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Slinky Dog Dash

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Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash (29262611338) (cropped).jpg
Disney's Hollywood Studios
LocationDisney's Hollywood Studios
Park sectionToy Story Land
Coordinates28°21′33.9″N 81°33′38.5″W / 28.359417°N 81.560694°W / 28.359417; -81.560694
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Opening dateJune 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)
ReplacedEarffel Tower
General statistics
TypeSteel – Family – Launched
ManufacturerMack Rides
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
Height50 ft (15 m)
Speed40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions0
Duration2 minutes
Height restriction38 in (97 cm)
ThemeToy Story
Launches2
Trains4 trains with five cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows (except for the last car), for a total of 18 riders per train.
FastPass+ Available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Slinky Dog Dash at RCDB
Pictures of Slinky Dog Dash at RCDB

Slinky Dog Dash is a launched roller coaster, located within Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, that opened on June 30, 2018.[1][2]

Themed around the Toy Story films, the story of the ride is that Andy has built a roller coaster using his "Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit"[3] and decided to use Slinky Dog as the ride vehicle. The ride can accommodate up to four trains at a time.[4][5]

The attraction concludes with a performance by the first ever audio-animatronic Wheezy the Penguin, who serenades guests at the Big Finale on the final brake run.[6] Wheezy's singing on the ride was voiced by actor Sean Kenin.[7][better source needed]

History

In August 2015 at the D23 Expo, it was announced that Toy Story Land would be added to Disney's Hollywood Studios. There would be two new attractions in the area: Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash would be the park's second roller coaster, with the first one being Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.[8]

Construction of Slinky Dog Dash began in 2016, alongside Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.[9] The track layout was finished on August 1, 2017.[10] Later that month, the ride vehicle arrived at the park.[11]

The ride performed its first test runs in September 2017.[12]

On June 30, 2018, Slinky Dog Dash opened to guests, along with Toy Story Land. As soon as it opened, the wait times reached over five hours long.[13]

In January 2019, the tails on the back of each train were briefly removed for safety inspection.[14] They eventually returned a few weeks later.[15]

Ride experience

Queue

Guests enter the queue by either taking the stand-by or Lightning Lane entrances. The stand-by entrance sign is a gold medallion that belongs to Buster's collar, revealing the address 234 Elm Street on the back. As guests make their way through the queue, guests pass by numerous toys and pathways. Some sections of the outdoor portion including an extended queue area received a permanent shade structure in September 2019.[16] In the shaded switchback section, there are some crafting materials, such as a bottle of Elmers Glue and a box of Crayola crayons. Guests can spot Andy's schematics sketched on notebook paper and other school supplies. There are some screens that show the safety instructions. The pathway passes by cards and blocks. The walls even feature stickers, with one of them being a reference to Triple R Ranch. Guests then reach the station, where they board the train.[17][18]

Layout

The train exits the station and makes a right turn into the first launch. Riders hit a left turn and go over a smaller airtime hill. The train races through Andy's yard, going through a frame built out of blocks, with Jessie clinging to. The train then moves through a left-handed helix. Guests then dip into an archway of blocks and turn left. Along the way, riders can spot more scenery, a tower of Jenga blocks with Rex on top. After a right turn, the train goes through a block tunnel and slows down. It stops at the second launch and the countdown begins. Riders are then launched through a series of GO! rings as the train passes the on-ride camera, which takes photos of the guests. The train makes its way through an airtime hill and a left turn. Guests go through a series of bunny hills and another left turn. Passing by some blocks, the train makes a right turn. Riders hit the final brake run and spot a Wheezy animatronic on the right singing "You've Got a Friend in Me". Following this, the train returns to the station, where riders exit the ride.[19]

References

  1. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (February 16, 2018). "Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World Resort June 30". Disney Parks Blog.
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Slinky Dog Dash   (Disney's Hollywood Studios)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (May 2, 2018). "Ride Along With Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios". Disney Parks Blog.
  4. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (August 1, 2017). "All in the Details: Slinky Dog Dash Track Completed in Toy Story Land". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  5. ^ Tribou, Richard (April 27, 2016). "A closer look at Disney's Slinky Dog Dash coming to Toy Story Land". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (May 5, 2018). "This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The First Look at New Friends From Toy Story Land". Disney Parks Blog.
  7. ^ "Slinky Dog Dash – Everything You Need to Know". Mickey Blog. July 16, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Toy Story Land To Come To Life At Disney's Hollywood Studios". Disney Parks Blog.
  9. ^ "Disney's Hollywood Studios Update: Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land Construction, Plus PizzeRizzo Now Open". December 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "All in the Details: Slinky Dog Dash Track Completed in Toy Story Land". Disney Parks Blog.
  11. ^ "First Look: Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle Arrives At Disney's Hollywood Studios". Disney Parks Blog.
  12. ^ "BREAKING: Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster Begins Testing". September 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Disney's New Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster Gives You A Toy's-Eye View Of Andy's Backyard".
  14. ^ "BREAKING: Tails Removed From All Slinky Dog Vehicles in Toy Story Land for Safety Inspection".
  15. ^ "SLINKY DOG'S TAIL RETURNS TO SLINKY DOG DASH IN TOY STORY LAND IN DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS".
  16. ^ "Permanent Shade Structure Added to Slinky Dog Dash Queue in Toy Story Land".
  17. ^ "10 TOY STORY LAND 'EASTER EGGS' TO SEARCH FOR IN ANDY'S BACKYARD".
  18. ^ "Toy Story Land Slinky Dog Dash Queue Walt Disney World". YouTube. June 28, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  19. ^ "NEW Slinky Dog Dash (4K On-Ride) Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios - Walt Disney World". YouTube. July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2021.

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