Being a single Mom can make it hard to plan and execute intricate dinners. Spare time is a hot commodity around here, so I like to have “backup plan” style Disney dinners that are a bit easier and require less from me. Thankfully, you can adjust movies and dinners to fit your time and budget. Be as fancy or low key as you want to be! I made it a personal rule that when I started doing these dinners, they were not going to be a source of stress. I was going to have as much fun preparing as we do watching and enjoying. If I am short on time, or just not that into it one week, I reach for an easy movie that allows me to sit back and relax more. As moms we ALL need those kind of dinner nights! That brings us to….TOY STORY!
One of our FAVORITE places in the Disney parks is Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios! The first time that I visited Disney was in high school. Way back then, Toy Story Land didn’t exist! When I got to go with my daughter, it was my first experience and I literally felt like a big kid!
There are giant toy blocks, tinker toys, and parades of green army men. There is so much to do and look at! You literally feel like a toy! Our favorites from Toy Story Land were:
1- Slinky Dog Dash!!!!!
2- Toy Story Mania
3- I’m sure WOULD have been Woody’s Lunchbox (but it was closed due to COVID) Those pop tarts are high on my list for next trip!!!
Slinky Dog was SUCH a fun coaster and it really gives you the sensation that you’re really on a slinky! We rode it multiple times that day. My Mom (who is NOT a coaster fan) really liked it! No flips or crazy turns makes it great for kids and the less adventurous.
Toy Story Mania is another fun shooting game a lot like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom. I like Toy Story Mania a lot more. I find it easier to shoot and less overwhelming than the Buzz ride, but both are certainly fun! (Plus the ride line for both of these rides is mostly indoors and in the AC!)
So how did we bring the magic of Toy Story home for Disney Dinner Night???
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That’s right. I ordered pizza, and slapped a “Pizza Planet” printable on the box. BAM! Instant dinner. We also had other kid options like juice boxes and soda for the adults.
The day before, I had made time to bake some green cupcakes in blue foil wrappers. They had plenty of time to cool, and then the day of, I only had to frost and decorate them! To complete the alien cupcakes I just used food coloring to color store bought buttercream frosting, and piped it into big goopy alien piles. Add 3 little candy eyeballs and you’ve got alien cupcakes! AND the perfect setting for a Tiktok that was just asking to happen….
A year or two ago, Neyland had a dance show that used a costume loosely based off of “Jessie” from the later movies. We used that as Neyland’s outfit, and I dressed in lime green shorts and a purple tank top with purple eye shadow to be the Mom version of Buzz Lightyear!
We decorated with wooden blocks, plastic army men, and tinker toys that we already had around the house and also elected to go out in the yard and make exploding soda with Mentos and Diet coke because that seemed like a fun “kid” activity. It was pretty entertaining seeing everyone run from the jet of soda shooting everywhere!
Overall this was a fun and relaxing dinner theme that really let me step back and enjoy. With all the pizza, toys, and cupcakes I felt like a kid again too!