Ahead of Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary tomorrow, Disney has announced that a table-service restaurant will be coming to Toy Story Land. This new restaurant will be called Roundup Rodeo BBQ (presumably) and will further expand Toy Story Land which opened last summer.
Roundup Rodeo BBQ will keep in theme with the rest of the land as guests will be ‘shrunk’ down to the size of a toy upon entering the land and will therefore be the same size of the toys inside of the restaurant. As for the actual idea of the restaurant, Roundup Rodeo is themed to a rodeo Andy is putting on with all of his toys. The tiny bit of concept art that has been released keeps the color scheme of Toy Story Land, meaning it’s very bright. This new restaurant will fall to the right of the land, behind the giant Woody that welcomes guests to the area.
From the technical side of things, this makes a lot of sense and should have been included in the original opening of Toy Story Land. Among other faults, Toy Story Land is mostly outside with very little shade. That’s a problem with Florida’s heat and rain storms. Adding Roundup Rodeo will give the area a place for Toy Story fans to take a break from the weather.
I’m also hopeful that the restaurant further improves Hollywood Studios dining scene. The park is surprisingly strong in terms of table-service restaurants with 50’s Prime Time, Sci-Fi Dine-In and The Brown Derby all offering something fairly unique. Roundup Rodeo will offer a slightly different style of food as well as a unique environment. Woody’s Lunch Box, the land’s counter-service restaurant, is one of our favorite dining options in the park despite a lack of seating and shade. Adding the table-service restaurant should help spread people around while augmenting the dining scene.
One last positive is that Hollywood Studios continues to add capacity. No, they haven’t done this at the rate I would have liked to see but they are getting there. Adding another restaurant will continue the trend, although we assume this will open well after Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in August.
Moving to personal preference, I think the concept art is… umm… concerning. Sort of like a child barfed up a candy shop and then someone set up some cardboard cutouts on top of it. Really, the colors don’t bother me much. I’m more concerned about the characters and if they’ll look cheaply made. Toy Story Land is far from my favorite place to spend time from an aesthetic perspective. The restaurant will likely, and perhaps rightfully so, further that aesthetic.
Granted, I’m probably not the target audience for Roundup Rodeo BBQ. On the surface and without many details, this restaurant seems like a fun place for families with younger children to experience. I’m fairly skeptical about the decor mainly due to my experience with Toy Story Land.
Without any further details released or an opening estimate, there isn’t much else to comment on. Hollywood Studios adding anything is a net positive at this point and I expect the restaurant to fill a void at the park, even if it isn’t my taste. We’ll continue to update the blog with Roundup Rodeo BBQ details as they’re released in the future.
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