Woody’s Lunch Box has some design secrets….and I want to know if you realized all of these elements when you first saw it? I know I didn’t…until I took a closer look at this restaurant while it was closed during the pandemic.
If you take a closer look at it with a more assertive eye, you’ll realize that Woody’s Lunch Box is actually Andy’s lunch box. That’s right. Andy’s lunch box that he would have carried to school.
Photo Credit: Scott Sherwood
Do you see it now? These lunch box sets were very popular in the time when Andy would have been a boy.
So now that you have a visual, lets dive closer at the design elements the Imagineers included. The lid on the lunch box is open and the box itself is turned on its side.
The lunch box lid is propped up with the thermos that matches the design of the lunchbox. A Tinker Toy stick is added to the opposite side for stability.
The two registers are actually boxes of treats that might have fallen out of Andy’s lunch box. You have Trixie’s Treats (remember her as a character in Bonnie’s room?).
And Bear-y Bites which have Lotso on the front. They appear to be strawberry flavored and if you remember Lotso smells of strawberries.
The inside of Andy’s lunch box serves as the menu and pick up windows for the restaurant.
What appears to be Oreos are holding up the containers. His mom was very generous with 5 of these cookies!
Andy must be a big fan of Babybel Cheese as we see it throughout this restaurant.
The menu board is a box of Alien themed juice.
Beside the menu board you’ll find Animal Crackers. That’s right… Andy gets Oreos AND Animal Crackers.
The ordering window is a plastic container full of strawberries and grapes. The second window is full of berries.
The Lunch Box appears to be abandoned and the toys have come to life. One of the Green Army Men is holding up a Baby Bel cheese that is beginning to be unraveled. Maybe the Cootie creature is coming for a bite? Do toys eat?
Here you have another Mini Babybel Cheese and a Green Army Man trying to rescue an Animal Cracker.
If you look up at the underside of the canopy/lid, you’ll see it is metal. There is an imprint on the metal of Woody’s Roundup. You’ll see Prospector, Jessie, Bulls Eye and Woody sitting around a campfire having a meal.
And if you look throughout the seating area of the restaurant, you’ll find where Green Army Men have strung up Christmas Lights to their lookout platform.
They even used a Ticonderoga Pencil with a purple eraser head to help hold up the lights. How cool is that?
I know that I now have a better appreciation for the Imagineers and their creative talents in designing Woody’s Lunch Box.