I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Toy Story movies are some of my favorite Disney productions of all time! The first one released when my oldest child was an infant. He later wore out the VHS version, watching it over and over and over without tiring of its storyline. I never tired of it either. It’s just so endearing! Anyone who’s ever owned a special toy can totally relate to the special bond between Andy and his toy friends.
In 2010, in celebration of the third Toy Story installment, Disneyland Resort Paris opened Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park. Oh, it’s not just one ride or simple attraction either. No, it is Toy Story! And once you enter, you become one of Andy’s cherished companions.
Scattered about the Land are the familiar “faces” from the films. You see stacked alphabet blocks, Tinker Toys and of course, the yellow ball with the blue stripe and big red star. You also greet Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang in some form or fashion. Why, Slinky Dog is even a ride!
The Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin is one of three attractions in Toy Story Playland. Pups of all ages yip with delight as Slinky spins to catch his own tail.
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop takes Guests on mission with Andy’s troops. Hold on tight when Sarge yells, “Go!”
Buckle your seatbelt and zoom along a 25 metre-high half-pipe coaster, as RC Racer zooms full speed ahead.
Science Buddies explains how parachutes work: As a skydiver falls, the force of gravity pulls them towards the earth. A parachute slows the skydiver’s fall by creating air resistance, or drag. The air, in essence, pushes the parachute back up, opposing the force of gravity and bringing the push-and-pull forces to near balance. Because the parachute’s drag force is slightly less than the force of gravity, the skydiver floats slowly to the ground.
Today, experiment to see if size has any effect on parachute flight by making a series of parachutes of varying size and test the rate at which they fall from a designated height. Follow the lab instructions found here.
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades
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