This past weekend, we were invited by Disney Parks and Resorts to take our little ones to Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Technically, we took our 13 year old, 8 year old and 4 year old to Toy Story Land, and I was a bit nervous.
Why? Because I’ve repeatedly heard that little ones tend to be too short to enjoy most of Toy Story Land.
Since we attended a special event in honor of Toy Story 4, and all of Toy Story Land was open just for us, I decided to test out what it’s really like to take little ones to Toy Story Land.
With our almost 5 year old, I was pretty sure he would be too short to enjoy most of the attractions. The 3 attractions available in Toy Story Land are Toy Story Midway Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Slinky Dog Dash.
The height requirement for both Slinky Dog Dash is 38 inches and the height requirement for Alien Swirling Saucers is 32 inches. Our 4 year old, who isn’t marked as having a higher height percentile, was able to ride both attractions.
He’s enjoyed Toy Story Midway Mania many times, since there isn’t any specific height requirement, so we were very pleased that he could actually enjoy the full land and not feel left out.
Character Meet and Greets with Meaning
While the attractions and food are fun in Toy Story Land, I knew our little ones would be extremely excited about the meet and greets. As a Jessie fan, I basically dragged my family to meet her, and I’m so glad I did.
She fully embraced both my 4 year old and 8 year old, kissed them, and touched their sweet little faces. When we spotted my Jessie disneybound outfit, she jumped up and down. She was so engaging and fun.
Our 4 year old was taken away by the green army men drumming near Alien Swirling Saucers. Heck, so was I! Our whole family started to dance right in the middle of the the land, and it was adorable seeing our kids have a blast late at night in Toy Story Land.
But, the magic didn’t stop there. Our 4 year old was adamant about drumming with the green army men, and they happily obliged. Not only did they let him join in on the drumline, but they gave him a pair of drumsticks to take home.
Click the photo below to check out the video I took of our little one testing out his Toy Story drumming skills.
Time With Your Favorite Toy
Our littlest is in love with Buzz Lightyear, and we made a point of waiting until the end of the night to have him interact with him. Again, Buzz recognized James’s Buzz disneybound outfit, and gave him a high five.
They spent no more than 5 minutes hugging, slapping five, dancing, and laughing together. Every character interaction throughout the land is memorable, especially for your young kiddos.
My friend Tania from Lola Lambchops put together a detailed post about the Toy Story Land character meet and greets, including the new Bo Peep one! Click here to read all about it: Bo Peep Meet and Greet Now at Toy Story Land
Nighttime Is The Right Time
Truthfully, I was a little unsure about us visiting Toy Story Land in the evening with little ones. I was sure they would be a bit too tired to enjoy the land fully, and that we may not be able to enjoy the full beauty of the land when seeing it in the dark.
Boy, was I wrong. Visiting Toy Story Land at night just makes sense for little ones. The crowds would die down a bit, meaning you may be able to ride attractions multiple times.
If going in the summer, visiting Toy Story Land at night with little ones is smart, since the land doesn’t really have many places to sit in the shade.
My friend Amy from As The Bunny Hops created a great post sharing differences between Toy Story Land during the day and night. Click here to check it out: Toy Story Land By Day and By Night
We loved being guests of Walt Disney World and being able to enjoy Toy Story Land for the first time as a family. Being able to see an advanced screening of Toy Story 4 before experiencing the land made this even better. Our family review of Toy Story 4 is coming soon!