On Friday, July 6th, Disney Parks Blog posted about a chance to win an early morning in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The contest wind
On Friday, July 6th, Disney Parks Blog posted about a chance to win an early morning in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The contest window was only open for a few hours, but my wife and I were lucky enough to get in!
My wife received an email with the full details about the event. The event was taking place on Sunday, July 8th, with registration opening at 5am (YIKES!) and the event happening from 6-8am. We live about 45 minutes away from the Walt Disney World Resort, so that meant we had to wake up at 4:30am. I had not been up that early in years, if ever, but we were up!
Once we arrived at the park entrance, we were directed to a ticket window to check-in. Upon checking in, we were handed an events lanyard (far left) and we each got a Slinky Dog headband. The back of the lanyard (right) had the schedule for the event. We also received two cards that had five FastPasses on them each! These were to be used later in the day after the event at our leisure.
Once we had checked in, we headed into the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They held us at the front until the event started, so we couldn’t walk around the park or anything. They had a nice breakfast set up for us, which surprised me! They had juices, coffee, pastries, yogurt, and much more. It was still early, around 5:30am, but we of course took advantage of free food.
Around 5:50am they announced that we were going to start walking back to Toy Story Land. We began our journey to the back of the park as a group. It was so cool to see Hollywood Studios so empty. I wish we could have walked around the park and just took our time for photos, but alas, we were here for Toy Story Land!
Once we got back to Toy Story Land, they held us once again right in front of Slinky Dog Dash near the land entrance. There was a small stage set up for the Welcome Moment and Q&A. We were first welcomed by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager for the Walt Disney World Resort. She then introduced two Imagineers who worked on the land. We weren’t able to ask questions, but Jennifer asked them some great questions about how the land was created and what inspired them.
After the Q&A, we were told that our lanyards would get us access to any Toy Story Land ride from 6-8am. The park opened around 7am for Extra Magic Hours, so that meant Walt Disney World Resort guests were able to enter the land and ride as well. Our lanyard would then act as an unlimited FastPass (for Toy Story Land) till 8am.
After hearing that exciting news, we were instructed to head to Alien Swirling Saucers. It’s a fun attraction, but clearly geared towards the younger crowd. I would assume children age 3-12 would enjoy this experience, but for me, I would be fine never doing it again.
The anticipation was killing us, so we skipped Toy Story Mania (not a new attraction) and headed to Slinky Dog Dash. This family coaster is seriously one of my new favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. There are two fast takeoffs and the entire coaster is surprisingly fun and fast! The finale is awesome too! If you haven’t seen it, check out any of our Slinky Dog Dash videos below!
We left Toy Story Land a little after 8am and headed for the park exit. On our way out, we found a family with “1st Visit” buttons. I stopped them and gave them our FastPass cards. We didn’t really need them and I felt it’d be nice to give someone not local the chance to skip some lines. Hopefully, they got to do just that!
All in all, the event was a huge success (for us) and many others! It was awesome seeing Toy Story Land so early in the morning. We got to ride Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, and Slinky Dog Dash four times! Thanks Disney Parks Blog!