How Hard Is It to Get Fastpasses to the New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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As I’m sure our big-time Disney fans already know, Toy Story Land opens at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando on June 30, 2018. It is a sure bet that new Disney rides and attractions will always be extremely popular shortly after they open. In this case, the new Toy Story Land will feature two different brand-new rides that are sure to bring in crowds. Naturally, this means you will probably want to try and snag a FastPass+ reservation in advance. If you are wondering just how hard it is to get FastPass reservations to the new Toy Story Land, we have your answers and a few extra few tips.

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You can make your Disney World FastPass+ reservations online beginning 60 days from your first Disney day if you are staying at a resort on Disney property, including at the Swan and Dolphin that are both bookable with SPG points. Otherwise, you can book FastPass+ reservations 30 days from your first Disney Parks day once you link your theme park ticket to your online Disney profile.

The two new rides in Toy Story Land will be the Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash is a roller coaster that “Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie”. This ride welcomes guests who are 38 inches and up. You can also take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a “playset that Andy won from Pizza Planet”, and apparently you may even get picked by “the claw”. This ride is open to those 32 inches and up. Of course, there is also the all-ages Toy Story Mania! ride that has been open since 2008.

If you need a bite to eat in Toy Story Land, you can stop by the new Woody’s Lunch Box, a counter service restaurant. There you can try out a S’mores French Toast Sandwich, a Raspberry Lunch Box Tart, a Smoked Turkey Sandwich, or some Mystic Portal Punch. Since this is a counter service restaurant, there are no advance dining reservations accepted.

Now that you know a little bit about Toy Story Land, let’s talk about how hard it is to get Toy Story Land FastPasses. While Toy Story Land doesn’t officially open until June 30, 2018, so far of the two new Toy Story Land rides, it seems like a safe bet that Slinky Dog Dash is the harder FastPass to get.

When I peeked at some July 2018 dates a few days ago, I could still get Alien Swirling Saucer FastPasses almost any day I checked, but Slinky Dog Dash was already unavailable on a few dates around the opening day.

Keeping in mind this could change at any point, so far getting Toy Story Land FastPasses is thankfully not nearly as tough as it is to get the Avatar Flight of Passage ride that is often booked for dates 60, 61, or even 62 days out.

You can only select one Toy Story Land ride as one of your three Hollywood Studios FastPass+ reservations since Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania! are all Tier 1 FastPass selections. For now, Toy Story Land FastPass+ reservations aren’t terribly hard to get if you plan in advance, but I’d certainly prioritize Slinky Dog Dash, assuming your little ones meet the height requirements.

If you are going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios slightly before the June 30th official open, I’d also keep my eyes and ears tuned for any potential soft openings, though I haven’t yet seen one announced. Perhaps even more importantly, at least to me, is the announcement that Star Wars Land will be opening at Disneyland in summer 2019 and at Hollywood Studios in Orlando in late fall 2019. Star Wars Hotel, here we come…

While we are planning to go to the Walt Disney World Resort this summer, we are likely skipping Hollywood Studios this time around and saving it for when Star Wars Land is ready for action next year.

 

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  1. Dreading the crowds for Star Wars land but my group is really excited by today’s announcement as we finally have a clearer window of when we are going.

    • Not sure what your expectations are, but two new rides seems to be fairly typical. When Harry Potter was opened at islands of adventure, it included two new rides and a revamp of dueling dragons. When the other half was opened in the other park, they added two new rides, gringgots and the train. Trying to develop more than two new rides at a time inside an existing park would be both expensive and would put too much of the park out of operation for too long.

      • Probably true. I’m good with two, as more than that is probably not manageable to try and experience in a trip since new rides and lands are always so popular. Toy Story Land doesn’t get my heartrate pumping, but we will try out the Avatar stuff this summer and hope to be there for Star Wars Land 2019 for sure.

  2. Having done both Disney and Universal with our girls, the thought of going back makes my head hurt.
    Despite the relative efficiency of both parks at moving Hartsfield/Jackson-like crowds both of these parks are still a challenge. Yes the rides are fun…for two minutes.
    But the amount of planning and mostly dollars that goes into them makes a week in Europe seem easy.
    Both parks are always packed, always hot and always ridiculously overpriced. They gouge, plain and simple. And these newer attractions at the parks will be slammed.
    We did our required tour of each park once. Hats of to those who go regularly.

    • We went once as kids and that was sufficient. I think part of me actually likes the planning. It fits really nicely with how my brain is wired – when I have the time to devote, at least. Josh falls more in your camp and would be okay only ever going once or twice, so he skips some of our Disney trips.

      • I don’t mind the planning. The problem with these parks is that every time I start a search I always get the feeling I am leaving so much money on the table or not maximizing whatever “deal” might be available.
        The different rate plans at each park are purposely confusing, IMO.
        And if my payoff for being confused is also to be hot and surrounded by thousands of my closest friends all the while spending over $5000?
        No thank you.

  3. So it goes for new attractions at WDW….I remember when Anna and Elsa were meeting together at Magic Kingdom, it was near impossible to get a FP (capacity low as well) so standby could exceed 4 hours! Nooooooope.

    Or Flight of Passage at AK. That one is also a tough FP to get even at 60 days.

    Have a plan, y’all, and train as if you are entering a 10k or half marathon for the physicality of the trip that is a WDW vacation.

    • Kacie, yeah we could not get FP for Flight of Passage this summer even at 62 days. We will be rope-dropping that one. I say waiting in one long line is good for you…right? 😉

      • I know it can be difficult with the kids, but we went to DAK in April and got there around 45 minutes before park opening at 7:15am (actually before the Extra Magic Hours started for resort guests from 8:00-9:00am). If you are able to get to the front gates around 60 minutes before the park opens you should be able to get on Flight of Passage in a few minutes. You will be walked back to Pandora by Cast Members and into the attraction line. There were 8 of us total, and I waited outside with my 3 year old while my wife, parents, sister and brother-in-law went with my 5 year old daughter. They got the rider switch pass for me so when they were done maybe 20 minutes later I was able to go on and took my daughter and brother-in-law again. And since the park was still in Extra Magic Hours, the Fastpass line was empty so we were able to use the Switch pass to go right through with no wait. So before 9:00am my daughter rode Flight of Passage twice, and my son the Na’vi River Journey 3 times with a combination of all us since it was a walk-on as well. We then did Everest twice at 9:00am as walk-on both times due to everyone now in Pandora and hung out and rode everything in DinoLand USA before our 10:00am Fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris where we walked on (which was now a 65 minute stand-by wait). We went back to Pandora for an early lunch at Satu’li Canteen around 11:30am and thanks to mobile ordering in the app (which is just a game-changer now for touring WDW) we had our food within 2 minutes of walking in the doors. And it’s easily one of if not the best quick service meals on property. When we were done around noon I checked the wait for FoP and it was over 200 minutes. Bottom line, as I know it can be difficult with young kids: Always get to the parks at rope drop or earlier and you will beat the crowds any time of the year. Fortunately since my kids are now 3 and 5 and coming into the sweet spot ages for the parks, they get it that if we go early they beat lots of other people and get to ride a lot more. We plan on being at TSL early when we go in July with a Fastpass for Alien Swirling Saucers (the Imagineers must love some of the acronyms they make) from 9:00-10:00am but we will go to Slinky Dog Dash first. Looking forward to finally having something new in DHS before both Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars open next year. The next few years are going to be a lot of fun between WDW and Universal battling it out.

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