Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

by josh on May 12, 2010

Opened: November 3, 1998

Location: Tomorrowland, in between Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: Yes – moderate priority. Schedule it at a kiosk after using the initial allotment of three FP+.

Type: Shooting Gallery, Omnimover

Similar To: Toy Story Midway Mania

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero.  Although it’s possible to spin the vehicles around manually, it shouldn’t upset even the most prone to motion sickness.

What to Expect: The queue for Buzz Lightyear is both outdoors and indoors, depending on length.  The interior waiting area is brightly colored and features a lot to see, including an oversized Buzz Lightyear animatronic figurine.  Once you make it to the front of the line, you will board a vehicle similar to those found at Spaceship Earth, the Haunted Mansion, and other similar Omnimover/dark rides that move slowly on a conveyer-belt-like contraption.  Each vehicles seats two or three, but is only outfitted with two guns, so I would recommend limiting each vehicle to two people unless one person is okay with not having a gun to use.  There is also a small joystick that can be used to turn the car 360 degrees to get a better angle at the targets.  The object of the Space Ranger Spin is to use your mounted laser gun to shoot targets found throughout the 13 Toy Story themed scenes.  Unlike Toy Story Midway Mania, the scenery is “real” and not merely images projected onto a screen.  Don’t be worried about the laser beam, it’s been tested and shown to be completely safe.  Just don’t tell Buzz.  He’ll be devastated.

When To Go: Before 10:30am, with two hours to close, or with FastPass+.

Expect to Wait: Expect waits in the 15 to 30 minute range by 11am and 30 minutes to an hour in the afternoon. Lines will be shorter during recommended times. When Magic Kingdom is busy, wait times can hit 50 to 70 minutes.

Length: 5 minutes

Rating: 8/10

Commentary: A bit like a “real life” video game, Buzz is popular with virtually every person in every age group.  Scores from each rider are tallied at the end so there is a competitive aspect as well.  Don’t be surprised if the person with the lowest score has the most fun though.

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