Location: Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Height Requirement: 38in (97cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must transfer. ECV users must transfer to standard wheelchair, and then to ride vehicle
Who Should Ride: Everyone! It’s the perfect coaster for the whole family
From his Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit, Andy has assembled his roller coaster for maximum family fun. But instead of just using the roller coaster vehicle that came with the kit, Andy has put his Slinky Dog on the track. The result is a family-friendly thrill ride around the backyard that includes two launches. Tracks and supports in bright colors of red, orange, yellow and blue were snapped together according to Andy’s hand-drawn plans. Rex and Jessie helped by stringing lights above Andy’s stacked Jenga game pieces. To complete his creation, Andy picked everyone’s favorite floppy-eared dachshund with a stretching coil body – Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track. Slinky Dog Dash is inspired by the delightful pooch spinoff of Slinky, the classic 1940s American toy. Riders of all ages delight as Slinky Dog bends and twists his coils around curves, over hills and down drops in the Slinky-est coaster ever. In each 18-passenger coaster train, riders zip around and above Toy Story Land, catching great vistas of all the new land has to offer. In a first for a Disney coaster, Slinky Dog Dash features a second launch at its midpoint as riders experience cool sound effects and spinning lights, darting through a series of rings on their way to the attraction’s finale featuring Wheezy, the squeaky penguin from the Toy Story films.
Both the Fastpass and standby queues are wheelchair accessible. They are similar, lots of switchbacks, but there is plenty of space to maneuver in both. There is not a lot of shade in either queue so having a fastpass is preferable since it’s a shorter line. If you aren’t able to get a fastpass I would try riding early in the morning or once the sun goes down.
Cast Members will ask if you are able to walk a few feet and step into the ride vehicle. If you can’t don’t worry. The last car on the ride vehicle is adapted to help. First, you will be led to the spot where you will wait to board. It is set up a lot like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You will wait behind a different door than the rest of your party. It’s wider and helps you get to the ride vehicle easier.
When it is time to board the person riding with you will board first. Cast Members will then open up the side of the ride vehicle. It gives you a place to sit before you transfer into the car. While it is a lot like Mine Train I think it’s much easier to get in and out of Slinky Dog Dash.
Your wheelchair will be waiting for you behind this gate once the ride is over. Cast Members will bring your wheelchair to you and open up the side of the ride vehicle again.
Slinky Dog Dash is a family roller coaster but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. It’s more intense than I thought it would be! I would say it’s a little more thrilling than Mine Train just because the hills are taller. But it is a very smooth ride which is nice. The video below gives you an idea of what our experience was like.
Slink Dog Dash is a lot of fun and should definitely be on your must do list. The ride is very smooth and I felt very secure in the ride vehicle with the lap bar. If you have any questions or tips for other wheelchair users, leave a comment below!