2018 is going to be a big year for theme parks with debuting attractions

Beth J. Harpaz, Travelweek

When Toy Story Land debuts at When Toy Story Land debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction will immerse guests in the playful environment of some of Andy’s most beloved toys. Inspired by the first Toy Story film, the attraction is designed to look like a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet. The Toy Story Aliens will playfully try to capture guests ride vehicle with ‘The Claw’. (Disney)

If your clients are looking ahead to spring and summer trips, and if they love theme parks, you’ll want to know about some of the new rides and attractions debuting in the new year.


One of the most anticipated openings for 2018 is Toy Story Land, expected to open early next summer at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios just outside Orlando, Florida.

Attractions and restaurants in the 11-acre (4.5-hectare) land will be themed on toys from the “Toy Story” movie series, like the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Woody’s Lunch Box, a quick-service window serving soda floats and more. Another ride will be Alien Swirling Saucers, where aliens circling in flying saucers pull along rocket ships full of guests. An existing attraction, Toy Story Mania, will get a third track.