Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were invited to jump on “the coolest canine toy ever” as the Florida theme park launched its new rollercoaster on June 30.
Slinky Dog Dash is one of the anchor attractions of the new Toy Story Land at the park within Walt Disney World Resort. This multi-launch, family-friendly coaster careens around bends and catches air over camelback humps as it runs across the 11-acre land.
Guests get to ride the attraction inside Slinky Dog’s coils as the lovable pooch twists and turns around the track. The attraction’s ride vehicles are spring-tailed spinoffs of a Slinky, the iconic toy from the 1940s. Track and supports for the coaster are finished in bright hues of red, orange, yellow and blue.
Visitors approaching the attraction launch see plans sketched out in Crayola crayon on notebook paper. Glue bottles, empty toy boxes and stray coaster parts and pieces are strewn about. Toys are all around. In one scene, the coaster swoops around around a giant Jenga game.
A mid-ride power boost adds intensity to the experience as the coaster stops, reverses a few yards, then shoots through multiple rings pulsing with sounds, spinners and flashing lights to launch riders into the second act of the experience.
“The first half of the ride is many swirls, turns and dips, and after the second launch come a drop and camelback humps – as if you were playing with a Slinky Dog toy,” explains Dave Minichiello, executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering.
In the coaster’s finale, Wheezy, the squeaky toy penguin from the Toy Story films, breaks into a rendition of You’ve Got a Friend in Me. Created especially for Slinky Dog Dash, the Audio-Animatronics figure of Wheezy is unique among Disney Parks globally. Toys and toy packaging complete the scene, including a Rubik’s Cube, a game canister for Pick-Up Snakes and toy wooden blocks spelling out F-U-N.
Slinky Dog Dash features a ride system by the German manufacturer Mack, complete with 18-seater trains. The minimum ride height is 38 inches (1m). Since opening day, queues for the attraction have been predictably long, however guests can cut down on the lines by using Disney’s FastPass+ system.
Images by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World