Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
|Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop|
|Walt Disney Studios Park|
|Area||Toy Story Playland|
|Opening date||August 17, 2010|
|Hong Kong Disneyland|
|Area||Toy Story Land|
|Opening date||November 17, 2011|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
Single rider line available
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is a Paratower, a parachute jump-style ride at Walt Disney Studios Park in France and Hong Kong Disneyland. The ride is part of the Toy Story Playland in France, and Toy Story Land in Hong Kong. The France ride opened on August 17, 2010, while the Hong Kong installation opened on November 17, 2011.
Based on the scene in the original Toy Story film when the Green Army Men parachute through the stair banisters to investigate Andy's birthday presents, Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is now easily the most popular attraction in the Playland. Early plans for Disney California Adventure included this ride. Instead, the former attraction, Maliboomer, space-shot attraction was constructed.
Positioned neatly between the Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and RC Racer, this attraction has the benefit of both anchoring the entrance to the land and towering 80 ft high above the entire park. Toy soldier recruits are hoisted up to the top of the tower in 6-person "parachutes" before tumbling back down to earth in a series of rises and falls that offer an unrivalled view over the oversized surroundings.
Fun touches around the attraction include a giant Playskool walkie-talkie, which momentarily bursts to life with updates on Andy's presence, a "plastic" look-out tower dug down into the sandy ground and an army base complete with human-size accessories and soldiers which look as if they've been cut from a plastic mould kit.
- Smith, Thomas (November 17, 2011). "Toy Story Land Officially Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved November 18, 2011.