to toy story land...and beyond!
Hello everyone!! We're back! We apologize for being MIA for a bit there.
We've had a lot going on which made it difficult to keep up with Ride or Dine, but I promise you we're back for good! And we're coming back with a post that's been a long time coming: our review of Disney's Hollywood Studios' new(ish) Toy Story Land!
Let me start by saying that the attention to detail in this land is nothing short of amazing.
The entire area went far beyond our expectations, we wish there was more of it!!
If you're unfamiliar with the DHS expansion, the park added a new land which consists of two new rides to join the one existing Toy Story ride, a new quick service restaurant, new merch booths, character meet-and-greets, and of course, theming galore!
One of the new rides is the Alien Swirling Saucers. This new whip ride is fun and cute, but a little too short. The wait times are still a bit ridiculous in the new land, but hopefully eventually when it gets down to normal, the wait will feel a little more worth it for this one.
The new star attraction is definitely Slinky Dog Dash, a new family-friendly roller coaster.
This cute little Slinky Dog coaster also has had a pretty lengthy wait time, and even though this ride is also short, it felt a little more worth the wait to us.
The queue was cute and felt really similar to Toy Story Mania. Thank the Disney Gods for blessing us with giant fans in the queue to combat that Orlando heat!!
Slinky Dog pulling into the station
The rides were obviously cute and we knew we'd love them (because any attraction addition is always welcome), but the biggest surprise was absolutely THE FOOD!!
We had no idea we would end up finding a new favorite quick service place in
Woody's Lunch Box. The restaurant offers sandwiches, soups, and a few other snack items,
and it blew us away!
Yaaaas mobile ordering!
The Totchos were one of our favorite items on the new menu. Potato Barrels (aka tater tots), covered in Beef and Bean Chili, Shredded Cheese and Queso with Tomatoes and Corn Chips topped with Sour Cream and Green Onions. YES, all day YES!
BBQ Brisket Melt. Sliced Smoked Brisket, Pickles and BBQ Sauce between melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheeses on Grilled Sourdough. Okay, the sandwich was REALLY good. But, it was probably one of our least favorite things on the menu..but that is ONLY because everything else was SO awesome. If this was all we tried at Woody's Lunch Box we would be perfectly happy, but it wasn't, and we are thankful!
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich and Tomato-Basil Soup. The real showstopper. This dynamic duo is Melted Provolone and Cheddar Cheeses with a Cheddar Cream Cheese Spread on Garlic Buttered Grilled Artisan French Bread and perfectly paired tomato basil soup.
This little combo right here blew our minds. Almost everyone has had grilled cheese and tomato soup, so we were expecting it to be good, but not THIS good. This combo haunts my dreams.
Lunch Box Tarts. Basically a hand-crafted pop-tart.
Woody's lunch box offers two flavors (now three for the holidays).
Photographed above is the Raspberry Lunch box tart stuffed with raspberry marmalade, coated in strawberry fondant, and topped with strawberry pearls and dried strawberries. Admittedly, we weren't big fans of this dessert. It was a little too sweet and lacking in the filling department. We were feeling unimpressed with the dessert offerings and almost didn't even try the others. But, we're glad we went for it because the chocolate hazelnut tart made up for it!
This Chocolate-Hazelnut stuffed Pastry is coated in Maple Fondant and Candied Bacon.
Woody's lunch box is also offering a seasonal tart.
The Holiday Cinnamon Cran-Apple tart is cinnamon pastry stuffed with a cran-apple filling and coated in a vanilla fondant with Holiday decor.
In addition to the new rides and food, you can also meet Woody, Jessie, and Buzz in the new Toy Story Land. Plus, you can catch the Green Army men wandering around and performing little shows throughout the area!
So, needless to say, we loved our time in the new Toy Story Land. The theming was incredible and the food alone made endless trips to the area an absolute MUST!
Have you been to the new land in Hollywood Studios yet??
If so, share your favorite parts with us in the comments! And if not, what are you most looking forward to trying when you finally make it there?
Until next time, space cadets!
Parker and Brittany Ruhmel- Lovers of all things food and theme park related!