Walt Disney World has announced a new table service restaurant for Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios named Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. This comes ahead of the park’s 30th Anniversary, which is said to promise a few surprises in terms of announcements and new offerings planned for the future of DHS.
This Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will be themed to a backyard barbecue with Andy and his toys inviting guests to participate in fun. By toys, we do not mean the walk-around variety; Walt Disney World has indicated this will not be a character dining experience. As you can see in the above image, the art style is similar to that of both Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash.
The premise for Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is that Andy has cut and taped three cardboard boxes together to create a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets. While some pieces are definitely western-themed, what makes this rodeo special is the broad assortment of toys that have been brought together to create a fun, colorful mashup-atmosphere.
Once inside, you’ll be surrounded by all of the rodeo festivities in-action as well as western town and train station play sets. And you just might spot some of your favorite Pixar characters scattered around the restaurant in the form of toys and game pieces including a toy version of Jessie riding on the back of a Trixie pull-toy and unique toy versions of Bo Peep and her sheep, all who appear to be performing in the rodeo together.
This new dining option will be located to the right of what’s currently the entrance of Toy Story Land, behind the giant Woody figure and land’s marquee. Currently, this area is home to two backstage production bungalows. These facilities are expected to be relocated with a new structure built to house Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant.
Our first impression of the news is generally optimistic. Three of the primary criticisms of Toy Story Land have been the lack of shade, air-conditioning, and dining options.
This new table service restaurant should help address all of those issues. While Walt Disney World hasn’t released any other information beyond the above, we’re hoping there’s also some attached, indoor retail space as well.
Toy Story Land is currently pretty miserable during the summer heat or daily rain showers. Giving guests even a temporary reprieve from the sun or storms in a place that isn’t the restrooms would be nice.
At this point, with literally nothing else known–nothing more in terms of details, an opening date/year, or even a name–there’s not much else to say. We’ll have offer further commentary on this new Toy Story Land table service restaurant once some of this additional info is revealed or clarified. Otherwise, about my only thought is, “why not have an elaborately themed Pizza Planet?!” and I’m guessing the answer to that is thematic consistency.
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