A treasure trove of merchandise inspired by some of the most iconic toys in history greets guests in- and outside of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I usually do not get excited about merchandise, but anything that brings back renewed interest in toys such as Mr. Potato Head, Candyland games, the amazing Tinkertoys, and Slinky Dog in all its variations, including a headband version of mouse ears, is something I can support.
Unlike other Disney lands and rides, Toy Story Land does not have a gift shop, but it has two merchandise carts—one of which is a replica of a giant Fisher-Price Family Camper. No wonder this vintage toy is right now a hot item on eBay once more. The second merchandise cart is themed after a giant toy dump truck.
Both offer a Slinky Dog with stretching coils; a light-up Buzz Lightyear bubble blower that is really amazing; and “I Played There” commemorative T-shirts, colorful tote bags, home decor, caps and coffee cups, bracelets and backpacks, and collector pins—all celebrating the new land.
Brad Schoeneberg, Director of Merchandise Strategy and New Park Experiences Development, says: “Merchandise true to the story—that ties everything together—is key, and each piece was designed so parents and kids could relive the fun of Toy Story Land long after their Disney vacation.”
There are, of course, the popcorn buckets, pins to delight pin traders of all ages, and plenty of Woody and Buzz toys.
My favorites are the Alien-themed light-up tumbler and the headband perched on by Slinky Dog. Disney’s new merchandise also includes small-scale replicas of attraction vehicles—Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Furthermore, guests can buy outfits and dress head to toe like Buzz Lightyear, Woody, or Jessie.
Some of the merchandise items are offered for a limited time, while the Toy Story-branded Magic Bands are likely here to stay.
I still fondly remember the first Woody doll I got for my son so many years ago. While ‘my Andy’ grew up, Woody is still part of the family, safely tucked away for the next generation. A generation who, I trust, will enjoy Toy Story movies, land, and toys, just like the little boy I saw when visiting on opening day.
Toy Story merchandise is also available at Beverly Sunset on Sunset Boulevard, Mickey’s of Hollywood, and at In Character.
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