Toy Story Land Dedication Featured Some Familiar Faces

Today at 11 AM Disney held a special dedication ceremony for Toy Story Land–opening to the public on Saturday, June 30th.

It started out with Sarge and Green Army Men, some repelling onto the stage with a curtain that looked like “Andy’s Toy Box.” They are getting ready for “Operation Play Big.”

Then they opened the stage revealing more Green Army Men, Buzz, Woody and Jessie. Sarge introduced the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, Bob Chapek.

Mr. Chapek began by “..welcoming everyone who has ever wanted to be a part of their very own Toy Story. To a whole new land where that’s actually possible. And we’re taking a big step in the evolution of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as we transform it from a place that took you behind the scenes into one that actually puts you and your family at the center of the action.”

He also went on to say “…what kid, or kid at heart, hasn’t wanted to see their toys come to life and play right along side them? So we can think of no better way to kick of the future of this great park than by inviting you to do just that in Andy’s back yard. With this new land we are taking what we do best, creating magical experiences and combining them with the heart, the humor and the adventure of Toy Story.”

I think that sums up the new Hollywood Studios perfectly. We know with Galaxy’s Edge and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, they are going for the same thing. I like the old “behind the scenes” but I really do like the idea of being “in the scene.” I think it creates more excited and is more memorable. I’m a teacher and when I work with students, they tend to be more excited and relate better something they personally feel connected to. Disney seems to understand that being actively engaged makes an experience more exciting and memorable. It’s a good move.

After the welcome speech from Chapek, the characters want to open the park and get the fun going. Sarge is asked to “do the honors” and pull the lever to “open the park” and start the rides. But they hit a snag when they realize that “batteries aren’t included.”

The Green Army Men set off to retrieve batteries and entertain the crowd. After they complete their mission they realize they still don’t have enough power so they get some “real star power” and they invite Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear, onto the stage.

What I really loved about Tim Allen is that he just seems genuinely happy to be there. You can tell that Toy Story means a lot to him. His joy was really endearing and infectious. I loved when he said “When you walk into this place it’s literally like at home. We all know this place….I want to thank the whole team at Walt Disney World for making this possible. It’s like walking into our own home and we can play here and have a good time.”

After Mr. Allen’s speech they all worked together to flip the lever and start the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster and Toy Story Land.

It finished off with fireworks as the Slinky Dog car crossed behind them.

You can check out the Disney Parks official video below!

Toy Story Land officially opens tomorrow, June 30th, at the Walt Disney World Resort. It has great theming and it’s a lot of fun!  Make sure to book a trip soon to check it out!

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