Slinky Dog Dash
In 2018, Toy Story Land opened in Hollywood Studios. The centerpiece of this new land is the fantastic Slinky Dog Dash. This is a wonderful new addition to a park that is getting a dramatic overhaul. I was blown away with how great this ride was, especially for a coaster that is basically made for kids. Today I’ll give you an overview of this ride, and then give you some tips for how you can fit Slinky Dog Dash into your Hollywood Studios touring plan.
Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash starts fast with a quick launch that gets you up to 40MPH very quick. This ride is smooth, and seems to last longer than you’d think. It’s fantastic that Disney, as they did with Mine Train, has created a fun roller coasters that smaller kids can ride. From the outset, you have to understand that the target audience for this ride is small kids. This isn’t a terrifying roller coaster. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll be disappointed.
Like Mine Train, this is a very smooth coaster. You don’t get thrown around the train and you don’t “feel” the speed as you do in some coasters. But your children will love it. Personally, I feel this is a better roller coaster than Mine Train. It’s not quite as long, but Mine Train has the long climb through the cave. To me this is just a bit more bang for the buck.
Tips for Slinky Dog Dash
As is always the case for new rides, wait times on this roller coaster are extremely high. Star Wars Land and the Minnie/Mickey roller coaster will definitely change the outlook for Hollywood Studios. Once these new areas open up, the wait times will settle down a bit.
But for the summer of 2019, it’s the hottest ticket in town. This should be your number 1 target for your fastpass. When you arrive early in the morning, I highly suggest heading straight back to Slinky Dog Dash. If you don’t catch it early, there will be a wait the entire rest of the day.
Let’s break down the two strategies to ride this attraction.
Slinky Dog Dash is a Tier 1 Fastpass. That means that if you are able to get a fastpass, you won’t be able to get a fastpass for Toy Story Mania or Alien Swirling Saucers. That’s fine, because this is the toughest ticket in the park.
To get a fastpass for this ride, you’ll probably need to book your fastpass 60 days ahead of time as a Disney resort guest. If you are 30 days out, it might be too late as it’s too popular of a fastpass. If you aren’t able to get one, try to break your groups into smaller groups of 2 or 4 and keep refreshing. You may catch someone cancelling.
Rope Drop strategy
If you’re unable to get a fastpass, you will definitely want to head straight back to this ride as soon as the park opens. I’d recommend getting to Hollywood Studios 45 minutes before it opens.
Once the gates open, you’ll want to briskly walk straight into the back of the park and into Toy Story Land. It’s about as far away from the front as you can possibly get, and you’ll have people all around you, but try not to stress about that. If you’re there early, your ride is going to be far shorter than it will be a few hours later.
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Park - Hollywood Studios
Park Section - Toy Story Land
Height Requirement - 38 inches
Ride Type - Roller Coaster
FP+ - Tier 1