I finally had a chance to see Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The one word to describe it is immersive. Every aspect of TSL is themed to perfection. Every structure is designed to look like they have been built by a child with favorite toys. Tinker Toy towers support strings of Christmas tree lights. The trash cans? Legos. Green Army Men stroll the sidewalks, posing for impromptu photos. Some places are made to look like cardboard play sets, with visible assembly instructions if you look at the right spot.
All this I put down to Disney’s usual attention to detail. The thing that really staggered me, however, were the giant statues that talk. Woody greets visitors as they enter TSL. Buzz fires off his trademark space jargon near the Alien Swirling Saucers, while the three-eyed aliens make gleeful sounds on the ride. Jesse and Rex carry on conversations with each other while perched atop the Slinky Dog Dash. As Slinky Dog himself zooms by, you can hear him making “Whoa!” and “Ooooh” noises.
I was expecting the décor, and things like the kid-friendly counter service restaurant made to look like a lunch box. But the sounds and voices that surround you really sell the idea that you are surrounded by living toys.
Unfortunately, yesterday was drizzly while we were at the Studios, and my photos are less than dazzling. I’ll include some better ones in a future post.
This was originally posted on my old blog, Middle Class Poor.