It won’t be long before we can walk right into Andy’s backyard and become one of his beloved toys! Can’t wait to coast the coils of Slinky Dog Dash!
Have I mentioned I LOVE THE TOY STORY movies? Well, in case you missed that, I do! The TOY STORY films are my very favorite Disney·Pixar pics, and I am beyond excited for these old friends of mine to have a Land of their own right in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Today we’re taking a look at one of the new attractions coming to Toy Story Land. Ever since I first read about Toy Story Land at Disneyland Resort Paris, I have hoped and wished for it to be brought to my Florida “home.” One of the things I’m most excited to experience is the Slinky Dog Dash. You know why? Because I have a dachshund named Slinky! (Have I mentioned I LOVE THE TOY STORY movies?)
Anyway, the Slinky Dog Dash is a Mega Coaster Play Kit that Andy has assembled in his backyard. He has stretched poor Slinky’s coils to the limit to give us—Andy’s pals—an exciting ride that bends and twists and curves throughout this new Land.
It’s one wirey attraction that provides maximum family fun!
Jessie and Rex helped put together the colorful orange, yellow, red, and blue tracks and supports according to Andy’s own hand-drawn plans. Since Andy plopped Slinky in the middle of the course, you won’t just ride the rails; you’ll coast the coils as you zip along curves, hills, bridges, and drops, glimpsing panoramic views of the entire scene and soaking up sensational fun for the whole family!
We can’t wait to coast the coils of the Slinky Dog Dash! / Check out this #homeschool Slinky physics idea!
Toy Story Land opens at Walt Disney World Resort June 30! Book your FastPass for the Slinky Dog Dash now!
The Slinky Dog Dash was inspired by the 1950s American classic plaything, which turned the entertaining Slinky spring toy into what you might call the first virtual pet!
The Slinky was invented accidentally by a shipbuilder in 1943. Here’s what the Toy Hall of Fame has to say about its beginnings:
Mechanical engineer Richard James invented the Slinky by accident. In 1943, he was working to devise springs that could keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea. After accidentally knocking some samples off a shelf, he watched in amazement as they gracefully “walked” down instead of falling.
Richard tightly coiled 80 feet of into a 2-inch spiral. He and his wife Betty took out a $500 loan to manufacture the first Slinky toys, and in 1945, when the Philadelphia Gimbels Department Store allowed a demonstration, they completely sold out their 400-item stock in minutes! The Slinky dog toy was introduced in 1952, and the Slinky itself was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2000. The rest, as they say, is history!
Today, grab one of those Slinky toys that are lying around the house and check out this simple experiment from Science Buddies:
Objective: Investigate how the angle of an inclined plane affects how a Slinky can walk down it.
Supplies: A large piece of plywood (preferably one that is two feet long by one foot wide), stack of books, protractor, stopwatch, metal Slinky (full size, not a Slinky, Jr.), a helper, lab notebook
What to do: Experiment! Visit Science Buddies for full instructions!
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Physics
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary, Middle Grades
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