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PHOTO TOUR: Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Looking at Disneyland Paris

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris buzzWe got a chance to visit Disneyland Paris last week and one of the cool things was that we got a sneak peak at the Toy Story Land theming looking at the Toy Story Playland in Disneyland Paris.  Wait, is this what we’re getting in Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this month?  Not exactly.  Toy Story Land in DHS is different from Toy Story Playland you can find in Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.  This one opened in 2010 as part of an expansion to the Walt Disney Studios Park.  However a lot of the theming elements already in Toy Story Playland are coming to the Walt Disney World version of Toy Story Land giving us a good idea of what to expect.  Let’s take a look….

So first thing to know about the Toy Story Land in Disneyland Paris is that it’s much smaller than the Hollywood Studios version.  Toy Story Land in DHS is going to be 11 acres and cost several hundred million dollars, while Toy Story Land in Disneyland Paris cost only 79 million euros and is significantly smaller.

Here’s a shot of Toy Story Playland from the Disneyland Paris app:

I mean honestly it couldn’t be more than 2 or 3 acres and only takes a minute to walk from one side to the next.  Instead check out the size of Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios:

Toy Story Land Construction Update June 2018

toy story land concept art

Entrance:

To get into Toy Story Playland there are two entrances, one in the front with a huge Buzz Lightyear figure, and another around the back coming from La Place de Rémy.

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris buzz lightyear figure

Buzz Lightyear towers over guests and is a good 15 feet tall:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris buzz lightyear

Something very similar is coming to the Hollywood Studios Toy Story Land, and that Buzz Lightyear figure will probably be identical.  You can see him on the bottom right corner of this image, next to Alien Swirling Saucers:

Toy Story Land Construction Update June 2018

As we continue past Buzz Lightyear some more of the theming elements are evident…

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris entrance

There are oversized Christmas lights strung overhead as you walk down the paths.  I really liked this and it made the land very colorful.

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris lights

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris lights

Back around at the back entrance you can see figure from barrel of monkeys strung together making a welcome sign with scrabble pieces…

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris welcome

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris welcome

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris barrel of monkeys

By looking at the Toy Story Model in Disney’s Hollywood Studios you can see the Tinker Toy lampposts in place along the walkway:

toy story land model DHS

Another cool theming element are the Tinker Toys which will be used at the lampposts throughout Toy Story Land:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris tinker toy lights

Not only do the Tinker Toys function as lights, but the drums are also used as speakers:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris tinker toy lights

Both the Tinker Toys and string lights are similar to what you can already see in Toy Story Mania:

lights in Toy Story Mania

There’s a big Rex figure also coming from the back entrance

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris Rex figure

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris Rex figure 2

As we know he’ll be on top of a stack of Jenga blocks over in the Slinky Dog Dash coaster which you can see in our post about the Toy Story Land model in DHS:

toy story land model rex figure

Overall Toy Story Land is very small, but it has a cool vibe to it and I think the theming is captured very nicely…

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris pathway

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris lights

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris lights on the pathway

Next we find in perfect Disney fashion, even the garbage cans are colored fit the Toy Story theme:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris garbage cans

The oversized Pixar ball, Luxo Ball is also present just like he will be in Hollywood Studios:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris luxe ball

Another cool part was the Kinex railings lining the walkways:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris kinex fencing

There will be similar fencing in Toy Story Land DHS but it’s more closed with tighter covering.  Look at this photo from a behind the scenes video with Dinsey Imagineers about the Toy Story Land construction and you can see the DHS version.  Still Kinex but different and a bit more attraction imo:

Disney Imagineers Wrap Up Toy Story Land Construction

Attractions:

So if you aren’t excited about the attractions coming to Toy Story Land, you definitely won’t be impressed with the ones in Walt Disney Studios Park.  I had already heard about them before going so I didn’t have my hopes up, but they aren’t very good and besides some of the cool theming in them are basically attractions you will find at any local amusement park throughout the country.

First was the Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris slinky dog zigzag spin entrance

If this looks familiar it’s because the ride vehicle looks a lot like the Slinky Dog Dash coaster trains:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris slinky dog zigzag spin

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris slinky dog zigzag spin

slinky dog dash coaster train model

Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris slinky dog zigzag spin

The difference is that instead of a roller coaster, you basically just spin around and around for like 30 seconds and that’s it.  Pretty disappointing and Slinky Dog Dash will be decidedly better.

Next was the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

Again nothing special here, it just brings you up and down and that’s it.  You do get some nice views from the top through.  We did like the theming elements for the attraction outside and are similar to what you’ll find in Toy Story Land:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris Andy's plane

This Blue Sky plane was in the Toy Story Land Model and will be in Hollywood Studios:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris blue sky plane

Last up was RC Racer.  We didn’t get to do it because it was closed, but it just brings you back and forth on the orange U-shaped track in the photo.  Again something you could find at any theme park and something I’m not sad we missed:

Sneak Peak at Toy Story Land Theming Disneyland Paris RC Racer

So that is our photo tour of Toy Story Land in Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.  Even though it’s not anywhere as good as what the Hollywood Studios version will be, it whet our appetite for what’s to come!  If you are in Disneyland Paris then check out Toy Story Land if nothing else to compare between the two versions, plus if you have kids they will probably enjoy the attractions here.

We can’t wait to explore Toy Story Land when it opens June 30th!  We’ll be there live so stay tuned for all of our coverage on the opening!

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the Sneak Peak of the Toy Story Land theming from Disneyland Paris.

  • What’s your favorite theming element?
  • Have you ever visited Toy Story Land in Disneyland Paris before?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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