Playtime has officially been in session at Toy Story Land ever since it opened on June 30! After living our best lives exploring Andy’s backyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, we got to chat with Walt Disney Imagineering creative director Ryan Wineinger about how it all came to be. Here’s what happened:
Like many of us, Wineinger was about Andy’s age when he first watched Toy Story. This inspired him to put his heart into Toy Story Land, and he said something that truly struck a chord with us:
“I’ll never forget that when I came back from seeing that movie, I looked at my toys so differently … I never thought for a moment they might love me back as much as I loved them. When everything that we do here in Andy’s backyard is charged with that intent and that feeling, that’s what makes this not just a land of oversized objects, but a place where real heart lives.”
We’re not crying, you’re crying! Although many tears were shed within the duration of our Toy Story Land visit, be rest assured that they were tears of pure joy and nostalgia!