Leave it to Disney to come up with the cutest coasters ever! On June 30, Slinky Dog Dash takes off in Toy Story Land, a new section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. The dachshund’s adorable face is at the head of the coaster and each coil of his Slinky body separates a row of seats. Earlier in the month, the Incredicoaster, based on the movie Incredibles 2, leapt into action at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim.
I rode the Incredicoaster twice with my teenage daughter and 12-year-old niece, and we all had a blast. We loved that the coaster told a story—and wasn’t just a bunch of hills and loops. A video you watch in line introduces the premise: Townspeople are dedicating a coaster to the Incredibles for all their heroism, but Jack-Jack and Edna are too short to go on. Edna agrees to keep an eye on Jack-Jack in the VIP Lounge. He wanders off, and you hop on the coaster to join in the search for him. On the ride, you chase Jack-Jack as he uses his superpowers (laser eyes! multiplying! moving through dimensions!) until he ends up at Edna’s house. As the coaster rolled back in the station, my family cracked up when Elastigirl said, “Babies can be a handful sometimes,” and Dash retorted, “Yeah, mom, superbabies.” We also laughed at the final announcement “to gather your belongings and your little brother!”
I appreciated that the coaster (with a height requirement of 48 inches) was thrilling enough to satisfy the kids, but wasn’t so intense that I couldn’t eat Jack-Jack’s Num Nums (a warm, thick chocolate chip cookie) from a nearby kiosk afterward. Food blogger and mom AJ Wolfe, of Disneyfoodblog.com, agreed that the chocolate chip cookie was “completely delicious” and she also noted that the gluten-free thumbprint cookie was “incredible—pun intended.” The coaster is part of the park’s new Pixar Pier, which also includes Pixar Pal-Around (formerly Mickey’s Fun Wheel), the ever-popular Toy Story Mania! ride, as well as themed food stands and gift shops.
In Orlando’s Walt Disney World, the Slinky Dog Dash coaster has a low height requirement—just 38 inches. It’s still plenty fun, even for older kids. “I would put it between [the Seven Dwarfs] Mine Train and its more aggressive older sister coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,” Dewayne Bevil wrote in the Orlando Sentinel. “It hits the family-friendly sweet spot: active but not inverted, speedy but probably not to the level of nausea.”
Missy Flint, a Disney moms panelist who got a preview of the ride, thought her kids would love the fact that the ride actually has two launches. “It stops in the middle of the track and then starts again,” she said. What a great idea—little kids will think that they rode twice and you’ll only have to wait in line once! Plan to spend at least a half-day in Toy Story Land, so you can also go on the Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania!, meet Buzz Lightyear and Jessie the Cowgirl, and get a bite to eat at Woody’s Lunchbox. We hear that the Monte Cristo with raspberry jam is fab!