Alien Swirling Saucers


Alien Swirling Saucers opened on June 30, 2018 as a part of Toy Story Land! What a fun little ride.


While this is technically a spinning ride, it’s less like the Mad Tea Party and more of a gentle whip ride, using the same ride system as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Disneyland.


The sign made out of blocks, scabble and yo yo for Toy Story Mania

Want to take a swirl with this little guy? – Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The Preshow

You’ll head straight to the back of Toy Story Land and follow the giant Buzz Lightyear to find Alien Swirlg Saucers. The queue starts outside among the “weeds” and “grass” of Andy’s backyard, where you can spy some pieces from the Aliens playset Andy won at Pizza Planet lying around.


Next, head “inside” the playset (the quotes are because you’re never really inside in this queue – there is a roof but no walls enclosing you from the Florida heat!) and check out some cool theming in bright, galactic colors. It’s sort of similar to the style of the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin queue.


The sign made out of blocks, scabble and yo yo for Toy Story Mania

It’s even cooler at night – Photo by Courtney Reynolds

The Attraction

In the day, this ride looks awesome – bright colors, little green men, and lots of fun Pizza Planet stuff to look at. But at night it’s even cooler, since you can really see all of the neat lighting effects. Be sure to look out for the Alien who was choosen by The Claaaaaaaaw.


Grab your partner and climb onboard your very own Alien Swirling Saucer. The seats fit 2 – or maybe 3 if you have 2 kids and a grownup. Buckle in and then your Alien will start dragging you all around the floor.


This is a (very well themed) classic whip ride – while it doesn’t spin quite like the Mad Tea Party it does throw you around a bit. You’re basically following a pattern on the floor around 3 turntables so you move all around the attraction space. When you make a turn you slide or “whip” to the opposite side. It’s not the worst for motion sickness, but not the best either.


The songs they play are pretty cool – there’s 8 different songs, and you get 1 per ride so each time you board will be a little different!

The Postshow

There’s no specific post show – just exit into Toy Story Land and keep having a great time being miniature!


The sign made out of blocks, scabble and yo yo for Toy Story Mania

Your very own Alien will swirl you silly – Photo by Laurie Sapp

Dealing with Crowds

Alien Swirling Saucers draws crowds from the second the park opens. Lines are expected to be at least an hour long for several months.


How to beat the crowds – be one of the first people in line when the park opens. As soon as you are let in to the park walk quickly (Disney discourages running in the parks) to the attraction and have some fun. Or, you know. Get a FastPass+.


For strategies for touring Disney Hollywood Studios, check with They have several different touring plans that will help you avoid the crowds at this ride and at all the rest of the rides in all of the parks. Even Dad uses Touringplans.

Dad’s page


Are You Tall Enough?

Who wants to ride Alien Swirling Saucers!? Are they tall enough? Riders need to be at least 32 inches tall for this attraction.

Dad’s Disney World Height Requirements page

Dad also has a cool little tool to measure the kids as they grow and keep track of when they are tall enough to ride the rides.. I call it Dad’s Are You Tall Enough To Ride?…


The sign made out of blocks, scabble and yo yo for Toy Story Mania

Follow the giant Buzz Lightyear to the entrance – Photo by Brett Svenson

The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information:

  • Guest must transfer from a wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.
  • Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 or older

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Dad’s not too sure about this one (spinning and Dad don’t mix) but the kids are sure to love it! It’s pretty cute to look at, even if you’re just watching your family have fun on it.


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