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What is on the Way to the New Walt Disney World Area?
At the D23 Expo, Disney announced that a new Toy Story Land will be built at Disney's Hollywood Studios, part of Walt Disney World in Florida. The announcement was overshadowed by the news that a new Star Wars Land is also on the way to the Studios park (as well as to Disneyland in California). But Toy Story Land sounds as if it will be a major expansion in its own right.
As with the Star Wars Land announcement, details are scant at this point. Disney did not reveal a planned opening date. It's unlikely the land would be built much before 2020, although the Mouse House could put the project on a faster track. At 11 acres, Toy Story Land will be substantial in size. It's unclear where in the park the new land would be located, but the existing shooter ride, Toy Story Mania, will be an anchor attraction. The expanded land will be situated near the ride, probably in the reclaimed area from the now-closed Studio Backlot Tour.
According to Kathy Mangum of Walt Disney Imagineering, visitors to... the new land will shrink to the size of Woody, Buzz, and the other diminutive Toy Story toys and join them for adventures in Andy's backyard. Disney uses a similar concept for its Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure at the Studios park. (There is no word on whether the Honey play area would close with Toy Story Land on its way.)Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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Expect Cars Land-Level Quality
Mangum also said that instead of sticking with the moviemaking behind-the-scenes mission that has driven the Studios park since its inception, the new land would be more of an immersive experience. "We want people to feel like they are in the movie," the Imagineer says (as opposed to learning how they make movies such as Toy Story).
The new Star Wars land also seems to be abandoning the design principles of Disney Hollywood Studios and will be a purely immersive, fantasy land. The two projects likely signal a new direction for the evolving park.
Expect a rich and vibrant experience. Mangum says Cars Land, the highly popular Pixar-themed area at Disney California Adventure, will serve as a template for the Studios land. "That's exactly the level of immersion we're going to bring to Florida." With its magnificent Ornament Valley mountain range and astounding level of detail, the wonderful Cars Land is very immersive.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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So what is on the way?
More announcements will be forthcoming and will surely include info about attractions, dining, and shopping features as well as ways to meet the Toy Story characters. There will probably also be some forms of entertainment in the new land. Disney did announce three attractions:
- A Slinky Dog-themed coaster - The family coaster (which will probably offer moderatethrills comparable to the Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) will include trains in the shape of the titular character. Mangum says that the ride will be themed as if Andy builtthe track from a coaster assembly kit. Passengers will fly past Rex, Hamm, and other toys that have appeared in the films.
- An Alien saucers ride - This will probably be a spinning Dumbo-style ride featuring the multi-eyed, green aliens from the movies. It will include an ominous, giant (remember, visitors will have been shrunk to toy size) coin-op-style claw.
- Toy Story Mania - Disney will add a third track to address the chronically long wait... times for the wildly popular ride.