Toy Story Land Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant Opening, Construction & Info – Disney Tourist Blog

Walt Disney World has announced a new table service restaurant for Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios named Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. This will offer details, including when this WDW dining spot will likely open. (Updated October 31, 2021.)

Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will be themed to a backyard barbecue with Andy and his toys inviting guests to participate in fun. By toys, we do not mean the walk-around variety; Walt Disney World has indicated this will not be a character dining experience. As you can see in the above image, the art style is similar to that of both Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash.

The premise for Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is that Andy has cut and taped three cardboard boxes together to create a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets. While some pieces are definitely western-themed, what makes this rodeo special is the broad assortment of toys that have been brought together to create a fun, colorful mashup-atmosphere.

Once inside, you’ll be surrounded by all of the rodeo festivities in-action as well as western town and train station play sets. And you just might spot some of your favorite Pixar characters scattered around the restaurant in the form of toys and game pieces including 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.

This new dining option will be located to the right of what’s currently the entrance of Toy Story Land, behind the giant Woody figure and land’s marquee (you can see construction walls in the photo below). Previously, this area was home to two backstage production bungalows. These facilities were relocated with a new structure built to house Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant.

Our latest update on Toy Story Land’s Roundup BBQ is something of a non-update, as there are no brand new developments to report. However, we’ve been receiving questions as to whether the project is cancelled and haven’t shared any recent progress reports in several months.

You may recall that Walt Disney World announced the Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant would open last year. Of course, that announcement was made approximately 4 months before the closure of the parks, and even then didn’t have an opening month or season attached to it. Our expectation at the time was thus that it would open close to the Christmas season last year.

Then the multi-month closure happened and All Construction Stopped at Walt Disney World. Even after the parks reopened, it took many major projects several more months to regain momentum. Toy Story Land’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant was one such project.

However, we do know that work has since resumed on Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. Walt Disney Imagineering filed several construction permits for the interior with addresses that would match the location, and progress could be observed on the roof of the warehouse that’ll house the restaurant.

At this point, the concrete ‘warehouse’ for Toy Story Land’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is finished and has been for months. We’ve seen intermittent work on the exterior and construction crews around the project, but it’s impossible to ascertain the location’s actual progress since it’s literally a window-less warehouse.

Unlike other projects that have been delayed indefinitely or cancelled, Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will directly generate revenue and addresses a need–a lack of dining capacity at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has not been and probably won’t be cancelled. (It’s more likely to see it’s concept/name tweaked and become something different–think character dining or even a Pizza Planet-esque concept, if we’re lucky.)

Like Space 220 Restaurant before it, Walt Disney World has deliberately dragged out the timeline on this project. After a lengthy delay and the project being totally finished for months, Space 220 Restaurant opened at Epcot just before Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary started.

With Space 220 Restaurant, the delay was driven by physical distancing in restaurants last year, which dramatically cut into profitability. Once that was dropped several months ago, staffing shortages became an issue. With both of those problems resolved, Space 220 Restaurant opened and has been booked solid since.

Walt Disney World has taken a similar approach with Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant, moving slower on construction because it was simply not advantageous to open the restaurant last year or this year, and wouldn’t be truly needed in terms of demand and attendance until 2022.

While we’ve heard that work still needs to be finished on the inside–and there’s a bit of decorating to be done on the facade of the building–the timeline here is being dictated entirely by attendance and demand. The Toy Story restaurant could be finished in a matter of months (maybe even weeks!) if it were deemed a high priority. For now, it’s not.

At this point, we’re probably looking at Spring 2022 for the opening of Toy Story Land’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant at the earliest. (My guess is early Summer 2022.) It’s also possible Walt Disney World waits until attendance is strong and capacity is fully restored at DHS (meaning the return of stage shows and other entertainment) to justify completing Roundup Rodeo BBQ. That might mean the restaurant doesn’t debut until Fall 2022.

There are still a lot of unknowns, and no guarantees as to when Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will open. It could be delayed by 2 years. Again, we wouldn’t read too much into that; Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a dining shortage during normal times, and it’s unlikely the company can postpone opening this restaurant for too long once things are back to normal and attendance picks back up.

Beyond that, our first impression of Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant is generally optimistic. Three of the primary criticisms of Toy Story Land have been the lack of shade, air-conditioning, and dining options.

While we’ve really enjoyed both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menus at Woody’s Lunch Box, the lack of seating and zero indoor seating definitely put a damper on it. On the plus side, a makeshift gift shop has been added to the exit of Toy Story Mania.

This new table service restaurant should help address all of those issues. While Walt Disney World hasn’t released much information or concept art beyond the above, we’re hoping there’s also some attached, indoor retail space as well.

Toy Story Land is currently pretty miserable during the summer heat or daily rain showers. Giving guests even a temporary reprieve from the sun or storms in a place that isn’t the restrooms would be nice.

At this point, with literally nothing else known–nothing more in terms of details, an opening date/year, or even a name–there’s not much else to say. We’ll have offer further commentary on this new Toy Story Land table service restaurant once some of this additional info is revealed or clarified. Otherwise, about my only thought is, “why not have an elaborately themed Pizza Planet?!” and I’m guessing the answer to that is thematic consistency.

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