Alien Swirling Saucers is a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is a part of the all new Toy Story Land. Below is what you can expect when you visit.
"Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills, because the Aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucers immerses guests in the playful world of Andy’s imagination. This galactic space toy is designed as a playset Andy won at the Pizza Planet restaurant. The adorable little green Aliens from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story swirl about in toy rocket ships with guests in tow, while “The Claw” hangs overhead. Two sets of 11 saucer/rocket-ship pairings spin guests through a multi-colored galaxy to a raucous, energetic musical beat."
Location: Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Height Requirement: 32 in (81 cm) or taller
Alternate Entrance: No
Accessibility Category: Must Transfer
Transfer Rating: 2
Transfer Device: No but there is an ADA ride vehicle
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The queue for Alien Swirling Saucers is outside with a few spots of shade when you get closer to the attraction. It consists of a lot of switchbacks but there was plenty of room to maneuver around. There are also fans to try to keep guests a little cooler in the summer. We went through the standby queue so both it and the Fastpass queue are wheelchair accessible.
Once you get to a Cast Member, they will as how many are in your party. Let them know that you need to use the transfer access or ADA ride vehicle. You'll line up in a different spot than the other guests experiencing the attraction. This will allow you to get a little bit of a head start and give the Cast Members time to set up the ride vehicle.
Cast Members will let you know which ride vehicle to head too. (They are so cute!!) The accessible one has a door on the side that slides open. It moves to the back so you have plenty of space.
There is also an extension to the seat that slides out. I was able to put my wheelchair right next to it. I then lifted myself up and slid over. Andrew helped me move my legs to speed things up but I could do it on my own if I needed to.
The attraction is more similar to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree than the Teacups at Mad Tea Party. You ride vehicle itself doesn't spin but it whips to the left and right. So one minute you are gently going around and then it's like you are taking a sharp curve in a car. I have good torso control and upper body strength and I almost fell forward once. If you can use your arms to brace yourself do it and don't get caught off guard like I did. You can also sit close to the side and have whoever is with you sit close on the other side to help. And make sure your lap belt is tight. The video has a gives you a good idea of what the experience will be like.
We had a blast on this attraction. It doesn't look like much but I promise you will be laughing the entire time. I would also recommend riding Alien Swirling Saucers at night if you can. There are 8 different songs and each one has different lighting. You can see so much more at night but it will be fun any time!