When it comes to Toy Story, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the ultimate park for fans because of the incredibly popular attraction, Toy Story Midway Mania; however, there is a lesser known “attraction” just across the walkway where fun can also be found: Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral.
Now, I have a confession to make. I have lived here in Orlando for six years and been to the parks almost every single week during that time, and only now did I discover this hidden gem. Previously, I always walked passed it, thinking, “Oh. There is that Buzz and Woody meet and greet. There’s no time for that!” But Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral is more than a meet and greet. It’s a photo op dream for little kids and “big kids,” and I’m still stuck wondering how I missed out on bringing my kids all these years.
Upon entering, the first thing you see is a large “guide” that maps out a path of numerous backdrops where you can place yourself in scenes from Toy Story. The guide not only maps out the locations in the queue but it also mentions a few behavioral guidelines and marks that the photographer and picture subject can look for on the floor to find their positions.
The first stop is Andy’s bed. To be more specific, it is in Buzz’s box on Andy’s bed just like when our favorite space ranger first landed.
The second location allows you to join the Little Green Men as they wait in awe for “the claw” to select them.
It’s every toy’s nightmare, and yet it is almost a rite of passage it seems. Now you have the opportunity to hide for safety underneath a crate in Sid’s room near other misfit toys.
BIG ONE ROCKET
This is possibly my favorite stop on the path–the big one rocket. The reason it’s my favorite is because the rocket actually has velcro straps attached to it that you can wrap around yourself as you pose just like Buzz and Woody during their riskiest stunt in the first film.
There is no Toy Story without Zurg, and there is no picture shootin’ corral without him either.
Now we see Toy Story 2 backdrops along the path to meet our Toy Story friends. Join Stinky Pete in his aromatic box that sits smack in the middle of the set that Andy created for the Round-Up gang.
And the last scene on your path gives you the chance to jump in a suitcase and the join the toys on that wild conveyor belt in the Toy Story sequel.
MEET THE TOYS
Your last stop actually gives you some personal time with Buzz and Woody who are ready to interact and pose in the picture with you. By the end of your trek through the Picture Shootin’ Corral, you will have a album of photos to share online or in a small scrapbook as a souvenir.