So, as literally every other blog in the tri-county area has already noticed, Toy Story Land opened to guests this past weekend. I wasn’t there, but I saw the videos of the crowds and heard some of the remarks from the opening ceremony.
While, TSL is great and all, it got it’s third attraction by rerouting its queue area from the previously spartan Pixar Place to the new land… so now the aforementioned land is home to some restrooms and the back side of Toy Story Mania. Really? That seems like a pretty big waste of space for what is essentially the gateway to Star Wars Land… kind of like their so-called “Grand Avenue” but without anything remotely of interest.
Obviously, there are an infinite number of ways Disney can utilize this unimpressive corridor (in which only the right side is usable due to the left housing TGMR/Mickey’s Runaway Railroad). Rumors point to it being themed to either Monsters Inc. or The Incredibles, either works for me, though part of me wishes they’d bring back Streets of America to make a grand entrance to SWL.
If I were to venture a guess, I’d say Monstropolis as they can move their Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor attraction from Tomorrowland (where it never should have been in the first place) into one of the open buildings on the left with the old Toy Story Mania queue area being converted into a M&G for Mike and Sully (which used to be hidden on the far backside of Streets of America) with the rest simply being decorations (unless they want to do a show/additional M&Gs in the cul-de-sac
Personally, I suspect the newly announced “Lightning McQueen Racing Academy” show is a short-term test for a larger Cars Land type expansion from the back of Sunset Blvd to the area behind Animation Courtyard as a way to more evenly distribute guests coming to SWL (yes, I know any such expansion wouldn’t open for 1-2 years after SWL).
The only problem with this idea is it reduces the park to Pixar/Frozen/Star Wars. Granted, they’ll likely have to find new attractions to replace the various SW clip shows as well as the Launch Bay area itself (which, unlike some Park Watchers, I don’t see being sucked into some hypothetical Monstropolis/Metrocity [The Incredibles] or even my own Cars Land Idea). I think the current Ewok village near Indie is likely staying put for the foreseeable future.
Back to my original point, I don’t know what (if anything) they’ll do with Pixar Place. However, the possibilities are almost endless (I kinda like the idea of a Zootopia area), but I think we can all agree, the worst thing they can do with it is nothing…