The newest restaurant to ring in the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World is Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ. Coming Soon to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios. This project is set to complete by the end of 2020. While we don’t know if that deadline still rings true, we wanted to share everything we know so far about the restaurant and what we all have to look forward to once it arrives!
The History of Woody’s Roundup Rodeo Restaurant
In a park like Hollywood Studios where the look and feel was dangerously close to being all about the “Disney Adult,” the arrival of Toy Story Land was a breath of fresh air. Very fresh. Suddenly there were kid friendly rides both fast and slow, and even an outdoor counter to grab lunch. The key word there being, outdoor. If you were around when Toy Story Land opened in the hot summer of 2018, you would have seen the hoards of people descend on Woody’s Lunchbox to get food, and then subsequently complain that there was nowhere inside to sit. We all like our air conditioning during lunchtime hours in Florida.
As a result, by the next time we visited a couple months later, trees had been planted for added shade. Nice. Plus, giant fans were added to the seating area of Woody’s Lunchbox. Which of course caused a little too much breeze to make eating enjoyable. And there still wasn’t enough seating. So, again, people complained.
At the same time there was this bigger conversation at Hollywood Studios of “what do I do with my kids while i’m here?” That quick lunch outside wasn’t really the break parents were looking for. And while Hollywood and Vine was a decent character meal alternative for fussy children, the atmosphere felt dated, and not very fun. Thus, Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant was born.
Where is Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant in Toy Story Land?
When you first enter Toy Story Land you’ll see the large Woody statue. The restaurant will be right behind that statue to the right. It’s a very large structure, surely one that could include a whole rodeo inside, it’s just that big! One of the coolest parts of this new place, which you’ll see in the concept art above is that it may just be the first of future phases coming to this entrance area. Notice a few other elements were in the original Toy Story Land concept that we haven’t seen yet? Al’s Toy Barn to the left, or something similar. And to the right a little Western Town as part of the play set, with little storefront spaces and a wide front porch.
What is most exciting about this new space, is the medley of characters all joining in on the Western fun. Even Rex gets a part of the action. As part of the immersive experience of this restaurant, guests will be surrounded by “Rodeo Festivities in Action.” Sounds a little scary, right? We figure that both Woody and Jessie will be close by to tackle, or lasso, things if they get out of hand.
Another fun element of this new restaurant, is that you’ll be able to spot your favorite Disney Pixar characters in the form of toys and game pieces throughout the restaurant. Scavenger hunt anyone? You can bet we’ll be making one! Disney has shared that there will be a “ toy version of Jessie riding on the back of a Trixie pull-toy and unique toy versions of Bo Peep and her sheep, all who appear to be performing in the rodeo together.” So you can be on the lookout for that too!
Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Theme
- Where: Hollywood Studios at the entrance of Toy Story Land
- Views: The Rodeo, Toys, Games, Playsets and Pixar friends.
- Theme: Western, Casual, Family-Friendly
- Character Dining: Yes (Rumored)
- Food: Western BBQ
- Dining Type: Table Service (plus maybe a quick serve lunch option)
Joining the other toys and play sets in Andy’s Backyard, this new restaurant has been constructed by Andy himself. Built to look like three cardboard boxes, taped together, this Rodeo Arena is perfect for Woody, Jessie and all the Toy Story toys. You can expect to see multiple play sets in action to create this new space for families to come and chow down.
When Will Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Open?
Originally slated for a late 2020 opening, we figure that the 2020 closure has affected this timeline. That said, structural permits for features throughout the restaurant we’re filed mid-July. With the main structure in place this past March. Now that the park is officially open, we anticipate construction will continue.
Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Menu
Woody’s Roundup Rodeo Menu has not yet been shared. Stay tuned. We’ll update this post as soon as it’s announced.
Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant
This new BBQ restaurant in Toy Story Land is the perfect addition to Toy Story Land. Offering indoor seating, a fun atmosphere, and opportunities to see Woody and Jessie in action, you can bet every Toy Story Fan will be lining up for this one. We cannot wait to have a fun restaurant added to the Hollywood Studios Dining options.