Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 27th, 2024

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Photo by Mike Saechang

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is an interactive dark ride attraction located at several Disney parks around the world, including Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The attraction is based on the popular Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” franchise and allows guests to join Buzz Lightyear on a mission to defeat the evil Emperor Zurg by shooting targets with blasters. 

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters invites guests to step into the colorful and action-packed world of “Toy Story” alongside Buzz Lightyear, the heroic Space Ranger. The attraction’s queue area is filled with playful theming, including oversized toys and Buzz Lightyear himself, as guests prepare for their mission.

Once on board their Space Cruiser vehicles, guests are armed with laser blasters and embark on an intergalactic adventure through various scenes and environments. The goal is to score points by firing at a multitude of interactive targets, including moving and stationary objects, hidden surprises, and high-value targets associated with the storyline.

Throughout the ride, guests follow Buzz Lightyear’s instructions as they aim their blasters at the Evil Emperor Zurg’s minions and devices, trying to rack up as many points as possible to become a “Galactic Hero.” Each vehicle keeps track of individual scores, adding a competitive and playful element for riders to strive for.

The attraction’s scenes feature vibrant and detailed sets, including the iconic “Buzz Lightyear vs. Emperor Zurg” showdown. The audio-visual effects and music from the “Toy Story” movies enhance the experience, immersing guests in the exciting world of space battles and friendly competition.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a fun and family-friendly attraction suitable for guests of all ages. It combines the thrill of a shooting-gallery style ride with the charm of “Toy Story,” making it a must-visit for fans of the franchise and a delightful experience for those looking for interactive and engaging rides at Disneyland.

Guests often enjoy riding Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters multiple times to improve their scores and achieve the coveted “Galactic Hero” status, making it a repeatable and entertaining part of their Disney park visit.

Fun Facts

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is an interactive shooter ride located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. It’s based on the Disney-Pixar “Toy Story” franchise and features the popular character Buzz Lightyear.
  • Opened in 2005, the ride invites guests to join Buzz Lightyear in a battle against the evil Emperor Zurg, with riders using mounted laser guns to shoot at various targets and accumulate points.
  • One of the unique aspects of this ride is the integration of real-time scoring. Guests can see their scores on their ride vehicle’s dashboard, adding a competitive edge to the experience.
  • The targets in the ride come in different shapes and sizes, with each shape representing a different point value. Hidden targets with higher point values are also placed throughout the ride for keen-eyed players.
  • At the end of the ride, guests are ranked based on their scores, from a Space Cadet to a Galactic Hero. High-scoring players often strategize to hit specific targets to achieve the highest possible rank.

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