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Old 07-07-2018, 02:07 AM   #1
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Woody's Lunch Box - what I didn't realise...

I'm just catching up on this week's All Ears Net newsletter, which has a feature on Toy Story Land. They talk about Woody's Lunch Box and say this:

WOODY'S LUNCH BOX: Built to resemble an old-style metal lunchbox tilted on its side, with a Thermos propping open the lid as the roof, this counter service restaurant has a fairly limited menu and NO indoor seating.

Wow - no indoor seating? Really? I couldn't believe it when I read this... so in the summer, you'd be eating outside in the heat. When it rains, there's no shelter and in the winter, when it does occasionally get cold, you freeze outside. I guess maybe it's because of a lack of space, but to me, this seems like a really bad decision on Disney's part...
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Yes. There are only umbrella covered tables AND its a very small eating area, about 1/3 the size of Avatar QS and maybe even smaller than that. Actually there is really no shelter in toy story land - no inside shop or restaurant you can run into when a storm approaches. Only the lines are covered-if the lines are short enough for you to be under cover. The closest shelter would be the pixar store across from the old TSM entrance or Disney One Man's Dream.
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Yes. There are only umbrella covered tables AND its a very small eating area, about 1/3 the size of Avatar QS and maybe even smaller than that. Actually there is really no shelter in toy story land - no inside shop or restaurant you can run into when a storm approaches. Only the lines are covered-if the lines are short enough for you to be under cover. The closest shelter would be the pixar store across from the old TSM entrance or Disney One Man's Dream.
Thanks for sharing. Wow, it's worth than I thought with no real shelter there. I take it that is because it's such a small area? That's the only reason I can think of for not having any?
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I could be going out on a limb here but Toy Story Land is suppose to resemble something Andy did in his back yard with his toys. Would he have used boxes that he couldn't put his hands in or see what he was doing? No, he would have only used coverings so he could see everything. Does that make it uncomfortable for us? Yes.
I know most people aren't happy about the lack of coverings/stores, etc but I think Disney did well with sticking to the theme.
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I could be going out on a limb here but Toy Story Land is suppose to resemble something Andy did in his back yard with his toys. Would he have used boxes that he couldn't put his hands in or see what he was doing? No, he would have only used coverings so he could see everything. Does that make it comfortable for us? Yes.
I know most people aren't happy about the lack of coverings/stores, etc but I think Disney did well with sticking to the theme.
You've got a good point there. Disney could well be sticking rigidly to the theme. However, if that's the thinking, while I at least understand it, I would have thought the guests' comfort would have been right up there, along with theming?
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As much as we played with cardboard boxes when I was a kid, Disney could easily have put in a shelter that looked like the box Andy used to take his toys to the backyard.

The concept, I recall hearing an Imagineer say during the TSL opening show video, is that we are magically reduced to the size of children’s toys upon entering that land. Thus, an openended carton laid on one side to make it look impulsively tossed aside would have made a perfect sheltered dining area.

I’d guess there simply wasn’t room to do anything substantial for shelter without sacrificing what seems to be a greater priority anymore—extracting more of guests’ money. Cynical of me, I know, but does make me wonder.
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I’d guess there simply wasn’t room to do anything substantial for shelter without sacrificing what seems to be a greater priority anymore—extracting more of guests’ money. Cynical of me, I know, but does make me wonder.
I don't blame you being cynical, given all the money grabbing we've sadly seen from Disney over the last few months...
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If I remember correctly, in DL there is an upended cereal box for the side of a building. Is that right If so, it seems they could've done something like that .
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If I remember correctly, in DL there is an upended cereal box for the side of a building. Is that right If so, it seems they could've done something like that .
I want to say tissue box, maybe? In a Bug's Land, if I'm thinking of the same one?
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Perhaps they don't want Woody's Lunchbox to be overwhelmed initially and thus limited seating so people will say "Cute but let's go find some A/C." I wonder if they will add a larger, covered seating area or at least rethink the little umbrella tables. I noticed last year that they have a rustic roof over most of the tables at Local Foods in AK, where before they were all out in the open.
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I’ve noted my disappointment at the lack of indoor seating for Woody’s Lunch Box, but more than that, I just can’t believe how limited the menu is. Maybe restrictive is more the word I’m looking for. Most of the sandwiches (and that’s all they serve) are quite specific creations.

I could be wrong, but I just think they’ve missed the mark with this place. I’ve seen the pictures, and I think it’s really cute, but I don’t like that there’s no a/c and only specialty sandwiches. I get that WDW isn’t a practical vacation, but I think families with kids, who will swamp TSL, would appreciate some basic food options, even at Woody’s. Whenever we go back, I think we’ll eat elsewhere.
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