Select active-duty military personnel and their families were treated to a surprise sneak-peak of the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios one day prior to the 11-acre themed park’s grand opening.

Military families greet Green Army Men during a special advance preview of the all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort. Inside the 11-acre themed land, guests are meant to shrink to the size of toys and experience the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard. (Disney)
Military families greet Green Army Men during a special advance preview of the all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort. Inside the 11-acre themed land, guests are meant to shrink to the size of toys and experience the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy’s backyard. (Disney)

As part of their special VIP preview, the military families from all branches had the opportunity to meet real-life Buzz Lightyear, actor Tim Allen, and test out Toy Story Land’s two all-new attractions.

The VIP military families were among the first to experience the Slinky Dog Dash coaster, one of two all-new attractions at Toy Story Land. The family-friendly coaster zips riders around on the back of the popular pooch made famous as a 1950s iconic toy. (Disney)
The VIP military families were among the first to experience the Slinky Dog Dash coaster, one of two all-new attractions at Toy Story Land. The family-friendly coaster zips riders around on the back of the popular pooch made famous as a 1950s iconic toy. (Disney)

The families zipped around Andy’s backyard on the Slinky Dog Dash coaster and climbed aboard rocket ships on Alien Swirling Saucers.

Marine GySgt Harry Johnson and his daughter ride Alien Swirling Saucers as part of a special advance preview of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Alien Swirling Saucers, guests climb aboard their rocket ships and swirl about trying to get caught by the ominous Claw from the Toy Story movies. The ride features multi-colored lighting, music and sound effects. (Disney)
Marine GySgt Harry Johnson and his daughter ride Alien Swirling Saucers as part of a special advance preview of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Alien Swirling Saucers, guests climb aboard their rocket ships and swirl about trying to get caught by the ominous Claw from the Toy Story movies. The ride features multi-colored lighting, music and sound effects. (Disney)

The special preview was a way for Disney to thank and honor the service members and their families for their military service, according to a Disney World spokesman. Toy Story Land officially opens at Disney World on Saturday.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek and Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis welcome U.S. military personnel and their families to a VIP preview of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The 11-acre themed land has its grand opening on Saturday. (Disney)
Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek and Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis welcome U.S. military personnel and their families to a VIP preview of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. The 11-acre themed land has its grand opening on Saturday. (Disney)