We learn that Andy is smart. The owner of Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, he made only short appearances in the Toy Story movies, a supporting actor, while his toys played the lead role. But when we look at the new Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which he created in his own backyard, we realize he's resourceful, clever, and creative. Who knew?
Toy Story Land will officially open on June 30th. If you thought the toys were still the heroes in this chapter of the Toy Story saga, you will now see how wrong you were.
Here's what Andy did: he put together a Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster play set, but instead of using the standard vehicle from the set, he used his toy and turned a dachshund into a roller coaster. If you're in any doubt that he's smart enough to do that, you can see his notes and drawings on the wall in the loading zone of Slinky Dog Dash.
He used a play set that he won at Pizza Planet to create the Alien Swirling Saucer Ride. He propped up his lunchbox with a huge thermos flask to serve grilled cheese sandwiches and soda cars. And he turned two other toys – a dump truck and a camper – into souvenir shops.
Andy was absent on Thursday when Disney World presented the new country to more than 400 media people. A team from Imagineers – Disney's name for his creative team – was well received.
"Andy and I were the same age in 1995 when the first movie came out," said Ryan Wininger, creative director of Toy Story Land.
Here's another proof that Andy, not the Imagineers, is the creative brain behind Toy Story Land: they could not say how high or how fast the rollercoaster goes. Asked for the numbers, Toy Story Land's executive producer Pam Rawlins said, "It's just exciting enough to appeal to anyone."
For the moment, the question of who was the true creative mind behind Toy Story Land, here's what you'll find there.
Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster is fast, but it's not too fast. It never turns upside down, but it has smooth turns, two high-speed starts and a few not-too-steep but still thrilling drops. The rollercoaster, the centerpiece attraction, is just right for kids under 10 years old, who have outgrown kids motorbikes.
It might be a bit tame for exciting teenagers, but her parents, who grew up in the era of the first toy story movie (1995), could make Slinky Dog Dash more of their style than high-speed coasters that have gossamer drops and turn it upside down.
And the decoration, colorful and full of toys, may be loved by their grandparents (or people who are old enough to be grandparents), who grew up in the era of Tinker Toys, part of the kitschy infrastructure, and Slinky Dog , a pull toy that came out in 1952 and is the model for the rollercoaster. The youngest like Alien Swirling Saucers, where the minimum height for riding is only 32 inches.
More than many theme park countries (or clusters or islands), Toy Story Land has an attraction that is multi-generational. It was deliberately designed that way, Wininger said.
"One of our guiding principles was that this experience is a good time for children and their parents and grandparents," said Weininger. If the country remained true to the values of the Toy Story movies, he said, "We need it multigenerational."
"It's a very fine line between accessibility and suspense for the young – or for the older generation.
The 11-acre land is roughly behind Toy Story Mania !, which received a new entrance from Slinky Dog Dash, a third track and a general update.
What You Should Know About Toy Story Land:
How fast is Orlando's newest roller coaster? Disney will not tell it Its representatives often compare Slinky Dog Dash with another family rollercoaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, the one Slinky Dog feels faster than that.
Another coaster with parallels to Slinky Dog Dash is Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens, also a family coaster Like Cheetah Hunt, Slinky Dog has a few starts – p The Coaster accelerates like a rocket on Cheetah Hunt, a launch takes the lane at 60 mph, its top speed, and Slinky Dog Dash does not feel so fast.  Best estimate for Slinky Dog Dash: 45-50 mph
We also do not know how fast Slinky Dog's two starts are – there's one at the start and one near the center. "It's a family-friendly start, it's not the Rock's Roller Coaster," said Phil Holmes, vice president of Disney's Hollywood Studios, referring to the park's other roller coaster, which in 2.8 seconds Zero to 57 miles per hour] Minimum height for Slinky Dog Dash is 38 inches, which generally means that children aged 3 or 4 can drive with their parents.
Is this Tatooine? No, it's Batuu. Look to the right when you reach the top of a hill on Slinky Dog Dash and you will see the towers of a village. This is Star Wars Land, built in Hollywood Studios, a village called Black Spiers on the planet Batuu, a trading post on the Outer Rim of the Star Wars Galaxy. Star Wars Land is scheduled to open in late autumn 2019.
Which toys are real and which ones were created for the films? Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who greet visitors at both ends of Toy Story Land, are original characters created for the Toy Story movies. But more of the toys shown in Toy Story Land are real toys from the mid-1940s to the 1960s, including Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Tinker Toys, Etch-A Sketch, Barrel of Monkeys, Cooties and Slinky Dog
What about the rotating spaceships? Alien Swirling Saucers was designed for children over the age of three. It is based on a scene from the original film, in which occasionally a giant claw comes down in a vending machine and grabs a small green alien. On the ride hovers a claw holding a helpless alien.
The architecture of the ride is similar to that of Junkyard Jamboree of Mater at the Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland. The drones, toy rockets pulled by extraterrestrials into tiny spaceships, are arranged on discs or carousels, which constantly spin and move the spacecraft from one circling carousel to the next. And it's a generation or so away from the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom, which also has a merry-go-round. Unlike teacups, the rockets do not spin – which is probably more of a relief to adults than to spider-loving kids.
Who Wants a Retro Breakfast: One of Toy Storyland's most unexpected feature is a food: sugary pastries like pop tarts, an increasingly popular one Snack Kellogg introduced in 1964. At Woody's Lunch Box, you can buy raspberry or chocolate hazelnut lunch box treats made by Disney's kitchen team.
Where did Wheezy get that sexy voice? At the end of the Slinky Dog Dash Track, the drivers are greeted by Wheezy, a squeaky penguin toy that invites guests to sing along. With a Mr. Mike, a rudimentary karaoke toy invented for the film, Wheezy breaks into a gentle baritone version of "You have a friend in me". In "Toy Story 2" Wheezy is spoken late Robert Goulet when he sings. At Toy Story Country, asked if the Goulet recording was used, a Disney spokeswoman said "Wheezy sings the song."
Uh-huh. Who thinks that squeaky penguins could sound like that? Another inspired move from Andy. We go with Goulet.