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Is Slinky Dog Dash Scary?: Everything to Know About This Ride

Are you planning a trip to Hollywood Studios at Disney World and wondering whether to add Slinky Dog Dash to your list of must-do rides?

Well, hold on to your hats and glasses because I’m about to take you on a ride you’ll never forget!

In this post, I’ll give you all the information you need to decide if this family-friendly roller coaster is too scary for you.

I’ll also share insider tips on health and safety requirements, accessibility accommodations, ride switch and ride photo availability, the best time to ride, and how to cut wait-times.

So, let’s get started!

Is Slinky Dog Dash scary?

Vertical aerial photo of Slinky Dog Dash at Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios.

Well, that depends on your definition of scary!

While Slinky Dog Dash has some drops and twists, it’s designed as a family-friendly roller coaster and doesn’t have any large, steep drops or inversions.

Based on the hit movie franchise Toy Story, this roller coaster takes you through Andy’s backyard, where you’ll see all your favorite characters from the movies.

The ride is designed to make you feel like you’re riding on the back of Slinky Dog himself. How cool!

Most guests find it to be a fun and exciting ride that’s perfect for children and adults alike.

Slinky Dog Dash is 2 minutes long, taking you through twists, turns, and drops, all at a top speed of 40 miles per hour.

So, if you’re looking for a thrill ride that won’t scare you too much, Slinky Dog Dash is the perfect choice.

Health and safety restrictions

Photo of a man and young boy with red hair sitting in the front seat of Slinky Dog Dash.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

Yes. To ride Slinky Dog Dash, guests must be at least 38 inches tall.

There are also warnings about the ride’s speed and drops, so it’s important to consider whether you or your child may be scared of these elements.

Accessibility accommodations

Yes. The queue for Slinky Dog Dash is wheelchair accessible, but riders must be able to transfer into the ride on their own or with the help of their friends or family.

In addition, service animals are not allowed on this ride, but can be placed in a safe area while you ride.

Rider switch options

Photo of a man and young boy with brown hair sitting in the front seat of Slinky Dog Dash.
Matt Stroshane / Disney

Yes! If you are visiting with a child who can’t or doesn’t want to ride, Rider Switch is available.

This is a system that allows one adult to wait with the non-riding child while the other adult rides.

Then, the adults can switch roles without having to wait in line again.

Ride photo

Photo of the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Yes, there is a ride photo on Slinky Dog Dash. The camera is situated closer to the end of the ride.

After you go through the second launch and go over a few tiny hills and veer left, the camera will snap your photo.

The best part? If you get Genie+, you’ll get your ride photo for free!

Can I use Genie+ or Lightning Lane?

Square aerial photo of Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios.
David Roark / Disney

Yes! Slinky Dog Dash is included in the Genie+ reservation system for Hollywood Studios.

This means you can use these systems to reserve a spot in line, saving you time waiting in the regular standby line.

I will say, though, the standby line is pretty cool! It has tons of giant toys that make you feel as if YOU are a toy in Andy’s room.

In addition, the Play Disney Parks app has a Toy Story game you can play while in line.

So if you decide not to get Genie+, you’ll at least be entertained while you wait!

When is the best time to ride Slinky Dog Dash?

Closeup photo of Toy Story Land at night.
David Roark / Disney

As with most Disney World rides, the best time to ride Slinky Dog Dash is earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the crowd is thinner.

If you’re visiting during a peak season, I recommend using the Genie+ reservation system to avoid long wait times.

Where to find Slinky Dog Dash

Photo of the main entrance of Toy Story land showing the sign and giant Woody statue.
Photo by Meg Frost, All rights reserved.

Slinky Dog Dash is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in the Toy Story Land section of the park.

To get there from the main entrance to the park, head straight down Hollywood Boulevard toward Animation Courtyard.

Go around Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway to the right and take a left on the walkway behind this building. Soon on your right, you’ll see the entrance to Toy Story Land.

You can’t miss it thanks to the giant Woody statue and tinker toys with a huge sign that says “Toy Story Land.”

Are you ready to ride Slinky Dog Dash?

There you have it, all the information you need to decide if Slinky Dog Dash is too scary for you.

It’s a great ride for families with young children or anyone looking for a fun and exciting roller coaster.

Just remember to check the health and safety restrictions before you ride, take advantage of rope drop or Genie+ to avoid a long wait in line, and have a blast!

If you’re still not sure, check out this POV video from Sharp Productions to get an idea of what the ride is like.

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About the author

Photo of Meg Frost on Buzz Lightyear: Space Ranger Blast at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published June 26, 2023. It was last updated October 12, 2023.