The below is based on my visit that took place Tuesday July 3rd, 2018. Things may change and I’ll try to keep everyone updated.
As we all knows penny machines can and often do change or move all over Walt Disney World property. Just a couple of days ago (on July 3rd) I was able to head over and check out the brand new Toy Story Land over at Hollywood Studios.
Online since the new land opened on June 30th, there have been all sorts of unconfirmed rumors of new penny machines, or didn’t see any machines but wasn’t really looking scenarios. So on this, my first trip to the new land I was making sure to check every nook and cranny hunting out new or maybe just relocated machines.
For those of you that are interested in where this new land is located. After you enter into the park you head straight back down Hollywood Boulevard towards the Chinese Theatre.
Then you enter into Animation Courtyard and head left past the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show. This is basically the same area where the Toy Story Midway Mania ride was located. But just before that building you will see the crown turning right. Plus there is a lot of cast members guiding the way.
As you walk up a big friendly face is waiting to great you into Andy’s backyard.
The idea is that we are all shrunken down to the size of toys and are a part of Andy’s imagination that he has set up in his backyard.
This includes the main attraction which is the Slinky Dog Dash family roller coaster.
The pathways are illuminated by Christmas lights, and tinker toys.
As you can see from the above picture the crowds are busy but not totally crazy. When I visited it was the fourth day this new land was open, and I got there around 9am. The pathways were pretty wide open, but the standby lines for the rides were pretty long. Slinky Dog was about a 90 minute wait, and there is not much shade or cover in any of these areas.
The second new attraction is the Alien Swirling Saucers. This had about a 60 minute standby wait, but thankfully I had been able to find a fastness online and didn’t wait more than 5 minutes.
This ride has you as the passenger of a space ship piloted by the little green men from the Toy Story movies. The ride kind of moves in figure eights, and the ship kind of whips you around the corners as they turn. I don’t do the tea cups in Magic Kingdom, but was able to ride this without any issue. It’s pretty tame, but still very cute and entertaining.
After the ride I headed over to Woody’s lunch box for a late breakfast. This is the quick service food option available.
I opted to try something a little different that grabbed my eye. It was a S’Mores French Toast. Marshmallow and Chocolate ganache on Brioche french toast encrusted with graham cracker crumbs. It was very sweet, but still interesting and enjoyable. I’ll have to come back some day for lunch or dinner and try some of the other items as this place is definitely intriguing.
With breakfast done I was back on my hunt and passed by the new entrance to Toy Story Mania. I had gone down each pathway I could find, near all the attractions, and Woody’s lunch box but couldn’t find any pressed penny machines.
Just to be sure I made a second walk through and still nothing. There isn’t a standard gift shop in this new land which would have been the most probably location for a new machine. But currently there are only merchandise carts located near each of the attractions. Unfortunately I have to say as of this day no machines (new or old) were to be found inside Toy Story Land.
Feeling a little disappointed at not being able to discover a new set of pressed pennies I decided to make sure the existing machine was still available. I headed out of Toy Story Land and down into Pixar Place. There is still some things going on here like a meet and greet with Buzz Lightyear or Cruz Ramirez from Cars 3. But this area pretty much just dead-ends and forces you to u-turn back the way you came.
I did take a quick look at the old entrance to Toy Story Midway Mania and it is all boarded up.
Directly across from this is the Story Department store which is where the previous machine was located. But as you can see from the above picture it’s no longer here. Now I needed to figure out where it had gone.
Thankfully I found it pretty easily and didn’t even ask a cast member. Back in the Animation Courtyard near Star Wars Launch Bay is a gift shop called In Character. This place used to be all princesses all the time (trust me I know, this was my daughters favorite place). But now it’s a make ship Toy Story Land gift shop. I don’t know if this will be permanent or not, but for now it’s all about Toy Story.
This machine is exactly the same as it’s been for a while. The designs include Hamm, Wheezy, Rex and one of the Little Green Men. Now those of you that recognize where this machine is located may be saying, but what happened to the 12-Design Heroines penny machine. Well I thought the same thing so I asked a cast member where that machine went. I was told it was removed completely (gasp!). Is this forever, I don’t know and honestly don’t think so. That was a pretty popular machine and was always busy whenever I visited it. Just to make sure it wasn’t moved somewhere else without the cast member knowing I wondered the rest of the park and sure enough didn’t see it anywhere.
One of the last places I checked was the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop. As I mentioned above it wasn’t here, but they did have a design that I thought fit into today’s events so I pressed a copy just for the heck of it.
Good old Buzz Lightyear, but so far away from the new Toy Story Land I wonder why. Maybe Woody had something to do with this. Anyways, this does seem kind of strange to be so far away, but maybe he will get moved in the weeks to come.
Well that was my Toy Story day in Hollywood Studios. I am definitely disappointed that there were no new machines, but am hopeful they are still on the way. If the existing machine had just been moved into the land then I would be more apt to assume no new machines are coming. However since this machine was moved to another spot outside the land I think this is a good sign at least one new machine is on the way. As always only time will tell and I’ll be sure to check back. I do have some days scheduled to go back with my family a few times in the next couple weeks. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open and will share any new info I find.
Toy Story Land is definitely a fun place and the new rides are entertaining for all ages. Nothing too extreme, but still enjoyable. I don’t think it’s as immersive as Pandora over in the Animal Kingdom which is truly amazing. Toy Story land is fun, just not a place I see people spending their entire days inside.