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

Long time NO blog – OOPS

Hey FANS, Nina here.  No I didn’t die, no I didn’t fall off the planet…life got me.  You know life; where work, kids, family, travel, moving, homework, sport events, school and constantly cooking something gets in the way – I got trapped into the spiral known as life.  Sorry about that.

But…nothing has changed (OK I lied, something REALLY BIG changed…my hair) – I am no longer a redhead 🙁  But I am still a Mermaid, so my #mermaidhairdon’tcare still exists…its just on the gray side 😉  BUT I am still a Travel Agent, specializing in Disney Vacations BUT I also added a WHOLE list of other things that I also book (YAY!!!).  But Disney, you will always be my ONE TRUE LOVE!!

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Nina and Ariel at Carsland in Disneyland.  The Red is gone, but Ariel is still a FAN!

I tried starting a YouTube Channel – life got in the way.  I have been uber focused on my Instagram…so that at least is still beating – PLEASE JOIN AND FOLLOW ME – @mermaidninatravels

WE also moved to a NEW house; which meant a new neighborhood, new schools, new furniture and lots and lots of trash, donations and Mom2Mom sales 🙂

But through it all I have worked and worked and traveled and hugged Mickey.  We have been to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line SEVERAL times.  I have explored Mexico, traveled with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and visited Universal Orlando…I even met Bart Simpson 😉

Through it all I have taken THOUSANDS of pictures, videos and posted ALL about it on my Facebook Page which is still very much alive and beating – http://www.facebook.com/wordofmouse

My business has grown and grown and I can’t thank you all enough for allowing me to be apart of your Magical Vacations!!  It truly is the BEST JOB ON THE PLANET.  As a thank you, I am setting a goal…to bring back the blog, this blog.  In the beginning I thought it needed to be long, informative, entertaining and filled with pictures…now I am thinking it can be little snip-its of life; of travel, of Disney, of vacationing.  So…please follow along as I try to grow this blog and use it as a way to share ALL of the TRAVEL I do, travel I love and frankly…am the expert at.  Perhaps its a good sign that I was too busy to keep up with all these Social Media things, perhaps it means I am TOO busy being the expert and traveling and exploring and testing and trying out NEW things so I can better help my clients, YOU!

So – Stay tuned.  I plan on blogging all about my most recent adventure – Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World…which I only returned home from last week.  Then we can explore Disneyland as that was only last month and in the future – GALAXY’S EDGE – for which I am doing at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this year.  Squeeeee…

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NEW Ice Cream Shop on the Disney Fantasy…Complete with Vegan Ice Cream options!

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This is probably the most MAGICAL picture I have ever taken, some things you can’t plan. Santa Goofy ROCKS!!  We just happened to be sitting there while Goofy strolled by, the kids knocked on the Port Hole (very gently) and Goofy was well…very Goofy.  

Until then – Nina

Charging up at Disney World

A while back Disney tested charging locker/stations and random “hidden” outlets.  As this was a minor hit…it was clear that guests wanted to charge while being on the move.  I mean, how many people can sit for an hour with crazy, excited kids – not me.  OR want to go back to that said locker and claim a “charged” phone/device…again NOT me.  WE like to keep it moving at Disney, plus most people need phones for emergencies, taking pictures and well…facebook posts.

So…in response to that need…Disney got in bed with a company called “Fuel Rod”.  And lets just say…I am in LOVE.  What is Fuel Rod exactly?  Let me tell you ALL about it.

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A Fuel Rod is a portable (external) battery, about the size of a lipstick.  It’s basically the same kind you can buy at any store…it charges your phone or device.  So why is this “fuel rod” so great?  Well…Disney has set up “vending machine” stations throughout the parks.  You purchase this battery ONCE for $30, then as you need a charge you “turn-in” your USED one and get a NEW charged one in its place. Cool right?!?!?

But that’s not all – you can do this, Over and Over and Over again (UNLIMITED).  The whole family can use it.  Once the charge is gone, get a new one.  Pass it around the group and top everyone off.  ALL for only $30.  And you can use your credit card to purchase, I got an email instantly with the receipt.

The first time you purchase one, it does come with a few adaptable charging connection pieces, to fit most phones/devices.  OR if worried bring your own cord, it does have a USB port for connecting to your device.  And it comes in a simple clear case to keep everything together.

So why do you need this or should consider it???  I was just at Disney with 6 adults…between us all, phones were dying fast, battery power was flying out of the park and we all needed some juice.  Most of us packed our own back-up batteries but those too ran out quick…so again…unless I wanted to sit for 1 hour and charge up…the Fuel Rod was the perfect solution.  And thanks to Disney’s crazy Wi-Fi (on, off, on, off)…we needed a charge several times in ONE day.  Many times my phone was at 30% and the Fuel Rod charged it to about 80-90% – of course this was while I was also using it; posting, filming, taking pictures – all while I was “charging”.  Since I was the only one who purchased a Fuel Rod, it was getting passed around like crazy.  It became a game to see who had it next.

So for those with older kids, those with multiple devices, those who are posters (you know who you are)…this might be the solution for you too.  Again, even though I packed my own back-up…the ability to use, exchange, use, exchange, use, exchange…several times through-out the day/trip…that was a life-saver.  It’s yours to keep, so bring it back next time at Disney, use it at home and charge yourself.

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TIP:  If this sounds like something you will want/need…you can purchase it for $20 directly from Fuel-Rod (online) and then bring to the parks.  Also…since I got back (5 days ago) I heard rumors that even some resorts are getting a Fuel Rod machine…which would rock.  I remember telling people, if only they had these at the resorts…well apparently…that is coming as we speak – YAY!!!  I did screen-shot the current locations of the machines (see above) and used that to help guide me to the next…we exchanged every chance we could and we were NOT alone, this is growing in popularity.

MermaidNina:  I am a Disney Vacation Planner (aka Travel Agent) and I book and plan Disney/Universal vacations as a living…yep it’s my FULL TIME job.  And when not quoting, planning, booking dining, helping with fastpasses, getting travel documents together…I am at Disney…doing something Disney.  My services are 100% FREE as Disney pays me to do this…so contact me if looking to explore Disney.  Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, etc.  As I am not the best blogger (I know), I AM amazing at my job which of course prevents me from being an awesome blogger, lol.  I am a mom, a wife, a kid at heart and well…I am a Mermaid (with legs of course).