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Impressive Things About Alien Swirling Saucers at Walt Disney World

Disney and PIXAR fans of all ages easily fall in love with Toy Story Land! There’s so much to see, experience, do and enjoy at this 11-acre land inside Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, that we’d be hard-pressed to mention all of those wonderful things here. The attractions in Toy Story Land are a blast! While most say Slinky Dog Dash is the most thrilling experience, the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction has several impressive things going for it! Here are some of them:

7. Lose control!

That’s right—let go and lose control completely as you experience Alien Swirling Saucers! That’s because your ride vehicle “swirls” on its own accord; there is no lever to pull or spinning wheel to turn to control the speed or frequency of your swirling, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

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6. It’s sort of a mix of Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland.

The motion of the swirling space ships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction reminds us somewhat of the spinning teacups at a much older Disney World attraction—the Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. Like the teacups, the spaceships in the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction spin and swirl, but unlike the Mad Tea Party attraction’s ride vehicles, Guests do not control the swirling in any way. It’s so much fun!

5. You’re not alone!

They don’t call it “Alien” Swirling Saucers for no reason. You are accompanied by a friendly little Green Alien Man aboard your spaceship, and from the looks of his part of the ride vehicle, he is the one controlling the vehicle’s movements! We don’t know because we didn’t ask him, but it’s safe to say you’ll want to hold on tight for this experience!

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4. Hold on to your hats (or Mickey ears)!

Speaking of holding on tight, part of the fun of the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction comes from the swirling and whipping around you experience in your rocket ship! The ride vehicles can seat 3 adults, but we rode with only two per vehicle. After the first few “swirls,” we came to the realization that we should have invited another of our traveling part to “swirl” with us—one more human would have helped us wedge in more tightly and not slide back and forth on the seat of the vehicle. (Again, we love it!)

3. The queue

The stand-by queue for Alien Swirling Saucers features colorful artwork that reminds us of the queue at the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. There are large colorful murals of Buzz, outer space, the Little Green Alien Men and more!

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2. Night lights!

This fun ride is exciting no matter what time of the day you experience it! And if you’re lucky enough to experience it twice, you should ride it once during daylight and once after it’s dark. At night, the attraction features lots of small multi-colored spotlights that “swirl” all over the floor of the attraction as you are swirling in your ride vehicle!

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1. The claw

Imagineers never miss a detail, and the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction is no exception. In the center of the three floor carousels on which the ride vehicles move, you’ll see a giant claw from the game machine at Pizza Planet in Toy Story. The claw doesn’t appear to move up and down but including it in the attraction adds to the fun and is another point to making Guests feel like they are right there in the middle of the hoopla in Andy’s backyard!

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.