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Carlye Wisel
November 29, 2018

From jumbo trees to themed parades, Walt Disney World takes the holiday season seriously, and Toy Story Land is about to experience it firsthand. Disney's newest land will, for the very first time, be doused in yuletide cheer with over-the-top decor designed to make you feel like a toy inside Andy's backyard. Even better? Because everything in Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s expanse is larger than life, the festive additions are too, giving an eye-popping new take on tinsel and tree toppers.

November and December can be some of the best times to visit Walt Disney World: the parks are doused in cheerful spirits, every single Disney hotel is decorated to the nines, and the festivities happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are aplenty.

Here’s what you’ll find this wintertime at the cutest new land at Walt Disney World:

If you think your home’s holiday decor is big, think again

Massive ornaments honoring "Toy Story’s" Little Green Men sit outside their Alien Swirling Saucers ride, and a life-size sugar cookie of Hamm, the film’s popular piggy bank, is held upright by the helping hand of a green army man toy soldier. The most heartwarming holiday addition comes from Rex, the lovable toy dinosaur who is perched high atop a pile of Jenga blocks near Slinky Dog Dash coaster. Given the ride’s backstory — Andy combined his toys with a coaster kit, placing his springy dachshund on top — it makes sense that Rex’s antlers are hand-drawn onto cardboard with a red pen, making the toy chest magic of Walt Disney World’s newest land that much more homespun.

Deck the halls with new ride soundtracks

Even though they’re just a few months old, Toy Story Land’s attractions have changed for the season as well. Alien Swirling Saucers’ audio has donned a kind of costume, updating its music to feature festive holiday tunes and themed lighting, while Slinky Dog Dash coaster has added sleigh bells into its soundtrack.

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Even the characters are catching the holiday spirit

To Infinity — and the top of a Christmas tree! Don’t think those beloved characters would dare ignore the festivities winter brings, as Buzz Lightyear boasts a Santa cap while Woody and Jessie have swapped ugly Christmas sweaters for colorful vests and tinsel tucked inside in their cowboy hats. It may not be a meet-and-greet with Santa — for reference, that’s on the other side of the park — but it adds a bit of warmth to those memories made during year-end vacations.

There’s a special seasonal treat, too

Woody’s Lunch Box, known for serving toasted grilled cheese and s’mores French toast out of a jumbo lunch box, is covered in a traditional popcorn-and-cranberry garland with green tinsel string for the season as well. There’s even a riff on the land’s popular lunch box tart dessert done in festive flavors: cinnamon cran-apple delight is slathered in icing and topped with pink pearls and white snowflakes.

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And, it’s not the only way to toast to wintertime

At nighttime, expect that same amount of Christmas-y charm, thanks to oversized string lights hanging overhead all year round. It’s part of the entertainment and festivities that have arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season, lasting through Jan. 6th. The “Flurry of Fun” lets guests toast to wintertime magic with themed food and hot cocoa flights, special entertainment, falling “snow” and the live nighttime show Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! featuring fireworks and characters from Prep & Landing, now on its third year running.

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