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Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin
Website: Magic Kingdom Homepage
Ride Type: Trackguided Shooter
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.5897
TPC Overall Rank: #269 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 92
Last Review: 10/30/2015 7:54:00 PM
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 11:07:00 AM
Back in 2000, I rode Buzz Lightyear and was absolutely blown away by it. No it wasn’t because I was obsessed with Toy Story (I only really liked both movies, okay?), but it was because I had never been on another attraction quite like it. The idea of combining a dark ride with a shooting gallery is an ingenious idea, and it was a totally new concept to me back then leading to multiple rerides on this heavenly attraction since nothing could compare to it. Now flash forward to 2008, and after riding various other versions of these shooting dark rides and reriding the one that started it all for me, how does Buzz stack up? While it’s not as unique anymore, it is still far and away one of the best of the genre out there!

Replacing Take Flight, Buzz fits in perfectly with Tomorrowland. I mean Buzz Lightyear, come on, he’s practically synonymous with futuristic technology. But Disney as usual decorated the attraction’s exterior very nicely, and the theming continues into the queue, which is highlighted by an impressive Buzz Lightyear animatronic which greets future space cadets cheerfully prior to their intergalactic adventure to take down Zurg’s army.

Buzz definitely has a colossal capacity as most of Disney’s attractions do, as this one utilizes the Omnimover technology, but nonetheless decent sized lines do form thanks to the attraction’s immense popularity among all ages. Typically lines are around 30 minutes in length, which are totally worth it, but if waiting isn’t your thing, Fastpasses are available for Buzz.

Once seated, I immediately can’t help but notice two distinct features that make Buzz dramatically different than all other installations of shooting dark rides I’ve been on. First and foremost, riders can rotate the vehicles 360 degrees at ease with a joystick in order to better target the attraction’s wide array of targets that surround riders on all sides. Secondly and most importantly, is that the guns are mounted to the car, leading to some frustration during the ride due to their lack of maneuverability. While I guess that the rotation does make up for the lack of range of the guns somewhat, it’s still quite frustrating when I had a target in sight, only to be unable to reach it like I would with the handheld guns featured on all other versions I’ve been on.

Onto the actual attraction itself, it’s absolutely stunning. The sheer number of targets featured throughout the attraction in each room is astounding. Not only are there a plethora of targets at ground level, but up above there are various targets valued higher than the others that provide a stern challenge to hit, but boy do they do wonders for your score if you’re successful in hitting them. And also as I said earlier, targets surround riders on all sides, leading to dramatically different rides each time. Along with there being an infinite amount of targets, they all look incredibly detailed as well. Buzz is also a considerably long attraction (near 5 minutes), along with being highly entertaining.

Buzz is a pioneer that opened the amusement park industry up to an entirely new genre of attractions that continue to wow me every time I ride one thanks to the fun they provide ride after ride, and despite its age, Buzz is still easily one the best of the breed. While it has been triumphed by Universal’s mind-blowing Men in Black, Buzz sits a firm number two thanks to the wide array of detailed targets featured throughout. Really the only negative is the utilization of mounted guns, but nonetheless Buzz is far and away one of the park’s best attractions that one can simply not skip while visiting the park.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up flcoaster on 7/21/2005 7:37:00 PM
Very well themed from one of the top grossing films of all time {Pixars Toy Story}. More of a family attraction compared to Men in Black. Here you get to control your spining. And it is actually worth the wait. Get fastpass! I love this attraction. It is really popular because it is so cool.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/28/2005 4:39:00 AM
Its a fun ride with alot of nice theming, scenery, and very entertaining. Im not a very good aim and shoot person but its fun. I also like that you control the spin of your car.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Docter on 1/16/2005 8:05:00 PM
Not a big fan of laser attack rides but this one could of have ben better.It seemeed pretty easy to get a high score since the veichles moved pretty slow.It is fun spinnig around tho.But still it isnt worth the wait and it has cheesey themeing.But kids seem to love it and thats all what this ride is about.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Vudoo on 12/11/2004 9:56:00 AM
I guess alright but I feel Disney could of done alot better with the themeing.I guess its focused on kids under 12.I wouldnt wait in line for this ride unless I had small kids in my party.If you want a real laser attack shooting ride go to Universal and ride MIB Alien Attack.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up chooke on 10/15/2004 5:34:00 AM
i luved this ride! it was a bit different that the other track guided rides. my family had lots of fun competing 4 the most hits

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up papa1958 on 9/2/2004 7:19:00 PM
I liked this ride including being able to control the cars spin. It does suffer from not being able to easily tell when you hit your target.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DmctNY8 on 8/30/2004 5:49:00 PM
This ride is much like Men in Black at Universal. Like that ride this ride didnt do much for me. This ride is worse themed but problably easier to play. However this is where both rides falter they just arent much fun. It is oo hard to know what you are doing. Both this and men in black were very disapointing.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shamulove on 8/4/2004 1:43:00 PM
Nice, colorful and fun inside. Its a fun little ride, but I was majorly disappointed after going on Universals Men In Black: Alien Attack ride beforehand. I wish the ride here was easier to aim and the shooter moved better. Cute idea, but Universal beat them out on this one.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Jason07 on 6/29/2004 4:06:00 AM
I enjoyed this ride. I like the fact that you control the spin of your car, instead of the ride doing it for you, but I wish you could pick up the guns and have a better range of motion like at MIB, but overall a good ride.

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