I don’t know about the rest of you, but one of my all-time favorite childhood movies is Toy Story. I absolutely love the franchise, although admittedly, it’s been awhile since I have seen any of the movies. The Disney/Pixar creators are releasing Toy Story 4 on June 21, 2019. I know I just said I haven’t seen any of the movies in a while, but when I saw the trailer for Toy Story 4 for the first time…not gonna lie…I cried. I grew up with Buzz and Woody, and later Jesse. So I am so stoked for Toy Story 4! I feel like a little kid reliving my youth all over again!

Having said that, part of me is maybe a little skeptical. In my opinion, Toy Story 3 ended perfectly! I am not going to give any details away as to how Toy Story 3 ended in case you haven’t seen it, but it is the perfect ending to a movie franchise like this! I never thought a kids’ movie or family film could evoke emotions like that from a 19 year old me. I actually cried at the end of Toy Story 3. I thought it felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends. I will probably cry at the end of Toy Story 4, because in interviews, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen both said they couldn’t get through the reading of the script! If a script is that impactful on the voice actors, I can’t even imagine what it will do to the audience.
A little side story: When I was in Orlando this past March, I visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios and got the chance to visit the new-ish Toy Story Land. It’s aimed toward a younger audience or demographic and families, but I think it’s actually most impactful on people my age. We grew up with the Toy Story movies and it really did make me feel like a kid again…or at least tiny. Everything in Toy Story Land is massive and really does make you feel like you’re the size of a toy. The attention to detail is AMAZING! I mean, the benches are made from oversized popsicle sticks. How cool is that?! Slinky Dog Dash, the roller coaster, looks like a K’Nex set held together by Tinker Toys. So the attention to detail is fantastic!

The rides in that area of the park are geared toward families, but I have to say, purely for nostalgia, Toy Story Land was my favorite part of Hollywood Studios! The only exception was the nighttime show FANTASMIC! which they use to close the park. Toy Story Land was easily the most crowded area in the park when I went, and I can see why! Tower of Terror and Rock N’ Roller Coaster had hour to hour-and-a-half waits, maximum. Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash had consistent 2 hours+ waits! To me, that is a testament to how popular and impactful Toy Story is even after all these years! And yes, I waited in line for both those rides…I have no life or shame when it comes to that.

It is possible the reason that area was the most crowded and popular area was that Disney and Pixar had released a new Toy Story 4 trailer two days prior. But I think the real reason is because Toy Story is just so endearing and enduring for all ages. I love the thought of “reuniting” with the Toy Story characters. I felt the same way when Finding Dory was announced. Actually, truth be told, I think I liked Finding Dory better than Finding Nemo. Don’t get me wrong…Finding Nemo is an absolutely fantastic movie, but the reason I like Finding Dory better is, in my opinion, it’s more relatable. Let me explain. Finding Nemo is about a juvenile fish who gets angry at his dad and he gets lost. That’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Along comes Dory, who is comic relief and has short-term memory loss with Finding Dory. I think in a rare instance; a sequel is actually better than the original. Dory has a legitimately relatable backstory and really does deal with very real hardships of mental disabilities…while throwing in some humor. Finding Dory almost has a similar backstory. A fish trying to reunite with family. Both movies have kind of depressing storylines, honestly. But to me, Dory is more relatable because, like Dory, I too get confused, distract—SHINY OBJECT—distracted and disoriented when it comes to directions. So that’s my logic as to why Finding Dory was better. I don’t know if my perspective will change when and if I ever become a dad, but for now Finding Dory is superior.

So in closing, am I looking forward to seeing Toy Story 4? HELL YEAH I AM! I am so pumped for this movie and cannot wait to see it! I will probably see it opening night if it’s not sold out, as I expect it will. I want to hear from you. Are you looking forward to Toy Story 4? Why or why not? Thanks for reading!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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