A trip to Disney World isn’t just a chance to ride in a teacup, eat a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bar, and take a picture in front a giant castle — although, those are all on the to-do list. More than that, your Disney day is ultimately the chance to fully immerse yourself in your fave films. If Toy Story is on the top of your list, you’ll be happy to hear a Disney Toy Story restaurant is opening spring 2023 and a date has finally been announced.
Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in 2018 with three attractions and one counter service restaurant, Woody's Lunch Box. The quick service spot is popular for its knock-off Pop-Tarts, grilled cheese sandwiches, and totchos — aka tater tot nachos. But when you’re at Disney, you want something more than just a grab-and-go meal. That’s why fans were so excited when Disney announced in 2019 that a brand-new table service restaurant would be coming to Toy Story Land. Initially, the new Toy Story restaurant was supposed to open in 2022. However, with just a few days left in the year, they’ve obviously missed that deadline.
Luckily, Disney announced their new opening date for Woody's Roundup Rodeo BBQ, and it’s so soon.
When Does New Toy Story Restaurant In Hollywood Studios Open?
Mark your cal for March 23, because that’s when Roundup Rodeo BBQ will finally open at Walt Disney World. For anyone with plans to visit Walt Disney World to celebrate Disney’s 100th Anniversary in the summer, fall, or even around the holidays, you’ll be able to stop by the new restaurant while you’re there.
Along with announcing the new date, Disney also shared a few more details on what guests can expect when dining at Roundup Rodeo BBQ. When they first revealed the concept, Disney shared that the restaurant would be like Andy “created a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets.” When you enter the giant cardboard box, you’ll feel like one of Andy’s toys surrounded by some of your favorite Toy Story characters like Jessie, Trixie, and Bo Peep.
Disney Imagineers worked with Disney Pixar Animation Studios to not only make sure the restaurant fit in with the existing Toy Story franchise, but to also “design figures unique to this restaurant and artwork that can only be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.” So, you’ll be getting a one-of-a-kind experience at Roundup Rodeo BBQ.
Of course, when you’re making a reservation at the Toy Story restaurant, the Insta-worthy decor comes second to what’s on the menu. Foodies will be excited to hear that Disney also just announced that Roundup Rodeo BBQ will feature “barbecue-inspired comfort foods served family-style.” That includes platters of BBQ meat, delicious sides, and “miniature sweet surprises” for dessert.
What’s On The Menu At Disney’s Toy Story Restaurant?
Disney also revealed a first look of what some of these barbecue comfort foods will be on the menu at Roundup Rodeo BBQ, and it looks delicious AF. First of all, step aside Red Lobster because Disney will be serving up some Prospector’s Homemade Cheddar Biscuits that give Cheddar Bay Biscuits a run for their money.
There were also be an assortment of salad options as well as house-smoked meats, like There’s a Sausage in My Boot spiced pork and Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs that will be fall-off-the-bone pork ribs. Anyone who is plant-based will be happy to hear Disney will also have menu items for you as well. The Slow-smoked Cauliflower and Impossible “Rib Chop” both some amazing. Of course, it wouldn’t be a BBQ without the sides, which include The Married Spuds (loaded potato barrels), Force Field Fried Pickles, and Slinky Doooooooooog Mac & Cheese.
Finally, the most Insta-worthy of the menu items are the desserts. Roundup Rodeo BBQ will have “perfectly portioned” sweets like a Cupcake à la Forky, Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake, and three different pies named after Bo Peep’s three sheep. For a very southern touch, you can also order boozy drinks and nonalcoholic beverages in mason jars. The Snake Eye Margarita is sure to be a hit with watermelon and spice.
What’s Coming To Walt Disney World In 2023?
Aside from the new Toy Story addition to Walt Disney World, there will also be a lot of other exciting things happening at the parks in the new year. In fact, 2023 might be a great time to finally check off a trip to Disney on your to-do list. Disney announced earlier this month that by late 2023, the new Moana experience, Journey of Water, at Epcot will open. Also at Epcot, it was announced at the 2022 D23 Expo that Figment, a fan-favorite character, would finally arrive in the park for a meet and greet in 2023, along with a brand-new Walt Disney statue.
That same D23 panel also revealed that another fan-favorite is returning to the Magic Kingdom in April 2023 — the Happily Ever After fireworks. Diehard Disney fans know how epic and magical this fireworks show is, and the display features a song by Jordan Fisher that you’ll want to add to your Spotify playlist.
If you’ve been to the Magic Kingdom recently, you know that over in Tomorrowland, they’ve been working on the TRON Lightcycle / Run rollercoaster for awhile now. Well, that epic attraction inspired by the Tron movies will also finally open in spring 2023 as well — April 4 to be exact. If you happen to be going for the opening of Tron lightcycle, you will be able to chow down on some BBQ with your Toy Story pals too.
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