Over in Hollywood Studios back on June 30th, 2018 Toy Story Land officially opened. There were two new attractions (Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers) and one that just had the entrance moved into his new land (Toy Story Mania). I remember heading over just a couple days after the new land opened on a mission to not only explore the new area but to see if there were any new penny machines. You can read about that here…spoiler no new machines. But that all just changed and it only took about 10 months.
On a quick side note, this is also the 30th anniversary of Hollywood Studios so there is a lot of special signage throughout the park.
I sped walked to the back of the park and directly into Toy Story Land. Woody is right there at the entrance welcoming all the new toys into Andy’s backyard.
Some areas of this land can be a bit deceiving. When I saw the above “crowd” I thought it wasn’t going to be too busy, but the wait times for the attractions were pretty high as usual.
As an example, the Slinky Dog Dash coaster wait time was at 120 minutes. Way too hot to be standing in the blistering sun. The ride is a lot of fun but yikes that’s a long wait.
It may be a bit hard to see in the above picture, but the Toy Story Mania had a 70-minute wait.
The last attraction Alien Swirling Saucers had an 80-minute stand-by wait. So it was definitely a busy day in the park, but may be due to the sun people were hiding in the shade or other buildings as the pathways were not too congested.
The new penny machine is located in a bit of a side area in between Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. There is a large Green Alien statue nearby which can act as a nice marker if you are looking for the machine.
The cabinet of this machine is big and red. The blue machine beside it on the right created engraved dog tags.
I really like this set of pennies. The images are of the three attractions, and fourth is of Woody and Buzz with the Toy Story Land logo. This is exactly what I was hoping would have been in the land last year when it first opened. Not sure if there was a delay or some other issue getting this machine made, but in any case, I’m glad it did finally make it. This does seem to be a very popular machine.
Did you notice it’s another $1 per penny style machine? That’s right, these seem to be the new version that will be coming to the parks soon. Just like the other new machines at the Magic Kingdom Train Station, the machine supplies the penny. It does take $1 bills for individual pennies, or you can use a credit card to pay the $4 for all four designs.
I’m keeping a close eye out on the other 4 design machines around Disney Property and will post an update if any other machines start getting this conversion to $1.