3. The infamous “A113” is hidden all around the land!
A113 is a classroom at California Institute of the Arts. Since many of the school’s alumni are PIXAR animators who learned their magic in that classroom, they have found a way to hide “A113” in every single PIXAR film. In Toy Story, A113 is on the license plate of Andy’s mom’s vehicle. It’s also on the front of the underwater camera used by the scuba divers in Finding Nemo. On a wall in Up, you’ll find it on a plaque, and if you’re wondering, the answer is yes, Imagineers found a way to hide the infamous alpha-numeric symbol at the new Toy Story Land. Near Woody’s Lunch Box, you’ll see alphabet blocks that show A, 1, 1, and 3. Or you can use the A on the block and the values of the three dominoes behind the block which—you guessed it—have values of 1, 1 and 3, respectively.
4. There are several great photo ops.
Instagrammers unite! Toy Story Land is chock full of great benches, walls and other creative props so that you can document your every step through Toy Story Land via Instagram (or Facebook and the like!). Many of these photo ops and props are along the lengthy exit of the Toy Story Mania attraction. As you exit the attraction, you are guided along a concrete walk that winds through a section of Andy’s backyard. (And it looks like this is the most untidy part of the yard—there are toys EVERYWHERE!) You can rest for a minute on a bench that’s made from pieces of a wooden train track. You can take photos in front of a fence made of pastel-painted popsicle sticks. (I suppose this fence is Toy Story Land’s answer to the famous “Purple Wall” in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.) You’ll see green army men with a helicopter made from K’Nex building toys, and the spool of kite string from the old entrance to Toy Story Mania is along the path too!
5. Imagineers have played hide-and-seek with important dates!
Those sneaky Imagineers are at it again! They are known for hiding things around the parks. And Toy Story Land is no exception. Take a look at the six dominoes standing up behind the PIXAR ball near the exit of Toy Story Mania. There you will see that the first domino has a value of 2, the second has a value of 3, and the next four dominoes have values of 1, 9, 8 and 6, respectively. If you make a date from those values, you’ll get 2/3/1986, which is the day PIXAR was officially born. On the bar code of the Dash and Dodge Coaster Kit at the queue for Slinky Dog Dash, you will see those numbers again—231986 (again the PIXAR inception date), followed by the numbers 1011971, which stands for October 1, 1971, which signifies the day Disney World opened. Who knew?