Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land

Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land

toy story land alien saucers ride

Here’s a short recap about the newest attraction at Hollywood Studios, Alien Swirling Saucers.  An employee from The Insider rode and reviewed this ride on Opening Day.


  • The Alien Swirling Saucers ride opened Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Toy Story Land in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
  • INSIDER was there to try out the attraction opening day.
  • Guests sit in little spaceships that are pulled around four circular tracks by the “Toy Story” aliens.
  • If you like the Mad Tea Cup Ride at Magic Kingdom, this is similar. But you don’t get to spin your spaceship around.
  • Some gentle whips from side to side add enough of an unexpected jolt to make the ride worth it.
  • The reviewer waited 80 minutes for this ride.  The ride that lasts about two minutes.

The verdict? It’s definitely a cute ride, but it’s not worth waiting hours to try out.

If you have a little one with you, be prepared to carry them or have them walk. All strollers need to be parked outside the ride and aren’t allowed into the queue.

alien saucer ride toy story land

If you have little ones with you, make sure you have something to keep them occupied. There are fun painted walls and another one featuring buttons that look like you can press, but they’re just static wall decorations.

A lot of Toy Story Land doesn’t have shade. You’ll see a lot of colorful umbrellas around the area to offer some relief from the heat and to offer protection from incoming rain.  While the beginning of the ride has no covering to shield from the sun, the majority of the line is under coverage. Another plus? There are plenty of fans inside and out scattered throughout the ride to keep fans cool on a hot day. Water fountains are in the queue line, too.

If you’ve been on the spinning Mad Tea Party tea cups in Magic Kingdom, this new Toy Story Land ride will feel very familiar to you.

Note when you get inside your little spaceship, you may expect to start spinning it around. That’s not the case here. You have no control over the cart. Your spaceship is connected to an alien in a saucer who guides and spins you around four different large circles.

toy story land alien saucer

One other difference is that the attraction is large enough to have two sets of riders moving at once on spaceships so that double the number of guests can get through the ride at once. I entered on the left side of the ride which can accommodate 11 pairs or small groups of people. Each spaceship seats one to three individuals comfortably.

Every so often your alien guide will whip your cart from one side to the other. It was just the right amount of a jolt to keep a rider smiling. Otherwise, the ride would have been a really tame tea cup replicate.

The Alien Swirling Saucers is definitely a kid ride meant to do with parents. Everyone  looked like they had a good time. But because of the short time you get to spend on the actual attraction, avoiding a longer line by nabbing a FastPass or heading to it first thing in the morning. And if neither of those work, you can always head straight there when it starts raining. Just remember to pack a poncho.

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