D23 Expo 2017 Recap: Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land and Beyond!

It’s been nearly five months since the D23 Expo back in July, and I’ve been working on this post here and there since then, trying to collect my thoughts and photos from our experience – there was a lot about the event to process, and I’ve been rather overwhelmed with the thought of summarizing it all.  However, with the recent controversy over John Lasseter’s allegations of misconduct, my recollections are now rather bittersweet.  I’m thankful, though, that we attended the Expo while the magic was still unsullied for us.  And since I refuse to let anyone destroy my love for Pixar or the toys – I will continue to view the studios as the sum of all the talented people who work there, not as one sole person – I’d like to look back, and share what we saw and learned at the Expo in regards to Pixar, and Toy Story specifically.

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Toy Story at WDW: New Shows and New Construction

Despite the disappointment of Jessie still being absent from meet and greets at Walt Disney World, there’s been a lot of exciting news lately relating to the Toy Story franchise in the parks!  Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen two new shows debut that give the characters a greater presence in entertainment offerings, and the construction for Toy Story Land is really starting to kick into gear…

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Toy Story News Roundup: Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land, and a Petition for Jessie at Walt Disney World

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I’ll admit it; I know I’ve let this blog slide for the past few months.  It’s not for a lack of love for Toy Story, though – if anything, it’s because Jessie’s cut from the Walt Disney World parks and Toy Story 4‘s second delay kind of put me in a fangirl tailspin.  Since my last post, my family and I made a trip to Walt Disney World (which, by the way, isn’t all that magical when your favorite character is missing), and I’ve been focusing my efforts on fighting to get Jessie reinstated.  But there have been a few little snippets of Toy Story news since then, so I thought I’d catch up and share what’s been going on since November…

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Toy Story at WDW: Construction Begins, Characters Face Cuts

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I really want to write a strictly happy blog post – you have no idea how much I would love to write a gushing report about exciting news or some thrilling new development in the Toy Story world!  Unfortunately, that has not been the case so much lately.  I’ve been meaning to post an update on Toy Story Land construction for the past several weeks, but I just wasn’t able to find the time.  Since then, however, another upsetting bit of news has come out of Walt Disney World – and I’m going to need your help on this one, if there’s any chance of making things right…

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Toy Story News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Voice Work, Disney Parks Updates, and Shopping Finds

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What do I do when get too busy with everyday life to keep up with my blog?  Catch up with one of my News Roundup posts, of course!  It’s been a hectic few weeks for me, but fortunately (or unfortunately?), Toy Story news was light anyway. Finally, though, I have several exciting things to pass along to my fellow fans…

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Toy Story Land: New Details and Slinky Coaster Video

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This week, Walt Disney World has been hosting an “Awaken Summer” event to promote the new offerings coming to the parks this summer and beyond.  Toy Story Land was among the coming attractions presented, and Imagineer Kathy Mangum took the stage to share a few more little snippets of information about the project.

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Toy Story Land: Have Significant Cuts Been Made?

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With the closure of Lights Motors Action and the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios yesterday, it was no surprise to wake up this morning to find photos of construction walls on Twitter. At first, I was excited to see that the concept art for Toy Story Land was finally posted…

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Toy Story Land: Is Construction Finally About to Start?

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It seems like all the recent Disney Parks construction news has been about Star Wars Land, but for this fangirl, all I really want to know is how Toy Story Land is progressing.  And it appears that work is finally about to begin in earnest on the toys’ new home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  It’s only been seven months since the new addition was announced at the 2015 D23 Expo, but the long wait for actual ground-breaking may soon be over – at last, in the past several weeks, there has been some activity in the backstage areas of the park.

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Toy Story News Roundup: Oscars, Cast and Park Updates

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Once again, I’ve fallen behind on blog updates due to a Walt Disney World trip!  We just got home from Florida yesterday, so I’m finally catching up on compiling what’s been going on in the world of Toy Story since my previous post.

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WDW Trip Recap: Toy Story Land Progress

imageI started writing about our recent Walt Disney World trip in my previous post, and continuing on with that theme, let’s talk a little about Toy Story Land – or what will eventually be Toy Story Land – at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I’ve shared before what we know about Toy Story Land to date, and nothing really has been added or changed since then.  I had high hopes that there would be some walled-off construction zones when we were at the park this past November, but alas, there was nothing of the sort.  Realistically, I knew that the busy holiday season – transitioning into the very popular Marathon Weekend – wasn’t an ideal time to begin a major project, like building an entire new land.  Nevertheless, I thought we might see a few tiny signs of progress made since our prior visit in June.

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