All the joy and fun of Pixar’s beloved Toy Story franchise will soon be open to explore at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Toy Story Land opens to guests on June 30, 2018 with a new family-friendly roller coaster – Slinky Dog Dash. The land turns guests into honorary toys and allows them to play in the whimsical back yard of Andy, the boy who owns the iconic toys like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Slinky Dog, and all the fun-loving Toy Story characters.
We’re getting our first look this week at Slinky Dog Dash, one of two new attractions in Toy Story Land. Families can hop on Slinky Dog for family friendly roller coaster thrills. It does have a ride height minimum of 38 inches tall, which puts it on par with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom.
Of course, every Disney attraction has a backstory given to it by Disney’s Imagineers. For Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll notice that Andy has used his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit to assemble a roller coaster in his back yard. But instead of just using the roller coaster vehicle that came with the kit, Andy has put his Slinky Dog on the track. The result is a family-friendly thrill ride around the backyard that includes two launches.
Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue were snapped together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans. Rex and Jessie helped by stringing lights above Andy’s stacked Jenga game pieces. To complete his creation, Andy picked everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a stretching coil body – Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track.
Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the classic 1940s American toy. Riders will scream in delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, over hills and down drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer.
In a first for a Disney coaster, Slinky Dog Dash features a second launch at its midpoint as riders experience cool sound effects and spinning lights, darting through a series of rings on their way to the attraction’s finale featuring Wheezy, the squeaky penguin from the Toy Story films.
A few Walt Disney World cast members have already had their first ride on Slinky Dog Dash and the feedback is uniformly positive. Join us in the comments and let us know how excited you are to visit Toy Story Land and ride Slinky Dog Coaster for yourself!