visit in person!

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