Millennium Falcon VS. Slinky Dog

Which to Fastpass: Millennium Falcon OR Slinky Dog. AS you can ONLY pick ONE.

Dear Nina, Love your Page!! I am getting ready to make fastpasses and I am stuck. It won’t let me select Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run AND Slinky Dog. My family wants to ride BOTH. How do we chose, how can we ride both?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, that is quiet the pickle and sadly…super common. Most guests want to ride it all, especially the NEW, hit rides. And thanks to the Fastpass+ TIER system, some rides in a certain category (Tier 1) prevent you from selecting more than ONE. So you do have to chose between those rides…OR do you???

I get this question alot from my clients and sadly…this is just the way. This is Disney’s way of “thinning the heard” so to speak, if they didn’t have a tier level, everyone would be getting the same 3-4 rides, at every park, and then the fastpass (skip the stand-by line) system wouldn’t work properly. But here are my suggestions to by-pass this:

HOPPER PASS:

With so many NEW rides out and apon us, I have really been pushing Hopper Passes for people who want to try to see and do it all, but espcially RIDE it ALL. With a Hopper pass, you could pass each of those rides on 2 different days, then HOP to another park (as needed) later on. Its a Win-Win and exactly what my family does.

ROPE DROP:

Another option is rising early in the day and getting to the park BEFORE it opens. You can pass one of the rides, then RUN (walk at a brisk pace) to the other ASAP. You will be part of a huge crowd also doing this, but it might cut-down on some line waiting time later in the day.

KEEP CHECKING:

Another option feels like “leaving it up to fate” but you could pass one and when at the park, that day, keep your eye on the app and keep trying to pass the other one as you have used your first 3 passes. Think late evening or during show times. This is also a good time to keep checking the wait times, as you could just sneak into line when it has a moment of being shorter, usually during meal times or later in the day.

PRO- TIP:

Either way, there really isn’t a perfect answer or cheat on this one, thankfully we personally do longer trips, so for us…visiting the same park twice isn’t a huge stretch. So my tip, extend your trip. Plan on doing a week-long vacation knowing you want to see and do more than the system allows. Talk to your Travel Agent and get the low down BEFORE you make too many plans and decisions. Knowing this stuff BEFORE you get too far down the rabbit hole really makes a difference. And if it helps; I would pass Millennium Falcon, see the VIDEO below.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

Disney NEW Toy Story Land REVIEW

Love Toy Story?  Wanna FEEL like a toy and meet Woody and the Gang?  How about a NEW Coaster?  Take a Look…

Hi again, today I thought we would switch gears for a few and talk Walt Disney World.  But don’t worry – plenty of Cruise info to come!  As many of you probably know, Disney opened up a NEW land last summer at Disneys Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Land!  It’s a stink’in cute area, jam packed with toys, colors, characters and 2 NEW rides.

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What a FUN way to welcome you!!

Look and Feel:

I recently revisited this area and I just love all the action and best part, you are not a kid in TSL (Toy Story Land) – you are a TOY!!  Everything is scaled to make you feel like a toy, like you too have “Andy” on the bottom of your shoe.  Giant Pixar Ball, Giant Box of Crayons, Building Blocks, Army Men, Links, Cooties, Dice, Jenga, Wooden Letters, and lots more.

The more you look, the more you see.  Even look at the road (ground) you are walking on…see anything?  The whole area is decorated like Andy’s fort of toys, spilling out to play with, trip on and enjoy…like a child would.  Christmas Lights are strung around the land, which is an excellent touch, as you can image the toys coming alive at night and using the lights to travel across the land.

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Toys at play…

NEW Rides and Dining Location:

Toy Story Land has 3 rides; 2 of which are NEW and 1 Dining Location.  The 2 new rides are very well themed.  Slinky Dog Dash is a coaster (see the videos) and Aliens Swirling Saucers is just like Disneyland’s Mater’s Junk Yard Jamboree (which my kids LOVE).  Its a rotating, swirling ride where your “Alien Ship” kinda dances around the track while it spins as you turn a corner.  The third is the ever so popular Toy Story Mania.  All 3 can be fastpassed (only 1 at a time), but Slinky Dog is clearly the crowd favorite at the moment (hello its a NEW coaster).

AND incase that wasn’t enough…you can meet all sorts of characters which you will find, both walking around and meeting guests (or other toys) in their meeting locations.  So Buzz, Jessie, Woody and NEW is Bo Peep.  I witnessed a group of kids interacting with Buzz pressing all his buttons and adjusting his “modes” – Spanish mode was my favorite 😉  And don’t forget to look at the restroom – super cute.  It reminds me of the theming around Disneyland’s It’s A Bugs Land – the bathroom was so well fitting for the area, it blended right it.  At TSL, even the “girls” or “boys” signs fits in with the land.  Bravo Disney!  I love walking around TSL and looking and finding new things I didn’t see before.  AND I love being a TOY!

I am looking forward to returning to TSL this winter as my family tackles Galaxy’s Edge, I know we will need our Toy Story fix, especially as Toy Story 4 is about ready to premiere.  I saw a lengthy preview and I liked what I saw.  “Forky” is the NEW hit character, can’t wait.

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Ariel felt right at home, she LOVED it!

So…stay tuned for more on TSL and Walt Disney World in general as I have LOTS to share.  And if you are looking to book a trip to WDW and are looking for some expert help – I am a Travel Agent specializing in Disney and would love to book you a Magical Vacation, complete with my FREE services and ALL my expert tips/advice.

Mahalo for reading and following my BLOG – Nina