A Closer Look at Disney’s Next Roller Coaster
Disney gave us a sneak peek of their new Toy Story Land that’s coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios including a closer look at their new roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash.
In Toy Story Land, you’ll find yourself shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. There are two new themed attractions being developed for Toy Story Land.
The first – Slinky Dog Dash, will be a family coaster attraction with similar characteristics of the Seven Dwarf Mine Train that opened last year at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The attraction features a coaster track that Andy has built all over his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit, but as you know, he has a pretty amazing imagination, so he’s combined it with some of his other toys, according to Imagineer Kathy Mangum.
“Andy’s built a coaster track all over his back yard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit, but as you know he’s got a pretty amazing imagination so he’s combined it with some of his other toys,” said Kathy Mangum, a Walt Disney Imagineering executive. “You’ll see Slinky of course, who’s so cute, which Andy has made into the coaster train that you get to ride in.”
Magnum went on to say riders will see various “Toy Story” characters around the track including Rex, Jessie, Wheezy, Mr. Spell and Mr. Mike. Rex, the toy tyrannosaur, shows most prominently atop a falling Jenga tower along the track which looks to be the highest point in all of Toy Story Land. In the video you can also see Jessie and Green Army Men prominently.
“You will zip, dodge and dash around many planned turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to the limits,” Magnum said. “It’s a fun and exhilarating family coaster attraction and it will be one that you’ll want to do over and over again.“
The second all-new attraction in Toy Story Land will be Alien Swirling Saucers. This attraction is designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first Toy Story film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”
As you rotate around the toy planets and satellites as part of the game, you’ll swirl to the beat of fun “Space Jazz” music developed just for this experience, Mangum said. The music, the lighting, and the sound effects will add to the flurry of your adventure while “The Claw” looms ominously over you. It’s iopening as a double ride set up in a similar approach to the expanded Dumbo rides at New Fantasyland.
The two rides will join the existing Toy Story Mania! ride, known for its extremely long waits. Since Toy Story Mania consistantly has long wait times, Disney has announced that it is getting a third track to alleviate the crowds. That track is set to open this Memorial Day weekend.
The entire expansion is made so visitors will feel like they are shrunk down to the size of toys, which will be nice for those that already miss the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” play area that’s being bulldozed in favor of both the 25-acre Toy Story and Star Wars expansions.
Toy Story Land itself will be 11 acres. The landscape will be dominated by the Slinky Dog Dash track and from the renderings, loads of Tinker Toys, giant play blocks, and other toys around the land.
An opening date nor the track length have been announced about the new Slinky Dog coaster.
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